Mike Wright‘s 2019 Easter could not have started off any worse. Around 10:30 on Sunday morning the Orioles announced that they designated Wright for assignment and recalled Gabriel Ynoa from Triple-A Norfolk.
Wright heads to waivers, where he has seven days to be claimed by a team. Because Wright has no remaining options, a team that signs him has to put him on their 25-man roster. If Wright goes unsigned, the Orioles can either offer Wright a minor league deal or release him outright.
The move comes roughly 13 hours after Wright gave up four runs in Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Twins. Former Oriole Jonathan Schoop and Mitch Garver hit home runs against Wright who has continued to struggle at the Major League level this season.
In 13.1 innings (10 appearances) Wright carries a 9.45 ERA. He’s allowed 20 hits (five home runs) and seven walks in 57 batters faced. Wright has 23 big league starts under his belt but Brandon Hyde only used him in relief this season. Wright’s career ERA is 5.95 and his 5.55 ERA from last year marks his lowest total in that category dating back to 2015.
TAKE: We all knew this was coming at some point. Since arriving to the majors in 2015 Wright has never shown the ability to get outs on a consistent basis. He has a habit of leaving his pitches in bad spots. Wright started this year’s Spring Training with a 10-inning scoreless streak but the good results quickly evaporated. Considering the poor outings continued under the new regime, I’m intrigued to see if another team gives him a shot.
Ynoa started four games for the Orioles in 2017, pitching to a 4.41 ERA in 34.2 innings. He started three games for the Mets in 2016 but the bulk of his work has come in the minors. In three starts at Norfolk this season accumulating 17 innings Ynoa owns a 4.76 ERA (1-0), giving up nine earned runs on 13 hits, six walks, and 13 strikeouts.
Take: I don’t expect Ynoa to stay on the Orioles 25-man roster for long. Considering that Baltimore’s bullpen gave up 10 total runs on Saturday and Chris Davis pitched the top of the ninth in Game 2, Hyde needed another arm as the Orioles navigate their way to Thursday’s off day. Having Ynoa available as a potential long man could pay dividends if Dylan Bundy blows up during his start this afternoon. Bundy has been prone to struggle as soon as an opponent’s lineup turns over.
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