Manager Torey Lovullo announced Thursday that Taijuan Walker will start Monday against the Dodgers, with Zack Godley starting Tuesday.
Walker had his final tuneup of the spring Tuesday against the Indians, while Godley faced off against some of the organization's Minor League prospects Thursday at Salt River Fields.
"He threw into the sixth inning," Lovullo said of Godley. "He threw, I think it was 66 pitches. Everybody has checked out and ready for their next starts."
Ahead of schedule Outfielder Steven Souza Jr. sustained a right pectoral strain while diving for a ball on March 21, but he has made great strides in his rehab.
"Today was the first day I ran," Souza said. "Pumping my arm back and sticking my pec out was pretty uncomfortable for a while, but today I ran for a while, went pretty hard, sprints out in the field, and it was pretty good. I swung a bat, which felt really good. So I think throwing is probably going to be the last thing to come. I haven't tried that yet."
While Souza has swung a bat, he has yet to hit. Although he wants to play as soon as possible, he understands that the team's training staff has his best interest in mind, so he is planning on abiding to the schedule they come up with.
More rest for Goldy Lovullo would like to reduce Paul Goldschmidt's workload this year, but he has yet to finalize a target number for how many games the first baseman will play. Lovullo said he will take his cue from the team's medical staff as to what they think would be ideal.
Saying Goldschmidt is going to get more rest and actually taking him out of the lineup are two different things. Goldschmidt never asks for a day off, and previous managers have had a hard time taking the slugger out of the lineup because of how he produces both offensively and defensively.
"The manager picks the lineup, decides who plays, so whatever he decides to do, I'm all in on that," Goldschmidt said.