Godley continues to excel amid uncertainty

June 11th, 2017

PHOENIX -- With a 2.44 ERA in seven starts, one would think that 's spot in the D-backs' rotation would be secure.

But with the injured expected back soon and the D-backs seemingly committed to keeping in the rotation, Godley could find himself as the odd man out.

Godley made another strong case Saturday night, earning the win and allowing a pair of runs over 6 2/3 innings in the D-backs' 3-2 victory over the Brewers at Chase Field.

"There's a lot of mental toughness that he is showing, because he is walking through a pretty tough situation," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "He's pitching, and he doesn't know if he's going to get the ball the next time. He continues to be very impressive, and the biggest key here is that he hasn't let it affect his game plan or his ability to go out there and do what he did tonight."

Prior to his start against the Brewers, Godley had made one start for Triple-A Reno after being sent down to make room for an extra bullpen arm following a 14-inning game.

Godley has taken a philosophical approach to his situation.

"All I can control is what I can control," Godley said. "When they give me the opportunity to pitch, take advantage of that. Hopefully I can keep doing well in that role and keep working toward getting that spot. What they decide to do with me has nothing to do with me. I can't control any of that. All I can do is go out on the mound and pitch and hopefully do well enough to stay."

The problem for Godley is that it's not just about performance, but also Minor League options.

Godley is one of the few pitchers on the Arizona staff who still has options. Players who are out of options must be placed on waivers in order to be sent to the Minors, which means the D-backs would run the risk of losing them to another team.

"Yes, there are some moves that are imminent," Lovullo said. "We don't know what they are. We're going to walk through that and talk about it as a group as we move forward."

Godley admitted he was disappointed when he got sent down after his last start, but he hasn't allowed the up-and-down situation to affect his performance. In five games for Reno, he has a 2.57 ERA in the notoriously hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League.

"It was a decision that had to be made," Godley said of his last demotion. "They needed guys to fill in for the bullpen because we had the 14-inning game in Pittsburgh. I'm the odd man out there because I have options. It's the logical choice. All I can do is do exactly what I did -- go down there and throw and come back and throw again here, and have the success that I've had."