Diamondbacks’ starter Josh Collmenter withstood a challenge from rookie prospect Trevor Bauer to retain his spot as the final starter in the D-Backs rotation, however, it’s not difficult to believe that manager Kirk Gibson is having second thoughts about the decision after his effort today against the Angels.
Collmenter followed up his best start of the season—5 innings of 2 run ball against the Padres last Sunday—with his worst start of the season. He allowed 8 runs in 4 innings today against the Angels, including home runs to Albert Pujols and Howie Kendrick. More alarming than the home runs was that Collmenter allowed 10 hits over the 4 innings and only struck out 1 batter. His effort today certainly couldn’t have instilled confidence in the D-Backs decision to go with Collmenter over Bauer or spring sensation Patrick Corbin, who still has a shot at the roster.
Today would likely be Collmenter’s last spring appearance. Under a normal schedule he would pitch in the final spring game next Wednesday, however since Gibson has already announced Collmenter will pitch the 3rd day of the season, it would mean he would be only operating under 4 days rest for that start if he went Wednesday.
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