Gaviglio was optioned to the Blue Jays' alternate training site Saturday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports. Despite pitching just one inning over two appearances to begin the season, Gaviglio gave up three runs on three hits and three walks while striking out one. As a result, he'll lose his place in the major-league bullpen for now and attempt to turn things around at the alternate training site.
Gaviglio's role in the bullpen remains unclear when the 2020 season finally begins. Two years ago, the junk-balling right-hander started 24 games as the Jays were unable to scrounge up any better rotation options. Last season, the team kept Gaviglio in long relief despite numerous injuries to its starters. In both campaigns, keeping the ball in the park was his biggest issue -- he posted a HR/9 north of 1.5 both years. Gavigio was held to one-inning stints in camp this season before spring training was suspended, posting a 0.00 ERA and 3:0 K:BB through three frames, which suggests he could find himself in a low-leverage middle-relief role in 2020 after the organization significantly bolstered its rotation depth and long-relief options over the winter. Whatever his role, he'll need to improve on his career 4.84 ERA in the majors if he wants to remain in Toronto's plans beyond 2020.
Gaviglio (4-2) allowed three runs on a hit and three walks Friday, striking out one in two-thirds of an inning. He took the loss as the Blue Jays fell 7-4 to the Mariners. Gaviglio got into trouble in the sixth inning as he loaded the bases and walked Kyle Seager to being one run around, and then Tim Mayza allowed a pair of inherited runners to score after Gaviglio got the hook. The reliever now owns a 4.82 ERA and 1.17 WHIP with 72 strikeouts over 80.1 innings this year while working mainly in low-leverage situations that keep him off the radar of most fantasy GMs.
Gaviglio has a 5.27 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 23:6 K:BB through 27.1 innings since the beginning of June. The right-hander is acting as a long reliever for the Jays, and while the role does get him regular work due to the shaky nature of the team's rotation, Gaviglio isn't exactly thriving in it. Unless he can start pitching better and find his way into a higher-leverage spot in the pecking order, he'll remain a fantasy afterthought.
Gaviglio was charged with two runs on six hits and a walk over 3.2 innings during Saturday's 8-7 win at Boston. He had one strikeout and did not factor in the decision. Gaviglio entered with one out and a runner on first base in the second inning, and he was unable to prevent further damage after issuing a walk and giving up a two-run double. All things considered, the 29-year-old did well to only get charged with two runs after allowing six hits, including three extra-base knocks. Gaviglio has struggled mightily over his last 11 appearances with 20 runs allowed -- including nine homers -- across 21.1 innings.