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Jake Lamb to DL, Matt Koch called up

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The impact of last night’s game has proved to be too much for Jake, and we make our first roster move of the year.

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Jake Lamb first appeared to bang himself up making a sprawling play on a pop foul. The issue was then likely exacerbated by a his slide into home plate to score the tying run, after coming around all the way from first on Nick Ahmed’s 15th-inning double. As the video below shows, he was clearly in some pain. While he appeared to be fine in the post-game celebrations, it appears that he woke up feeling stiff, and an MRI this morning subsequently showed Jake to have a left shoulder AC joint strain. The hope is that the stay on the DL will be for the minimum 10 days necessary, and Lovullo says he will “mix and match” to fill in the gap. Tonight, the stand-in will be Deven “Did you know he went to ASU?” Marrero.

Taking over the roster spot is Matt Koch, and after the bullpen had to throw ten innings last night, it makes sense to bring in an arm, especially one capable of providing some extended length during the next few games. After his infamous “infinite ERA” campaign of 2017, Koch had rebounded, posting a solid spring. He was generally considered to be one of the leading candidates, in the eventuality the team needed a sixth starter. With every reliever bar Andrew Chafin and Yoshihisa Hirano having thrown at least 25 pitches last night, I would imagine Koch will be the first man out of the bullpen when we need someone to relieve Zack Godley, though how long Koch sticks around remains to be seen.