This offseason, the San Diego Padres signed relief pitcher Micah Owings to a small deal. The former starting pitcher has found his niche as a reliever after struggling as a starter, even if it means taking away PAs from one of the best hitting pitchers in baseball.
The replacement-level RP had a 2.79 ERA and 4.69 FIP through 9.2 innings this season. Owings had pain in his forearm and took six days of rest before tossing 1.2 innings of ball on Wednesday. He has not pitched since and has finally been placed on the 15-day DL.
His replacement is a reliever named Dale Thayer who was previously pitching in AAA. Thayer has 26 career MLB innings, and he spent the 2011 season with the Mets while appearing in 10.1 innings for the club. He has a career 4.03 FIP in those innings, but the sample size is extremely small. There isn’t much in the books on Thayer, so it will be interesting to see what he can contribute in Owings absence.