RENO - The Arizona Diamondbacks have optioned pitcher Joe Martinez to Triple-A Reno.
Martinez, 29, was recalled from Reno on April 24 and appeared in a game for the D-backs, working an inning of relief on April 25 vs. Phillies, allowing a run on 2 hits with a strikeout in the ninth inning. In 3 starts for Reno, he was 0-1 with a 4.42 ERA (9 ER in 18.1 IP), 2 walks and 8 strikeouts. On April 7 vs. Colorado Springs, he allowed 2 runs over 7.0 innings and on April 17 at Fresno, he allowed a run in 6.0 frames.
Over parts of 3 seasons in the Majors with the Giants (2009-10), Pirates (2010) and D-backs (2012), Martinez is 3-3 with a 6.93 ERA (39 ER in 50.2 IP) in 19 games (6 starts). Prior to this season, his most recent big league action was in 2010 as he made 4 appearances (1 start) with a 4.91 ERA (6 ER in 11.0 IP) for the Giants and 5 relief outings with a 3.12 ERA (3 ER in 8.2 IP) for the Pirates.