At the beginning of the season, Lance Cormier was at Class AA El Paso, trying to believe his coaches when they said to always be ready because that call-up to the majors could come at any time.
Tonight, he’ll justify those coaches’ optimism. The righthanded pitcher, promoted to Class AAA Tucson in May and called up to Arizona on Friday, will start against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
"It sure is a long way from Double-A, even though everyone tells you it’s still the same game," said Cormier, a 23-year-old who was 2-3 with a 3.29 ERA at El Paso, then 1-1 with a 1.77 ERA at Tucson.
"I played with a lot of these guys last year because it’s a young team, so I feel comfortable here."
Cormier, taken in the fourth round by the D-Backs in the 2002 draft, is the first Arizona player taken that year to reach the majors.
Right-hander Andrew Good, originally slated to start tonight, willingly accepted a move back to the bullpen. Good allowed seven runs (six earned) in 3 2/3 innings on June 12 at Toronto.
Cormier was the best option for tonight because "first and foremost, he throws strikes," manager Bob Brenly said.
"When we sat down and weighed all the candidates to call up to fill a spot on the pitching staff, the thing that stood out was the fact that he doesn’t walk many people," Brenly said. "He throws the ball over the plate and lets his defense work behind him."