Ray allowed one run on three hits while striking out three over four innings in Thursday's spring game against the Rangers.
Ray had a third straight strong start, including a "B" game against a college team, and has allowed just one run in eight spring innings. He talked about his new mechanics at the start of camp, referencing an arm adjustment designed to keep him in the zone more consistently, and the lefty has walked just two batters in three outings.
Ray allowed three hits and struck out six over 2.1 scoreless innings in a "B" game against a Japanese college team Saturday, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Instead of having him throw against the division rival Dodgers, the Diamondbacks moved Ray to the back fields to continue his spring progression. The left-hander is up to 44 pitches after two spring starts and has spun four scoreless innings after adjusting his mechanics during the offseason. He's currently pegged as Arizona's No. 2 starter behind ace Madison Bumgarner, although the Diamondbacks may want to change up the roster order to avoiding having two consecutive lefties in the rotation.
Ray started Sunday and walked two while striking out three over 1.2 scoreless innings in a spring win over the Athletics.
Ray, who showed off a slimmer physique upon his arrival to camp, also showed off new mechanics, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. The left-hander is trying to finish his delivery more toward the plate rather than falling off to the third-base side. "I'm not losing stuff arm side because my direction is more towards the plate. I'm not pulling so much with my front side, which is allowing me to stay in the zone and not pull and leave stuff arm side," said Ray, who had a 4.3 BB/9 in 2019 and 5.1 the previous season. The 28-year-old Ray is slotted in at second in the rotation behind Madison Bumgarner.
Ray agreed to a one-year, $9.43 million deal with the Diamondbacks on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
This is his final year as an arbitration-eligible player before hitting the open market. The 28-year-old lefty has been worth 12.2 fWAR over 790.2 innings across six MLB seasons.
Ray struck out 10 over six innings while allowing four runs on eight hits and three walks in a no-decision versus the Padres on Saturday.
Ray allowed a two-run homer to Manny Machado and a solo shot to Luis Urias in the contest. The southpaw matched his career high for innings pitched with 174.1, during which he's accumulated a personal-best 235 strikeouts with a 4.34 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. Ray will also finish the year with a 12-8 record.
Ray allowed four runs on three hits and four walks over 5.1 innings Sunday, striking out 10 batters in the loss to San Diego. He did not factor into the decision.
Ray kept the Padres' bats quiet for the first three innings before coughing up a two-run shot to Ty France in the fourth inning. He was then charged with two more runs in the sixth after he was lifted from the contest. The 27-year-old lefty set a new career high with 225 strikeouts over 168.1 frames. Ray will carry a 4.28 ERA into Saturday's rematch against San Diego at home.
Ray threw six innings in a no-decision against the Marlins on Monday, yielding just one hit and one earned run, striking out seven and walking four as the Diamondbacks eventually won 7-5.
He didn't have his best control, but it was an otherwise stellar outing for the left-hander and a nice bounce back after he was lit up for five earned while recording just two outs in his last trip to the mound against the Mets. He seems to be over the blister issue that was giving him trouble in his last two starts, and while his 4.20 ERA and 1.33 WHIP for the season aren't spectacular, Ray has acted as a solid source of strikeouts again in 2019, with 215 punchouts to his name across 163 innings.
Ray (finger) threw a successful 37-pitch bullpen session Saturday and has been cleared to make his next scheduled start Monday against the Marlins, Richard Morin of the Arizona Republic reports.
Ray has been dealing with a blister on his left middle finger, which has impacted his last two starts, but manager Torey Lovullo feels it's no longer a problem. "I feel like it's going to be a non-issue," Lovullo said of Ray's blister. "Obviously I was saying that last time and you saw what happened, so I'm going to be cautious with what I'm telling you guys. But I feel like after [Saturday's] bullpen and the information I got that it's going to be a non-issue." The left-hander threw his full arsenal of pitches during the side session and isn't expected to face any significant limitations when he toes the rubber Monday.
Ray experienced the return of a blister on his left middle finger while warming up in the bullpen prior to Wednesday's start, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Ray endured the shortest outing of his career Wednesday, giving up five runs in two-thirds of an inning. Last week in Cincinnati, the left-hander developed the blister, which he and the team thought had healed enough for him to pitch. However, the skin on the finger ripped off during the pregame bullpen session. Both Ray and manager Torey Lovullo think the pitcher will make his next start Monday at home against the Marlins.
