Chirinos didn't factor into the decision in Monday's 6-3 win over the Royals, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk over six innings while striking out three. Three of the six hits Chirinos allowed left the yard, but the right-hander did a good job keeping runners off base before the blasts. Two of his three starts this season have proven to be quality starts, but Chirinos will likely continue to be used as the primary pitcher behind an opener on a regular basis rather than becoming a full member of the rotation. Whatever his role, he'll take a sturdy 3.55 ERA and 22:5 K:BB through 25.1 innings into his next outing.
Chirinos will start Monday against the Royals, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports. Chirinos has been used as both a starter and a long reliever -- pitching the bulk of the game after an opener -- so he should be able to pitch fairly deep into Monday's game. He's had good results this season, posting a 3.26 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 19:4 K:BB across 19.1 innings.
Chirinos (3-0) picked up the win Wednesday, allowing a hit and a walk over five scoreless innings of relief while striking out five in an 8-1 victory over the Orioles. Entering the game after Ryne Stanek tossed one inning as the opener, Chirinos fired 47 of 70 pitches for strikes and cruised to an easy win. The right-hander now has a 3.26 ERA and sparkling 19:4 K:BB through 19.1 innings, and if he gets normal rest, he'd be lined up to work again during a three-game home series against the Royals beginning April 22 -- whether as a long reliever, or back in the rotation.
Chirinos isn't scheduled to start at any point this week and will instead work in relief on a temporary basis, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. Manager Kevin Cash didn't officially clarify his plans for Chirinos, but the right-hander -- who made his first two appearances of the season as a starter -- presumably will be a candidate to cover the bulk of the innings in relief when the Rays deploy an opening pitcher Friday in Toronto. Chirinos would be available for his normal four days' rest after tossing five shutout frames in San Francisco last weekend, but he may not be asked to fill as many innings as he has in a starting role. The de facto fifth member of the rotation, Ryan Yarbrough, will also be available in relief this week, so the Rays could turn to both him and Chirinos for multiple innings once the opener exits Friday.
Chirinos (2-0) tossed five shutout innings while earning the win Sunday, allowing two hits and a walk in a 3-0 win over the Giants. He struck out five batters. Chirinos has been lights-out in his two starts this season. The 25-year-old righty has 11 strikeouts in 12 innings while yielding just one earned run. He primarily worked out of the bullpen last season, but he could earn a permanent spot in the rotation if he keeps mowing down opposing batters. Chirinos will look to keep the momentum rolling against Toronto on Saturday.