Padres moving Maurer back to bullpen

Brandon Maurer

The Padres planned to move Brandon Maurer to the starting rotation in 2016.

The plan ended after just three Spring Training starts, in which Maurer posted an ERA of 25.41 after giving up 16 earned runs in just 5.2 innings.

Maurer, the team’s primary seventh inning reliever in 2015, will return to the bullpen. His role is yet to be determined.

According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune, Manager Andy Green had this to say about Maurer:

“We thought it was in our best interest going into today to thin the herd,” Green said. “We want to go ahead and get (Maurer) back acclimated to being in the bullpen, putting him in a position where we think he’s going to be very successful. He was successful in that role last year.

“In light of how the other guys are throwing the ball and in light of what we think is best for our bullpen, like, giving us a measure of stability back there, we just went ahead and made that (decision). We wanted him to get to a position where he starts throwing out of the ‘pen so we don’t wait till the last day of spring and say, ‘Hey, guess what, you’re in the bullpen.’ We just thought the time was right.”

 

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