Mar 12, 2015; Salt River Pima-Maricopa, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Allen Webster (27) throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning during a spring training baseball game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports
The management team of the Arizona Diamondbacks must read my work. Earlier this week, I advocated the return of Josh Collmenter to the bullpen as I felt that was the best role for him and for the team. Wouldn’t you know it, but that is now reality as Collmenter will not get the start on Saturday night in San Francisco. Allen Webster gets the nod as he will be called up from Triple A Reno per Steve Gilbert at mlb.com.
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The move isn’t surprising given Collmenter’s struggles for pretty much the entire season. Outside of two April outings (ironically, one being a complete game shutout in San Francisco), his season has been a real mess. Tomahawk has given up 85 hits and 10 walks in 68 2/3 innings while surrendering 13 home runs, four of them coming in his last outing vs. the New York Mets. He heads to a relief role to iron out his troubles but it shouldn’t be long before he returns to his Superman out of the ‘pen role.
As for Webster, his season hasn’t been exactly stellar, either. In five starts covering only 23 innings, he has given up 33 and 12 walks. The right-hander, who came over from the Red Sox in the trade that sent Wade Miley to Boston, also battled shoulder fatigue and spent some time on the disabled list. Webster is 6-5 with a 6.25 ERA in 19 Major League appearances, 18 of them starts. It will be his first outing for the D’backs.
With Collmenter now in the bullpen, only one member of Arizona’s 2014 primary starting rotation remains in his spot, that being Chase Anderson. As of now, we do not know whose spot Webster is taking in Arizona. check out our Facebook and Twitter page as we will be sure to have that information when it becomes available.