Ray (12-8) allowed five earned runs on five hits and no walks while striking out one across two-thirds of an inning to take the loss Wednesday against the Mets.
Ray surrendered four extra-base hits -- including two home runs -- to the eight batters he faced before pulled from the disastrous outing. He had been battling a blister that developed during his last start, which could serve to explain some of his struggles. Even prior to that issue, however, Ray had struggled to work deep into games, lasting six innings only once in his last seven appearances. Assuming good health, Ray will look to get back on track on his next outing, currently expected to come Monday against the Marlins.
Ray (finger) threw a successful bullpen session Monday, Jody Jackson of FOX Sports Arizona reports.
Ray threw 28 pitches and incorporated his entire arsenal, noting afterwards that everything went well while adding that the blister on his left middle finger is more like a callus now. Assuming he checks out OK in the coming days, look for the southpaw to take the mound on normal rest Wednesday against the Mets.
Ray played catch Sunday and reported no issues with the blister on his left middle finger, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Ray joined teammates on the flight to New York ahead of the team's series against the Mets and plans to throw his usual between-starts bullpen session Monday. Unless the Diamondbacks indicate that Ray experienced a setback during the side session, expect him to take the hill on normal rest Wednesday and face no restrictions with his pitch count.
Ray (finger) is not expected to miss his next start, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Ray felt a hot spot develop on his finger, though the Diamondbacks were able to remove him from the game before a blister could form. He's expected to pitch again Wednesday against the Mets.
Ray left Friday's game against the Reds with a blister on his left middle finger.
Ray struck out eight while allowing two runs in 4.1 innings prior to leaving with team trainers. It's not yet clear whether he's expected to miss his next start, which would line up to be Wednesday against the Mets.
Ray left his start Friday against the Reds with an undisclosed injury, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.
Trainers came to check on Ray before he left with one out in the fifth inning. They appeared to be checking on his left hand, presumably for a blister or nail issue. The details of the injury should be available following the game if not sooner. He left too early to record a win but recorded a decent overall line, allowing two runs on three hits in 4.1 innings while striking out eight and walking three.
Ray (12-7) allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out six over five innings to pick up the win over the Dodgers on Saturday.
This was Ray's second start since he missed time with a back injury, and the right-hander wasn't at his best. The Diamondbacks twice battled back from deficits to enable him to pick up his seventh win in eight decisions. It was the third straight game that Arizona overcame a deficit against the division-leading Dodgers. Ray next takes the ball Friday when the Diamondbacks open a three-game set in Cincinnati.
Ray (11-7) pitched five shutout frames while allowing three hits with four walks and six strikeouts to earn a victory against the Brewers on Sunday.
The 27-year-old was sharp in his first start returning from a back injury, which knocked him out almost a couple of weeks. Dating back to before the injury, he's yielded just three runs in his last 13 innings. Ray hasn't lost this month and owns a 3.86 ERA, 1.29 WHIP with 193 strikeouts in 147 innings this season. He is scheduled to make his next start Saturday at home against the Dodgers.
Ray (back) was activated off the 10-day injured list to start Sunday at Milwaukee.
Ray will rejoin the Diamondbacks after spending the 10-day minimum on the shelf due to back spasms. The 27-year-old has a 4.10 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 50:9 K:BB over 37.1 innings since the All-Star break.
Ray (back) will start Sunday against the Brewers, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.
Ray is set to return when first eligible from the injured list after battling back spasms. He's thrown at least two bullpen sessions since being sidelined, but he will not require a rehab outing. For the season, Ray owns a 3.99 ERA and 1.28 WHIP with 187 strikeouts across 142 innings.
Ray (back) expects to come off the injured list and start Sunday against the Brewers, Russell Dorsey of MLB.com reports.
Ray threw a bullpen session Friday without issue, and that was apparently all he and the Diamondbacks needed to see before deeming him ready to return to action. Barring any setbacks, Ray will occupy a spot in Arizona's rotation the rest of the way as the team tries to earn a wild-card berth.
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