Skaggs or Bauer could get call for upcoming twin bill

Skaggs or Bauer could get call for upcoming twin bill

PHOENIX -- With a day-night doubleheader scheduled for Wednesday against the Marlins, it's clear the D-backs will call up a pitcher to start one of the two games to make sure no one in the rotation has to pitch on short rest. The question remaining though is, who it will be?

"We don't have anything finalized," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said, adding he will talk with general manager Kevin Towers again after Monday night's game. "We have a couple options available."

The decision seems to be to either bring up Tyler Skaggs or Trevor Bauer, both top prospects in the organization. Skaggs was a healthy scratch from his start on Sunday at Triple-A Reno while Bauer, who also is in Reno, would already be on regular rest on Wednesday.

In nine Triple-A starts, Skaggs boasts a 2.91 ERA and 45 strikeouts. Before his last outing, in which he gave up eight runs, the lefty had not allowed more than one run for seven straight starts.

Bauer, on the other hand, made four starts for the D-backs earlier this season, serving up 11 earned runs over 16 1/3 innings. He threw a complete game his last time out for Reno, allowing two runs and striking out 12.

The D-backs are waiting to make sure nothing else unexpected happens that would alter the club's situation.

"Anything could happen, if someone gets hurt, it changes the whole thing," Gibson said. "That's why you wait and see what your need is."

More than just who will make the start, Gibson isn't even sure which game of the two the young pitcher will begin. Wade Miley is slated to start one of the two games for sure.

"There are so many intricacies. There's timing to everything," Gibson said. "You work your way through it. There's no reason to make that decision now. There are several angles. We'll go through them."