Jake Barrett started the 2016 season in the middle of the Arizona bullpen but found himself thrust into a more prominent role following the trades of Tyler Clippard and Brad Ziegler. The promotion didn't go well as Barrett finished with more blown saves (five) than converted saves (four). August was particularly brutal, as Barrett posted a 9.00 ERA and 2.36 WHIP across 11 innings. However, the young righty showed signs of life in the season's final full month, tossing 9.2 scoreless innings in September with seven strikeouts. That's admittedly a small sample size, but it could help him in the battle for primary setup duties entering 2017. Daniel Hudson, Randall Delgado and Enrique Burgos all figure to be in the mix for the job in front of Fernando Rodney.
Barrett (shoulder) will not be ready for Opening Day, MLB.com's Steve Gilbert reports. He has been dealing with shoulder inflammation this spring and will start the year on the disabled list. Barrett is said to be progressing well, so he should return sometime early in the first half of the season. Once healthy, he should act as one of the top setup men in one of the worst bullpens in baseball.
Manager Torey Lovullo said Barrett, who is dealing with shoulder inflammation, has progressed well and may be ready for Opening Day, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. Lovullo also noted that if Barrett isn't available Opening Day, he won't be delayed too long after. Arizona is taking it slow with the 25-year-old, but when he does return, he'll slot back into the Diamondbacks' bullpen and look to build on a rookie campaign where he posted a 3.49 ERA and 1.26 WHIP across 59.1 innings.
Barrett has been diagnosed with shoulder inflammation, Joseph Jacquez of Venom Strikes reports. Barrett underwent an MRI, which revealed that his shoulder had no structural damage. The Diamondbacks have yet to establish a timeframe for his return. Rather, they're progressively increasing his throwing activity and working to regain his strength. Once healthy, Barrett is expected to take on a setup role out of Arizona's bullpen and improve on a 2016 rookie campaign that saw him post a 3.49 ERA and 1.26 WHIP over 68 games (59.1 innings).
Barrett (shoulder) is behind schedule as he is experiencing stiffness in his throwing shoulder, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. The 25-year-old is behind other pitchers in camp at this point, but it's unclear how long it will stay this way as the Diamondbacks have not yet set a time frame for his return to action. When he returns, he'll play an important role in Arizona's bullpen.
Barrett was tagged with the loss and a blown save Tuesday, as he gave up three hits and three runs (two earned) in an inning of work against the Braves. More of the same for Barrett, who has a horrendous 12.38 ERA and 2.88 WHIP in August. He looked OK on Monday, when he recorded the hold by pitching a scoreless inning (despite two walks and two wild pitches) against the Braves. But Tuesday's results and his other recent struggles suggest he's not up for a high-leverage role right now.