The starting rotation struggles are as clear as can be for the last place 4-9 Arizona Diamondbacks and it continued last night. Despite going 7 innings Brandon McCarthy allowed 6 runs on 10 hits and you knew that the Dbacks had to make some changes. They signed Randy Wolf to a minor league deal yesterday and Josh Collmetner has been in talks to join the rotation since last week.
Well Dbacks Manager Kirk Gibson and General Manger Kevin Towers finally pulled the trigger inserting long reviler Josh Collmenter into the rotation. Gibson made the announcement following Arizona’s 6-0 loss to the Dodgers on Friday night. Collmenter will start Monday against the Mets in place of Bronson Arroyo. Arroyo was behind the rest of the starters when the season began due to back trouble, will get extra rest and start Tuesday night. Delgado who lasted just 3 and a third innings will try to figure things out in the pen where he was originally supposed to be this season before Patrick Corbin‘s season ending injury.
The primary reason for moving Collmenter to the rotation is his ability to give the team innings. Gibson talked about the move with MLB.com: “You guys know we need innings out of guys, and he gives us a chance to win a ballgame,” Gibson said of Collmenter. “He’s shown that in 2011, he’s done it out of the bullpen. Just looking at our options, we think that’s the smartest way to go. We’re going to go with this and see how it works.”
Collmenter emerged as a starter during the team’s 2011 N.L West championship season but struggled in that role in 2012 before being moved to a more permanent and valuable role in the pen. But with the struggles of the rotation, he is needed as a starter.