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August 1, 2013

Deadline Diamondback

Thatcher bound for desert, pennant race after trade to Arizona

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Now, San Diego turns into a rival too. Thatcher said he’ll miss his teammates with San Diego, where he made his big league debut midway through the 2007.

“Some of my best friends I made here in San Diego,” Thatcher said. “We haven’t had one guy in seven years I’ve been here that hasn’t been a good guy. Certain guys you’re close with and certain guys I’ve been with every day for five, six years. Now, all of the sudden, not only am I not going to be there but I’m on a different team.”

The Diamondbacks play a three-game set at San Diego beginning Aug. 26. Thatcher said some of his toughest potential matchups if he were to face the Padres are lefties Will Venable and Yonder Alonso, but the Padres might pinch hit a righty against him which might bring him face-to-face with one of his best friends, Chris Denofria.

“I definitely loved my time in San Diego,” Thatcher said. “I’ll always love the organization and always be pulling for them, except when we play them.”

Thatcher will join Arizona today in Texas as the Diamondbacks play a makeup game against the Rangers. The team then heads to Boston for further interleague play as the Diamondbacks try to keep pace with the red-hot Dodgers.

“That’s what you play for, you play to win, you play for a chance to get to the postseason and the World Series,” Thatcher said. “I like Phoenix. Kevin Towers, the GM there is the guy who got me traded to San Diego [from Milwaukee’s farm system in 2007]. He’s trading for me a second time. It’s good to know he has that confidence in me. It’s exciting. I’m looking forward to starting a new chapter.”

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