Poppen was recalled from Triple-A Reno on Monday. Poppen was claimed off waivers from the Rays in early August and is already on his third separate stint on the Diamondbacks' big-league roster. He's allowed three runs in 6.2 innings for Arizona, striking out seven while walking four. Humberto Mejia was optioned to clear space on the roster.
Poppen was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Tuesday. Poppen was promoted by Arizona on Sunday and will head back to the minors after giving up two runs in two-thirds of an inning. The 27-year-old has a 5.25 ERA over 12 innings between stints with the Diamondbacks, Pirates and Rays this season.
The Diamondbacks recalled Poppen from Triple-A Reno prior to Sunday's game against the Padres. Arizona brought up Poppen and Miguel Aguilar to provide fresh arms out of the bullpen for the series finale after Merrill Kelly and Joe Mantiply were moved to the COVID-19-related injured list in corresponding moves. Between stops with Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh and Arizona this season, Poppen has made nine relief appearances in the big leagues, posting a 3.97 ERA and 1.68 WHIP across 11.1 innings.
Poppen was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Friday. Poppen was claimed off waivers by Arizona in early August and allowed a run on five hits and a walk while striking out six in six innings across five appearances. He earned his first career save during that time but will now head to the minors after J.B. Wendelken was claimed off waivers.
Poppen earned the save over the Padres on Friday, pitching two scoreless innings during which he allowed one hit and struck out one batter. The right-hander was brought into the contest in the eighth inning with Arizona holding a three-run lead. After he retired three of the four batters he faced in the frame, manager Torey Lovullo elected to keep Poppen in to close things out in the ninth. The decision paid off when Poppen overcame an error behind him to keep San Diego off the scoreboard. Tyler Clippard remains the favorite for saves out of the Arizona bullpen -- he was unavailable Friday after tossing 23 pitches in a blown save Thursday -- but his stranglehold on the role is certainly not airtight. Poppen could be a dark-horse candidate for saves if Clippard falters, as the former has given up only one run across five frames while posting a 5:0 K:BB in three appearances for the Diamondbacks.
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