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Koch to make 1st MLB start in place of Greinke

MLB.com Reporter @SteveGilbertMLB

WASHINGTON -- Rookie Matt Koch will make his first Major League start on Tuesday night against the Nationals as he takes the place of the injured Zack Greinke.

Greinke was scratched from the start and had a recent MRI after experiencing some shoulder stiffness. The MRI did not show anything serious, but the team did not feel it would be wise to have him start.

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WASHINGTON -- Rookie Matt Koch will make his first Major League start on Tuesday night against the Nationals as he takes the place of the injured Zack Greinke.

Greinke was scratched from the start and had a recent MRI after experiencing some shoulder stiffness. The MRI did not show anything serious, but the team did not feel it would be wise to have him start.

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Koch, the D-backs' 19th-ranked prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, has a 1.29 ERA in five relief appearances. The right-hander is expected to also start the season finale Sunday against the Padres.

"It's intriguing because he had a great year at Double-A and Triple-A," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "We heard great things from [Triple-A manager] Phil [Nevin], we've seen great things when he's had a chance to take the mound and now he gets to take it as a starter and we get a look at him for two games and see where he can fit next year for us."

Patrick Corbin was another pitcher Hale considered starting. The left-hander was expected to be the team's No. 3 starter, but after struggling for much of the year he was sent to the bullpen in August.

Corbin has pitched much better since the move, but Hale said the organization has already seen enough to consider Corbin a part of the rotation for next year, so it is more valuable to have a look at Koch.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001.Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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