Godley will come out of the bullpen moving forward, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports. Skipper Torey Lovullo stated that Godley has been moved back to the bullpen and that he won't make any more appearances as an opener, per Buchanan. The right-hander was previously moved from the starting rotation to a relief role at the end of April, though it appears he'll remain in the bullpen permanently moving forward.
Godley (1-4) allowed four runs on six hits and two walks over 3.1 innings in an 8-5 loss to the Giants on Saturday. He struck out three and was pinned with the loss. Godley has split time between the bullpen and the rotation this season, but he's lost his last two starts. In 11 appearances (eight starts) this year, he has a 7.90 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP with 35 strikeouts in 41 innings. It's unclear if we will see the right-hander making another start anytime soon given his struggles this season.
Godley will start Saturday's game against the Giants, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. Banished to the bullpen in late April, Godley has since rejoined the rotation as the Diamondbacks' fifth starter after Taylor Clarke failed to lock down the job. Manager Torey Lovullo deployed Godley as more of an opening pitcher in the right-hander's most recent start May 12. Godley tossed two innings in that contest and then covered two more frames again out of the bullpen two days later, so he'll be pitching on three days' rest Saturday. With that in mind, it's expected that Godley's pitch count and innings will be monitored carefully, which probably makes him someone to avoid in DFS contests.
Manager Torey Lovullo said the plan Sunday was for Godley to pitch one time through the order, Richard Morin and Jenna Ortiz of the Arizona Republic reports. In what Godley expected to be a normal start, the manager said it was by design that the right-hander would take one turn through the order before giving way to Jon Duplantier. "We wanted to go that route and we utilized the best of Zack and the best of Jon," Lovullo said. "I thought both guys did a pretty good job." It's unclear if Godley will remain in the starting rotation or be used as an opener. Arizona has a day off Thursday and can skip the rotation spot entirely.
Godley will start Sunday's series finale versus the Braves, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. Godley was pulled from the starting rotation at the end of April but will make a spot start Sunday with the Diamondbacks shuffling their bullpen arms over the last couple days. The 29-year-old has a 7.49 ERA, 1.72 WHIP and 29:21 K:BB between his six starts and two bullpen appearances. Because he hasn't covered four innings in any outing since April 22, Godley could be subject to a restricted pitch count as he rejoins the Arizona rotation.