Double-A Bowie placed Tate on its 7-day injured list Tuesday due to an unspecified issue.
Bowie has deployed Tate as both a starter and a reliever this season, with the right-hander churning out a 6.08 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in 13.1 innings over his five outings. The nature and extent of his setback aren't clear, but it's nonetheless a negative development for a pitcher who has only seen his outlook in dynasty leagues plummet since being acquired from the Yankees in the summer of 2016.
Tate was sent to Double-A Bowie on Sunday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Tate has spent the last two seasons at Double-A, although he struggled to a 5.75 ERA with 21 punchouts over 40.2 frames as a starter in 2018. He entered spring training as a reliever, but the club remains optimistic that he can develop into a reliable starter or at least a multi-inning option out of the bullpen for the Orioles in the future.
Tate has been deployed as a reliever this spring, but the Orioles haven't abandoned developing the right-hander as a rotation option, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. "I don't think we've given up on the idea of him being a starter," manager Brandon Hyde said. "He's going to be a multiple-innings guy."
All 35 of Tate's appearances over his past two seasons in the minors have come as a starter, with the right-hander turning in a 3.61 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 159:58 K:BB in 206.2 innings. The early results from his dalliance in the bullpen haven't been impressive, but working in relief may represent Tate's clearest path to the big leagues and allow his otherwise middling fastball to play up.
Tate (shoulder) joined Baltimore's 40-man roster Tuesday.
The Orioles snagged Tate near the end of July from the Yankees in the Zach Britton deal, although his season ended early due to shoulder soreness. He'll be protected from the Rule 5 draft following his placement on the 40-man and should be ready to go for the beginning of spring training.
Tate was shut down with shoulder soreness Monday, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.
Tate had been throwing at the Orioles' complex in Sarasota but now appears to be done for the season. It's unclear if the injury is serious enough to have any effect on his readiness for next season's spring training.
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