Diamondbacks pitcher Doug Davis had an impressive line against Atlanta Friday night.
That line: 7 innings pitched, four strikeouts, one earned run allowed, one comeback from cancer.
Manager Bob Melvin said the return of Davis, who had a cancerous thyroid gland removed on April 10, helped the Diamondbacks remember there are more important matters than the team’s three straight losses at Florida this week.
“He took the mound, he had to have some goose bumps,” Melvin said. “But once he got into the flow of the game, it was just another game. He’s an amazing guy.”
Davis benefited from Arizona’s five runs scored in the first inning.
Braves catcher Brian McCann said Atlanta’s players also were moved by the comeback.
“You’re talking about life-threatening stuff,” McCann said. “To overcome it and to get back on the field so early, we all in here tip our hats to him. It was a great performance.”
Davis also brings some extra health–and perspective–to his team as they work to stay on top of the NL West, which they lead by 3.5 games.