Back in July, Josh Kirshenbaum of the Tacoma News Tribune wrote a lovely piece on LHP Ross Detwiler, the former 1st-round pick who now found himself on the fringes of MLB existence. Detwiler was stoic about his lot:
“If it’s the end of the line, it’s the end of the line, and if it’s not, here we are.”
But last night, thanks to a sudden illness befalling Mike Leake, Detwiler got another shot at MLB work. He was, all things considered, solid against one of the most terrifying offenses in the league. He was aided by a team-record 6 double plays, but a Quality Start (in relief) is an ideal outcome from the spottiest of starters. Detwiler likely will clear waivers and return to Tacoma for the rest of the season, but even if he doesn’t make an MLB return this year, it was a neat moment in a difficult situation.
Ross Detwiler has been DFA after pitching six innings for the M's in relief. Nick Rumbelow has been called up.— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) August 22, 2018
Nick Rumbelow returns, hoping to make good on his above-average stuff after struggling to find MLB consistency. His command has been his undoing, as hitters have clobbered his pitches in the zone despite getting hitters to chase out of the zone at a healthy clip. With Sam Tuivailala out for the season, it would be a major boon for the Mariners for Rumbelow to make good on his promise as a possible high-leverage option, and his slider remains a top-notch out pitch against right-handed hitters in particular.