The Indians are signing Zack Godley to a minor league contract, reports MLBTR’s Steve Adams (Twitter link). The veteran righty elected free agency after being designated for assignment by the Brewers last week.
Godley made a pair of appearances for Milwaukee this season, working a combined 3 1/3 innings of seven-run ball. He was far better with the Brewers’ Triple-A affiliate in Nashville, where he pitched to a 2.40 ERA with a strong 28.6% strikeout rate across six appearances (five starts). He has the third-lowest ERA and thirteenth-highest strikeout percentage among the 94 Triple-A hurlers with at least 30 innings pitched this season.
A one-time solid mid-rotation starter with the Diamondbacks, Godley hasn’t found much success at the major league level over the past three years. Nevertheless, it’s easy to see the appeal for an Indians club that is particularly short-handed in the rotation at the moment. Shane Bieber, Zach Plesac and Aaron Civale are all on the injured list. That’s left the Indians with an unproven starting staff of Cal Quantrill, Sam Hentges, Eli Morgan, J.C. Mejia and Logan Allen.
Despite the injuries, Cleveland remains in the thick of the AL Central mix. The Indians trail the division-leading White Sox by two and a half games. In addition to Godley, Cleveland added veteran righty Brad Peacock on a minor league deal last week, and Plesac is getting closer to returning. The 26-year-old is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Akron tomorrow, Zack Meisel of the Athletic was among those to note.