Tate (0-1) allowed one earned run on two walks while recording only one out in the 10th inning, taking the loss to the Red Sox on Saturday. Tate allowed the winning run to score on a wild pitch in the 10th inning. The 26-year-old has allowed an earned run in each of his last two starts. The Orioles don't have much bullpen depth, so Tate continues to have a high-leverage role despite not being a closing option. He has a 5.40 ERA in 3.1 innings.
Tate pitched a perfect eighth inning with one strikeout to earn a hold in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Red Sox Tate needed only 11 pitches to retire the side in the bottom of the eighth. The 2015 first-round pick was solid in his second season, posting a 3.24 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and two holds across 16.2 innings in 2020. He only made 12 appearances -- the right-hander could be a versatile option in the Orioles' bullpen, capable of working in both long-relief and higher-leverage assignments. Tate isn't expected to be in the closer conversation.
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said Wednesday that Tate will be included on the Opening Day roster, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports. Tate and Cole Sulser were awarded the final two spots in the bullpen over Travis Lakins, who was optioned to the minors. With Hunter Harvey (oblique) beginning the season on the 60-day injured list, the Orioles lack an obvious top candidate to close, but Tate isn't expected to warrant much early consideration for saves. Instead, he's expected to work in middle relief, with his past experience as a starter in the minors making him a candidate to cover multiple innings when needed.
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said Tate (finger) will make his Grapefruit League debut in Wednesday's game against Atlanta, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Tate finished the 2020 campaign on the injured list with a sprained finger on his throwing hand, but he doesn't appear to be facing any limitations thus far in spring training. He'll presumably be asked to cover an inning of relief in his first outing of the Grapefruit League slate.
Tate was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right finger sprain, retroactive to Monday. Tate pitched relatively well in 2020 while working mainly as a low-leverage reliever for Baltimore as he posted a 3.24 ERA and 0.84 WHIP over 16.2 innings. However, he'll miss the remainder of the regular season due to his finger injury. The right-hander should be ready for spring training in 2021 after his promising 2020 campaign.
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