Game report: Diamondbacks 3, Indians 2
MAR 27, 7:59p ET | Jack Magruder
Rotowire: Mar 25 / 11:31a ET
News: Cahill remains in the mix for the Diamondbacks' final rotation spot this spring.
Impact: It seems as though three spots are sewn up by Josh Collmenter, Jeremy Hellickson, and Rubby De La Rosa. Further, Chase Anderson may have the upper hand in the battle for the No. 4 role, leaving Cahill to compete with Allen Webster, Dan Hudson, Robbie Ray, and a few others for the last spot. Cahill's contract may push the D-backs to give him another look as a starter to begin the season, but his limited Cactus League opportunities this spring have been a mixed bag following his most recent appearance against the Brewers on Friday when he allowed three runs on seven hits over four innings. Cahill has issued four walks over eight innings this spring, but he's been working on a new delivery with the hope of remedying the ongoing command issues he's dealt with over the past couple of seasons.
Rotowire: Mar 5 / 12:21p ET
News: Cahill has impressed new manager Chip Hale with his revamped delivery this spring, and he may have an inside track on one of the openings in the Arizona rotation, the Arizona Republic reports. "If we see what we've seen in the bullpen, he'll be one of our five," Hale said. "There's no doubt. He's here and he's had success in the past in the major leagues."
Impact: In addition to working on his new delivery, Cahill's contract could afford him the first opportunity for one of the final spots in the Arizona rotation as the season gets underway. In order to stick, he will need to pitch at a level similar to 2012, when he posted a 3.78 ERA and 1.29 WHIP as an effective innings eater for the Diamondbacks.
Rotowire: Feb 24 / 7:48a ET
News: Cahill is throwing with a revamped arm slot this spring, The Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Cahill has ditched his three-quarters arm slot for a motion that's closer to being straight over the top. Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale and pitching coach Mike Harkey both said they're happy with what they've seen thus far, but Cahill acknowledged that he needs to face batters before truly evaluating the change. It makes sense for the 26-year-old righty to try something new, following a 2014 campaign that saw him post a 5.61 ERA and 1.61 WHIP. Cahill still figures to compete for a rotation spot this spring.