Godley will pitch out of the bullpen moving forward, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
After recording a 3.37 ERA in his breakout 2017 campaign, Godley slipped to a 4.74 ERA last season. He's fallen to new depths this year, posting a 7.58 ERA in six starts. He'll try to figure things out in the bullpen for now. The Diamondbacks haven't announced his replacement in the rotation but won't need to decide for several days, as off days mean that a fifth starter won't be needed until May 7.
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo acknowledged that Godley may not make his next start after Saturday's implosion against the Cubs, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. The right-hander allowed five runs on four hits and four walks while striking out three over 2.2 innings.
"It's something that we're going to probably round up and talk about as a staff," Lovullo said. "I think we do a good job of removing some emotion from the moment. We're going to let it kind of calm down and probably have some conversations through the night about that very topic." The outing started harmlessly enough. Godley threw two scoreless frames and struck out the first two batters in the third before it unraveled on him. He then lost command and either walked hitters or left balls in places a hitter could drive. It's not the first time this season he let an inning get away from him. After six starts, Godley has a 7.58 ERA and and 18 walks through 29.2 innings. Arizona has a couple of in-house options that could enter rotation -- Matt Koch and Matt Andriese have been the long relievers thus far -- but Lovullo has some time to figure it out. With a couple of days off coming up this week, the Diamondbacks don't need a fifth starter until May 7.
Godley allowed four runs on seven hits with four walks and two strikeouts across four innings in a no-decision against the Pirates on Monday.
The Diamondbacks got their starter off the hook, scoring 11 runs in the seventh and eighth, but Godley didn't pitch all that well. While he did take a step in the right direction with keeping the ball in the park Monday, his four walks were a season high, and he now has 14 walks versus 22 strikeouts in five outings. He is also 1-1 with a 6.67 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 27 innings. His next scheduled start is Saturday at home against the Cubs.
Godley allowed two earned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four across six innings Wednesday against the Braves. He did not factor into the decision.
Godley got off to a rocky start, allowing two runs in the second inning. However, he settled in from there and allowed only two hits in his remaining four innings of work. He also showed some improvement of his control of the strike zone, beginning 15 of the 25 batters he faced with a strike and generating 16 called strikes. However, that's an area he'll need to continue to improve as he has walked 10 batters in only 23 innings of work to begin the season.
Godley didn't factor into the decision against the Padres on Thursday, giving up six earned runs on six hits over six innings, striking out eight and walking three as the Diamondbacks eventually fell 7-6.
Godley followed up a strong outing against the Red Sox in his last start with a dud, as he was victimized by a sixth-inning three-run long ball from Austin Hedges that ruined his final line. He did manage eight strikeouts, but the six earned bumps his ERA up to a bloated 7.41 to go along with a 1.47 WHIP over 17 innings. Godley will make his next start against the Braves on Wednesday.
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