Blach was returned to Triple-A Sacramento on Wednesday. Blach made just one appearance during his most recent stint with the big club, allowing seven runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out one across 3.1 innings of relief during Tuesday's 10-3 loss to the Dodgers. Stephen Vogt was summoned to the majors in a corresponding roster move.
Blach was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Monday, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Blach was promoted to the major leagues after Derek Holland (finger) was moved to the 10-day injured list. Blach made 13 starts in 2018 for San Francisco and posted a 4.25 ERA with 75 strikeouts over 118.2 innings, though it's unclear if he'll be used as a starter or a reliever during his time in the big leagues.
Blach was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Blach lost out on both a starting role and a bullpen spot, but he may not be off the team for long, as he's likely to be one of the first pitchers called up in the event of an injury. In 118.2 innings as a swingman last season, the lefty recorded a mediocre 4.25 ERA, with his quite low 14.7 percent strikeout rate preventing him from being much more than a back-end starter.
Blach tossed 2.1 scoreless innings, giving up one hit and two walks while striking out three in Monday's spring win over the Dodgers. Blach lowered his spring ERA to 3.24 over 8.1 innings, all coming in multi-inning relief appearances. The soft-tossing southpaw has had little success as a starter, and it looks like the team isn't giving him too much of a shot at winning a rotation spot based on his usage this spring.
Blach (6-7) lasted just four innings after giving up four runs on four hits and two walks while striking out five in a loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday. The long reliever was promoted to the rotation following Chris Stratton's struggles as the Giants' fifth starter, but he failed to provide improved results in the role. One positive that can be taken away from Blach's start was the five strikeouts, which is a category in which the southpaw has struggled in this season (5.2 K/9). It is unclear whether the 27-year-old will get another turn in the rotation, especially after Casey Kelly posted five shutout innings in relief Saturday.