The Red Sox pitching staff is almost certainly going to be a constant churn at the bottom of the roster through various options down in the Pawtucket training site. We saw the first bit of churn already on Saturday as Dylan Covey was optioned after his rough outing in the game that afternoon. At the time of the demotion, Boston hadn’t announced a corresponding roster move. That changed prior to Sunday’s game as the Red Sox recalled Zack Godley.
The #RedSox today selected RHP Zack Godley to the major league roster.— Red Sox (@RedSox) July 26, 2020
To make room for Godley, the club optioned RHP Dylan Covey to its Alternate Training Site following yesterday’s game against the Orioles.
Godley was added to the 40-man roster in order to complete this move, putting the roster at 39 at the moment. The plan for Godley is unclear at this point, but with the Red Sox having yet to announce their starting plans for Monday’s series opener against the Mets. Godley was assumed to be in contention for one of the back-of-the-rotation spots to start the year, but was a surprise omission from the Opening Day roster. It took no time for him to get back, though.
Godley was a recent addition to the Red Sox roster, getting signed just a week before the start of the regular season. A few years ago he looked like one of the better young pitchers in the game with the Diamondbacks after a very good 2017 and a solid 2018, but injuries made him take a massive step back in 2019. He was quickly removed from Arizona’s rotation and eventually finished the season with Toronto. In all, he pitched to a 5.97 ERA last year with a 5.20 FIP.
He’s not entirely stretched out right now, but he should be part of the mix for those last two rotation spots for the foreseeable future.