ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

D-backs swap Zack Greinke, Merrill Kelly in rotation vs. Yankees

Apr 29, 2019, 11:21 AM
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The Diamondbacks announced Monday that starting pitchers Zack Greinke and Merrill Kelly would trade places from what were originally their expected starting dates in an upcoming series against the Yankees.

The series is only two games long, taking place with a night game on Tuesday and a day game on Wednesday.

Greinke will face C.C. Sabathia on Tuesday and Kelly will face Masahiro Tanaka on Wednesday. It was originally going to be the other way around.

Off days on Monday and Thursday this week give the team flexibility with its starting rotation, which finished the series on Sunday against the Cubs with an outing from Luke Weaver, the fourth man in the rotation. That would’ve lined up Kelly, the fifth starter, to go Tuesday.

Kelly had been throwing in the bullpen at the end of the 15-inning game against the Cubs on Sunday and Lovullo was asked whether that would affect him for his then-expected start on Tuesday.

“No. We were going to go and explore that,” Lovullo said. “We were going to put him into this game if needed. Once again, there’s a guy that said he was up for that challenge without hesitation. But no, he was unaffected by the amount of pitches he threw. It was just a game of catch. He got fairly into his routine but not quite to the point we’re going to have to switch things around. So we should be just fine with everybody in line.”

That flexibility with the off-days could also serve the team well in figuring out what to do with Zack Godley, their struggling No. 3 starter who lasted just 2.2 innings on Saturday. A decision on that is being discussed still, Lovullo said this weekend.

After the Yankees series and a day off on Thursday, the D-backs will go to Denver and Tampa for three games apiece.

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Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Allen Webster (61) is congratulated by teammate Taylor Davis after pitching the ninth inning of a 9-1 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks during a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo (44) is congratulated by teammate Javier Baez after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo, center, argues with home plate umpire Bill Welke, right, after a warning was issued to both benches after Chicago Cubs batter David Bote was hit by a pitch during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Matt Koch, left, gestures toward Chicago Cubs' David Bote (not shown) as Diamondbacks catcher John Ryan Murphy (36) and home plate umpire Bill Welke, right, attempt to keep them separated after Bote was hit by a pitch during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Chicago Cubs' Daniel Descalso (3) is restrained by teammate Albert Almora (5) as he exchanges words with Arizona Diamondbacks players after the benches cleared when Cubs batter David Bote was hit by a pitch during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Chicago Cubs' David Bote (13) waves off Arizona Diamondbacks catcher John Ryan Murphy, left, after being hit by a pitch by Diamondbacks' Matt Koch, center, during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Chicago Cubs' David Bote is hit with a pitch by Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Matt Koch during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo underhands the ball to Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish as Darvish covers first base on a ground ball by Arizona Diamondbacks' Eduardo Escobar during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Chicago Cubs' David Bote (13) is congratulated by teammate Anthony Rizzo (44) after hitting a two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Phoenix. It was Bote's second home run of the game. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Chicago Cubs' David Bote (13) is congratulated by third base coach Will Venable after hitting a two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta watches as a two-run home run by Chicago Cubs' David Bote lands in the left field bleachers during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) David Bote #13 of the Chicago Cubs rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run off of Zack Godley #52 of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning at Chase Field on April 27, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Godley (52) walks back to the mound after giving up a three-run home run to Chicago Cubs' David Bote, right, during the third inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Chicago Cubs' David Bote (13) celebrates with teammates Javier Baez, left, and Anthony Rizzo (44) after hitting a three-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Chicago Cubs' David Bote (13) watches his three-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Chicago Cubs' Daniel Descalso (3) crosses home plate in front of teammate Anthony Rizzo (44) as he scores on a balk by the Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Godley during the third inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez, right, is chased by Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed, center, as he gets caught in a run-down during the second inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Phoenix. Baez was out on the play. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Godley throws against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Godley throws against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Adam Jones #10 of the Arizona Diamondbacks is congratulated by teammates David Peralta #6 and Christian Walker #53 after scoring on a single by Wilmer Flores #41 during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Chase Field on April 26, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

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