Altavilla gave up an earned run on a hit and a walk over two innings in Sunday's 8-1 loss to the White Sox.
Altavilla provided some valuable innings for a fatigued Mariners bullpen that was just hit hard by the White Sox in their just-concluded four-game series. After a strong start to the season, the 24-year-old right-hander has been inconsistent, allowing a 9.00 ERA and .430 wOBA in 11 innings across his last 11 appearances.
Altavilla was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday, Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
The Mariners had returned Altavilla to the minors prior to the weekend, but were able to bring him back after starting pitcher Ryan Weber (biceps) was forced to the disabled list. The hard-throwing Altavilla could be sent back to Triple-A if the Mariners decide to pluck a starter from the minor-league ranks when the team next requires a fifth starter Thursday against the White Sox.
Altavilla was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday, Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Altavilla will again head back to Tacoma after allowing two runs across three appearances during his most recent stint with the Mariners. The 24-year-old now holds a 6.97 ERA and 14:7 K:BB through 10.1 innings (12 appearances) with the big-club this season. Southpaw Zac Curtis was recalled to take his place in the bullpen.
Altavilla was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Friday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
The right-hander allowed three earned runs in two of his last four appearances, so the Mariners will send him back to the minors to regain some confidence. Altavilla has done well to strike out 10 batters in his 7.1 innings of work, but the bigger concern is his lack of control in that span, as he's given out six free passes. To replace him in the big-league bullpen, Chase De Jong was recalled from Triple-A.
Altavilla (1-1) gave up three earned runs on four hits, a walk and wild pitch over one inning in Wednesday's 10-5 loss to the Astros. He was charged with his second blown save of the season in addition to the loss.
The 24-year-old right-hander came on in the seventh and was charged with protecting a 5-4 lead, a goal he didn't come close to achieving. After George Springer was retired on a groundout to open the inning, three consecutive singles by Josh Reddick, Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa netted one run for the Astros, a double by Alex Bregman and wild pitch brought in two more. It was the first sign of real trouble for Altavilla this season, who'd pitched four scoreless frames and generated an impressive 8:1 K:BB across four appearances prior to Wednesday's outing. Despite the stumble, the hard-throwing reliever's strikeout upside figures to continue netting him plenty of late-inning work.
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