Diamondbacks left-hander Robbie Ray departed his start vs. the Reds after 4 1/3 innings Friday because of a blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand, the team announced.
After throwing a slider for a strike to first baseman Joey Votto, Ray looked at his left hand, called for time and motioned toward the dugout. After a couple of minutes speaking with a trainer and manager Torey Lovullo, Ray left the game.
Ray has been a dependable starter for the Diamondbacks, owning a 12-7 record and 3.97 ERA entering Friday. Arizona was leading 6-2 when he left the game, but the lead quickly became 6-5 when Eugenio Suarez hit a three-run home run off Ray’s replacement, Stefan Chrichton.
The Diamondbacks are in the hunt for a playoff spot thanks to a 9-1 stretch in their past 10 games. Arizona entered Friday 3 1/2 games behind the Cubs for the second National League wild-card berth.
Ray previously had blister issues in June 2016. He was forced to leave a start against the Phillies in the seventh inning. He did not miss a turn.
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