In June, the Mariners demoted struggling starter Yovani Gallardo to the bullpen. He seemed to right his ship, giving up only one run in 11 1/3 innings out of the ‘pen, so the Mariners moved him back to the rotation.
Across eight starts between July 23 and September 2, Gallardo has a 6.23 ERA with a 27/21 K/BB ratio in 39 innings. He completed five innings in only five of those starts and completed six innings just once.
Gallardo is heading back to the bullpen, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports. Andrew Moore will start on Wednesday against the Astros and Mike Leake will start Friday against the Angels.
The Mariners hold a $13 million club option on Gallardo for the 2018 season with a $2 million buyout.
There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.
The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.
All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.
After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.
Here’s today’s schedule: