The Diamondbacks optioned Ginkel to Triple-A Reno following Saturday's 9-3 loss to the Dodgers. Ginkel's demotion comes in the wake of perhaps his worst relief appearance of the season. During Saturday's loss, Ginkel retired only three of the eight batters he faced in a 36-pitch outing, giving up three earned runs on a double and four walks. The loss of control was a surprise from Ginkel; he had issued only three free passes over his last 14 relief appearances combined.
Ginkel (illness) allowed one hit over a scoreless inning in Thursday's 7-4 loss to Colorado. Ginkel was unavailable for a game earlier this week with manager Torey Lovullo saying the reliever was "under the weather." Arizona's unsettled bullpen could use some stability, and Ginkel has not yet been scored upon in four appearances, spanning 3.1 innings.
Manager Torey Lovullo said after Tuesday's 13-inning win over the Rockies that Ginkel was "feeling under the weather" and wasn't available out of the bullpen, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports. Both Chris Devenski and Yoan Lopez blew save opportunities Tuesday night, leading to rookie Matt Peacock making his debut and pitching three innings to finish the game. We still don't have an official closer for the Diamondbacks and might not for a while with Joakim Soria on the IL.
Ginkel allowed one walk and struck out one over a scoreless inning in Sunday's Cactus League game against the Cubs. Ginkel entered the game in the eighth inning in what was his second spring appearance. He pitched the fifth inning during his other outing. He had been considered closer material in 2020 following a breakout 2019, but the right-hander allowed 11 earned runs over 10 innings when pitching the final third of games last season. Ginkel is expected to have a spot in the 2021 bullpen but has been passed by Stefan Crichton for high-leverage work.
Ginkel was optioned to Arizona's alternate training site Thursday. Ginkel had seemingly taken over as the Diamondbacks' closer after Archie Bradley was traded to Cincinnati at the deadline, but he's now no longer even a low-leverage option. His 6.75 ERA and 2.12 WHIP on the season certainly aren't closer material. Travis Bergen picked up a save Thursday and is the only remaining pitcher on Arizona's roster with a save this season.
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