Andriese will not be promoted to the starting rotation, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. The Diamondbacks are considering replacing Zack Godley in the rotation, but manager Torey Lovullo is loathe to remove Andriese from his role in the bullpen. "He hasn't really entered the equation for me because he's been throwing the ball exceptionally well out of the bullpen, and I don't want to disrupt that," Lovullo said. "At this point in time, we're going to keep him where he's at and let him continue helping us win games in that area." Andriese has been Arizona's long man out of the 'pen, pitching 18.2 innings over 10 appearances.
Andriese allowed three hits and one walk while striking out three over three innings to earn his first save in Friday's 8-3 win over the Cubs. Andriese, a former starter, has been filling a long-relief role for the Diamondbacks. Seven of his nine appearances have lasted at least two innings. The right-hander is 3-0 with an 18:8 K:BB over 16.2 innings.
Andriese (2-0) allowed one hit and struck out two over two scoreless innings in Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Rangers. Andriese, who's pitched multiple innings in all three of his appearances, was the pitcher of record when the Diamondbacks put up a three-spot in the bottom of the ninth in a come-from-behind victory. It's the second time Andriese has picked up the "W" when Arizona rallied for a late-inning win. The Diamondbacks rank sixth in MLB with 1.91 runs scored per game over the final three innings.
Andriese (1-0) picked up the win in Friday's 5-4 extra-innings victory over the Dodgers, walking four batters in 2.1 scoreless innings. He nearly blew the game in the 10th inning -- entering with a runner on first and two outs, Andriese loaded the bases on a wild pitch, a HBP and a walk before making a great defensive play to snag an A.J. Pollock comebacker and escape the jam -- but the right-hander suffered no damage from his control issues and was rewarded when Carson Kelly's double in the top of the 13th broke a 4-4 tie. Andriese is used to his current long-relief role from his time in Tampa Bay, but from a fantasy perspective offers little other than iffy ratios and bulk strikeouts.
Andriese allowed four runs on five hits while striking out six over 4.1 innings Wednesday against the Rockies. Andriese got batted around a bit, but had swing-and-miss stuff. He threw 39 of 59 pitches for strikes. The right-hander is being stretched out this spring, throwing 11.2 innings over four appearances (two starts, two relief), and is expected to be a swingman/long reliever in 2019.