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Koch returns to Triple-A to rejoin rotation

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CHICAGO -- D-backs reliever Matt Koch was the odd man out on Tuesday, as he was optioned to Triple-A Reno to make room for starting pitcher Clay Buchholz, who returned from a month on the disabled list with an oblique strain to take on the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Koch will go back into the rotation at Reno.

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CHICAGO -- D-backs reliever Matt Koch was the odd man out on Tuesday, as he was optioned to Triple-A Reno to make room for starting pitcher Clay Buchholz, who returned from a month on the disabled list with an oblique strain to take on the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Koch will go back into the rotation at Reno.

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"He's going to go down and he's going to start and hopefully he's going to make himself as ready as possible in case we need that type of coverage," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said.

Goldy wins Heart and Hustle Award
First baseman Paul Goldschmidt was named the D-backs' 2018 Heart and Hustle Award winner by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.

This is the fifth time Goldschmidt has won the award, which honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody its values, spirit and traditions.

The MLBPAA formed 30 committees, comprised of Alumni players with established relationships to each team. One player from each Major League team is chosen by the committees based on their passion, desire and work ethic demonstrated both on and off the field.

Ray working for turnaround
In his first start coming off nearly two months on the disabled list, D-backs lefty Robbie Ray held the Marlins scoreless for six innings on June 27.

In four starts since, Ray has struggled to find the consistency that made him one of the National League's best pitchers in 2017.

"The biggest thing is just working on that command," Ray said.

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

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