Roark was released by Atlanta on Sunday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports. Roark was sent to Triple-A Gwinnett after a brief stint in the majors, during which he didn't pitch, and he'll return to free agency after posting a 2.14 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 44:16 K:BB over 46.1 innings for Gwinnett. The veteran right-hander began the season with the Blue Jays and gave up five runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and two walks across seven innings, and he hasn't pitched in the majors since being released in May.
Roark was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday. The veteran right-hander had his contract selected by Atlanta on Thursday, but he didn't make an appearance during his three days with the team. Roark will return to Triple-A Gwinnett, where he has a 3.06 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 19:5 K:BB across 17.2 innings (eight appearances).
Roark had his contract selected by Atlanta on Thursday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. The veteran right-hander inked a minor-league deal with Atlanta after parting ways with Toronto in early May, and he'll receive his first big-league chance with his new organization. Roark posted a 6.75 ERA over 54.2 innings over the past two years for the Blue Jays, but he pitched better at Triple-A Gwinnett since joining Atlanta with a 3.06 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 19:5 K:BB across 17.2 frames. He could be an option in long relief Thursday with starter Jesse Chavez only expected to pitch 2-3 innings.
Roark agreed Monday with Atlanta on a minor-league contract, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. Roark was able to quickly find a new landing spot after becoming a free agent last week when he refused a minor-league assignment to the Blue Jays' Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo. The veteran right-hander will provide the Atlanta organization with another experienced starting option, but the 34-year-old's time as a capable mid- or back-end rotation arm could well be over. Dating back to the start of the 2019 season, Roark owns a 4.95 ERA (4.91 xFIP), 1.47 WHIP and 13.2 K-BB% over 220 innings.
Roark became a free agent Wednesday after clearing waivers. The veteran righty made two relief appearances after one bad, early-season start for Toronto. Roark, who has been average at best the past four seasons, is unlikely to be more than a spot starter or long reliever on a team in need of innings, that being if he even earns a roster spot elsewhere.
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