Double-A Amarillo placed Crichton on its 60-day injured list April 8 due to an unspecified issue. Crichton posted a 7.33 ERA and 1.93 WHIP across 31 appearances out of Arizona's bullpen last season before he was returned to the minors and moved off the 40-man roster in August. He received an invitation to big-league spring training as a non-roster invitee, but the injury prevented him from making a serious bid at a spot in Arizona's Opening Day bullpen.
Crichton was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Monday. Crichton had his contract selected by Arizona on Friday, but he recorded only three outs while surrendering four runs in two appearances. Sean Poppen was claimed off waivers in a corresponding move.
Crichton allowed three runs on three hits and failed to procure an out in Saturday's 8-3 loss to the Dodgers. This was Crichton's first appearance after his contract was selected from Triple-A Reno on Friday. He turned what had been a quality start by Merrill Kelly on its head when he entered in the seventh inning with a runner on base. Justin Turner turned on a sinker two pitches into the at-bat for a two-run home run, breaking a tie game. Two singles ensued and Crichton was done after three batters and nine pitches. Those speculating that the one-time Arizona closer could return to the role after the team traded Joakim Soria will be disappointed by this outing.
Crichton's contract was selected by the Diamondbacks on Friday. Crichton was cast off the 40-man roster in late June, but he'll now rejoin Arizona's bullpen as the team deals with a COVID-19 outbreak. The right-hander posted a 6.75 ERA in 5.1 innings across five relief appearances in the minors, and he could contend for a high-leverage role after Joakim Soria was traded to the Blue Jays on Friday.
Crichton cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Reno on Sunday, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. The right-hander was designated for assignment Wednesday but will remain in the organization after going unclaimed on waivers. Crichton appeared in 29 games before being DFA'd and posted a 6.04 ERA, 1.84 WHIP and 15:12 K:BB across 22.1 innings.
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