Armstrong is expected to fill a key setup role for the Orioles to begin the 2020 season coming off a dominant spring training, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
Heading into the spring, Armstrong already looked like one of the safer bets to crack the Opening Day bullpen, and he only strengthened his standing on the depth chart with his performance in camp. Over his four Grapefruit League appearances, Armstrong covered six scoreless innings, permitting only one hit and two walks while striking out five. Kubatko relays that Armstrong had shown an uptick in his fastball velocity during spring bullpen sessions after the offering was clocked at an average of 93.9 miles per hour last season, providing some optimism that his strong numbers in exhibition play may be more than a small-sample-size fluke. He still likely won't be worth drafting even in most AL-only leagues, but Armstrong might be someone to keep an eye on if he continues to deliver strong ratios early on during the regular season.
The Orioles reinstated Armstrong (forearm) from the 10-day injured list Sunday. He worked 1.1 innings in relief and gave up a run on three hits and a walk.
Armstrong missed the minimum amount of time with the strained right forearm and immediately took back a key role in the Baltimore bullpen. He entered the contest with the Orioles trailing by one run and proceeded to allow a home run to the second batter he faced (Whit Merrifield) but otherwise mitigated the damage.
Armstrong (forearm) is expected to return from the injured list after the 10-day minimum, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Armstrong landed on the shelf earlier in the day due to a right forearm strain, though it shouldn't cost him more than the minimum. He'll be eligible to return beginning Sept. 1.
Armstrong was placed on the 10-day injured list retroactive to August 22 with a right forearm strain.
Armstrong threw a clean inning his last time out Wednesday, but he either picked up the injury as well, or saw an existing injury -- he had allowed seven earned runs over his previous six appearances -- get worse. It remains to be seen when Armstrong will be ready to return, but Dillon Tate will take his spot on the roster for now.
Armstrong picked up the save after allowing two hits and striking out three over a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Blue Jays.
Armstrong entered the contest in the ninth inning with a one-run lead, and despite allowing the tying run to reach third base, he fanned the final batter of the contest to secure the victory. The 28-year-old right-hander has received two save opportunities over his last three appearances, and he's been able to convert on both chances. However, Mychal Givens and Miguel Castro will also continue to factor into Baltimore's closing committee moving forward.
Armstrong pitched two scoreless innings, permitting just one hit and no walks to earn the save against the Padres. He struck out two.
Armstrong has converted his last three save chances, but they have been spread out over a two-month period. The 28-year-old is one of five Orioles with two or more saves, so he still figures as just a member of Baltimore's closing committee. Armstrong now holds a 4.08 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP along with a 41:19 K:BB.
Armstrong struck out the only batter he faced to record the save Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
Armstrong entered the game after Richard Bleier surrendered three earned runs in the ninth inning, bringing the tying run to the plate for the Rays. However, Armstrong secured the win for the Orioles by whiffing Tommy Pham on seven pitches, recording his second save of the season in the process. It was Armstrong's first save since May 27, and chances are likely to remain rare given the Orioles' lack of wins and committee approach to the closer role.
Armstrong will not start Saturday's game against the Indians, contrary to previous reports, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Andrew Cashner was originally scratched because the Orioles thought the game might end up being postponed, but now that they think they can fit it in, Cashner will make the start after all.
Armstrong will make his first career MLB start Saturday against the Indians after Andrew Cashner (undisclosed) was scratched, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Armstrong has made 77 appearances, all in relief, so don't look for him to log more than a couple innings. This will amount to a bullpen game.
Armstrong walked one batter and struck out another in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save in Monday's win over Detroit.
With Mychal Givens removed from the closer role for the time being, Armstrong should be Baltimore's go-to option for save opportunities. He came in with a runner on first and eventually had two men in scoring position but ended the nailbiter with a popout. The 28-year-old owns a 2.45 ERA and should be worth a look in most leagues, though the Orioles don't get too many save chances.
Armstrong is a potential candidate to pitch in the ninth inning with Mychal Givens temporarily demoted to a low-leverage role, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
Givens' recent struggles have led manager Brandon Hyde to take him out of the firing line, at least for now. Armstrong's 5.93 season ERA is poor, but he's posted a 2.70 mark in 10 innings since getting claimed off waivers by the Orioles in late April. His career 21.8 percent strikeout rate is hardly closer material, but the Orioles' bullpen isn't exactly full of premium arms, so Armstrong is a candidate to move up from a medium-leverage role to a high-leverage one.
