PHOENIX – Matt Koch was pitching in the sixth inning of a minor league game in Tacoma, Wash., when his manager walked toward the mound.

Koch was perplexed.

“At first I was like, ‘Why am I getting taken out early in the sixth inning?’ ” Koch said.

Reno Aces manager Phil Nevin wasn’t visiting the mound just to pull the 25-year-old right-hander from the game. He also had some news for Koch, delivered right there on the mound.

Koch had been called up to the big leagues by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

READ MORE: via Cronkite News, special to ArizonaSports.com

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