It had been over 6 weeks since Trevor Cahill toed the rubber for the Arizona Diamondbacks, but he arrived Saturday with a successful return to the mound.
Cahill was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday afternoon, just hours before he took to the field in a start against the Pirates. He arrived on the DL on July 1st with what was reported as a hip contusion, but shoulder injuries have also plagued Cahill throughout the season.
However, Cahill pitched fairly well in his return, navigating through 5 innings while allowing 7 hits and 4 earned runs. That is far from a “spotless” return, but the Arizona offense easily picked up Cahill in route to the 15-5 win. Martin Prado led the way with a 4-for-5 day that included a home run, and all-world 1st baseman Paul Goldschmidt added a home run to go with a 3-for-6 output.
Arizona continues to be a “sleeper” in the NL Wild Card race, and with the win over Pittsburgh, the Diamondbacks climbed within 5 games of the 2nd wild card spot. With that said, they are in desperate need of pitching, and they’ll need the “old” version of Trevor Cahill to help get them to the playoffs. Prior to the injury, Cahill struggled to a 4.66 ERA, but he is capable of much more than that, and now that he’s healthy, it’s time to capitalize on that potential.