Clarke allowed three runs on three hits while striking out three over 2.1 innings of relief in Tuesday's 7-5 loss to the Athletics.
With Zac Gallen coming off the injured list to make his first start of the season, the Diamondbacks were cautious with his pitch count, so Clarke entered in the fifth inning with Arizona leading 5-1. He set down six straight A's before tiring in the seventh, spoiling Gallen's debut. For Clarke, it was was his fifth appearance and second in which he was required to threw more than an inning. He's been bypassed for a possible rotation spot twice already, by Taylor Widener and Riley Smith, so middle/long-relief may be his lot for the season.
Clarke is slated to begin the season in the bullpen after manager Torey Lovullo announced Sunday that Taylor Widener will open the year in the rotation as a replacement for Zac Gallen (forearm), Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Clarke's expected middle-inning/mop-up role out of the bullpen will limit his fantasy appeal, but he should be the next man up for a rotation spot if Widener falters or if one of the Diamondbacks' current starters misses time. The 27-year-old has made 17 starts for Arizona between the past two seasons, turning in a 5.67 ERA across 87.1 innings.
Clarke threw five innings and 75 pitches in a simulated game on a back field Friday, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Clarke, who has a 2.25 ERA in 12 Cactus League innings, is the leading candidate to replace the injured Zac Gallen (forearm) in the rotation. Arizona manager Torey Lovullo will discuss plans for the rotation going forward with coaches in the next few days, and Clarke's role will be one topic. His flexibility could be helpful, but the obvious need right now is replacing Gallen.
Clarke is one likely candidate to fill in for injured starter Zac Gallen (forearm).
Gallen was diagnosed with a hairline fracture of the forearm and will miss an indefinite amount of time. That naturally leads to speculation about the candidates to replace him in the rotation. At this point in spring training, Clarke is the most built-up depth starter at 12 innings, followed closely by Seth Frankoff (11.2 IP). Clarke gets the edge over Frankoff based on spring numbers and MLB experience. The right-handed Clarke has allowed three runs on 13 hits and two walks while striking out 10 this spring.
Clarke allowed two hits and struck out two over four scoreless innings in Sunday's spring game against the White Sox.
Clarke's four sharp innings lowered his spring ERA to 2.25, putting himself in a position to earn a spot in the bullpen. Although he started Sunday's game, the rotation appears to be set, so Clarke could find a role as starting depth and multi-inning reliever.
Clarke allowed four hits and struck out two over three scoreless innings to pick up the three-inning save in Tuesday's spring game against Oakland.
Clarke is nowhere near the discussion to close out games for the Diamondbacks when the regular season starts. He entered Tuesday's game with Arizona leading, 7-3, and was on the mound when the offense put up five runs in the eighth inning. It was a perfect opportunity to extend Clarke, who will serve as starting depth and a multi-inning reliever in 2021. He's thrown eight innings over three Cactus League appearances.
Clarke allowed one run on three hits and one walk while striking out four over three innings in Friday's spring game against Cincinnati.
Clarke has made two spring appearances as a reliever but is being stretched out as a potential starter. He worked two innings in his debut and was Arizona's first pitcher to throw three innings in a game. His flexibility could result in him being used as a starter and as a multi-inning reliever.
Clarke is stretching out as a starter during spring training, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports.
Clarke being stretched out gives Arizona manager Torey Lovullo flexibility, but his eventual role could be as a reliever. There are spots to be won in a bullpen that last year had a 4.60 ERA (19th in MLB) while permitting a .250 opponents' batting average (23rd) and .786 opponents' OPS (25th). There's clearly a need to upgrade the bullpen, and Clarke has an opportunity. The right-hander allowed 35 hits and 21 walks while striking out 40 over 43.1 innings in 2020. He posted a 4.36 ERA over five starts and seven relief appearances.
Clarke (3-0) allowed four runs on six hits and three walks while fanning five across five innings to earn the win in Game 2 of a doubleheader against Colorado on Friday.
Clarke gave up four runs in the first two innings but settled down afterwards to secure his third win of the season despite not having his best stuff in this one. He has shifted between the rotation and the bullpen this season, but he is unlikely to pitch again with only two games left on the schedule.
Clarke will start the second game of Friday's doubleheader against the Rockies.
Clarke's last outing was more than a week ago when he pitched five relief innings and earned the win in over the Angels. Prior to that, he made four turns through the rotation, so he should have the distance to qualify for a win.
Clarke (2-0) earned the win Wednesday against the Angels. He allowed four runs on six hits and one walk while fanning three across five innings.
Clarke piggybacked Caleb Smith's short start and tossed five innings -- even though he didn't have his best stuff, he did it well enough to earn his second win of the season. Clarke has allowed three or more runs in each of his last three appearances, however, so he remains far from reliable.
Clarke did not factor into the decision during Wednesday's loss to the Dodgers, allowing four runs on six hits and a pair of walks while striking out five across six innings.
