Roark signed a one-year contract with the Reds on Friday, avoiding arbitration. The deal is worth $10 million, according to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, as Roark enters his final year of arbitration eligibility. The 32-year-old has taken a step back the last two years with a 4.50 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 1.2 HR/9, after a spectacular 2016 in which he had a 2.83 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. Roark was traded from the Nationals to the Reds in December and figures to be a major figure in their starting rotation for 2019.
Roark (personal) will not make his scheduled start against the Marlins on Wednesday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. With the Nationals out of playoff contention, Roark has opted to stay back in Atlanta with his wife and newborn child rather than rejoin the team in Washington D.C. for his final start. Kyle McGowin will step into the rotation in place of Roark, who will finish the season with a 4.34 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 146:50 K:BB in 180.1 innings (30 starts, one relief appearance).
Roark may not make his scheduled start Wednesday against the Marlins, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports. Roark went back to Atlanta to be with his wife and family after the birth of his child a few days ago. While the Nationals are expecting him to return in time to start Wednesday's series finale, the team also has a plan in place should Roark not be able to take the ball. The right-hander has posted a 3.43 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 48:7 K:BB across 11 starts (65.2 innings) since the All-Star break.
Roark is listed as the Nationals' probable starter for Wednesday's game against the Marlins. Roark missed his previous turn through the rotation over the weekend against the Mets after he had been away from the team a few days beforehand to witness the birth of his child. After being granted some additional time to get back into baseball mode, Roark will reclaim his rotation spot from Austin Voth and take the hill for the final time in 2018 on Wednesday. Though Roark owns an underwhelming 4.34 ERA and 1.28 WHIP on the campaign, he's turned a corner during the second half. Over his 11 outings since the All-Star break, Roark has posted a 3.43 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 48:7 K:BB across 65.2 frames.
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.