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J.D. Martinez exits first game as a Diamondback after being hit on the hand by a pitch


Bad news for the Diamondbacks: newly acquired outfielder J.D. Martinez had to exit Wednesday night’s game against the Reds in the fourth inning after he was hit on the hand by a 91 MPH Tim Adleman fastball. He was ruled to have swung, so the at-bat ended in a strikeout, but Martinez did not take his position for the bottom half of the fourth. He finishes the evening 0-for-2 with two strikeouts.

The Diamondbacks acquired Martinez from the Tigers on Tuesday in exchange for infield prospects Sergio Alcantara, Dawel Lugo, and Jose King.

Entering Wednesday’s action, Martinez was hitting .305/.388/.630 with 16 home runs and 39 RBI in 232 plate appearances. The Diamondbacks should pass along information on Martinez’s status later on as the game progresses.

Blue Jays could move Jaime Garcia to bullpen

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Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports that the Blue Jays are considering moving starter Jaime Garcia to the bullpen. If they go that route, Sam Gaviglio would start in Garcia’s place on Sunday against the Angels.

Garcia, 31, has struggled to a 6.16 ERA with a 56/31 K/BB ratio in 61 1/3 innings over 13 starts this season. Gaviglio, meanwhile, has a 3.75 ERA with 35 striekouts and 11 walks in 36 innings across six starts and two relief appearances for the Jays this year.

Garcia inked a one-year, $10 million contract with the Jays in February. The deal includes a club option for the 2019 season worth $10 million with a $2 million buyout.