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Diamondbacks' Caleb Smith: Impressive in 'penApril 08, 2021 | 03:09 AM
Smith walked one and struck out five over two scoreless innings of relief in Wednesday's 8-0 loss to Colorado. Earlier in the day, the Diamondbacks announced Smith was moving out of the rotation and into the bullpen. The move appeared to agree with the left-hander on Wednesday. Smith did not pitch well this spring, particularly in his final two starts (12 runs, 9.1 innings), and manager Torey Lovullo had a quick hook following one disappointing regular-season start. "We just feel like the best thing for this team right now is to put him in the bullpen," Lovullo told Steve Gilbert of MLB. com. "Just give him a chance to work on a couple things. You know, we feel like he's close. He's got great stuff. We're looking for him to be a little more consistent and we feel like this will give him the opportunity to go and work on a couple things." There was no word on which pitcher will replace Smith in the rotation, but he could eventually reclaim a starting spot judging from the manager's comments.
Source: CBS Sports