LOS ANGELES - The next phase of Trevor Cahill’s life began as traumatic as his recent demotion.
Last Monday, the Diamondbacks cut immediate ties with the right-hander and designated Cahill for assignment. That meant the organization had 10 days to option Cahill to minors, outright him to the minors, trade or release him.
On Thursday, they decided to option Cahill to Advance-A Visalia, and the move, according to D-backs manager Kirk Gibson, was more of convenience. That’s because there was a spot in the Rawhide’s starting rotation and the central California home town of second baseman Aaron Hill was a short, one hour plus flight from Phoenix.
“It was a logistical issue,” Gibson said before Friday night’s game with the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. “The game was in California and Trevor fit into the rotation. He’ll likely throw a bullpen session early next week and then head to (Triple-A) Reno.”
Immediately, Cahill was started against Island Empire, the Advanced-A affiliate of the Angels. The start and finish for Cahill was clearly upsetting and not a strong stepping stone back to the major leagues.
In the first inning, Cahill surrendered four runs, hit two batters and gave up a three-run homer to third baseman Cal Towey, the Angels’ pick on the 17th round in 2013 and the 517th overall pick.
Overall, Cahill went just two innings and gave up four runs, all earned, walked one, hit two batters and suffered a 4-2 defeat.
“I’m sure he wasn’t satisfied and tried to do some things differently than he was used to doing,” Gibson added. “We asked him to make some mechanical adjustments and that had to do with positing of his hands. Even a little change can be traumatic but it’s part of the process.”
At this point, Cahill appears to have a long road ahead and if and when he can make those adjustments and show the Diamondbacks he is worthy of over $19 million between this year and next, the path back to Chase Field will be laden with roadblocks and obstruction.
ANOTHER ON THE DL
In Thursday night’s loss to the Astros, centerfielder Ender Inciarte suffered a concussion trying to steal second base in the third inning.
Inciarte stayed in the game but was later removed in the sixth inning. He was immediately flown back to Phoenix for treatment and placed on the 7-day concussion list.
“(Inciarte) took a good shot to the head,” said manager Kirk Gibson. “At this point, it could be longer than seven days. We won’t rush him back and when he does come back, he’ll go back into the outfield rotation.”
Replacing Inciarte on the 25-man roster is Tony Campana, recalled from Triple-A Reno. This is the second tour with the Diamondbacks this season for Campana. Earlier in 23 games, he hit .180 (8-for-50) and in 33 games with the Aces, he batted .286 (30-for-105) and seven stolen bases.
Gibson said Campana will used in similar fashion as Inciarte. That means in rotation with David Peralta and possible Gerardo Parra in center field.