After a stellar 2015, Andrew Chafin endured a disappointing 2016. The lefty was slowed by shoulder and groin injuries, and he ended up only pitching 22.2 innings at the big league level. A year earlier, Chafin led Arizona relievers by appearing in 66 games and tossing 75 innings. That year, he posted a 2.76 ERA to go along with a 1.15 WHIP. Those numbers ballooned last year. There were some encouraging signs, however. Chafin bumped his K/9 rate to 11.1 -- a significant jump from the 7.0 figure he posted in 2015. And Chafin's 2.89 FIP last season indicates that he was the victim of some bad luck. If he can keep his strikeout rate up, Chafin should post good numbers as one of Arizona's top left-handed relievers. Look for Chafin to gobble up some more holds after he recorded six last season and 16 in 2015.
Chafin pitched a perfect ninth inning in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Padres, striking out two batters and inducing a groundout. Chafin has conceded just one run over five innings in his eight appearances to date, but there doesn't seem to be much impetus for manager Torey Lovullo to carve out a more vital role for the left-hander. With Fernando Rodney locked in as the team's closer and some combination of J.J. Hoover, Tom Wilhelmsen, Archie Bradley and Randall Delgado looking like the top setup options, Chafin will see most of his duties against same-handed hitting and in lower-leverage situations.
Chafin has made the Diamondbacks' Opening Day roster as the final reliever, Bob McManaman of The Arizona Republic reports. Manager Torey Lovullo said the final competition was close, but ultimately came down to Chafin's progress over his last few outings. "Inside of each appearance, the fastball command and the velocity were coming back," the skipper said. "The secondary pitches were starting to show a little more consistency and we like the idea of having a second lefty in the bullpen." The southpaw finishes spring play with a 6.10 ERA over 10.1 innings and appears to be in line for low-leverage relief situations as the season begins. Silvino Bracho was reassigned to Triple-A Reno in a corresponding move.
Chafin (shoulder) is expected to come off the disabled list Tuesday, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. Chafin is with the Diamondbacks in Los Angeles and will come off the DL on Tuesday. Chafin, who's been out since July 3, has done well on his rehab assignment. Over 6.2 innings, he's allowed two runs and struck out nine batters. However, he's yet to impress with the big club, where his ERA and WHIP are at 6.75 and 1.46 for the year.
Chafin (shoulder) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Reno on Thursday. Chafin was shut down for a couple weeks after tweaking his groin last time he attempted to kick off a rehab assignment, but he is ready to return to game action. It's not clear how many times he will throw in the minors, but he is on track to rejoin the big club at some point in early-to-mid- September.
Chafin (shoulder) injured his groin during his rehab assignment at High-A Visalia, Nick Piecoro of AZCentral.com reports. Manager Chip Hale said that Chafin tweaked his groin, so his return form the DL may be slightly delayed while he deals with some soreness. Chafin had been playing very well at Visalia, having thrown four hitless innings over four games, walking two batters in that time. Further news on his recovery and expected return should be known in the coming days.