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D-backs RHP Zach Davies removed from win over Dodgers with strained left oblique 

Apr 8, 2023, 7:24 PM | Updated: Apr 9, 2023, 8:30 am

Starting pitcher Zach Davies #27 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches during the first inning of the...

Starting pitcher Zach Davies #27 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches during the first inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field on April 08, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images)

(Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images)

The Arizona Diamondbacks removed RHP Zach Davies in the top of the fifth inning of the 12-8 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday with a strained left oblique, the team announced.

Davies rifled off a pitch and showed immediate discomfort. He then crouched on the mound before the training staff attended to him.

“It felt a little tight on the pitch previous, but it didn’t grab or give any indication I was at risk,” Davies told reporters postgame.

“The next pitch, I felt it grab. At that point I knew exactly what it was.”

Manager Torey Lovullo said Davies will be out for “weeks.”

“Those oblique strains, they’re a menace,” Lovullo said postgame. “They just take a little bit of time to work through and get over. So I don’t know what the timetable is, but we’re going to miss him.”

Davies had an up-and-down start after allowing four runs in the first inning. He rebounded with a very quick five-pitch inning in the second, an inning the D-backs added four runs of their own to take the lead.

Davies followed the four-run first with two scoreless innings. He lost his touch in the fourth frame, allowing a run and three consecutive walks.

The inning ended with bags full of Dodgers, but center fielder Alek Thomas had his pitcher’s back with a sliding grab to end the threat.

Davies was sent back out for the fifth, where he recorded one out before the injury.

With Davies likely to land on the injured list, Drey Jameson, Tommy Henry and Brandon Pfaadt are all names that could potentially take over the starting pitching role.

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