Roark won't start Saturday against the Mets, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. Roark won't pitch over the weekend, as he just returned to the team after the birth of his child. He'll likely take the mound Wednesday against Miami in what should be his final outing of the 2018 campaign. Austin Voth is slated to toe the rubber Saturday in Roark's place.
Roark may not make his scheduled start Saturday against the Mets, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports. Roark returned to the team Friday after spending four days away with his pregnant wife and daughters. The Nationals won't decide if he's ready to start until after Friday's game. Austin Voth could be a candidate to make a spot start if Roark isn't ready to go, though the team could also elect for a bullpen game.
Roark didn't travel with the Nationals to Miami and instead joined his family to await the birth of his third child, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. The Nats didn't need to place him on paternity leave due to expanded September rosters, and Roark's next scheduled start doesn't come around until Saturday so he likely won't miss a turn. If he hasn't rejoined the club by the end of the week, though, expect the club to reshuffle its rotation to accommodate him. Roark has a disappointing 4.34 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 146:50 K:BB through 30 starts and 180.1 innings this season.
Roark (9-15) allowed two runs on five hits and two walks across 5.1 innings Sunday to earn the win over the Braves. He struck out three. Roark struggled to throw strikes at times, but he kept baserunners in check for the most part and was only scored upon via a solo home run in the fourth inning. Luckily, he was already staked to a sizable lead at that time and earned the win despite some shaky moments from the bullpen late in the game. This was a respectable bounce-back performance from Roark, who had allowed 15 earned runs across 15.2 innings over his last three starts. He'll next take the ball this weekend against the Mets.
Roark allowed five runs on 10 hits and zero walks over 4.2 innings during Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader at Philadelphia. He struck out two and did not factor in the decision. Roark was cruising until the fifth inning with a 3-0 lead when he allowed five runs on seven hits and was unable to finish the inning. The 31-year-old has allowed 15 runs and 26 hits in his last three starts (15.2 innings), and is next set to take the mound in Atlanta on Sunday.