The 29-year-old didn't look particularly sharp this time around, throwing 55-of-86 pitches for strikes. Clarke was hurt by the long ball early, giving up solo home runs to Mookie Betts and Enrique Hernandez. The southpaw gave up another pair of runs in the fourth frame and left after the sixth with the score knotted, 4-4. Clarke had originally filled into the rotation after the injury to Merrill Kelly. However, with the recent acquisition of Caleb Smith from the Marlins, Clarke is possibly headed back to the bullpen. On the season, he holds a 3.51 ERA and 1.20 WHIP across 10 appearances (four starts).
Clarke allowed three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out two over three innings in a no-decision against the Giants on Friday.
This was the Clarke's third start as a fill-in for Merrill Kelly (shoulder) and the shortest of the three. Overall, he's posted a 3.75 ERA across 12 innings as a starter. The Diamondbacks appear to be preparing the recently acquired Caleb Smith (COVID-19) to join the rotation; he's scheduled to throw 70 pitches in an intrasquad game Saturday, per Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. By the time Arizona next needs a fifth starter, Smith would not be on normal rest, so Clarke could squeeze in another start next Wednesday at home against the Dodgers.
Clarke is slated to start Friday's series opener versus the Giants.
He'll be making his third start of the season after giving up three runs (two earned) and striking out 11 over nine innings between his last two outings. While the 14-23 Diamondbacks might have some incentive to give the 27-year-old an extended audition in the rotation in September, manager Torey Lovullo might have to expand his starting staff to six men to make that happen. Arizona will bring back Madison Bumgarner (back) from the injured list Saturday, and the team swapped out one starter (Robbie Ray) for another (Caleb Smith) at the trade deadline. Smith is on the COVID-19 injured list but is believed to be ready to return to action, so when that happens, Clarke or Alex Young could be moved to the bullpen if Lovullo opts to stick with a five-man rotation.
Clarke gave up one run on one hit and a walk while striking out seven over five innings in a no-decision versus the Giants on Sunday.
Clarke got his mistake out of the way early, with a first-inning solo shot by Alex Dickerson as the only blemish on his line. The 27-year-old righty has given up just three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks over a combined nine innings in two starts. He struck out 11 over that span. Clarke's ERA sits at a solid 2.22 with a 0.95 WHIP and 25 strikeouts across 24.1 innings overall this season. Despite the solid numbers, Clarke may find himself back in the bullpen when Madison Bumgarner (back) returns.
Clarke is slated to start Sunday's game against the Giants.
Clarke will be making his second start of the week after limiting the Rockies to two runs over four innings Monday, but the 27-year-old right-hander probably won't have much longevity in the rotation. Madison Bumgarner (back) tossed a simulated game Saturday and could be ready to return from the 10-day injured list during next weekend's series in San Francisco, which would likely result in Clarke moving to the bullpen or heading to Arizona's alternate training site.
Clarke gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks over four innings in a no-decision versus the Rockies. He struck out four.
Clarke was called on for the start after Merrill Kelly was scratched with a shoulder injury. The 27-year-old Clarke did fairly well on short notice. He's posted a 2.33 ERA and 1.09 WHIP with 18 strikeouts in 19.1 innings in seven appearances, six of which have been in relief. Clarke could be in for another start this weekend while Kelly remains out.
Clarke will start Monday's game against the Rockies, Fox Sports Arizona reports.
With Merrill Kelly no longer available to make Monday's start, Clarke will get the call. He's coming off a solid outing Friday against the Padres, striking out three over three scoreless innings of relief work. This marks Clarke's first start of the 2020 season.
Clarke struck out three over three scoreless innings in Friday's 3-0 loss to the Padres.
The Diamondbacks went into the game planning to limit starter Luke Weaver to three innings, so there was going to be a need for bulk innings. It was his third outing, all three coming in relief of Weaver, who ran into significant fourth-inning trouble during his first two starts. Clarke has thrown at least three innings in all of his outings and sports a 2.79 ERA with eight strikeouts and three walks over 9.2 innings.
Clarke allowed two walks and struck out three over 3.2 scoreless innings in Monday's 6-2 loss to the Padres.
Clarke was needed for bulk innings as starter Luke Weaver ran into fourth-inning difficulty. The right-hander is being used as a multi-inning reliever and, if the need arises, starting depth.
|Last 7 Games|
|06/12||vs LAA||L 7-8||1.2||1||0||0||4|
|06/11||vs LAA||L 5-6||1.0||2||1||1||1|
|06/06||@ MIL||L 0-2||1.0||1||0||0||2|
|06/05||@ MIL||L 5-7||1.0||0||0||1||2|
|06/02||vs NYM||L 6-7||1.0||0||0||0||0|
|06/01||vs NYM||W 6-5||0.1||0||0||0||0|
|05/29||vs STL||L 4-7||1.0||1||0||0||0|
|More Pitching Stats|
|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2016||AFX-Kane County Cougars||28.2||6||6||0||3||2||0||24||5||24||2.87||1.028|