Roark agreed Monday with Atlanta on a minor-league contract, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
Roark was able to quickly find a new landing spot after becoming a free agent last week when he refused a minor-league assignment to the Blue Jays' Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo. The veteran right-hander will provide the Atlanta organization with another experienced starting option, but the 34-year-old's time as a capable mid- or back-end rotation arm could well be over. Dating back to the start of the 2019 season, Roark owns a 4.95 ERA (4.91 xFIP), 1.47 WHIP and 13.2 K-BB% over 220 innings.
Roark became a free agent Wednesday after clearing waivers.
The veteran righty made two relief appearances after one bad, early-season start for Toronto. Roark, who has been average at best the past four seasons, is unlikely to be more than a spot starter or long reliever on a team in need of innings, that being if he even earns a roster spot elsewhere.
Roark was designated for assignment Friday
The righty was expected to return Saturday from the Family Medical Emergency List. Roark made one uninspiring, early-season start before being moved to the bullpen and pitching better in two appearances.
Roark was placed on the Family Medical Emergency List on Friday.
Players may spend between three and seven days on the list, meaning Roark should return sometime next week. Travis Bergen was recalled in a corresponding move.
Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said Sunday that Roark will be moved to a long-relief role, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Roark was denied his second start of the season when Sunday's game against the Angels was rained out, and he now looks like he'll be withheld from the rotation until further notice. After being roughed up for five runs in three innings in his first outing April 6 against the Rangers, Roark's grip on a starting job was already beginning to slip, so Sunday's game had shaped up as a critical one for the 34-year-old. Instead, Roark will have to impress in the opportunities he receives in long relief, as the impending return of Robbie Ray (elbow) from the injured list resulted in the veteran righty being bumped from the rotation. Ross Stripling and T.J. Zeuch will hold down the back-end starting roles for the time being, and Roark could be pushed further down the rotation pecking order when Nate Pearson (groin) makes his way back from the IL.
Roark won't make his scheduled start Sunday after the Blue Jays' game against the Angels was postponed due to inclement weather in Dunedin, Fla.
The two teams plan to make up the game as part of a split doubleheader Aug. 10 at Angel Stadium. Because of the rainout, the Blue Jays could elect to skip Roark's turn and reset their rotation to begin the upcoming week. If that's the case, Roark likely won't pitch until a fifth starter is needed again Aug. 16 in Kansas City.
Roark (0-1) took the loss against the Rangers on Tuesday, allowing five runs on six hits across three innings while striking out two.
Roark didn't yield any walks, but he needed 59 pitches to get through three frames and was stung by the long ball. All five of the runs scored against the right-hander came via homers, as Texas took him deep in the first, second and third innings. This disappointing start to the campaign comes on the heels of a spring slate during which Roark gave up 10 runs across 10.2 innings despite posting an excellent 14:3 K:BB. The 34-year-old will attempt to bounce back in his next start, currently slated for Sunday at home against the Angels.
Roark posted an 8.44 ERA and 14:3 K:BB through 10.2 Grapefruit League innings this spring.
The ERA looks scary, but the right-hander's strikeouts were impressive, and he was able to limit both walks and homers (only one allowed), which are more important indicators than how many inherited runners crossed the plate after he left his spring outings. The Jays have yet to lock in their rotation plans to begin the season, but Roark could catch a break by making his first start April 5 in Texas rather than taking the mound in Yankee Stadium during Toronto's opening series.
Roark averaged 89.1 mph with his sinker during Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.
A loss of velocity and effectiveness on his two-seamer was a big part of his 2020 struggles, and Roark has made it a priority to avoid a repeat performance. "I just think it got smacked around a little too much last year," Roark said Saturday. "It wasn't moving as much. It was moving very little. Now that I have better feel this year coming into Spring Training and games, I feel like there's no reason I can't have it come back, because I used to have it." His sinker averaged 92.1 mph as recently as 2019, and the right-hander feels he can at least restore the pitch to that level. Roark also changed up his diet in the offseason and lost 10 pounds in an effort to improve his overall fitness. The 34-year-old doesn't have the strikeout upside to be a true fantasy asset, but he could be able to offer some reliable innings in deep formats, especially if the Jays' offense can reward him with wins when he does provide some length.
Roark will not be part of the Blue Jays' AL Wild Card roster.
Back-end starters frequently get dropped from the roster for the postseason, and it's no surprise to see that happen to Roark here. He didn't make a very good case for a spot during his 11 starts, as he stumbled to a 6.80 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP.
Roark allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks over four innings Sunday, striking out two in the loss to Baltimore. He did not factor in the decision.
