The 30-year-old reliever worked just two-thirds of an inning and gave up a single and two walks, so the short outing was a definite mixed bag. While the Mariners would like to have the former closer back in the fold as soon as possible, they want to see be effective in back-to-back outings before deeming him fit for a return. It's likely that Cishek will make another appearance for Triple-A Tacoma in the coming week and could potentially be ready to come off the disabled list upon the Mariners' return home on May 2. Servais has emphasized that neither Cishek's hip or shoulder have given him any trouble and that mechanics are the sole source of any struggles he's currently experiencing.
Gregerson is still working to shave his ERA back to respectability following a six-run implosion two weeks ago. Since then, he's allowed two hits and a walk while striking out five over six scoreless innings.
The regression monster came for Triggs on Sunday -- the M's touched him up for six runs on five hits over 4.2 innings. He issued a bases-loaded walk and later served up a grand slam to Taylor Motter in the top of the third inning. Triggs hadn't allowed a run in his first three starts of the season (17.2 innings), with heavy usage of the cutter being an important part of that success. He will face another tough test next week in a road matchup against the Astros.
Giles got himself into trouble during a series against the Mariners earlier this season, but he's been excellent otherwise and has now strung together four scoreless appearances with three saves. Houston boasts a potent offensive attack and is currently sporting a 13-6 record, so Giles projects to continue receiving plenty of opportunities to pile up tallies in the saves column.
The current expectation is that Tepesch will join the big club at some point during Minnesota's upcoming series against the Rangers. Tepesch has been solid at Triple-A Rochester this season. Over three games (18 innings) he's compiled a 2.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and struck out 17 batters.
Boshers was efficient in Sunday's game against the Tigers. He pitched 2.1 innings, during which he allowed no hits and walked just a single batter. However, he'll return to Rochester where he's given up three runs over 3.2 innings (five games) this season.
Suter had gotten off to a rough start in his four appearances for Milwaukee, posting a 5.68 ERA across 6.1 innings. He'll be a prime candidate to return to the Brewers' big-league roster in the case that one of their pitchers goes down with an injury.
The Angels' bullpen has been decimated by injuries early in the season, seeing all three of the closing candidates land on the disabled list. Norris was the first to step into a save situation after Cam Bedrosian's (groin) placement on the DL, and the veteran came through in the clutch, tossing a clean inning and nailing down his first career save. Bedrosian's injury isn't considered serious, so there may not be a huge window for saves if he only spends the minimum 10 days away from the team, but Norris appears to be the pickup in the interim for those hurting for saves.
After the results of Petricka's evaluation become available, it should be easier to have an understanding as to when his eventual return may be. Once he's back in full health, Petricka will provide the White Sox with an additional relief arm.
Pounders worked as a swingman over his four appearances with Salt Lake this season, but the Angels figure to deploy exclusively in long relief while he's up with the big club. During his first taste of the majors in 2016 with the Royals, Pounders turned in a 9.24 ERA (7.96 FIP) while covering 12.2 innings out of the bullpen.