Braden Shipley’s season is starting off with a bang, as he was called up from the Reno Aces to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday.
The University of Nevada Reno alumnus compiled a team-leading 28 strikeouts and two wins for the Aces, posting a 6.40 ERA in six starts this season. Shipley’s first call to action with Arizona came in 2016, when he sported a 4-5 record and 5.27 ERA in 13 games.
“That is the best part of the job,” Aces manager Greg Gross said. “Anytime you can tell someone their dream is coming true that’s what it’s all about — especially to a guy like Braden, who has pitched well for us these past few games.”
MLB veteran Kris Medlen was optioned back down to Reno in the process. He has appeared in four games with the Aces this season with a 6.00 ERA in 18 innings pitched. Medlen made his D-backs debut on Friday, May 4. The right-hander went four innings, giving up seven earned runs on nine hits and four walks, with four punchouts.
Shipley likely will head to the D-backs’ bullpen. Arizona has three pitchers on the disabled list, including starter Taijuan Walker, who is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
– Isaiah Burrows