D-backs finalize rotation order

PHOENIX — The Diamondbacks finalized their pitching

plans the first time through the rotation Monday, with Wade Miley

scheduled to pitch in Milwaukee on Friday and Patrick Corbin to follow

on Saturday.

That was the expected order, but

manager Kirk Gibson said he wanted to make sure Miley recovered well

from a 95-pitch outing Saturday before making it official. Miley missed

an early spring start because of arm fatigue.

“It

kind of sucked,” Miley said of his spring interruption. “I didn’t plan

on missing a start at all. I don’t know if it was from throwing as many

innings as I did last year. There really was never any pain, it just

wasn’t right. I feel fine now.

“Moving forward. A lot

of confidence.”

Miley was 16-11 with a 3.33 ERA in

194 2/3 innings last year and finished second in the NL Rookie of the

Year voting to Bryce Harper, although many feel Miley’s numbers were

better.

The D-backs do not necessarily want their two

left-handers to pitch on successive days this season, but they may keep

the rotation as is, at least through the third week of the season, when

they have a three-game series at Yankee Stadium from April 16-18.

Brandon McCarthy, Miley and Corbin would pitch those

games if the D-backs stay in rotation, and Yankee Stadium is much more

forgiving to left-handers than right-handers because of its short porch

in right field and deep power alley in left-center.

— Jack Magruder