SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Zack Godley became the first D-backs pitcher to go three innings this spring on Thursday in a 6-1 loss to the Brewers.It was the second strong outing of the spring for Godley, who has yet to allow a run in 4 2/3 innings."Good day," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Zack Godley became the first D-backs pitcher to go three innings this spring on Thursday in a 6-1 loss to the Brewers.
It was the second strong outing of the spring for Godley, who has yet to allow a run in 4 2/3 innings.
"Good day," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said of Godley. "We wanted him to touch the third. He hit the mark we wanted him to. I thought he was attacking. He was attacking with a three-, four-pitch mix and looked very comfortable. Right where he needs to be."
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Godley, who went 8-9 with a 3.37 ERA in 26 appearances (25 starts) for the D-backs last season, came into the spring with a lock on one of the spots in the rotation.
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"I felt really good," Godley said of his outing. "Just keep trying to work on consistency and working on the pitch count and getting the arm strong and ready to go. The biggest thing in Spring Training is trying to get the arm built back up and ready to go seven to nine innings."
Godley threw 50 pitches, 29 for strikes.
Randall Delgado, who missed the second half of last year with elbow issues and has yet to appear in a Cactus League game this year, threw live batting practice Wednesday.
"Looked fantastic," Lovullo said. "He threw all pitches, just knocking off some of the rust. He didn't land every pitch, but we were very, very satisfied with the delivery and the stuff."
Reliever Jimmie Sherfy has also not pitched in a Cactus League game. He is experiencing some shoulder fatigue, according to Lovullo.
"Just a matter of him giving us some input and the medical team feeling it was the best thing to just back him off a little bit," Lovullo said.
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Both pitchers could still be ready in time for Opening Day.
Closer candidate Brad Boxberger threw a bullpen session Thursday. The right-hander appeared in a game on Feb. 23 and has thrown bullpen sessions since and will throw another on Sunday.
"I think he just had some general soreness in his right arm is what I was told," Lovullo said. "I think it's just general soreness, and we're just trusting our athletes and let them give us feedback."
D-backs outfielder Rey Fuentes robbed Jesus Aguilar of potential extra bases with a diving catch in the second inning.
"That was awesome," Godley said. "That was a great catch. It's always nice to have defenders behind me that play like that. When those guys like that are behind you, it's always nice to let those guys work and do what they do."
The D-backs take on the Rockies at Salt River Fields on Friday at 1:10 p.m. MT with Albert Suarez getting the start. Suarez was a Rule 5 Draft pick from the Giants, and while he is competing for a spot in the bullpen, the team is also stretching him out as a starter to provide potential rotation depth. First baseman Paul Goldschmidt is expected to return to the D-backs' lineup.
Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.