The Diamondbacks’ starting rotation gets still another look.
Earlier this month, manager Kirk Gibson went to a six-man rotation and moved Randall Delgado from the bullpen to join the other five starters.
Now, Delgado is back in the bullpen and left-hander Andrew Chafin will take his place. Because of Chafin’s strong results at Triple-A Reno, Gibson wants another look at the 24-year-old and perhaps still another look. While Chafin will start Wednesday in Chase Field against the Giants, he could one more start and that would be next Tuesday against the Twins.
For now, the Diamondbacks are anxious to see Chafin again. In his only outing against Cleveland on Aug. 13, Chafin lasted five innings and left in a scoreless tie. Although the Diamondbacks eventually won 1-0, he was not involved in the decision.
Returning to the minors, he turned in several quality starts with Triple-A Reno and in 15 innings of post-season play, Chafin allowed no runs, eight hits, walked one and fanned nine hitters.
“This is an opportunity for (Chafin) to build on his momentum,” Gibson said before Tuesday’s game with the Giants in Chase Field. “We’d like to see him complete the season. He has three quality pitches and if he can be effective, that could set him for next season.”
Gibson stopped short of declaring a rotation spot for the Kent, Ohio native but only to commit to Chafin for the final two starts of the season, Plus, Gibson is not in a position to commit any player to the Arizona roster for next season because his future in Sedona Red remains uncertain.
With Chafin now in the rotation, that leaves Chase Anderson for one more start and then the Diamondbacks plan to shut him down. That start is slated for Friday night in Denver against the Rockies.
Should Anderson go five or six innings, that would put him within the 155 inning range and represents the most Anderson has pitched in his six year, professional career.
“(Anderson) had a great year and if you ask him, he feels good about his year,” Gibson said. “We pulled him out of double A (Mobile) and he responded. That’s solid.”
Over the final 12 games, Gibson said the Diamondbacks will go back to the traditional five-man rotation. In dropping the extra starter, Gibson explained Arizona has an off-day on Thursday, Sept. 25 and that would be Anderson’s turn. For the final series of the season against the Cardinals, Gibson will likely start Trevor Cahill on Friday, Sept. 26, Wade Miley on Saturday and Josh Collmenter to end the season on Sept. 28.
For now, Gibson, moved Delgado to the bullpen and made room for Chafin in the rotation. Depending on results from his final two starts, Chafin could enter the mix for a 2015 starting spot and perhaps be in a position to help solidify a broken and uncertain set of pitchers.
First baseman Paul Goldschmidt was named Tuesday as the Diamondbacks’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award.
Each major league team nominates one player to pay tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character by recognizing players who understand the value of helping others.
Clemente, a 15-time All-Star and Hall of Famer, died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve 1972 while helping to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
Carlos Beltran of the Yankees was the 2013 receiptant and other winners include Clayton Kershaw, David Ortiz, Derek Jeter, Albert Pujols and former Diamondback Curt Schilling.
The Giants’ Willie Mays captured the first award in 1971 when this was known as the Commissioner’s Award.
The 2014 award-winner will be announced later this fall.