Earlier today, we noted that the Arizona Diamondbacks .
Unfortunately for the D-Backs, their odds might be about to decline.
Left-handed pitcher Robbie Ray, who finished seventh in National League Cy Young Award voting last fall, exited his Sunday start one pitch into the second inning. Ray motioned to the dugout after completing his delivery, then left alongside the trainer. The Diamondbacks announced that Ray is dealing with a strained oblique:
Yikes, Robbie Ray signaled for the dugout after throwing one pitch to Matt Wieters in the bottom of the 2nd, and after a short conversation with the trainer is departing the game.— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) April 29, 2018
Ray entered Sunday having fanned 43 batters across his first 26 1/3 innings. Nonetheless, his ERA sat at an untidy 5.13 due to a combination of too many walks (nearly six per nine) and home runs (more than 1.5). Ray will presumably miss at least one start, perhaps more, depending on the injury's severity.
The Diamondbacks are already without Taijuan Walker (Tommy John surgery) and Shelby Miller (recovering from Tommy John surgery), meaning they could be down three starters. With Matt Koch taking Walker's place, it seems likely that Arizona would turn to either Braden Shipley or Troy Scribner to replace Ray. Prospect Taylor Clarke and veteran Kris Medlen are the other possibilities. Jon Duplantier wouldn't seem like a realistic option, given he's appeared in just two Double-A games.
The D-Backs entered Sunday with the largest division lead in baseball.