D-backs keep options open for bullpen

D-backs keep options open for bullpen

PHOENIX -- It just could be that the D-backs' season-long problem is coming to a head.

General manager Josh Byrnes said they won't make a move just to make a point or send a signal with the bullpen, but that doesn't mean something isn't in the offing.

"Any move is to believe we can get better, not just to demonstrate we are trying," Byrnes said before Tuesday's game at Chase Field against the Dodgers. "The starters have done what they are supposed to do, and that's not overwork the bullpen. Sacrificing someone at the altar to make a point, I don't know if that accomplishes a whole lot.

"We talk about it all the time -- being patient, using guys differently. Our options are the Minors or other teams."

When a team has a bullpen ERA of 7.09 and the wreckage has touched just about anyone who comes out of the bullpen, the front office will go through a myriad of options.

If the Chicago Cubs can put Carlos Zambrano in the bullpen, then just about anything is viable.

"On a list of 100 thoughts, it's not high on that list," Byrnes said of moving one of his starters, say the hard-throwing Edwin Jackson and his 7.32 ERA.

Although ...

"Everything gets talked about," Byrnes said. "Some things you control, some things you don't. We've lost four in a row [entering Tuesday action against the Dodgers], but we should have been in a better spot four days ago. We let some get away from us."

Byrnes also indicated that one of the options in the Minors -- left-hander Clay Zavada -- might not be available much longer. Zavada has pitched three innings in five games for Triple-A Reno with an ERA of 30.00.

"We are dealing with some issues medically," Byrnes said. "We are trying to find out what is going on. We have a decent idea, but we are going to get a second opinion."

Zavada was solid in 2009 for the bullpen when he went 3-3 with a 3.35 ERA in 49 games and 51 innings, but he didn't make the team of Spring Training.

Carlos Rosa, who was recently acquired from Kansas City on May 1, is a possible option. He is 2-1 with a 3.65 ERA in 12 1/3 innings since coming to the organization.

"We want to get him situated with our organization and evaluate him against our own," Byrnes said. "There is no doubt. He has a little bit of big league experience and he has a good arm."