Albers excited for new opportunity with D-backs

Albers excited for new opportunity with D-backs

LOS ANGELES -- The news of his trade from the Red Sox to the D-backs caught Matt Albers off guard, but the right-hander was looking forward to getting started with his new club.

"I like it," Albers said of the move to the National League. "I'm excited. I think it's a new opportunity. You know, just obviously facing some different hitters, so that's going to be a little bit of an adjustment, but I think I'm ready for it and excited. "

Albers, 29, was originally drafted in 2001 by the Astros and spent the first two years of his big league career in the NL before moving over to the Orioles and then the Red Sox.

With Baltimore, he played with current D-backs setup man David Hernandez.

"He just texted me," Albers said of Hernandez. "A guy from Baltimore who's down in their bullpen, so I've heard good things. Been out there, nice park, looks like a good place to play. I'm excited."

With Boston this year, Albers was 2-0 with a 2.29 ERA in 40 games.

"He did a fabulous job with our team," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. "He went from being kind of a middle guy to a guy I totally trusted later in the game. He did a great job. We only wish him luck."

The D-backs plan to use Albers in late-inning situations.