Rogers will not take the mound as a starting pitcher again this season, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Rogers has reached a career-high 151.1 innings between Triple-A and the majors this season, but could still be utilized as a reliever over the final few weeks of the season. The 24-year-old should enter spring training as a candidate for Baltimore's starting rotation.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said after Friday's 14-2 loss to the Rays that Rogers would start in the series finale Sunday, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports. It was expected that Rogers would be shut down after he tossed 5.1 frames in his second start for the Orioles on Sept. 3, bringing his season total up to 150 innings between the minors and majors. However, with a blister preventing scheduled starter Alex Cobb from taking the hill Sunday, Rogers will get one more turn through the rotation before likely being shuttered for 2018. With an effective showing over the weekend, Rogers could bolster his case for claiming a full-time starting role with Baltimore next season.
Rogers could be called upon to start Sunday's series finale in Tampa Bay due to a blister on Alex Cobb's pitching hand, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. In the event that Cobb is unable to go, Rogers will get the start in his place. Across two outings with the big-league club over the past couple weeks, Rogers posted a 4.35 ERA and 1.35 WHIP with six strikeouts in 10.1 innings.
Rogers (1-1) allowed two earned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out four across 5.1 innings to take the loss Monday against the Mariners. Despite taking the loss, Rogers performed relatively well in his second major-league start. He generated only four swinging strikes on 80 pitches, but still managed to maneuver out of jams to end the fourth and fifth innings. The Orioles previously suggested that Rogers would be shut down for the season after logging a 3.54 ERA across 139.2 innings at Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre and Norfolk before being called up to throw 10.1 innings at the major-league level.
Rogers will get one more start in the big-league rotation before being shut down for the season, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Rogers lines up to pitch Monday in Seattle, and assuming he logs a starter's workload in that one, he will then be shut down in an effort to manage his workload. After throwing 91.2 innings last season, the 24-year-old southpaw has thrown 144.2 innings across stops at Triple-A (in the Yankees and Orioles organizations) and the big leagues (just one start). His strikeout rate in the minors was well below average and he struck out just two over five innings in his start for Baltimore on Tuesday against the Blue Jays.