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Diamondbacks make roster moves to prepare for Opening Day

The Arizona Diamondbacks assigned infielder Cody Ransom to Triple-A Reno and placed two players on the 15-day disabled list amongst roster moves on Wednesday.

Ransom batted just .152 with two doubles, a home run and four RBI in 12 games with Arizona last season. He hit .317 with 27 homers, 29 doubles and 92 runs batted in over 101 games with Reno a season ago.

Pitcher Mike Zagurski, catcher Ryan Budde and outfielder A.J. Pollock were also sent to Reno.

Zagurski, who was dealt to the D-Backs by the Phillies in late August, is 1-0 with a 6.82 earned run average in 37 games over parts of three seasons (2007, 2010-11) in Philadelphia.

Finally, infielder Stephen Drew and pitcher Takashi Saito will begin the year on the DL.

Drew, 29, hit .252 with five homers, 21 doubles and drove in 45 runs in 86 games for Arizona last season.

Saito, 42, who signed as a free agent from Milwaukee in mid-December, was 4-2 with a 2.03 ERA in 30 games for the NL Central champions last season.