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Diamondbacks option Shelby Miller to Triple-A

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The Diamondbacks announced on Thursday evening that struggling starter Shelby Miller has been optioned to Triple-A Reno.

Miller, 25, has had a nightmarish season in Arizona, ending the first half with a 2-9 record, a 7.14 ERA, and a 50/34 K/BB ratio in 69 1/3 innings. The Diamondbacks considered demoting him to Triple-A back in May, but he wound up on the disabled list with a right finger injury.

The Diamondbacks acquired Miller from the Braves this past December along with minor leaguer Gabe Speier in exchange for Dansby Swanson, Aaron Blair, and Ender Inciarte. Miller is earning $4.35 million this season and has two more years of arbitration eligibility remaining before he is eligible to reach free agency.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.