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Miller gathering information on sore elbow

Godley promoted from Triple-A to take spot in rotation
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PHOENIX -- Right-hander Shelby Miller got a second opinion on his sore right elbow Tuesday, but the D-backs say he is still in the process of gathering information and has not decided on what course of action he will take.

In the meantime, the D-backs will recall Zack Godley from Triple-A Reno and have him start Wednesday. Essentially that's in place of Miller, though, Miller's start wasn't scheduled until Friday. By starting Godley on Wednesday it will give each of the starters an extra day off.

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PHOENIX -- Right-hander Shelby Miller got a second opinion on his sore right elbow Tuesday, but the D-backs say he is still in the process of gathering information and has not decided on what course of action he will take.

In the meantime, the D-backs will recall Zack Godley from Triple-A Reno and have him start Wednesday. Essentially that's in place of Miller, though, Miller's start wasn't scheduled until Friday. By starting Godley on Wednesday it will give each of the starters an extra day off.

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Godley was chosen over Archie Bradley, who is currently in the D-backs' bullpen.

"I think he's most ready to make a start in a time period that we had," D-backs GM Mike Hazen said of Godley. "We didn't feel like [Archie would] be prepared to start on that short of notice. We're going to stay where we are right now and reassess."

Miller is on the 10-day disabled list and whether or not he requires surgery, he is likely to miss more than just a couple starts.

"I don't want to speculate," Hazen said. "I want to get all the information first. Then we'll have more of a comment on it after that."

Godley is credited with one start in three appearances in Reno, but essentially started all three games having to enter the other two games in the first inning.

Godley's last start was his best as he allowed just one hit over seven shutout innings while striking out seven and not issuing a walk.

"It was a lot of fun to be a part of really and truly just to be able to throw the ball exactly where you want to every time is really a great thing," Godley said. "That's the kind of start you want every time you go out on the mound, regardless of whether it's up there or down there. Giving up one hit through seven innings, that's about as ideal as you can possibly imagine."

Godley had been slated to start for Reno on Monday, but when he showed up at the ballpark there was another pitcher listed on the lineup card. He was told to hang tight and then was told he needed to report to Phoenix.

It wasn't until just before batting practice Tuesday that manager Torey Lovullo told him he would be starting Wednesday.

It's possible that Godley could remain in the rotation beyond Wednesday. It's also possible that the team could work on stretching out Bradley over the next couple of weeks and then put him in the rotation. Lovullo and Hazen both said they see Bradley's long-term future as a starter.

The long-term is not a concern for Godley right now.

"You have to take advantage of now," he said. "If you look into the future you lose track of what's going on now."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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