Chafin gums up the works, snaps off crown

D-backs reliever chomps down hard on tooth, keeps pitching

Chafin gums up the works, snaps off crown

PHOENIX -- When he gave up a two-out double to the Dodgers' Enrique Hernandez in the ninth inning Wednesday, D-backs reliever Andrew Chafin was not pleased with himself.

What happened next was even more painful.

"Well, I just gave up a double, so I was a little bitter, so I probably chomped my gum a little harder than normal," Chafin said.

So hard, in fact, that he snapped a crown off one of his teeth.

"It was a tooth I had root canal on and fillings and then we put a crown on top of it, so once you grind it all the way down and put a crown on it, there ain't much," Chafin said. "It's like a little stir stick straw thing holding my tooth together."

Chafin didn't tell anyone about the tooth until later.

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"I took it and casually put it in my back pocket," he said of the crown. "I proceeded to walk the next two guys because I was not very focused, but I was able to get the last guy out and even when [pitching coach Mike Butcher] came out for a visit, he didn't notice. I went back in the dugout and smiled and everybody said, 'What happened?'"

Chafin went to the dentist the next day and got the tooth fixed.

The 27-year-old gave up smokeless tobacco this year and replaced it with the gum. It was suggested to him that maybe he should stop chewing it so hard in the future, but he had a better idea.

"Stop giving up doubles," he said.

No decision yet on Ray
The D-backs have not announced what the next step will be for left-hander Robbie Ray, who is on the disabled list after being struck in the head with a line drive during the last road trip.

Ray threw a simulated game Saturday and came through it without any problem. D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said the team is discussing whether Ray will need an additional rehab start and when he might rejoin the rotation.

Ray hit in head by comebacker

The rotation has been set for the next four days, with Zack Greinke and Anthony Banda starting against the Astros on Monday and Tuesday at Chase Field, followed by Taijuan Walker and Patrick Corbin on Wednesday and Thursday at Minute Maid Park.

On Rodney
Lovullo removed closer Fernando Rodney after six batters in the ninth inning Saturday night when the Cubs posted four hits against him.

When asked Sunday if he would have a quick hook with Rodney in the future, Lovullo said no, adding that he would've stuck with Rodney longer if it had been a save situation.

Rodney entered the game to start the ninth with the D-backs winning, 6-0, making it a non-save situation.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.