Clarke optioned to Reno after first career save

April 21st, 2019

CHICAGO -- It was a memorable, but quick, stay in the big leagues for Taylor Clarke.

The D-backs' right-hander was optioned back to Triple-A Reno ahead of Arizona's 2-1 loss to the Cubs on Sunday, after being called up and making his Major League debut in Saturday’s 6-0 win over the Cubs. The team called up reliever Jimmie Sherfy from Reno to replace him.

Clarke came on in relief and limited the Cubs to one hit over three shutout innings to earn the save. He also picked up his first Major League hit in the game, becoming the first player to ever collect a hit and a save in his big league debut.

Clarke had been called up to help give the D-backs an extra arm in the bullpen, which had been used heavily in the previous series in Atlanta. Since he threw three innings and would likely not be able to pitch again for a few days the team wanted to get a fresh arm in Sherfy.

“That’s not an easy situation for me to call a guy in after a big day of celebration,” said D-backs manager Torey Lovullo. “I know that his wife and two boys were here, his parents were here. What I encouraged him to do was spend the day here with his family in Chicago, but at some point turn the page and get ready to compete again in the Minor Leagues and to make sure he’s the right guy in the right situation if the need arises in the future.”

Walked banged up

First baseman Christian Walker was out of the lineup Sunday with right hip soreness after sliding into Cubs catcher Willson Contreras in a close play at the plate in the sixth inning Saturday.

“It was a pretty violent little collision,” Walker said. “I went back and watched the replay last night. Hips and legs were pretty sore during the game, but talking to the trainers they said 24 hours later is going to be the worst of it. Lot of soreness, some tightness, but should just be today.”

Walker has been one of the D-backs' best hitters so far this year with a 1.127 OPS and his hard-hit percentage of 73.3 percent is second in all of baseball.

“The team’s in a good place and we have plenty of bodies to take over,” Walker said. “I just don’t want to try to be a tough guy and just not be 100 percent out there for the team.”

UMPS CARE Charities

Major League Baseball umpires are offering more than 400 items, including autographed sports memorabilia, unique VIP experiences and VIP ticket packages as part of the 11th annual UMPS CARE Charities Online Auction.

The auction is underway and will run until 7 p.m. MST on April 29.

Included amongst the items are an autographed ball from former D-backs great Luis Gonzalez, and chance to watch D-backs batting practice from the field.