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Diamondbacks Call Up Matt Reynolds, Option Keith Hessler to Reno

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Before today’s game, the Arizona Diamondbacks recalled left-hander Matt Reynolds from Triple-A Reno as announced by General Manager Dave Stewart.

In order to make room on the major-league roster for Reynolds, the D-backs have also optioned struggling reliever Keith Hessler to Reno.

When Reynolds arrives in Cincinnati for this game, he will be the third D-backs pitcher to make a comeback from Tommy John Surgery this season.

Reynolds has not pitched in the majors since June 9th, 2013, and he missed the whole 2014 season.

In 2013, Reynolds went 0-2 with a 1.98 ERA in 30 games with the Diamondbacks. This season with Reno, Reynolds is 3-6 with a 5.58 ERA in 45 games allowing 54 hits across 50 innings pitched.

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Those numbers might not look very impressive, but Reynolds is still trying to adjust back to throwing a baseball on a regular basis.

Reynolds has a lot of major-league appearance which makes all the difference. Its just good to see him back with the Snakes where he had so much success.

Reynolds hasn’t thrown in a few days for the Aces according to D-backs manager Chip Hale, and should be available to either go multiple innings if the team needs it, or match up against a left-handed hitter late in the game.

On August 8th against the Reds, Hessler made his major league debut at Chase Field pitching an inning of scoreless relief.

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Since then its all been down hill for the left-hander.

Hessler, 26, went 0-1 with a 15.19 ERA (9 ER in 5.1 IP) in eight games for the Snakes. Many fans called for him to be sent back down to the minors and his demotion was imminent.

This will be a good chance for Hessler to breathe, pitch on a regular basis with less pressure on him, and gain back his confidence.

There is no doubt that Hessler can succeed at the major-league level, but he was put in a tough spot often facing the heart of the order every time he appeared. For a pitcher with little to no major-league appearance that can be really hard.

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