Wendelken (undisclosed) was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list Saturday. It's not clear whether Wendelken ever tested positive for COVID-19, but he'll rejoin the Diamondbacks' bullpen after spending a week and a half away from the team. Over seven relief appearances this year, the right-hander has posted a 4.32 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 8.1 innings.
Wendelken was placed on the injured list for an undisclosed reason Thursday. A reason for Wendelken's placement on the injured list wasn't given, so it's possible that he's on the COVID-19 IL. If that's the case, he'll be eligible to return as soon as he clears the league's health and safety protocols. While a timetable for Wendelken's return isn't yet known, Luis Frias and Tyler Holton were called up to provide additional bullpen depth in his absence.
Wendelken issued two walks over one-third of an inning in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Astros. Wendelken came in to start the seventh inning but had trouble finding the plate. Half of his 18 pitches were balls, and he was helped tremendously by catcher Jose Herrera, who gunned down a baserunner attempting to steal. He is a fungible piece in the Diamondbacks' reworked bullpen that will used in a variety of situations. The right-hander has made two scoreless appearances thus far, giving up one hit and two walks while striking out one over two innings.
Wendelken agreed to a one-year, $835,000 contract with the Diamondbacks on Tuesday, avoiding arbitration, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports. Wendelken pitched a career-high 43.2 innings last season split between the Athletics and Diamondbacks. His 4.33 ERA was nothing special, but he was still able to pick up a pair of saves in September in a bullpen that lacked proven high-leverage arms.
Wendelken (4-3) earned the win in relief Sunday against Colorado after tossing a scoreless inning, allowing one hit and a walk. Wendelken pitched the ninth inning when the game was tied 4-4, and he needed 19 pitches (11 strikes) to earn his fourth win of the campaign. The right-hander allowed a run in just three of his 13 games since the beginning of September and ends the year with a 4.33 ERA. That figure represents a step in the wrong direction compared to recent years -- he posted an ERA below the 3.60 mark in three straight campaigns between 2018 and 2020.
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