Quantrill didn't factor into the decision Saturday against the Pirates after tossing five scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks while fanning two. Quantrill didn't factor into the decision, but he delivered a strong outing in what was his longest appearance of the campaign. The right-hander has spent most of the season as a reliever but has been moved to the rotation with Shane Bieber (shoulder) recently joining Zach Plesac (finger) on the injured list. Quantrill owns a 2.74 ERA on the season and is slated to make his next start on the road against the Twins next week.
Cleveland is tentatively planning to have Quantrill start Saturday's game in Pittsburgh on three days' rest, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports. With Shane Bieber (shoulder) recently joining Zach Plesac (finger) on the injured list, Quantrill has been moved back into the rotation after spending most of the season in the bullpen. He turned in a strong showing as a starter in Tuesday's win over the Orioles, striking out four and allowing one run over four innings. Cleveland capped Quantrill at 60 pitches in that outing, so he likely won't be asked to push far past that level this weekend, especially since he'll be returning to the mound on short rest.
Quantrill did not factor into the decision during Tuesday's win over Baltimore. He allowed one run on three hits and no walks while striking out four across four innings. Aside from giving up an RBI double to Maikel Franco in the second inning, Quantrill looked strong in what was expected to be another abbreviated outing. The 26-year-old has yet to throw more than 60 pitches in any of his 21 appearances this year, and Tuesday was no different, as he tossed 41 of his 60 pitches for strikes. Quantrill has shifted between the rotation and the bullpen this season; in fact, his last outing was a two-inning relief appearance. Overall, the right-hander has compiled a 3.11 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. He potentially lines up for a road start at Pittsburgh next week.
Quantrill is slated to start Tuesday's game against the Orioles, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. A lighter schedule of games last week allowed Cleveland to move Quantrill to the bullpen following his June 6 start -- which also came against Baltimore -- but he'll be needed in the rotation again while the Tribe is in the midst of a stretch of 12 games in 12 days. Given that Quantrill hasn't tossed more than 60 pitches in any of his 20 appearances with the big club this season, fantasy managers shouldn't expect him to work more than four or five innings Tuesday.
Quantrill worked out of the bullpen Wednesday in Cleveland's 8-2 loss to St. Louis, striking out two over two scoreless frames while giving up one run and one walk. Quantrill had started in both his previous two outings, but Cleveland opted to temporarily move him out of the rotation after he was lit up for seven runs (five earned) while recording just four outs in a June 6 loss to the Orioles. The right-handed fared better while coming on in relief Wednesday after No. 3 starter Jean Carlos Mejia couldn't make it out of the first inning. Cleveland is expected to add Triston McKenzie from Triple-A Columbus this weekend to step in as the team's fourth starter, but the club will have a need for a No. 5 starter beginning next week while Zach Plesac (thumb) remains on the injured list. Quantrill and Sam Hentges -- who previously made four starts before moving to the bullpen -- could be the leading candidates to fill the opening in the rotation.
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