The three-man competition for the fifth spot in the Diamondbacks' starting rotation was trimmed to two Monday when Tyler Skaggs was optioned to Triple-A Reno.
Skaggs, a left-hander who's considered one of the team's top prospects, had struggled for much of camp, making five starts and getting hit hard in all but one. In his last appearance on Saturday, he went 2 23 innings and gave up five runs (two earned) on three hits and four walks. Overall, the 21-year-old allowed 11 earned runs in nine Cactus League innings.
The remaining contenders for the last spot in the rotation are lefty Patrick Corbin and right-hander Randall Delgado, one of the pieces received from the Braves in the Justin Upton deal.
Corbin looks to be the leader for the job, having made five strong appearances -- two runs allowed in 13 23 total innings -- and one bad one, a start that lasted just one inning and saw him surrender four runs. On Sunday, he went 4 23 innings and allowed nine hits but just one run while...