Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 6/28/12
The Diamondbacks on Thursday officially added pitcher Trevor Bauer to the active roster, calling up the third overall pick in the 2011 draft from Triple-A Reno, and optioned third baseman Josh Bell to Reno in a corresponding move. Bauer, who will be making his major league debut, had already been named as the starter for Thursday night's game against the Braves in Atlanta. At 21 years, 164 days, he will be the third-youngest pitcher to make his first major league start with the D-backs, behind only Edgar Gonzalez (20 years, 98 days on June 1, 2003) and Oscar Villarreal (21 years, 127 days on April 8, 2003). Bauer most recently pitched for Reno on Sunday at Salt Lake City, throwing 2 23 innings and allowing a run on two hits and two walks to go along with five strikeouts. He was pulled from the game early in preparation for Thursday night's start, which he'll be making in place of the injured Joe Saunders. In 16 combined starts between Reno and Double-A Mobile, Bauer was 11-1 with a 2.23 ERA and .220 opponents average while striking out 116 and walking 48. In eight starts at Reno, he was 4-0 with a 2.82 ERA. 56 strikeouts and eight walks. Bauer, who went 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in four spring training appearances, will wear No. 17 with the D-backs. The 25-year-old Bell hit .173 with a homer and four RBIs in 21 games after being recalled on May 21. Prior to joining the D-backs, he was hitting .381 with four home runs and 30 RBIs in 26 games with Reno. He was acquired from the Orioles on April 21 for a player to be named later. With Stephen Drew back in the lineup after missing nearly a year with an ankle injury, the D-backs had a multitude of infielders, and the struggling Bell had earned just four at-bats in the past week.
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