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.

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