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Robbie Ray has been called up to the D-backs from AAA Reno to make a start on Wednesday. Last week, Archie Bradley was injured when a liner struck him in the face. Bradley would head to the 15-Day DL, leaving Arizona with a four man rotation.
The D-backs didn’t have to deal with a short staff because they had a day off last week. However, they’ll finally need to call up a starter to give the remaining of the starters adequate rest time. Although a couple of rain-outs have delayed his 2015 debut, Ray has been confirmed to partake in Wednesday’s doubleheader.
For those that remember, Ray was the return from Detroit in the three way trade that included the Diamondbacks sending Didi Gregorius to New York. In the 2015 season in Reno, Ray is 1-3 with a 4.01 ERA. Ray has struck out 35 batters in 24 ⅔ innings.
Mar 6, 2015; Salt River Pima-Maricopa, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Robbie Ray (38) throws during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics during a spring training baseball game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Last season with Detroit, Ray appeared in nine big league games, starting six of them. In the MLB level, he’s 1-4 with a 8.16 ERA. The young 23-year old still has plenty of time to develop and this will be a nice change of pace.
Ray is a left handed pitcher and will be the first southpaw to start a game this season on behalf of Arizona. Bradley is rumored to return from the DL when he’s first eligible. That means if Ray is able to have a good showing, he may be in line for one more start. Vidal Nuno and A.J. Schugel are waiting in Reno for the potential start if Ray stumbles on Wednesday night.