Bubic was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Thursday, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports. Bubic lost his place in the rotation last week after posting an awful 13.14 ERA and 8:11 K:BB through his first five starts. He moved to the bullpen but made just one appearance there before losing his spot on the active roster entirely. Jon Heasley, who will start Thursday against the Rangers, was recalled to take his place on the big-league roster.
Manager Mike Matheny said Friday that Bubic will operate out of the bullpen going forward, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. The 24-year-old was unable to escape the first inning during his start Wednesday, and he'll now shift to a bullpen role. Bubic threw 24 pitches during that contest and will be available to pitch Saturday versus the Orioles. It remains unclear who will replace him in the starting rotation.
Bubic (0-3) was charged with the loss Wednesday against the Cardinals after giving up four runs on two hits with two walks and zero strikeouts in one-third of an inning. Bubic threw 10 of his 24 pitches for strikes and retired only one of the five batters he faced before being yanked. It was a disastrous outing for the left-hander, and it's the second time this season he's failed to finish the first inning. The 24-year-old has a 13.14 ERA, 2.35 WHIP and 8:11 K:BB over 12.1 innings this season; his next outing lines up Wednesday at Texas, if he retains his spot in the rotation.
Bubic (0-2) took the loss Friday, giving up three runs on four hits over five inning as the Royals got routed 12-2 by the Yankees. He struck out three without walking a batter. Three of the four hits off Bubic went for extra bases, including back-to-back jacks by Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton in the first inning. This was arguably the best outing of the season so far for the southpaw, but Bubic's 10.50 ERA, 2.08 WHIP and 8:9 K:BB through 12 innings will mark him as an unappealing fantasy option until he can show some consistency.
Bubic didn't factor into the decision during Saturday's 13-7 loss to Seattle, allowing five runs on seven hits and a walk with one strikeout in two innings. Bubic surrendered two runs in the first inning on a J.P. Crawford home run, two more in the second and one in the third before being pulled. That's now two poor starts in three turns for the 24-year-old, who's permitted 11 runs and 21 baserunners in seven innings compared to just five strikeouts on the season. He's tentatively scheduled to take the mound next against the Yankees on Friday.
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