Taylor Clarke, the first pitcher to get a crack in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ open rotation spot, will get another look on Saturday.
D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said after Wednesday’s loss to the San Diego Padres that it will be Clarke getting the call, per The Athletic’s Zach Buchanan. Arizona took advantage of an off-day on Thursday by moving left-hander Robbie Ray up one day to Friday, putting the open rotation spot up in the queue on Saturday.
That spot used to be Zack Godley’s, who was moved to the bullpen on April 27. After Clarke pitched 6.0 innings and gave up two earned runs on May 7, Godley served the opener role twice out of the bullpen in that spot. For the year, Godley has a 7.90 ERA and 1.78 WHIP with a 1-4 record.
Clarke’s start against the Tampa Bay Rays was the first of his MLB career and only his second major league appearance.
The D-backs will have to make a roster move, as Clarke is currently with the Reno Aces in Triple-A. The team sent down reliever Jimmie Sherfy after the game Wednesday.