Roark allowed just one run through three innings to start the contest. However, the fourth inning started with an error by Randal Grichuk, and the 33-year-old righty subsequently allowed three runs to cross home. He wasn't very efficient with his four frames of work, throwing only 54 of 91 pitches for strikes. Roark ends his first season as a Blue Jay with a 6.80 ERA in 47.2 innings.
Roark (2-3) took the loss Tuesday against the Yankees after giving up six runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and zero walks over 4.1 innings.
The veteran right-hander has faced the Yankees in his past three outings, and he took his second loss during that stretch Tuesday. Roark has a 7.01 ERA, 1.74 WHIP and 39:21 K:BB through 43.2 innings and lines up for his final start of the regular season in Sunday's finale versus the Orioles.
Roark (2-2) allowed six earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four across four innings to take the loss Wednesday against the Yankees.
Roark was buried by the long ball, as he allowed four home runs in the four innings he pitched. He's now allowed multiple homers in five of his nine starts this season. That's resulted in a 6.41 ERA and an unsightly 3.2 HR/9 across 39.1 frames. He'll have to square off against the Yankees once again in his next outing, currently projected to come Monday.
Roark (2-1) pitched four innings on Wednesday, allowing two runs on two hits while striking out three in the Blue Jays' 7-2 loss to the Yankees. He also walked three batters.
Roark did not factor into the decision and was pulled after throwing just 68 pitches (38 for strikes). While both hits were home runs, Ross Stripling came on in relief and promptly gave up three runs to take the loss. Roark was visibly upset postgame and sounded off to the media. He has a 5.60 ERA and 28 strikeouts through seven starts this campaign.
Roark didn't factor into the decision in the first game of Friday's doubleheader against the Red Sox, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk over 4.1 innings. He struck out a season-high six.
The right-hander headed into the fifth inning with a 5-2 lead but he ran out of gas, getting the hook after 79 pitches (49 strikes) and falling short of qualifying for his third win of the year. Roark has been tagged with at least three runs in five of his last six starts while not lasting longer than five innings in any of them, saddling him with a 5.74 ERA and 1.79 WHIP for the season. The 33-year-old will next take the mound Wednesday against the Yankees in Buffalo.
Roark allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks over five innings Sunday, striking out five in the win over Baltimore. He did not factor in the decision.
Roark didn't have a great outing but specifically struggled against rookie Ryan Mountcastle, who collected three hits off him, including two long balls. The 33-year-old righty allowed three or more runs in four of his five starts this month and currently owns a 5.33 ERA. He's also yet to go deeper than the fifth inning in any start this season. Roark is expected to face the Red Sox on the road Friday.
Roark allowed three runs on three hits and three walks while striking out two over five innings Monday against the Rays. He didn't factor into the decision.
Roark gave up a solo homer in the second, followed by a two-run shot to right before exiting with a 3-1 deficit. The Blue Jays would rally in the sixth and seventh, allowing Roark to come away with the no-decision. The 33-year-old sits with a 2-1 record to go along with a 4.91 ERA and 17:13 K:BB over 22 innings this season, and while he hasn't looked overly sharp, his club has managed to win four of the five games he's started so far this year.
Roark (2-1) earned the win Wednesday against the Orioles after giving up two runs (one earned) on nine hits with five strikeouts and one walk over five innings.
The veteran right-hander certainly wasn't at his best Wednesday as he allowed 10 baserunners, but he benefited from the Orioles running into two outs at home plate. Roark has a 4.76 ERA, 1.71 WHIP and 15:10 K:BB through 17 innings (four starts), and his next outing lines up for Monday in Tampa Bay.
Roark allowed three runs on four hits and four walks while striking out four over four innings in Friday's win over the Rays. He didn't factor into the decision.
Roark hasn't been able to get into a groove over his past two starts, but he finished with a no-decision due to a Blue Jays rally late in the game. The right-hander now carries a 6.00 ERA and 10:9 K:BB over 12 innings during his first three starts of the season. He'll look to turn things around on the road Wednesday against the Orioles.
Roark (1-1) took the loss Friday, giving up four runs on three hits and five walks over three innings in a 5-3 defeat at the hands of the Red Sox. He struck out one.
The right-hander was making his first start since July 28 due to the Blue Jays' scheduling chaos, and the layoff clearly affected him. Roark threw only 31 of 68 pitches for strikes before getting the hook, and two of the three hits off him left the yard. The 33-year-old will look to rebound in his next outing, scheduled for next Friday at home against the Rays.
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