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D-backs recall Zack Godley, option Chase Anderson

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The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled right-handed pitcher Zack Godley from Double-A Mobile today after optioning right-handed pitcher Chase Anderson to Triple-A Reno following last night’s game, as announced by D-backs Sr. Vice President & General Manager Dave Stewart.

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Godley, 25, is 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA (3 ER in 18.0 IP), .226 opponents average (14-for-62) and 17 strikeouts in 3 starts with the D-backs this season. He is the second D-backs starter to win his first 3 Major League outings (also Chase Anderson in 2014). In 19 games (15 starts) between Mobile and Single-A Advanced Visalia, he is 9-4 with a 2.62 ERA (27 ER in 92.2 IP), .233 opponents average (80-for-343) and 87 strikeouts. Anderson, 27, is 5-5 with a 4.51 ERA (61 ER in 121.2 IP), .280 opponents average (130-for-465) and 84 strikeouts in 21 starts (10 quality) this season.

Given the recent struggles of Anderson, this is probably not too surprising. He has a 7.65 ERA in his last eight starts, and though his first appearance after a stint on the DL at the beginning of June was fine, the two since have gone right back to the old, bad Anderson, allowing ten earned runs in 9.2 innings of work. What's interesting is the return of Godley, and I'm not certain if this will be a short-term move, to shore up a taxed bullpen until a starter is again needed over the weekend in Cincinnati, or if he will be that starter. Given earlier team pronouncements about his workload - Godley was a reliever before this season, I'd guess the former.

Update: and, indeed, that appear to be the case.

That will therefore leave the question unanswered for now, of who will take Anderson's spot in the rotation. Could this be the beginning of the Aaron Blair era? We'll have to wait and see.