Biagini allowed one hit and struck out one over two scoreless innings, picking up a hold in a 7-4 win over the Blue Jays on Friday.
Biagini, a former Blue Jay, has been slow to adjust to the Astros' analytically advanced system since he was acquired at the trade deadline. Prior to Friday's appearance, he allowed 14 hits and walked five over 8.2 innings. Since his arrival, the Astros have asked him to eschew his sinker-driven pitching plan for one that throws more four-seam fastballs and his high-spin-rate curve, according to Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle. "I feel like there is some definite reason to use it more than I have been," Biagini said. "Especially trying to throw it hard and kind of trust the pitch instead of just trying to place it different places like I had been doing more of earlier this season. I think that could be good because I think it adds a wrinkle to what I could offer."
Biagini was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock prior to Thursday's game against the Tigers, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Ryan Pressly (arthroscopic knee surgery) was placed on the 10-day injured list, so Houston summoned Biagini to take the vacant spot in the bullpen. He has a 3.63 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 55 strikeouts in 57 MLB innings this season.
Biagini was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock following Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the White Sox, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Biagini allowed one run over three inning during the nightcap after scheduled starter Gerrit Cole (hamstring) was scratched, and he'll move to the minors in favor of a fresh arm. The 29-year-old has a 2.64 ERA and 1.47 WHIP over 17 innings since the All-Star break, so he figures to make a fairly quick return to the majors.
Biagini was traded from Toronto to Houston for an undisclosed return on Wednesday, Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun reports.
After struggling for two straight seasons, Biagini owns a solid 3.86 ERA in 49 innings this season, striking out a career-best 23.4 percent of opposing batters. He isn't likely to get close to the conversation for saves in Houston but will still be a valuable bullpen arm.
Biagini struck out three batters over 1.2 perfect innings of relief in Sunday's extra-inning loss to the Tigers.
The right-hander hasn't given up a run in four appearances since the All-Star break, posting a 6:1 K:BB in four innings during that stretch. On the season, Biagini has a 3.68 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 44:15 K:BB through 44 frames, adding three wins, a save and a career-high 11 holds to his ledger.
Biagini allowed two earned runs on one hit and two walks across one-third of an inning in a win against the Orioles on Wednesday.
Biagini was named the interim closer with Ken Giles (elbow) on the injured list. However, his stint got off to a shaky start, as he issued a pair of walks and surrendered a double after coming in with two on in the eighth. Daniel Hudson was ultimately able to successfully navigate the Blue Jays out of the jam with a win, adding murkiness to the short-term save picture in Toronto.
Biagini will serve as Toronto's closer while Ken Giles (elbow) is on the injured list, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
Giles isn't expected to miss more than 10 days while on the shelf, so Biagini's time as closer will likely be brief. The 29-year-old Biagini has been solid in a setup role for the Blue Jays this season, compiling a 3.14 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 28:7 K:BB in 28.2 innings of work.
Biagini gave up a run on a solo home run over 1.2 innings of relief in Wednesday's extra-innings loss to the Red Sox.
It's the second straight appearance in which a Boston hitter has taken Biagini yard, and the right-hander has been charged with runs in four of his last seven outings. His 3.68 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 20:7 K:BB through 22 innings are still solid, and he'll likely remain in a high-leverage role for Toronto given the team's lack of other reliable options.
Biagini struck out one and allowed no baserunners to record his first save of the season Monday in a 5-3 win over the Twins.
Biagini had only two career saves coming into Monday, and this was the first ninth-inning save. Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo relayed that Ken Giles was sick and not available for the save opportunity, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports. Biagini has a 3.38 ERA and a 11:3 strikeout-to-walk ratio through nine appearances this season but is not likely to see an increase in save chances.
Biagini (0-1) gave up a walkoff home run to Carlos Santana with one out in the ninth inning of Friday's 3-2 loss to Cleveland.
The right-hander's been getting used heavily by Jays manager Charlie Montoyo so far, throwing 4.2 innings over five appearances, and it may have caught up with Biagini in this one. The run was the first he's allowed in that time, however, and his 7:1 K:BB is sharp, so expect the 28-year-old to remain one of the primary options in a bullpen that's very unsettled behind closer Ken Giles.
Biagini gave up a hit and walked two in a scoreless inning of relief during Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Yankees.
