LOS ANGELES -- Triple-A Reno held a bobblehead night for catcher Konrad Schmidt on Saturday.
The only thing missing was, well, Schmidt, who was promoted to the D-backs earlier in the day as the rosters expanded for September.
Schmidt played collegiately at the University of Nevada-Reno and the bobblehead features a split uniform with one half being his college jersey and the other his Aces one. Schmidt's college coach, Gary Powers, was scheduled to throw out the first pitch.
"The bobblehead is cool, but the thing that meant the most to me was that it was a nice show of recognition for the university and the baseball program," Schmidt said.
The honor was even more special for Schmidt as he makes his offseason home in Reno and feels a special attachment to the city.
Still he's happy to be back in the big leagues. In his only other Major League experience, Schmidt got a September callup in 2010 and got eight at-bats.
"Every time you get back up, it's special," he said. "You never know, especially a guy in my position. I'm not an everyday big league player yet. I could be, but just to have the opportunity to get back up here and help however I can is special. I'm just going to enjoy it and try to help."
Collmenter, Saito, Bloomquist activated from DL
LOS ANGELES -- The D-backs took advantage of the rosters expanding Saturday to bring in some reinforcements and more will be on the way before the end of the month.
Pitchers Josh Collmenter and Takashi Saito and infielder Willie Bloomquist were activated from the disabled list and the team added infielder Cody Ransom to the roster after claiming him off waivers from the Brewers on Friday.
Only two players, catcher Konrad Schmidt and outfielder Tyler Graham, were called up from Triple-A Reno, because Reno has qualified for the playoffs so the D-backs do not want to disrupt its roster too much at this point.
When Reno's season does end, the D-backs plan to promote others to a roster that now may grow from 25 to 40.
For now, though, they felt like they could not wait to add a third catcher in Schmidt.
As for Graham, he was a surprise promotion given his .115 average in 26 games for Reno. However, Graham gives the D-backs speed off the bench and a defensive replacement in the outfield, while not taking away a starting outfielder for Reno.
"He's kind of a speed guy," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "Another outfielder, runs pretty good. We've been playing with four bench players which makes it tough to burn anybody."
Again in D-backs uniform, Ransom comes full circle
LOS ANGELES -- Cody Ransom could only smile as he sat in the visitor's clubhouse at Dodger Stadium pulling on an Arizona Diamondbacks jersey on Saturday.
The infielder began the season in the D-backs organization and played in 17 games in the big leagues before being designated for assignment on May 21.
He signed with the Brewers and played in 64 games for them before being placed on waivers last week. And with shortstop Willie Bloomquist battling back stiffness, the D-backs decided to claim him to provide some infield insurance.
"It's good to be back," Ransom said. "I enjoyed my time here. Really nice to be home. It's nice to be coming to a team that's in the hunt still."
This is not the first time in his career that Ransom has started a season with an organization, left it and then returned. It happened to him in 2005, when he started with the Cubs' Triple-A team, went to the Rangers' Triple-A team and then wound up back with the Cubs.
It's a lot of upheaval for him, but Ransom is thankful to be back with the D-backs, especially since he lives in the Phoenix area and has kids getting ready to go back to school.
"It's the way the game works," he said. "You don't always love it, you don't know always why things happen, but they happen for a reason. The more open you are to accepting that the easier it makes it. I'm still playing baseball and it's a game. We're pretty lucky to be in the situation we're in. I loved it when I was here and I'm real happy to be back."