Anthony Banda, who’s had a bumpy ride so far in the majors, has been optioned to Triple-A Reno. It wasn’t always clear that this would be the move for Torey Lovullo. Banda showed that he has the stuff to be a big-league pitcher but in each of his starts he had at least one inning where he’d get knocked off track, lose his focus, get off his game plan, and just plain struggle.
In his last outing he got knocked around badly by the Houston Astros, giving up eight runs in four innings. That drove his ERA up to a lofty 7.32. And sure, he’d had a rough inning in each of his previous three innings, but other than that he was really good. So, it made sense to wonder whether there was a possibility that with another shot, and a solid effort all-around, maybe he could stick around longer. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.
In the end, we will undoubtedly be seeing him again when rosters expand in September.
Banda was sent down to make room for David Peralta’s return from paternity leave. The D-backs need Peralta in the lineup going down the stretch, so it’s great to have the new daddy back.