Barrett was optioned to Triple-A Reno following Sunday's loss to the Cubs. Barrett was lit up for a second straight appearance Sunday, so he'll head back to the minors for some more seasoning. The 26-year-old saw his ERA jump from 0.69 to 4.02 after serving up four homers and allowing seven runs (six earned) in his most recent pair of outings. Barrett has shown he can be a reliable bullpen option, so he should be back with the big club once he finds his footing in the minors.
Barrett was tagged for four runs on four hits and a walk over 1.2 innings in Sunday's 7-2 loss to the Cubs. He struck out two batters during the appearance. Barrett sported a sterling 0.69 ERA and 1.08 WHIP over his first 14 appearances of the season, but any progress he'd made in working his way up the bullpen pecking order was stymied by his performance in his last two outings. The right-hander has been charged with seven runs (six earned) over his last 2.2 innings, with four of the seven hits he's allowed during that span leaving the yard. If Barrett is unable to rein in the long balls in his subsequent appearances, he could be headed back to Triple-A Reno in short order.
Barrett retired two of the three batters he faced in the seventh inning and conceded a walk en route to collecting his first hold of the season in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Giants in 10 innings. Barrett was able to protect a 4-3 lead upon entering the game for starter Taijuan Walker, with Andrew Chafin retiring the final batter of the inning to spare Barrett any damage to his ERA. The 26-year-old had been a primary setup option for the Diamondbacks a season ago, but a shoulder injury suffered in spring training delayed his start to the current campaign and has relegated him to working in the middle innings or mopping up since he rejoined the big club in early July. Barrett has at least performed well in that capacity, giving up just one run over his 12 appearances while posting a 14:4 K:BB.
Barrett struck out one in a scoreless seventh inning in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Braves. A key setup man for the Diamondbacks in 2016, Barrett will have to work his way back up the bullpen ranks after a shoulder injury suffered in spring training sidelined him until early May. Once he was deemed healthy, Barrett ended up spending nearly two months with Triple-A Reno before he received the call back to the big leagues in early July. He's looked solid during his three appearances to date, but still looks to be ticketed for middle-relief work for the foreseeable future.
Barrett was recalled by the Diamondbacks on Thursday. With Rubby De La Rosa hitting the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, Barrett will come back up to the big-league club for the first time this season. Barrett posted middling numbers in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League prior to his call-up, notching a 5.68 ERA with a 1.37 WHIP across 19.0 innings. He'll provide some right-handed depth to the Arizona bullpen, but is unlikely to see much work in high-leverage situations.