Diamondbacks option Will Harris and recall Mike Bolsinger

  • Ian Johnson
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The Arizona Diamondbacks announced on Tuesday that they have once again optioned relief pitcher Will Harris to Triple-A Reno in order to open a roster spot for starting pitcher Mike Bolsinger, who was recalled from Reno. An attempt fill the void left by Bronson Arroyo who has joined a plethora of names on the Diamondbacks disabled list.

Harris, 29, has struggled mightily during his two stints in the D-backs bullpen posting a combined 0-2 record to go along with a foul 9.24 ERA in just 12.2 innings of work. This may have very well been his final major league opportunity with the team as he has shown promise in the minor leagues but that simply has not transitioned into the big leagues. His struggles were displayed Monday night at Chase Field against the Brewers in the eighth inning of a tie game. He had absolutely no command and was so erratic that he walked two consecutive batters, and followed that with a hanging curveball which resulted in an eventual game winning  two-run double down the line by Aramis Ramirez. After witnessing that, it is no wonder why Harris was optioned.

Meanwhile, Mike Bolsinger displayed progression in Reno after being optioned back in May. He has a 5-1 record and a 2.73 ERA in 52.2 innings this season in Reno and the D-backs rotation could certainly use his service. Bolsinger has the tools and potential to become an exceptional starting pitcher in the MLB, he just needs to get his feet wet so to speak. This will certainly raise his confidence and give him more big league experience at the exact same time. Though he is 1-2 with a 6.08 ERA in four starts with the D-backs this season, more experience is the only way to get Bolsinger completely comfortable on a big league mound.

Bolsinger was scheduled to start for Reno on Monday but instead will start for the D-backs on Tuesday night against the Brewers.  This will push both Wade Miley and Chase Anderson’s starts back a day. In order to prevent Bolsinger from going an abnormally long period of time without pitching and avoiding a potential injury. His best major league start came in Chicago against the Cubs in April, where he was able to throw 6.2 innings of scoreless baseball, while striking out seven batters and allowing just four hits. If he is able to produce similarly and consistently then expect Mike Bolsinger to remain in the rotation for the remainder of the season, even if or when Bronson Arroyo returns from the DL.

Phoenix Sports-Kings Assistant Site Manager Ian Johnson @IanJohnsonSK

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