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Ray K's 11 in 1st rehab start since concussion

D-backs lefty throws 58 of 80 pitches for strikes
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D-backs left-hander Robbie Ray took the next step toward rejoining the club, beginning a Minor League rehab assignment Thursday with Class A Advanced Visalia (Calif.).

Ray has been sidelined since suffering a concussion when he was struck in the head by a 108.1-mph line drive against the Cardinals on July 28. He struck out 11 in 4 2/3 innings of two-run ball against Modesto on Thursday. He allowed four hits and two walks and exited after 80 pitches (58 strikes).

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D-backs left-hander Robbie Ray took the next step toward rejoining the club, beginning a Minor League rehab assignment Thursday with Class A Advanced Visalia (Calif.).

Ray has been sidelined since suffering a concussion when he was struck in the head by a 108.1-mph line drive against the Cardinals on July 28. He struck out 11 in 4 2/3 innings of two-run ball against Modesto on Thursday. He allowed four hits and two walks and exited after 80 pitches (58 strikes).

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Thursday marked the second time Ray faced live hitters in his recovery. He threw four innings and 50 pitches against D-backs outfielder Yasmany Tomas, who is on the 60-day disabled list, and Minor Leaguers in a simulated game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Saturday.

Ray, 25, was 9-5 with a 3.11 ERA in 20 starts (118 2/3 innings) before the injury. His performance earned him a trip to his first All-Star Game last month.

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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