The Baltimore Orioles are moving the veteran pitcher to the bullpen.
The 30-year-old has an ERA of 9.09 and is just 1-4 in eight starts in nine appearances so far this season.
In his latest outing which came Wednesday night, Straily was beaten up by the New York Yankees allowing six runs on eight hits and only getting two swinging strikes from Yankees hitters.
The Orioles signed Straily on April 5th after he was released by the Miami Marlins late in spring training. He was thought to be a depth piece in a Baltimore Orioles pitching staff badly in need of inning eaters.
Unfortunately that hasn’t been the case and now Straily will move to the bullpen according to Roch Kubatko of MASAN.
With Straily being a veteran who is out of options, this is the best possibility for the right-hander. The Orioles could’ve decided to designate him for assignment or even release him; however, he is getting a chance to prove himself in a new role.
For a bullpen that lacks depth in both the middle innings and long relief department moving Straily, could help the ball club.
No, he did not work out in the rotation which is frustrating but now the O’s will have a chance to take a look at some younger arms. The O’s could perhaps even call up a young arm from the minor leagues to give them a chance to get their feet wet in the big leagues.
Hopefully, for Straily who has bounced around the majors throughout his carer, he can find a home in the bullpen which would also benefit the Baltimore Orioles who are in need of quality relief pitching.