DENVER – Prior to perhaps the Diamondbacks’ most important game of the season, right-hander Clay Buchholz was scratched from his scheduled start on Thursday afternoon with right elbow tightness.
Buchholz was replaced by right-hander Matt Koch, who threw the first three innings before giving way to the bullpen with the Colorado Rockies leading 4-1.
Buchholz has been among the Diamondbacks’ most dependable starters this season. In 16 starts, he has a 2.01 ERA in 98 1/3 innings.
With the Diamondbacks in desperate need of a victory on Thursday, it would seem the issue for Buchholz must be serious for him to not take the ball.
Buchholz missed most of last season following surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow.