PHOENIX, Ariz. – Former Virginia Commonwealth University hurler and eight-year Major League Baseball veteran Jerry Dipoto was named interim general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday.  The move comes after the struggling D-backs fired current GM Josh Byrnes and manager A.J. Hinch.

Dipoto, who starred at VCU from 1987-89, joined Arizona's front office in 2006 and had served as the club's vice president for player development over the past two seasons.  He also spent time in Boston's scouting department for two years (2003-04) and served as Colorado's player personnel director in 2005.

"This franchise has enjoyed tremendous success over the years and we want to get back to our winning ways," Diamondbacks managing partner Ken Kendrick said Thursday in a team statement.  "The loyal staff of this organization, as well as all of our fans, hopes for and deserves better results on the field."

In eight seasons with Cleveland, the New York Mets and Colorado, Dipoto compiled a 27-24 record with 49 saves and a 4.05 ERA in 390 big league appearances.  A third round selection by Cleveland in the 1989 amateur draft, Dipoto remains second all-time at VCU with 17 complete games (10 in 1988) and fourth with a 2.89 career ERA.

A Friday news conference is scheduled to discuss the move.