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.
Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna has been suspended for 75 games without pay after violating the league’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy, Major League Baseball announced Friday. The suspension is retroactive to May 8 and will lift on August 4. Osuna has decided not to appeal the decision.
Osuna was charged with one count of assault against his girlfriend following his arrest on May 8. Per FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman, the reliever is set to undergo trial on July 9. No details regarding his specific actions in the case have been publicly released, but Heyman adds that MLB was reportedly able to interview the victim prior to issuing the suspension. League Commissioner Rob Manfred issued the following statement:
My office has completed its investigation into the allegation that Roberto Osuna violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy on May 8, 2018. Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Osuna violated the Policy and should be subject to discipline in the form of an unpaid suspension that will expire on August 4th.
Osuna, 23, pitched just 15 1/3 innings during the 2018 season prior to his arrest. He has been on administrative leave since May 8.