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D-Backs’ Corbin Martin sent back to Reno after inconsistent outings

The Diamondbacks optioned starting pitcher Corbin Martin to Triple-A Reno on Thursday, with manager Torey Lovullo acknowledging the club might have brought the right-hander to the big leagues “a tad bit too early.”

In two starts, Martin issued seven walks and allowed three homers in nine innings, struggling with both command and finishing off hitters. Lovullo described Martin’s issues as being rooted around consistency, and while the Diamondbacks considered letting him work through his development in the majors, they ultimately decided he would benefit from going back down.

“We felt like that learning curve would happen quicker — the success would happen quicker and we would get to that best version of Corbin a little bit quicker — if he did that in player development,” Lovullo said.