LOS ANGELES -- After using seven pitchers in Tuesday’s series opener at Dodger Stadium, the Blue Jays needed six pitchers on Wednesday. It could have been even more, if not for the effort of Zack Godley.
In what was a planned bullpen game, Godley provided the Blue Jays with some length, throwing 50 pitches over 3 2/3 innings in what was eventually a 2-1 loss to the Dodgers in 10 innings.
“It’s been a while since I’ve gone over two or three innings, so it was nice to get out there a little bit longer, get stretched out,” said Godley, a starter for most of his career before coming to the Blue Jays.
“I was locating the ball well, especially inside to a lot of the lefties,” said Godley. “Just keeping guys off balance was awesome. Got a few more popups than what I’m used to, but, I mean, I’ll take them.”
When Rowdy Tellez’s ninth-inning home run forced extras, Godley’s performance seemed even more significant, given what it did to save the Blue Jays’ ‘pen. Jason Adam, who pitched the ninth after being recalled Wednesday from Triple-A, will be available for Thursday’s series finale. Manager Charlie Montoyo was also able to stay away from Sam Gaviglio -- who will be available as the long man on Thursday -- and Derek Law.
One strong outing doesn’t change the fact that Godley’s overall numbers with the Blue Jays are not great. In his first three appearances, he allowed six earned runs in 6 1/3 innings. But the Blue Jays are in a difficult spot right now with their starting pitching, and Godley may just be a key piece in solving that puzzle.
Thomas Pannone was optioned to Triple-A Tuesday, while Sean Reid-Foley was optioned Wednesday. Unless there’s an injury to a pitcher on the 25-man roster, neither would be eligible to rejoin the club in time for his next turn in the rotation, both of which will come this weekend in Seattle.
With limited depth available in Triple-A and Brock Stewart the only other starter currently on the 40-man roster, could Godley be in line for a shot at the Blue Jays’ rotation?
“If he keeps pitching like this, probably,” said Montoyo, adding that it would probably behind an opener in most cases.
Whatever the Blue Jays decide for Godley, he’s ready to provide them with some much-needed flexibility.
“I’m excited to do whatever the manager’s going to let me do,” said Godley. “If they want me in the ‘pen for right now, I’m staying in the ‘pen. If they want me in the rotation, so be it. I’ll do whatever they need me to do.”