Watkins was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk ahead of the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays. Watkins was sent to Norfolk at the end of August, but he'll be available out of the bullpen in Saturday's nightcap. The right-hander allowed a run on three hits and no walks while striking out three in three innings during his lone minor-league appearance after his demotion. Right-hander Marcos Diplan was sent to the Triple-A club to make room in the bullpen.
Watkins was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports. Watkins was charged with his seventh loss of the season Sunday when he allowed six runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four in five innings against the Rays. The right-hander had posted a 1.65 ERA in 16.1 innings across his first four major-league appearances of the season, but he recorded a 10.57 ERA in 30.2 innings across his last seven outings. It's not yet clear who will take his place in the rotation.
Watkins surrendered eight runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out three across two innings during Tuesday's loss to the Angels. He did not factor into the decision. Aside from not serving up any free passes, Watkins failed to show any improvements Tuesday. The 28-year-old has now allowed 22 earned runs in 16 innings over his past four starts. His ERA is 12.38 in that time. If granted another opportunity to start, Watkins projects for a Sunday matchup against Tampa Bay.
Watkins (2-5) surrendered four runs on eight hits and two walks with two strikeouts in four innings, taking the loss versus Tampa Bay on Wednesday. The right-hander has now lost his last five starts, and he's been limited to four innings in three of those outings. Watkins' strong start to his major-league career continues to seem more like an aberration. He now has a 5.63 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 25:16 K:BB through 40 innings across nine appearances (eight starts). If the 28-year-old gets another turn in the rotation, he lines up to face the Angels next week.
Watkins (2-4) allowed six runs on seven hits and three walks with only one strikeout in four innings Friday, taking the loss versus Boston. After a decent first inning, Watkins gave up four runs in the second and one more in the third and fourth each. The right-hander's performance is trending the wrong way -- he's allowed four or more runs in each of his last four starts, all losses. He now has a 5.25 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 23:14 K:BB in 36 innings. If he remains in the rotation going forward, a tough road start in Tampa Bay awaits next week.
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