Zack Godley Returns to Dbacks, Chase Anderson Demoted


The Arizona Diamondbacks have recalled Zack Godley from Mobile and have optioned Chase Anderson to the Reno Aces (AAA). The 25-year old University of Tennessee product returns to the desert after spending the last two weeks in Alabama with the Mobile BayBears. Meanwhile, Anderson’s demotion will give him some more time to recover from injury. Although it can be argued that the long 162-game season is at fault for Anderson’s declining effectiveness.

On July 23rd, Godley’s contract was selected from the Visalia Rawhide (A) and he was set to be a short term replacement in the rotation while Anderson was on the 15-day DL with right triceps inflammation. There was little known about the right hander that was part of the Dbacks compensation when they shipped Miguel Montero to the Chicago Cubs. Godley was determined to make a good first impression.

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In three starts with Arizona, Godley produced three victorious quality starts. They were all six inning efforts against Milwaukee, Seattle and Washington (with the latter two being on the road). Godley was scoreless against the Nationals and Brewers. At 3-0 and with a 1.50 ERA, Godley was surprisingly demoted in favor of Allen Webster (for bullpen depth) and his spot in the rotation was retaken by Anderson.

After a dominant return to the rotation (W, 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 K), Anderson has scuffled in his last two starts. Anderson wasn’t able to get past five innings in each start, but still managed to surrender five runs and nine hits in each of those starts. He’s had a miserable summer after being the model of consistency to start the season. In July/August, Anderson is 1-3 with a 7.04 ERA. A trip to Reno might do him some good.

Godley will most likely see action in the four game series against Cincinnati. If he’s somehow able to replicate the performance from his first call up, a demotion will be highly unlikely and completely unjustified.

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