D-backs recall Schugel, place Laird on DL

Righty makes big league debut vs. Dodgers; catcher out with back spasms

D-backs recall Schugel, place Laird on DL

PHOENIX -- A.J. Schugel's big league career got off to a fast start.

On Sunday, the D-backs recalled Schugel from Triple-A Reno and placed catcher Gerald Laird on the 15-day disabled list with lower back spasms, retroactive to April 9.

A few hours later, the right-hander made his big league debut pitching in relief of starter Josh Collmenter against the Dodgers in the sixth inning. Schugel would go on to allow two runs on five hits in three innings as Arizona lost, 7-4.

"It's tough to come in your first game in the Major Leagues, and you could see that first inning he struggled with his location and his ability to throw his breaking ball or changeup for strikes," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "Once he was able to do that, I like what I saw and that's what I expected. You just never know what you are going to get that first go-around. I thought after the first inning, he did a good job."

Schugel's first out

Schugel, 25, went 6-4 with a 3.47 ERA in 26 starts with Double-A Mobile last season. A Southern League midseason All-Star, he was acquired from the Angels with Mark Trumbo as part of a three-team trade with the White Sox on Dec. 10, 2013.

"I was supposed to start [for Reno] Monday night, but how they use me here, it doesn't matter," he said. "When they sent me down, I was told I'd start, but it doesn't really matter. I'm excited to be here."

Laird, 35, made his D-backs debut against the Giants on April 8 and tweaked his back during an at-bat in the fourth inning. He signed with the D-backs as a Minor League free agent on Feb. 2.

"It's 15-day DL and his back has stiffened up," Hale said. "They are doing a bunch of tests to determine the route they are going to take. We hope it's just 15 days, but you never know with backs."

Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.