"I haven't done what's been expected of me," Slaten said just before leaving the Diamondbacks' clubhouse. "And I'm not satisfied with it either. It's a good time for me to go down there and iron things out. This isn't the place to be doing that."
The move leaves Scott Schoeneweis as the lone southpaw out of the big league
bullpen. Schoeneweis' peripheral stats have been far worse than Slaten's
have in the early going, unfortunately. Slaten's three strikeouts and no
walks or home runs allowed over four innings give him a 2.43 FIP, which is an
estimation of ERA independent of defense and luck. Conversely, Schoeneweis'
three strikeouts, two homers, and one walk allowed over 6.2 innings has led to a
bloated 6.63 FIP.
Vasquez showed this spring that he has fully recovered by posting a 0.93 ERA with one save in six games for Reno. He fanned nine batters in 9.2 innings while walking three, appearing to be far more comfortable in relief since his shoulder injury.
"It's my dream," