Wymore, Neb. native Jake Diekman doesn’t need to travel far after deadline-day deal to Arizona

Wymore, Neb. native Jake Diekman doesn’t need to travel far after deadline-day deal to Arizona
Jake Diekman has a 3.69 ERA with 48 strikeouts in 39 innings for the Texas Rangers this season. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

For Brian Dozier, getting traded meant a dash to the airport and a long trip to Dodger Stadium. For Jake Diekman, it was a lot easier — he simply rode the bullpen cart from one clubhouse to the other at Chase Field.

Diekman, a Wymore, Nebraska, native and former Doane College pitcher, definitely was on the go.

The 31-year-old lefty struck out two while pitching for Texas on Monday night in a win at Arizona. The Diamondbacks reacquired reliever Brad Ziegler from Miami early Tuesday, then boosted their bullpen by getting Diekman from the Rangers.

Wanting to make Diekman’s move easy, the Diamondbacks offered the services of the bullpen cart used to ferry relievers into the game.

“They asked and I was like, ‘Yeah, I don’t want to carry all of my stuff,'” Diekman said.

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