SP,RP - ARI - IL10
Taylor Widener was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with a right groin strain.
This was a pretty shocking move, as Widener was Arizona's probable starter on Wednesday. The team went with a bullpen game on the short notice. Widener will be eligible to return May 6.
RHP Taylor Widener allowed four runs on five hits with one walk and seven strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings in the D-Backs 14-11 extra-innings win over the Reds on Thursday.
Widener was victimized by the long ball on Thursday, serving up three, which accounted for all of his earned runs. Jesse Winker led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo shot before Widener settled in over the next five frames. He then gave up homers to Nick Castellanos and Eugenio Suarez (two-run), in the sixth inning. The crafty right-hander still owns a 2.82 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 18:6 K/BB ratio over 22 1/3 innings (four starts) this year. He has a tough test against the Padres at home in his next turn.
RHP Taylor Widener was handed a no-decision on Friday when he allowed four hits over six innings with two walks and three strikeouts in a 1-0 loss to the Nationals.
Widener went toe-to-toe with Max Scherzer and kept the Nats off the scoreboard through his six innings. The 26-year-old righty has gotten off to a great start this season with a 1.59 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 11:5 K/BB ratio over 17 innings (three starts). He lacks strikeout upside and has a difficult matchup against the Reds in his next turn.
RHP Taylor Widener was handed a no-decision on Friday as he allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits with three strikeouts over five innings in the D-backs 6-5 loss to the Reds.
Widener did enough to keep the Diamondbacks in the game through his five innings of work. He scattered his seven hits over five innings, allowing an RBI single to Jesse Winker in the third inning and a solo home run to Tyler Naquin in the fourth. Overall, he's looked solid through two starts this year, carrying a 2.45 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over 11 innings pitched. The rotation spot is his to lose after Caleb Smith was moved to the bullpen. He'll get the Nationals on the road in his next start.
Taylor Widener picked up a quality start and the win on Sunday when he worked six scoreless innings, allowing just three hits while striking out five and walking three in the D-Backs 3-1 win over the Padres.
Widener likely would not have made the starting rotation out of spring training were it not for Zac Gallen's injury but he proved he's capable of doing his job on Sunday. He quieted the Padres bats all afternoon to prevent the D-Backs from getting swept over the four-game series. This performance will certainly put him on some watchlists but it's best to wait and see how he performs in his next start against the Reds at home.