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Arizona Diamondbacks Inside Pitch 2008-05-23

Arizona Diamondbacks Inside Pitch 2008-05-23
Max Scherzer belongs in the major leagues, the Diamondbacks determined, so they moved him to the bullpen Thursday as Doug Davis was activated from the disabled list for a Friday start against Atlanta.

"He deserves to be here," D-backs manager Bob Melvin said of Scherzer.

To create a roster spot for Davis, the D-backs designated reliever Brandon Medders for assignment, giving them 10 days to trade, waive or release him. Medders, 28, was 1-0 with a 4.58 ERA in 18 relief appearances this season, and he is unlikely to clear waivers.

Davis will make his first start since April 8, two days before his cancerous thyroid was removed. He is 1-1 with a 3.72 ERA in two major league starts, and was an identical 1-1, 3.72 in two rehab starts at Class AAA Tucson.

Scherzer, 23, made three starts in Davis' spot in the rotation after taking over for Edgar Gonzalez, and he hit 98 mph with his fastball in his first two outings. The rookie, 0-2 with a 2.33 ERA, gave up five earned runs in his first start but did not allow an earned run in 11 innings over final two starts, although three unearned runs cost him two losses. He has 23 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings.

"He's going to give us some length in the bullpen," Melvin said.

Scherzer also could be used as a setup man, Melvin hinted, if any of his other primary setup men needs a day off.

"We could use him in an important role," Melvin said.

MARLINS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 0: Arizona had six hits while suffering its first shutout of the season, the first time the team has been blanked since a 9-0 loss to Milwaukee on Aug. 20, 2007. The D-backs scored three runs on 16 hits in Florida's three-game sweep, and they have lost their last six road games while scoring a total of 10 runs. The D-backs struck out 11 times Thursday, 35 in the series.

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