D-backs may consider 6-man rotation

With Anderson nearing return, club could rest young arms

D-backs may consider 6-man rotation

WASHINGTON -- Chase Anderson threw four scoreless innings for the Rookie-level Arizona League D-backs on Sunday, but where his next start will take place has not been decided.

Initially, D-backs manager Chip Hale said Anderson would likely make one rehab start before rejoining the rotation in place of Zack Godley.

Monday, though, Hale was less definitive, saying the club might want to build up Anderson's pitch count in the Minors. Hale also brought up the possibility of the team going with some type of six-man rotation.

"There are a lot of different things we're talking about," Hale said. "We're throwing a lot of things out there, and we'll probably come to a decision by [Tuesday]."

The D-backs have just one off-day in August, and with Godley -- who started Monday night's game against the Nationals -- having far exceeded his innings total from last year and Patrick Corbin coming back from Tommy John surgery, finding ways to give starters an extra day here and there is appealing.

"But it's tough to do that with still keeping seven bullpen guys," Hale said of adding a sixth starter. "We would probably have to lose a position player. That's a very tough decision to make."

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.