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Arizona Diamondbacks Notebook: Zack Godley Earns Second Opportunity In Rotation

Zack Godley was recalled and will make the start tonight against the Detroit Tigers. Here is all you need to know about the move and tonight's game.

Before Wednesday night's game against the Detroit Tigers at Chase Field, the Arizona Diamondbacks recalled right-hander Zack Godley from Triple-A Reno and placed left-hander T.J. McFarland on the 10-day disabled list. 

Godley will make his second spot start of the season. The 27-year-old, who made his 2017 major-league debut on April 26 against the San Diego Padres, will try permanently replace right-hander Shelby Miller in the rotation. Miller underwent right ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery ("Tommy John") Wednesday. The surgery was performed by Dr. Neil ElAttrache in Los Angeles, California. 

Godley allowed two earned runs on four hits and threw 87 pitches. The Bamberg, South Carolina native struck out six, walked three and did not factor into the decision. The Diamondbacks lost to Trevor Cahill and the Friars, 8-5. McFarland was placed on the DL with a left ankle contusion suffered last night after being hit in the left ankle by a 104.6 mph line drive off the bat of Tigers catcher James McCann. 

Before going on the DL, McFarland was 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA (1 ER in 5.2 innings pitched) in five games with the Diamondbacks. McFarland replaced Miller on the 25-man roster.  

With the move, the Diamondbacks have seven relievers in their bullpen. Instead of three southpaws, field manager Torey Lovullo will have two lefties to choose from, Andrew Chafin and Jorge De La Rosa. 

More on Godley 

Godley has thrown the ball well for the Aces. In two starts for interim manager Greg Gross, the former University of Tennessee standout is 2-0 with a minuscule 0.68 ERA (1 ER in 13.1 IP). Opposing hitters are batting .071 (3-for-42) and he has struck out 15. In his last start, he allowed four runs, but only one of them was earned, in 6.1 innings against the Salt Lake Bees on May 2.

Acquired from the Chicago Cubs Dec. 9, 2014, with right-hander Jefferson Mejia for catcher Miguel Montero, Godley already had a fair amount of big league experience. In 16 career starts for Arizona, Godley is 8-4 with a 5.55 ERA (52 R, 51 ER) in 82.2 IP. The final two starts last season caused the ERA to jump from 4.20 through 13 career outings. In 10 career starts at Chase Field, he is 5-3 with a 5.85 ERA. Through his first seven home outings, Godley's ERA was 3.57. 

This will be Godley's first career start against Detroit and the AL Central. In two other career interleague starts, he is 1-1 with a 4.81 ERA. In five career interleague games, Godley is 1-1 with a 3.66 ERA in 19.2 innings pitched. 

Manager Torey Lovullo, speaking with MLB.com, said Godley's chances to stay in the rotation will depend on his performance Wednesday. Lovullo said he would like to give Godley more than one start at a time. Godley was sent back to Reno after his initial 2017 outing. Right-hander Braden Shipley made a spot start against the Washington Nationals on the last road trip but struggled with command and was sent back to Reno. 

Lovullo, speaking to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, reiterated performance dictates opportunity. 

“Obviously, we want to see him go out and perform, and good performances earn extra moments. I think out of fairness to some of the call-ups, it would be nice to see what they could do over a two-term span. So we’re hoping it trends in that direction.”

Godley was sent back to Reno after his initial 2017 outing. Right-hander Braden Shipley made a spot start against the Washington Nationals on the last road trip but struggled with command and was sent back to Reno. In terms of his pitch repertoire, Godley will feature a cutter, sinker, four-seam fastball, curveball and a changeup. The sinker and curveball are his primary offerings. Godley can normally touch 94 with his sinker, 93 with his cutter and 95 with his four-seamer. The curveball normally tops out at 84 mph and the change at 86 mph. 

In terms of his pitch repertoire, Godley will feature a cutter, sinker, four-seam fastball, curveball and a changeup. The sinker and curveball are his primary offerings. Godley can normally touch 94 with his sinker, 93 with his cutter and 95 with his four-seamer. The curveball normally tops out at 84 mph and the change at 86 mph. 

In his other April start against right-handed batters, Godley threw his sinker around 40 percent of the time, the cutter around 13 percent of the time and the curve around 47 percent of the time. To lefties, he threw a heavy dose of sinkers and curves and threw his cutter and change under five percent of the time. According to Brooks Baseball, Godley did not throw a four-seam fastball to either righties or lefties. 

Godley was the Pacific Coast League's Pitcher of the Week for April 17-23 after nearly tossing a no-hitter. Right-hander Matthew Boyd will start for Detroit. Boyd is making his seventh start of the season and has never faced the Diamondbacks. 

Game Essentials

What: Tigers (16-15) at Diamondbacks (18-16)

Game No. 35, Home Game No. 19 (12-6)

When: 9:40 PM ET

Where: Chase Field (Roof Open)

Pitching Matchup: LHP Matthew Boyd (2-2, 3.78 ERA) vs. RHP Zack Godley (0-0, 3.60 ERA)

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Arizona/98.7 F.M. Arizona's Sports Station/KHOV 105.1 FM (Spanish)

Weather: First pitch temperature of 78 degrees

Umpires: HP: Kerwin Danley 1B: Todd Tichenor 2B: Adam Hamari 3B: Bill Miller

Lineups

Tigers:

Austin Romine 4

Tyler Collins 8

Miguel Cabrera 3

Nick Castellanos 5

Justin Upton 7

Jim Adduci 9

James McCann 2

Jose Iglesias 6

Matthew Boyd 1

Diamondbacks:

A.J. Pollock 8

Chris Owings 9

Paul Goldschmidt 3

Jake Lamb 5

Yasmany Tomas 7

Brandon Drury 4

Chris Iannetta 2

Nick Ahmed 6

Zack Godley 1

Peralta is out of the lineup tonight against the left-hander. Peralta is batting .200 in 20 at-bats versus lefties. Lamb has taken better at-bats against lefties and is in the lineup. Lamb has six hits in 35 at-bats against southpaws. The third baseman had 18 hits in 2016 against left-handers. 

Peralta is 0-for-14 since getting sick and Lovullo wanted to give him the night off. 

Follow me on twitter @joejacquezaz for updates throughout the game. 


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