Last month, when the Braves demoted right-hander Trevor Cahill to the bullpen, manager Fredi Gonzalez said it was “not a permanent move.”
It turns out he was right, because the Braves have designated Cahill for assignment and dropped him from the roster after he allowed 23 runs in 26 innings.
Cahill made the All-Star team for the A’s as a 22-year-old in 2010 and later signed a $30 million contract, but he’s gone 3-15 with a 5.98 ERA since the beginning of last season and has now been dumped by both the Diamondbacks and the Braves within the past three months.
Cahill is still just 27 years old and is making $12 million this season, but he may have to settle for a minor-league deal at this point.
Athletics starter Jarrod Parker left a rehab start with Triple-A Nashville on Friday with an injury to his right elbow, MLB.com’s Jane Lee reports. He had thrown his 87th pitch of the outing. Parker is currently on his way back from Tommy John surgery, which he underwent in March 2014. Friday’s outing was his fourth rehab start, and the Athletics were hopeful to bring him back into the rotation before the end of the month.
Parker, 26, hasn’t pitched in the majors since September 2013. He has a career 3.68 ERA with a 275/127 K/BB ratio in 384 career innings. The Athletics had acquired him in December 2011 from the Diamondbacks in the Trevor Cahill trade.
The other night Trevor Cahill came out of the bullpen for the Braves, signaling that he had been demoted. Made sense given how terrible he’s been. But Fredi Gonzalez says it’s only temporary:
“I told him this was not a permanent move,” Gonzalez said. “A lot of things can happen, right? You think he’s going to be in the bullpen for a couple of weeks and then one of our guys sprains a toe and he’s back in the rotation. For right now, he can help us out of the bullpen.”
Some help, as he allowed four runs in two innings in his first relief stint, but what else is Gonzalez going to say? The truth? Something like “it’s way more likely we’re going to DFA Cahill than let him back in the rotation, but we’ll try to hide him in mopup duty for now.”