Clarke (0-1) took the loss against the Rays on Tuesday as he allowed two runs on seven hits over six innings. He had two strikeouts and zero walks.
Clarke's first start of his career was a good one as he delivered a quality start, though it wasn't enough to avoid being saddled with the loss. The 25-year-old staked his claim to the starting rotation following Zack Godley's move to the bullpen and figures to take the mound Sunday versus the Braves.
Clarke will make his first career big-league start Tuesday in Tampa Bay.
Clarke made his debut appearance in relief back in April, throwing three scoreless innings to record a save. His mediocre 4.40 career ERA in 38 starts for Triple-A Reno doesn't exactly make a great case for him claiming the role long-term, but he could potentially be given the chance to do so with Zack Godley banished to the bullpen.
Clarke allowed two hits and one walk while striking out one over five scoreless innings for Triple-A Reno on Wednesday.
Clarke is on schedule to be ready the next time the Diamondbacks need a fifth starter. With Zack Godley headed to the bullpen, Arizona manager Torey Lovullo has yet to name a replacement, but Clarke is one possible candidate to join the major-league rotation.
Clarke is believed to be one of the candidates to replace Zack Godley in the rotation, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo announced Godley's move from the rotation to the bullpen Tuesday but has not announced a replacement. The manager will not need a fifth starter until May 7, so there's still time before a decision is finalized. Clarke, 25, is scheduled to pitch for Triple-A Reno on Wednesday and could pitch again as soon as Monday (May 6). The right-hander has an ugly 7.65 ERA over four starts for the Aces with that figure heavily skewed by one bad outing against El Paso. Clarke doesn't have a put-away pitch and needs to keep batters off balance to be successful.
Clarke was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Sunday.
Clarke lasted all of one day on the big-league roster after getting called up for his debut Saturday. He looked good in his lone appearance, picking up a save after throwing three scoreless innings, but he'll be replaced by Jimmie Sherfy as the Diamondbacks need another fresh arm.
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