The free passes were his first of the spring, giving Biagini a 4:2 K:BB through five innings to go along with a spotless 0.00 ERA. The right-hander hasn't yet been officially named to the 25-man roster, but he seems likely to open the season in a long relief role that would afford him minimal fantasy value.
Biagini signed a one-year, $900,000 deal with the Blue Jays on Friday to avoid arbitration, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
Biagini had a promising rookie campaign in 2016 with a 3.06 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 8.2 K/9 over 67.2 innings, but his numbers have plummeted across the board during the past two seasons (5.59 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 7.0 K/9). The 28-year-old will look to recapture that form but he isn't guaranteed a role in the Blue Jays' bullpen given his struggles, though the team's rebuild should allow him at least an opportunity for some innings.
Biagini (oblique) was activated off the 10-day disabled list Friday.
Biagini suffered a left oblique strain in early September but spent near the minimum 10 days on the disabled list. The 28-year-old has a 5.79 ERA and 1.58 WHIP over 65.1 innings, and should return to a relatively low-leverage role as a long reliever and spot-start option.
Biagini was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left oblique strain Tuesday.
Biagini last pitched Friday, so the move could be backdated the maximum three days, allowing him to return Sept. 11. There's no indication as to whether or not he'll be able make it back in the minimum amount of time, however.
The Blue Jays intend to use Biagini as a reliever while he remains with the big club, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
After struggling over four starts with Toronto earlier this season, Biagini lost his rotation spot Saturday when Jaime Garcia (shoulder) returned from the 10-day disabled list. Rather than send Biagini back to Triple-A Buffalo to continue his development as a starter, the Blue Jays assigned the right-hander to the bullpen. Biagini, who ended up taking the loss Saturday against the Phillies after giving the tie-breaking home run in relief, is expected to make most of his appearances between the fifth and eighth innings in both high- and low-leverage spots.
Biagini will likely be bumped from the Blue Jays' starting rotation when Jaime Garcia (shoulder) returns from the 10-day disabled list over the weekend, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
With Garcia expected to start against the Phillies on Saturday, Biagini will likely either transition to a relief role or head back to Triple-A Buffalo to continue working as a starter. The Blue Jays have yet to announce their plans with the 27-year-old, who worked as both a starter and reliever in 2017. He owns an unsightly 7.71 ERA and 1.88 WHIP across four starts (18.2 innings) this season.
Biagini (0-3) allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out two across four innings Sunday as he took the loss against the Athletics.
Biagini took a tough loss Sunday, failing to record an out in the fifth inning before being lifted from the game. The bullpen didn't offer up any assistance, as Danny Barnes replaced Biagini only to allow his inherited runners to score. The 27-year-old right-hander sits with a 7.71 ERA and 1.88 WHIP across 18.2 innings of work this season. Biagini will need to put together a better performance in his next scheduled start against the Phillies on Saturday if he hopes to earn his first win of the season.
Biagini will now take the hill for Sunday's series finale against Oakland, John Lott of The Athletic reports.
Biagini was scheduled to pitch Saturday, but manager John Gibbons elected to push his start back and give Sam Gaviglio the ball during Saturday's affair following the placement of Jaime Garcia (shoulder) on the disabled list. This will allow the Blue Jays to option out Gaviglio after his outing and bring in another fresh arm, if they decide on that route.
Biagini is slated to start Saturday's game against the Athletics, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
With Biagini supplying a 7.98 ERA, 1.84 WHIP and 11:7 K:BB in 14.2 innings over his three starts with the Blue Jays this season, it was uncertain if he would receive another turn in place of the injured Marcus Stroman (shoulder) this weekend. At least for the time being, it seems manager John Gibbons is committed to Biagini for one more outing, though the right-hander will probably have to perform well Saturday to guarantee himself any future starts with the big club. In the event Biagini struggles again and Stroman isn't cleared to return from the 10-day disabled list next week, long reliever Sam Gaviglio would probably rank as the most likely candidate to assume the No. 5 starter role for Toronto.
Biagini (0-2) got the loss against the Red Sox on Sunday, giving up four earned runs on four hits with three strikeouts and three walks as the Blue Jays fell 5-3.
Getting the nod in place of the injured Marcus Stroman (shoulder), Biagini was knocked around by Boston's talented lineup and was chased after 4.2 innings and 90 pitches in the defeat. He has a 7.98 ERA and a 1.84 WHIP in his three starts this year, so he wouldn't be in the fantasy conversation even if he did have a secure spot in the Blue Jays' rotation.
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