Diamondbacks’ Clay Buchholz scratched late with elbow tightness vs. Rockies

Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Daniel Descalso, back, forces out Colorado Rockies' DJ LeMahieu at second base on the front end of a double play hit into by Nolan Armando to end the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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.

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