Sheffield allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks, striking out three over four innings. He did not factor in the decision as the Mariners won 7-4 over the Blue Jays on Friday.
Sheffield was making his first major-league appearance in four months, but he didn't pitch long enough to be eligible for the win in a back-and-forth contest. Through seven innings this year, Sheffield has allowed five runs on a combined nine hits and seven walks while striking out six. If he gets another turn in the rotation, it would come at home versus the Yankees on Wednesday.
Sheffield was recalled from Double-A Arkansas to start Friday against the Blue Jays.
Sheffield was named Friday's starter earlier this week, so his promotion was to be expected. The 23-year-old made his debut with the Mariners in April and allowed two runs over three innings. Sheffield was demoted to Double-A after scuffling at Triple-A Tacoma earlier this season, and he responded with a 2.19 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 85:18 K:BB through 78 innings with Arkansas.
Sheffield is expected to be recalled from Double-A Arkansas to start Friday's game against the Blue Jays, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
Sheffield will enter Seattle's starting rotation for at least one outing while Yusei Kikuchi catches a breather. With Felix Hernandez (lat) expected to return from the injured list Saturday, Sheffield could be in line for a bullpen role with the big-league club following Friday's spot start.
Sheffield, who's been considered a candidate for a promotion from Double-A Arkansas to start this Saturday against the Blue Jays, is more likely to be called up toward the end of August, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Sheffield last took the mound for the Travelers on Sunday, so the timing of a potential spot start Saturday wouldn't be an issue. Neither are Sheffield's credentials, considering he's gone 5-2 with a 1.75 ERA and 79:16 K:BB over 72 innings at the Double-A level since being demoted from Triple-A Tacoma. However, general manager Jerry Dipoto emphasized Wednesday that a promotion toward the end of August would be the ideal scenario, with the Mariners more likely to go with a bullpen-day strategy in the middle game of the series against Toronto this coming weekend.
Sheffield is a candidate to be called up from Double-A Arkansas to start Saturday against the Blue Jays, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Sheffield last started for Arkansas on Sunday, so he would be pitching on an extra day of rest should he be tabbed to join the big-league rotation when Seattle needs a fifth starter Saturday. The 23-year-old lefty struggled with Triple-A Tacoma to open the season, but he's been sharp since being demoted to Double-A in mid-June, compiling a 1.75 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 79:16 K:BB across 11 starts (72 innings) with Arkansas.
Sheffield is a candidate to be called up and fill in the rotation spot left open by the trade of Mike Leake on Wednesday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Leake made his last start for the Mariners on Tuesday, so his next turn would have normally come up next Monday. However, with Seattle off Thursday, next Monday and next Thursday, they will have plenty of time to make a decision on who'll slot into the vacancy. Sheffield had a rough start to the season at Triple-A Tacoma, but he's generated a 4-2 record, 1.69 ERA, .221 BAA, 1.05 WHIP and 56:13 K:BB across eight starts since being demoted to Double-A Arkansas in mid-June.
Sheffield, who took a no-hitter into the eighth inning for Double-A Arkansas against Tulsa on Saturday, has allowed just three earned runs and recorded 24 strikeouts over his first three starts since being demoted to the Travelers.
Sheffield was sent down from Triple-A Tacoma on June 14 after a disastrous three-start stretch with the Rainiers where he gave up 20 earned runs across seven innings. The downgrade in competition has done wonders for the left-hander, who worked a season-high eight innings Saturday and has exhibited much better control since the demotion as well. Sheffield's 2019 ERA remains an unsightly 5.40 primarily due to his aforementioned multi-appearance skid, but his 1.35 ERA and 0.90 WHIP thus far in Arkansas offers reason for optimism.
Sheffield was sent to Double-A Arkansas on Friday, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
Sheffield has struggled at Triple-A so far this season, so the Mariners have elected to give him some time at a lower level to regain his confidence. He's posted a 6.87 ERA with a 48:41 K:BB over 55 innings this season for the Rainiers.
Sheffield is not a candidate to start Tuesday's game against the Astros in place of Yusei Kikuchi, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
The fact the left-hander started Saturday's game for Triple-A Tacoma removes him from consideration to return to the majors for the second time this season. Sheffield appears to still be in need of plenty of seasoning anyhow, considering he allowed seven earned runs on six hits and five walks over 2.2 innings against El Paso on Saturday.
Sheffield earned his second victory of the season in Triple-A Tacoma's win over Fresno on Wednesday, allowing an earned run on seven hits and a walk over seven innings. He struck out two.
The most encouraging aspect of Sheffield's strong effort may have been his control, as the one free pass he issued was a season-low figure. The southpaw now has his two longest outings of the season over his last two trips to the mound, and he'll look to continue improving his control down on the farm in anticipation of a likely promotion at some point this season.
Sheffield, who is 1-2 with a 4.38 ERA across seven starts for Triple-A Tacoma, is not expected to be promoted to fill the rotation spot that opened up when Erik Swanson was optioned to the Rainiers, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. "I think when we get to the point where we call Justus up, we'd like to call him up and leave him here and let him go," manager Scott Servais said. "I don't want to call him up and give him one or two outings and then go back and forth. He's working on things right now."
