Earlier today, we pondered whether an assignment to the minor leagues would be a good thing for Luis Perdomo, who has struggled out of the gate this season. Sure enough, this afternoon the team made the move.
There it is. Luis Perdomo has been optioned to Triple-A El Paso. Kirby Yates is recalled. No starter announced for next Tuesday.— AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) April 19, 2018
Manager Andy Green has been vocally critical of Perdomo’s struggles, while praising his effort and commitment. Earlier today he said, “He’s given effort, man. He cares. He’s doing everything he possibly can. He’s working hard. It’s just not happening, and at some point in time, we’ve got to re-evaluate the situation.” His struggles may not have been for lack of effort, but he hasn’t looked like the player who earned his way into the starting rotation each of the last two years. While he was among the lead leaders in groundball rate the last two years, suddenly he’s giving up a ton of hard-hit line drives. It may be argued that he’s been incredibly unfortunate, as evidenced by his .513 BABIP (2nd highest among pitchers with 10+ IP) and 3.75 FIP / 4.24 xFIP vs. his 8.36 ERA, but when you watch him pitch, he’s been missing his spots and leaving balls right over the plate. Perhaps he’s working on some new mechanic or a different approach, but it’s clear that it isn’t working against MLB hitters.
Optioning Perdomo opened a spot on the 25-man roster, and that spot has gone to Kirby Yates. Having spent the last ten days on the DL due to a tweaked ankle, Yates brings a fresh arm to a bullpen that must be feeling the effects of a string of rough starts against some bullies in blue.
A lingering question remains regarding the starter for Perdomo’s spot on Tuesday in Denver. The team hasn’t announced anything, so an internal option may take the turn (i.e. Robbie Erlin), or the team may still add a player to the roster like Eric Lauer, Brett Kennedy, or a darkhorse roster addition. Stay tuned, we’ll try to keep you posted.