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Zack Greinke exits start with apparent injury

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Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke exited Wednesday afternoon’s start against the Pirates with two outs in the eighth inning with an apparent injury. Grienke grimaced after throwing a pitch to Pirates reliever Chris Stratton, batting in what was at the time an 8-0 game in favor of the D-Backs. Greinke spoke with the team trainer before exiting the game. Yoshihisa Hirano entered the game and finished off the at-bat by striking out Stratton to end the inning.

Grienke may have suffered his apparent injury when he was batting to lead off the sixth inning, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic suggests. At any rate, the D-Backs should pass along word on Greinke’s status later tonight. [Update: Greinke was removed due to abdominal tightness and will undergo an MRI on Friday, the team says.]

On the afternoon, Greinke pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings, limiting the Pirates to just four hits with no walks and five strikeouts as the D-Backs won 11-1. He now owns a 6-1 record with a 2.78 ERA and a 62/8 K/BB ratio in 64 2/3 innings this season.

Apparent roster snafu changes Blue Jays pitching plans

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ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.

After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.

As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.

The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.

Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.

Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.