Barria has been optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. Barria was crushed by the Royals on Saturday and is now headed to the farm. The Angels have three days off in the next nine days, so they won't need Barria for the time being. However, with Tyler Skaggs looking strong in his return to the mound and the debut of Griffin Canning upcoming, Barria may not get his role as a starter back without injuries or poor performance.
Barria (2-2) took the loss Saturday, surrendering seven runs on 10 hits and a walk over only 1.2 innings while striking out one as the Angels fell 9-4 to the Royals. Cam Bedrosian tossed a scoreless first inning as the opener, but Barria was in trouble almost as soon as he stepped on the mound as the Angels' primary pitcher -- Ryan O'Hearn ripped a double on the second pitch he threw, and things went downhill from there. The 22-year-old's ERA ballooned to 8.16 as a result of this outing, and while Barria's 10:3 K:BB through 14.1 innings isn't bad, Griffin Canning's pending addition to the rotation could bump him into a more traditional long-relief role or even back to Triple-A.
The Angels list Barria as their probable starter for Saturday's game against the Royals. While the Angels' rotation plans are subject to change over the next few days, it appears Barria will get at least one more turn as either a starter or primary pitcher after impressing in the bulk-relief role over the weekend in Seattle. Upon entering the contest in the second inning, Barria limited the Mariners to one run on four hits and no walks while striking out three en route to claiming the win. The Angels are slated to get Tyler Skaggs (ankle) back from the 10-day injured list for Friday's series opener, but the struggling Chris Stratton looks to be more at risk of surrendering his spot to Skaggs than Barria.
Barria (2-1) allowed one run on four hits and no walks while striking out three across five innings to earn the win Sunday against the Mariners. Barria followed opener Hansel Robles and pitched effectively and efficiently. He needed only 71 pitches to record 15 outs and allowed only two extra-base hits with no home runs. Though Barria has started only one game, he is pitching effectively in longer stints, meaning he could rack up some wins with decent ratios if he remains a primary pitcher rather than starter.
Barria is not listed as the starter Sunday against the Mariners, as the Angels will use an opener (Hansel Robles), but he is still expected to work as the primary pitcher, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports. Barria has given up five runs on 10 hits and two walks in 7.2 innings over two appearances, so he can use all the help he can get. This will allow him to avoid at least Mitch Haniger, Domingo Santana and Edwin Encarnacion to start the game. He could pitch deep enough to qualify for the win.