Cahill pleased with mechanics in 'B' game

D-backs rotation hopeful goes four innings, maintains consistent arm slot

Cahill pleased with mechanics in 'B' game

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs right-hander Trevor Cahill pitched well in a four-inning stint during a "B" game Sunday morning, prompting manager Chip Hale to say that if Cahill continues to perform like that, he's in good position to win a spot in the rotation.

"I was able to get my offspeed [pitches] over for strikes, which was promising," Cahill said. "I feel early on in camp, I wasn't able to throw a changeup or a curve except in the dirt. So that was good."

Cahill tweaked his mechanics in the offseason, moving his arm slot up a little bit, and the results so far this spring have been encouraging. In two "A" game starts, he has a 2.25 ERA, and on Sunday, he allowed a pair of unearned runs over four innings.

"I felt like it was consistent," Cahill said of his arm angle Sunday. "I felt like from the get-go it might have been a touch lower, but it was consistent the whole time. Some days I think, no matter what, I'm just going to go wherever I'm comfortable and try to maintain that. As long as it's not dropping as the game goes on and it is consistent from the first pitch to the last pitch, I'll be happy with that."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.