The time off seemed to benefit Solis, who tossed two scoreless innings in relief of Jordan Zimmermann. He allowed one walk and no hits, while recording no strikeouts. Solis has tossed four scoreless innings this spring.
It seems Solis is fine with whatever the team has in store, according to The Washington Post.
"I’m willing to be shortstop if I have to," Solis said. "Honestly, I think I’m finally ready to make an impact with the team. I’m just working hard, keeping my head down and letting the front office make all the decisions … It’s up to the team. I’m a starting pitcher, but I’ll relieve, catch, whatever."
Solis hasn't been in a relief role since he was a freshman at the University of of San Diego. However, he made an impressive return from Tommy John surgery in 2013, going 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA in 14 appearances (13 starts). Solis then pitched extremely well in the prospect-laden Arizona Fall League, going 5-2 with a 2.17 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 29 innings in seven starts.
"The breaking ball for me was the hardest thing to find after surgery, especially out in the fall league it really came around and I was able to develop it and it was my most effective pitch," he said. "I’m excited to see how it turns out this year. As of now, I feel ready to go, 100 percent."
"I just think he needs to log innings," Rizzo told MASNSports.com. "He is a guy that his progression was cut short by the Tommy John injury and surgery. But when he is performing and he was healthy ... he pitched extremely well. He is a stuff left-hander that we think his stuff can play in the big leagues in the short term. He gives us some depth in the rotation and a guy that we feel that can help us in the major leagues very soon."
Solis, who Baseball America rates as the No. 5 prospect in the Nationals organization with Robbie Ray now with Detroit, had a 3.32 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 6.5 strikeouts per nine innings in 14 appearances, including 13 starts, in the lower levels of the minors last year.
Taylor went 1 for 23 with the A's last season while also hitting .281/.360/.474 with 18 home runs and 85 RBI in 420 at-bats with Triple-A Sacramento. Solis went 2-1 with a 3.43 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 40:19 K:BB ratio in 57 2/3 innings with high Class A Potomac. Barrett went 1-1 with a 2.15 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 69:15 K:BB ratio in 50 1/3 innings over 51 appearances with Double-A Harrisburg.
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