D-backs give Godley chance to rebound in bullpen

D-backs give Godley chance to rebound in bullpen

SAN FRANCISCO -- D-backs right-hander Zack Godley showed promise in nine appearances last year, accumulating a 5-1 record with a 3.19 ERA. He hasn't been able to duplicate that success this year.

The D-backs aren't losing faith in Godley, who won three of his first four decisions since being recalled for a start on June 11, even as his ERA has continued to climb.

Godley, who returned to the bullpen when Shelby Miller was recalled from Triple-A Reno to make Wednesday's start against the Giants, really only made two rough starts. They just happened to be in his last two appearances.

Godley becomes one of three relievers whom D-backs manager Chip Hale can rely upon for multiple innings over the final month of the season. Hale also mentioned Patrick Corbin and Edwin Escobar as the others.

Godley continues to show he has what it takes to pitch in the Majors. His 5 1/3-inning relief stint on Aug. 12, in which he allowed a run on two hits, led to a quality start five days later.

Godley's terrific relief outing

His last two starts, though, have been completely out of character, as he gave up career high in runs in successive outings.

During a solid rookie season, Godley gave up more than three runs in an appearance once and then came back to win his next start.

He'll continue to get his chances over the final month.

Worth noting

Right-hander Vicente Campos was optioned to Reno to make room for Miller. Reno is playing in Sacramento, about a 90-minute from San Francisco, and it's likely Campos' stay with the Aces will be short-lived.

Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the D-backs on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.