Arizona Diamondbacks: Godley has an opportunity to stay in rotation

Zack Godley shut down the Detroit Tigers. (Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports)
Zack Godley shut down the Detroit Tigers. (Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports) /

Right-hander Zack Godley gets his second start of the season Wednesday night.

Though labeled a starter, right-hander Zack Godley of the Arizona Diamondbacks feels comfortable in any role. That would include starting or out of the bullpen. For now, Godley has been thrusted into the rotation and may be the last to lobby for this appointment.

As with several players on the current Diamondbacks roster, versatility is hallmark of this team. Chris Herrmann is a catcher by trade and Chris Owings, Brandon Drury and Daniel Descalso are tarhere because each can play several positions.  Now, Godley appears equally comfortable as a starter or out of the bullpen.

For Godley, who gets a start Wednesday night at home against the Detroit Tigers, this could be an opportunity to nail down a spot in the rotation. With Shelby Miller lost for the season with Tommy John surgery, Godley has been floated through the revolving door with Braden Shipley, now with Triple-A Reno.

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In his only start this season on April 26 against San Diego, Godley went five innings, allowed two runs and came out with a no-decision. Back in Sedona Red, Godley is happy to call Chase Field home, and told Venom Strikes before Tuesday’s with Detroit game at home that he remains flexible.

"My approach is not different than that of day one. I relish my time here, and do what I can to help this team. My job is to get guys out and I’ll do whatever they tell me."

Though Godley is slated to start against the Tigers, he could remain in the rotation. That was the observation from manager Torey Lovullo. In an explanation to Venom Strikes before Tuesday’s game against the Tigers in Chase Field, Lovullo said Godley could earn back-to-back starts with a strong performance.

"I would like to see (Godley) perform. He’s pitched well, here and in Reno, and deserves this opportunity."

While Godley was announced to start Wednesday night, the Diamondbacks must make a roster move from the current 25-man roster. Lovullo hinted that that move would likely be a pitcher, and told Venom Strikes, “we’re having discussions on this (Tuesday afternoon).”

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For his start, Godley will draw Detroit left-hander Matthew Boyd (2-2, 3.78 ERA in six starts) as his opponent. Boyd was traded by the Toronto Blue Jays to Detroit in 2015 in the deal which sent lefty David Price to the Jays. Last season, Boyd, 6-3, 215 pounds out of Bellevue, Wash. went 6-5 for the Tigers, and posted a 4.53 ERA in 18 starts.