The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled right-handed pitcher Trevor Cahill from Triple A Reno today. In order to make room for him, the team sent Mike Bolsinger back to the Aces, the second time this season he has been demoted.
Many fans I am sure have a one word response to this: Why? After all, Cahill was banished to long relief before being designated for assignment. His performance at Reno wasn’t that wonderful, either. He was 2-2 with a 3.49 ERA in six starts. Not bad in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, right? That is not the whole picture. In those six starts, he worked 28 1/3 innings, or less than five innings per outing. How about more ugly? In those 28 1/3 innings, Cahill walked 20 batters. Couple that with 21 hits and you have a total of 41 base runners in less than 30 innings. I am sure that screams confidence to the D’back fan base.
Maybe this has more to do with the fact that Bolsinger has given up 18 hits and 10 earned runs in 8 2/3 innings over his last two starts. Or maybe it is confirming what Zack Buchanan at azcentral reported last month that Cahill was promised a return trip to Arizona at some point in the season. Bolsinger’s struggles gave management the perfect opportunity to bring back the 26-y ear old Cahill. Now it remains to be seen if he will be back in the starting rotation.