The Diamondbacks announced Saturday that they’ve designated catcher John Ryan Murphy for assignment. His 25-man roster spot went to right-hander Taylor Clarke, whom the Diamondbacks recalled from Triple-A El Paso. Clarke started Arizona’s game in San Francisco on Saturday.
We may have seen the last of Murphy in Arizona, where he has played since the club acquired him from Minnesota for lefty Gabriel Moya in July 2017. Since then, Murphy’s just a .195/.243/.383 hitter in 299 plate appearances. The 28-year-old has taken 69 trips to the plate this season and slashed .177/.250/.419 with four home runs and a whopping 40.6 percent strikeout rate, though he has acted as the personal catcher for righty Zack Greinke. Murphy has caught all 11 of Greinke’s starts and graded as a plus pitch framer.
For the Diamondbacks, the decision to move on from Murphy shows they’re committed to giving more playing time to Carson Kelly, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic writes. Kelly, whom the team acquired from St. Louis in the offseason as part of the clubs’ Paul Goldschmidt trade, has come out of Yadier Molina’s shadow to perform well so far in 2019. He and Alex Avila will comprise the D-backs’ top two catchers going forward.