The excitement surrounding Trevor Bauer‘s promotion to the big leagues has quickly faded. The extremely
talented young righty has struggled, and he had his worst performance of the year Tuesday. So the Diamondbacks made the decision to send Bauer back to Triple-A Reno yesterday for some seasoning. In the corresponding roster move, Arizona called up right-hander Jonathan Albaladejo.
In four starts, Bauer has a 6.06 ERA. He has a slightly lower, but far from exciting, FIP of 5.15. In his start Tuesday, Bauer lasted just three innings and gave up four runs. He struggled with control and walked five. He also threw two wild pitches. He gave up seven runs in a July 3rd start against the Padres but managed to pitch six innings and walk less than his start Tuesday. The two outings combined to send his ERA sky-rocketing.
Kirk Gibson talked about the demotion:
“You can’t replace experience,” manager Kirk Gibson said. “He doesn’t have a lot of it. This is a different game for him. They stole off him last night. He threw some wild pitches. I could chalk it up to he needs more seasoning.”
The Diamondbacks’ pitching staff has been hit by injuries. Joe Saunders is on the DL and Daniel Hudson has been lost for the year to Tommy John surgery. Ian Kennedy has not been himself this year either, making matters worse. Arizona may have called Bauer up too soon to fill the holes, but they had no choice. Some additional seasoning at Triple-A could help him regain his confidence and his control.
Albaladejo has pitched 75 2/3 Major League innings with three different teams in five seasons. He had a stint with the Diamondbacks earlier this year and threw two innings while giving up two runs. Albaladejo has a career 4.28 ERA. He has pitched for the Nationals, Mets, and the Diamondbacks.
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