ST. PETERSBURG -- The trade of Ian Kennedy along with the demotion last Sunday of Tyler Skaggs opened up spots in the D-backs' rotation for Brandon McCarthy and Trevor Cahill, who are both on the disabled list.
McCarthy is tentatively scheduled to start Sunday in the series finale against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Cahill, meanwhile, made his second rehab start Tuesday for Triple-A Reno and allowed four runs (three earned) in 5 1/3 innings. Cahill walked three and threw two wild pitches, and it appeared he might need another Minor League start before rejoining the rotation.
"His start yesterday I thought was decent," Arizona GM Kevin Towers said. "I think he thought it was average. I think when we bring him back here we want to make sure he's in the right state of mind, feels comfortable, he's healthy and feels confident, so probably at least one more rehab start, maybe two."
With that in mind, the D-backs plan on recalling right-hander Zeke Spruill from Reno to start Thursday's game against the Rangers. That would mean that Randall Delgado would be pushed back to Friday, with Patrick Corbin going Saturday and McCarthy on Sunday.
D-backs had talks, but not always trades
ST. PETERSBURG -- Like most teams heading into Wednesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, the D-backs had several discussions regarding players in which no deal came about.
"We were in on some other deals," said D-backs GM Kevin Towers, who declined to specify what those deals were. "But as it's duly noted, we were not going to do a deal where we were going to have to move some upper-level prospects and some of the other players that we were kicking the tires on; they wanted some of our top guys, and we weren't willing to do that."
The D-backs did talk with the Cubs about Jeff Samardzija but found the Cubs' asking price too steep.
Though Arizona was linked to right-hander Jake Peavy, who was dealt from the White Sox to the Red Sox in a three-team swap, a baseball source said the D-backs and White Sox were never in serious negotiations.
Late in the process, the D-backs were involved in negotiations with the Astros for right-hander Bud Norris, who wound up going to the Orioles. Once again, a source said the asking price for Norris was just more than the D-backs were willing to pay.
The Angels were interested in Ian Kennedy, who eventually went to the Padres, but the Mariners were a surprise team that jumped into the Kennedy sweepstakes before the deal with San Diego was completed.
The D-backs got a couple of calls on veteran outfielder Jason Kubel, but nothing serious.
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