The Orioles added Armstrong to their 25-man roster ahead of Tuesday's game against the White Sox.
Armstrong had no minor-league options remaining, so it was inevitable that he would report to the big club after being claimed off waivers from Seattle on Sunday. While Armstrong's surface results (six runs allowed on eight hits and three walks in 3.2 innings) haven't been pretty this season, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports notes that the right-hander's slider has the 10th-highest spin rate among pitchers who have thrown the offering 50 times or more since 2018. That at least provides a sliver of optimism for Armstrong's chances of emerging as a useful piece in a Baltimore bullpen that otherwise lacks many intriguing arms.
Armstrong was claimed off waivers by the Orioles on Sunday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Armstrong was designated for assignment by the Mariners on Thursday and now has a new home in Baltimore. Kubatko also noted that Armstrong is out of options so will be placed on the team's 25-man roster once he reports. Armstrong has struggled early on this season, allowing six earned runs in just 3.2 innings of work, and figures to serve as more depth in team's bullpen.
Armstrong was designated for assignment by the Mariners after Thursday's 14-2 win over the Rangers, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Armstrong spent the first couple weeks of the season on the injured list with an oblique injury and allowed six runs on eight hits over 3.2 innings since being activated April 12. The 28-year-old gave up only two runs and had a 15:3 K:BB over 14.2 innings with the Mariners last season and has a 3.65 ERA and 1.25 WHIP across 61.2 major-league innings for his career.
Armstrong, who was activated from the 10-day injured list last Friday, has allowed four earned runs on five hits and two walks over 2.2 innings while recording three strikeouts across his first three appearances of the season.
Those numbers are far from pretty, but all the trouble came in Armstrong's first outing of the season last Friday against the Astros. The 28-year-old allowed four earned runs on four hits over 1.1 innings versus Houston. He's bounced back with consecutive scoreless efforts, including a ninth inning against the Indians on Tuesday where he allowed a hit and a walk. Armstrong projects for middle-relief work now that he's healthy, with occasional hold opportunities likely to come his way.
Armstrong (oblique) was activated from the 10-day injured list Friday.
Armstrong had been battling an oblique issue since mid-March. In a short, 14.2-inning sample last season, he recorded an excellent 1.23 ERA. The Mariners' closer job is wide open with Hunter Strickland (lat) on the 60-day injured list, though Armstrong may need a few outings to prove himself before pushing for save chances.
Armstrong (oblique) fired a scoreless first inning in Triple-A Tacoma's win over El Paso on Wednesday and could be ready for activation during the upcoming homestand, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Armstrong now has back-to-back scoreless one-inning rehab outings under his belt, and he's been exceedingly sharp in both while throwing 25 of 33 pitches for strikes overall. Thus, the news of impending activation isn't overly surprising, although it remains to be seen if Armstrong will take one more minor-league turn before being deemed ready for his 2019 big-league debut.
Armstrong (oblique) fired a scoreless inning in Triple-A Tacoma's loss to Sacramento on Monday, allowing a hit and recording two strikeouts.
Armstrong fired 12 of 16 pitches for strikes, although the one hit he allowed was a double. Greg Johns of MLB.com reports that Armstrong will likely make at least one more rehab appearance with Tacoma this week before being deemed ready for activation.
Armstrong (oblique) will throw his first of a few rehab outings for Triple-A Tacoma within the next day or two, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Armstrong has been battling an oblique strain since mid-March. His rehab timeline appears to put him roughly a week from returning to game action, though a specific target date has not been given by the Mariners.
Armstrong (oblique) threw a bullpen session Tuesday and will join Triple-A Tacoma for further rehab work, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Armstrong apparently got through his Tuesday bullpen, his second in three days, without issue. He now joins the Rainiers in Sacramento, where he'll throw live batting practice and then likely work in a couple of rehab outings. If all continues without setbacks, Armstrong would likely rejoin the big-league club when it returns from an upcoming road trip to Chicago and Kansas City.
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