ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Zack Godley gets nod for Diamondbacks spot start Saturday

May 17, 2019, 10:24 PM | Updated: 11:00 pm
(Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)...
(Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
(Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

The Arizona Diamondbacks will turn to right-hander Zack Godley for a spot start on Saturday.

When asked whether he’d be used as an “opener” or if he’d make a normal start, Lovullo didn’t say definitively.

“I’ll talk to Zack about that,” he said with a smile. “We’re going to give him a little bit more of an opportunity tomorrow.”

The original position in the rotation to fill, of course, is Godley’s but he was moved to the bullpen in late April after posting at 7.58 ERA in six starts.

Taylor Clarke was the first pitcher to take Godley’s place and had an impressive outing against Tampa Bay on May 7, giving up two earned runs in 6.0 innings. Clarke, though, was sent down on May 9 in place of Jon Duplantier to add another fresh arm to the bullpen.

Both Duplantier and Clarke are in Triple-A Reno and not yet eligible to be called back up.

After Clarke, Godley played the role of opener on May 12 and earned his third loss of the season, giving up one earned run in 2.0 innings. In that game, Duplantier threw 3.0 innings and sacrificed three earned runs.

In four appearances out of the bullpen for Arizona, Godley has thrown 8.0 innings and allowed seven earned runs on 11 hits and three walks.

Godley is slated to face San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.

Arizona Diamondbacks' Adam Jones dives back to first base on a pickoff-attempt by the San Francisco Giants during the second inning of a baseball game, Friday, May 17, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey hits a deep fly ball against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning of a baseball game, Friday, May 17, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Arizona Diamondbacks' David Peralta, right, is congratulated by third base coach Tony Perezchica after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Friday, May 17, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Yoshihisa Hirano throws to a San Francisco Giants batter during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 17, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Arizona Diamondbacks' Jarrod Dyson (1) is congratulated by manager Torey Lovullo after scoring a run against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 17, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Arizona Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte gestures toward the Diamondback' dugout after hitting an RBI single against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 17, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Jarrod Dyson #1 of the Arizona Diamondbacks is hit by a pitch during the seventh inning of the MLB game against the San Francisco Giants at Chase Field on May 17, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly throws against the San Francisco Giants during the second inning of a baseball game, Friday, May 17, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly throws against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, May 17, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, May 17, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Arizona Diamondbacks' Adam Jones, top, crouches down behind San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford as he takes a lead off second base during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 17, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, right, is ejected by home plate umpire Andy Fletcher after arguing a call during the seventh inning of the team's baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Friday, May 17, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

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