Widener is scheduled to make his next start Tuesday against the Rangers in Arlington. Summoned from Triple-A Reno on July 20 when the Diamondbacks required a fifth starter for the first time since the All-Star break, Widener lasted just 4.2 innings against a hapless Pirates squad, giving up five runs on eight hits and one walk. On a positive note, he struck out a season-high eight batters in the outing, and he still maintains a solid 3.55 ERA and 1.27 WHIP across seven starts with the big club on the campaign. Arizona isn't exactly overflowing with appealing alternatives for the rotation, so Widener should have some longevity as the team's fourth or fifth starter.
Widener pitched 4.2 innings against Pittsburgh on Tuesday, allowing five runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out eight. He did not factor in the decision. The right-hander's strikeout total was a season high, but he was hurt by a pair of two-run home runs and gave up eight hits overall. Widener yielded five runs for the first time this season and saw his ERA rise by over a run to 3.55 as a result. Despite the disappointing outing, he is likely to stick in the rotation given his overall results on the campaign. His next start is tentatively lined up to take place at Texas early next week.
Widener was officially recalled from Triple-A Reno ahead of his Tuesday start against the Pirates, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports. Manager Torey Lovullo announced earlier Tuesday that Widener would be the starter for the second game of the three-game set, and now the club has made room for him on the 26-man roster by optioning Alex Young to Reno. Widener will take an impressive 2.54 ERA into the outing.
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said Widener will be recalled from Triple-A Reno to start Tuesday's game against the Pirates, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports. After being reinstated from the injured list July 9, Widener stepped into the rotation and was effective while pitching with a restricted workload. He covered 4.1 innings in the outing, giving up one run on three hits and two walks while striking out five in a no-decision against the Dodgers. Though he was optioned to Triple-A following the outing, the transaction was merely for roster-management purposes, as Widener wasn't scheduled to pitch again prior to the All-Star break. Widener will now rejoin the rotation with the Diamondbacks requiring a fifth starter Tuesday for the first time in the second half.
Widener was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Friday. Widener returned from a groin injury Friday and pitched well in 4.1 innings against the Dodgers, allowing just a single run. His reward is a trip to the minors, though he wouldn't have been able to pitch again until after the All-Star break, so it makes sense that he'd be the one demoted to clear a space from Kole Calhoun to return from his hamstring injury.
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