Sheffield already had his first major-league cameo earlier this season, filling in as the bulk reliever for Yusei Kikuchi's first abbreviated start April 26. However, a second major-league go-around apparently isn't in the works for now, even with the Mariners needing to fill the new vacancy in their rotation as soon as Tuesday against the Rangers. Sheffield will instead continue to concentrate on his development with the Rainiers, where he's been focusing on developing his changeup and attempting to refine his control.
Sheffield picked up his first victory of the season in Triple-A Tacoma's win over Albuquerque on Monday, allowing an earned run on four hits and three walks across 5.1 innings while recording five strikeouts.
It was a strong rebound for the promising southpaw, who'd handed out six free passes over just 2.2 frames against Salt Lake last Wednesday, his first start since a brief trip up to the majors. Sheffield's control remains his Achilles' heel, but he was able to locate enough Monday to turn in his longest outing of the season. The fact he needed 94 pitches to record 16 outs still speaks to how much room for improvement there is in that category, but perhaps the solid outing will serve as a launchpad to a string of improved performances.
Sheffield was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday.
Sheffield will return to the Rainiers as expected after allowing two runs over three innings during his Mariners debut Friday. The 22-year-old was called up to cover some innings with Yusei Kikuchi limited to only one inning due to his maintenance plan. Sheffield figures to see the majors again at some point this season, perhaps in a similar role.
Sheffield served as the long reliever behind Yusei Kikuchi in an extra-innings win over the Rangers on Friday, allowing two earned runs on two hits and four walks over three innings. He struck out three.
The control problems the rookie experienced at Triple-A Tacoma made the short trip with him to Seattle, as Sheffield needed 75 pitches to get through just three frames. Only 39 of his offerings found the strike zone, but his ability to miss bats was evident in the eight swinging strikes he recorded overall. Sheffield is expected to return to the Rainiers to continue his development, with a possible callup later in the season certainly within the realm of possibility.
Sheffield was officially promoted for his Mariners' debut Friday.
Sheffield won't start Friday against the Rangers, but he'll be the primary pitcher after Yusei Kikuchi throws as an opener. According to Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times, the 22-year-old is expected to return to Triple-A Tacoma following Friday's game.
Sheffield will be called up from Triple-A Tacoma to serve as the primary pitcher behind Yusei Kikuchi in Friday's game against the Rangers, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Kikuchi will be limited to one or two innings Friday as part of his maintenance program and Sheffield will be recalled to pitch after him. The 22-year-old began the season working as a starter at Tacoma, but covered three innings as a reliever Monday in preparation for his callup. Sheffield has a 3.93 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 11:14 K:BB across 18.1 innings this season
Sheffield was utilized as a multi-inning reliever for Triple-A Tacoma behind opener Mark Tenuta on Monday, a possible precursor to Sheffield filling the same role behind Yusei Kikuchi at the big-league level, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Sheffield ended up working three innings Monday against Albuquerque, allowing an earned run on two hits and three walks while recording three strikeouts on 46 pitches. A similar workload could await him if he's indeed called up to fill the long-man role behind Kikuchi in whichever of the latter's next two outings is treated as a one-inning "short start." Sheffield has posted an 0-1 record, 3.93 ERA and impressive .197 BAA through his first 18.1 innings with the Rainiers, but he's already issued 14 walks as well.
Sheffield, who's 0-1 with a 5.19 ERA through two starts at Triple-A Tacoma, is a candidate to be called up if Wade LeBlanc (oblique) is forced to miss at least one start, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Sheffield checks in as RotoWire's No. 7 prospect in the Mariners organization, but he's struggled in the early going with the Rainiers. Nevertheless, he and Tacoma teammate Erik Swanson are reportedly the top options to replace LeBlanc in the rotation if he's to miss at least one start. The veteran left-hander's prognosis should become clearer following a scheduled Saturday MRI.
Sheffield was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Monday, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
Sheffield impressed with the big-league club in camp, and he'll head to the minors after striking out six batters over four scoreless innings. The former first-round pick appeared with the Yankees in four games during the 2018 campaign, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks over 2.2 innings.
Sheffield fired 3.2 scoreless innings in an afternoon intrasquad game Thursday during which he faced Dee Gordon, Mitch Haniger (back), Edwin Encarnacion and Ichiro Suzuki, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
The promising prospect certainly faced a formidable test in the form of a quartet of hitters with a combined 16 All-Star appearances between them, and he came through with flying colors. Sheffield allowed just two hits and rang up six strikeouts, with five of them coming within the first eight batters he faced. The 22-year-old received rave reviews for his performance from Haniger, who heaped praise on Sheffield's fastball command, changeup and slider. A key piece of the James Paxton trade last November, Sheffield was already impressing prior to Thursday, as he's fired four scoreless innings in spring play while allowing just one hit and recording six strikeouts.
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