Rays Tab Chirinos As Fourth Starter
In four appearances (3-starts) Chirinos has posted an 0-1 mark with a 2.70 ERA (6-ER/20-IP) while striking out 15 and walking five. He built up his pitch count in each appearance (56, 54, 75, 89), which was a big variable in officially joining the rotation.
“I just think that where he got built up with his pitch count, he’s comfortable now that he can provide right around that 100-pitch mark.” said Cash. “We had been going back and forth with it. It’s not the easiest thing in the world to build these guys up.”
Cash believes that inserting Chirinos into the rotation will allow proper utilization for the entire staff. “Now in theory it should line us up to where those guys [relievers] can get their 2-3 inning workload in the middle bullpen session and allow the starters to just go out and be starters.”
Rays Eovaldi Making Progress In Recovery:
Coming out of spring training the Rays were set to use a four man rotation. Chris Archer, Blake Snell, Nathan Eovaldi, and Jake Faria would carry the starts while a mosaic of relievers would handle the fifth start when needed.
The plan took it’s first hit just prior to opening day when Nathan Eovaldi experienced elbow discomfort and required surgery to remove bone spurs. Eovaldi is expected to return to the team sometime near the end of May.
He threw off the mound at Tropicana Field today and had another good day. According to Cash, pitching coach Kyle Snyder has called Eovaldi’s progress pretty remarkable. Cash said that he’s as much on schedule [to return] if not ahead of it.