Odrisamer Despaigne's full transition to the bullpen in 2016 didn't do much to improve his awful numbers, as he finished the season with a 5.93 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP. He was designated for assignment by the Orioles in September and picked up by the Marlins, for whom he allowed three runs in three innings. He has abandoned multiple pitches since his encouraging rookie year in 2014 when he had seven different offerings, scrapping his slider before the 2015 season and his slow curveball in 2016, leaving him with a low-90s four-seamer, cutter, sinker, changeup, and curveball. That concentration hasn't helped him with his terrible peripherals -- 5.0 K/9 and 4.7 BB/9 to go along the way to a 4.99 FIP in 2016. He remains in the Marlins' system, but the time for him to stop getting big league chances is likely to come soon if it isn't here already.
Despaigne has been diagnosed with an oblique strain and will be out at least a week. Tough news here for Despaigne, who left Thursday's game in the middle of an inning with the injury. The right-hander is competing for a spot in the Miami bullpen after appearing in three games for the Marlins last season. Look for him to rejoin the competition upon his return.
Despaigne left Thursday's spring matchup with the Mets with an undisclosed injury, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports. It's unclear what the right-hander did, although given that it's pretty early in spring training, removal in the middle of an inning doesn't necessarily mean that the injury is severe. Despaigne's status should become clearer once the ailment is disclosed, but in the meantime consider him day-to-day.
Despaigne was claimed off waivers by the Marlins on Thursday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of SportsNet reports. Despaigne didn't do much when on the mound for the Orioles this season. Over 16 games, he posted a hefty 5.60 ERA and 1.72 WHIP. He improved at Triple-A Norfolk, but still had a disappointing showing as he threw for a 3.87 ERA over 18 games, 17 of which were starts.
Despaigne was designated for assignment Monday, Rich Dubroff of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports. Despaigne owns a 3.87 ERA across 88.1 innings at Triple-A Norfolk this season and didn't profile as anything more than a potential spot starter or long reliever for the big club, so he was deemed expendable when a 40-man roster spot was needed for reliever Brian Duensing, who was activated from the 60-day DL in a corresponding move. Assuming Despaigne goes unclaimed off waivers, he'll likely stick in the organization as a depth arm at Triple-A.
Despaigne was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday. Despaigne was recalled to Baltimore earlier in the day and pitched three innings (four runs, five hits, two walks) in the Orioles 12-2 loss to the Astros, after starter Chris Tillman was bounced early. The O's have allowed 27 runs over the past two games and burned many relievers in the process, which is why Despaigne was called up in the first place. Having thrown 71 pitches Saturday, he will not be available for Baltimore on Sunday, so they will get another bullpen arm for the series finale Sunday.