Bolanos worked out of the bullpen in Monday's 5-1 loss to the Brewers, covering three innings and giving up two runs on three hits and a walk while striking out two. After making two underwhelming turns through the Padres' rotation earlier this month, Bolanos surrendered his starting role to Garrett Richards (elbow), who was activated from the 60-day injured list ahead of the series opener. Since Richards was limited to 61 pitches in his 2019 debut, Bolanos was still tabbed for multiple innings behind him in what essentially amounted to a piggyback arrangement. Richards should push up his count in his next scheduled turn Sunday versus Arizona, which will likely result in Bolanos taking on smaller workloads in his subsequent appearances out of the bullpen.
Bolanos did not factor into the decision against the Cubs on Tuesday, pitching five innings and giving up five runs on five hits and four walks while striking out five. Bolanos struggled in his first home start, allowing a pair of two-run homers and a run-scoring single while walking four batters. The outing was a step down from his major-league debut, when Bolanos hurled a quality start by allowing only two runs in six innings. Despite the less-than-stellar outing the 23-year-old figures to get another start in San Diego's six-man rotation, with his next appearance scheduled to come in Milwaukee on Monday.
Bolanos is listed as the Padres' scheduled starter for Tuesday's game against the Cubs. Bolanos joined the Padres' six-man rotation last week after being called up from Double-A Amarillo and acquitted himself well in a road matchup with Arizona, limiting the Diamondbacks to two runs on five hits and two walks over six innings. The 23-year-old gets another tough draw in his second turn through the rotation, though it's cushioned somewhat by the fact that he'll be pitching at Petco Park rather than Wrigley Field. The right-hander could make for a decent streaming option in deeper mixed and NL-only leagues.
Bolanos (0-1) took the loss against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday, giving up two earned runs on five hits over six innings, striking out four and walking two as the Padres eventually fell 2-1. Making his big-league debut after getting called up from Double-A Amarillo, Bolanos was impressive in logging a quality start, but wound up tagged with the loss as he was outdueled by Merrill Kelly. It remains to be seen if he sticks in the rotation, but this was a successful audition, so the Padres might feel compelled to give him another turn.
Bolanos will make his major-league debut as a starter against Arizona on Tuesday, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Bolanos was called up from Double-A Amarillo on Monday and will take a turn in the rotation when he debuts Tuesday. The 23-year-old has been used as a starter in 57 of 66 career minor-league appearances, compiling a 21-18 record in that role. Luis Perdomo had previously been projected to start what would have been a bullpen game but will now shift back to a standard relief role.