PHOENIX -- Arizona manager Torey Lovullo has been creative when it comes to getting the most out of his relief pitchers all season, and on Tuesday he made another move to stretch his bullpen.The D-backs recalled right-handed pitcher Braden Shipley from Triple-A Reno, sending right-handed pitcher Silvino Bracho to Reno."We
PHOENIX -- Arizona manager Torey Lovullo has been creative when it comes to getting the most out of his relief pitchers all season, and on Tuesday he made another move to stretch his bullpen.
The D-backs recalled right-handed pitcher Braden Shipley from Triple-A Reno, sending right-handed pitcher Silvino Bracho to Reno.
"We were a little thin down in the bullpen," Lovullo said. "So Braden is going to be operating out of the bullpen. And what that role is right now, we're not exactly sure, it might change day by day. For today, he's gonna give us a little length and help us get through a certain part of the game."
Shipley has gone 0-1 with a 7.00 ERA for the D-backs this season. In 12 starts for Reno, Shipley was 5-3 with a 4.58 ERA and was named Reno's pitcher of the month for May.
"That's what it's all about," Shipley said. "Just coming up and contributing and being apart of something special. It's a special year right now and we're looking to continue it. I'm just up here trying to be a part of it and along for the ride."
The move to option Bracho came shortly after he threw two scoreless innings in Arizona's 6-1 win against the Phillies on Monday. Bracho appeared in nine games and posted 5.79 ERA for the D-backs this season.
"It meant sending Bracho down, which we hated to do," Lovullo said. "But where we're at right now, we needed the arm. Each time he comes up here, he gets a little bit better. "I think he's developing and we'll see him back here sooner than later."
Blanco listed as D-backs' fastest player
On Tuesday MLB.com released it's Sprint Speed tracker via Statcast™, a metric that tracks the feet per second in a player's fastest one-second window. The D-backs, who are fifth in the Majors with 60 stolen bases this season, did not register a player in the top-10, but had speed scattered throughout the list.
Cincinnati outfielder Billy Hamilton was listed by the metric as the fastest player in baseball at 30.1 feet per second. Arizona's Gregor Blanco was listed as the D-backs' fastest player and the 17th fastest player in the Majors at 28.8 feet per second.
Jarrid Denney is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix.