MINNEAPOLIS – Two weeks ago, Pedro Strop threw a ball away in Oakland and was charged with the loss. Since then he’s pitched 4 2/3 hitless innings with just one walk. Those five scoreless appearances have helped bring his ERA down to 4.85.
That’s still high for Strop who had a disastrous April, which included two blown saves, a loss and seven earned runs.
Manager Buck Showalter has been trying to find spots for Strop, who spent much of last season as the eighth inning man before slumping in the season’s last six weeks.
“He’s thrown pretty good the last two, three outings,” Showalter said.
The manager acknowledged that he’d been trying to find appropriate spots for Strop to pitch.
“I know we’ve been using Pete in a little different situation, but I wouldn’t be hesitant to use him in whatever role right now,” Showalter said.