The Z Files: NL Rotation Overview
The Z Files: NL Rotation Overview

This article is part of our The Z Files series.

If you've been keeping score at home, you know it's the Senior Circuit's turn to have their rotations put under the microscope. I'll look at the current and future makeup of the starting fives, with an eye on injury returnees and possible call-ups.

Arizona Diamondbacks

With Robbie Ray back, the front four is set. Shelby Miller also recently returned, though he's struggled in his two outings since rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. He should have a minor-league option left (apologies if this is incorrect). If this is the case, Clay Buchholz could be reinstated into the rotation once he's recovered from an oblique injury. He's eligible to come off the disabled list and wasn't expected to require a long stint, but there's no word on when he'll be back or his role upon his return, at least not at the time of this writing.

The Snakes should be hoping for continued good health, as the reinforcements on the farm are weak and there's nothing by way of an up-and-coming prospect. Matt Koch, who spent most of the first half toiling in the spot vacated by Taijuan Walker, is now starting for Triple-A Reno. Also starting for the Aces is one time big-leaguer Jake Buchanan. Buchanan and Aces is a bit of an oxymoron.

Atlanta Braves

It seems like every week we have a note reporting Anibal Sanchez is moving to the bullpen, followed by another announcing when he's scheduled to make his next start. Injuries to Brandon

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Todd Zola
Todd has been writing about fantasy baseball since 1997. He won NL Tout Wars and Mixed LABR in 2016 as well as a multi-time league winner in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. Todd is now setting his sights even higher: The Rotowire Staff League. Lord Zola, as he's known in the industry, won the 2013 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Article of the Year award and was named the 2017 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year. Todd is a five-time FSWA awards finalist.
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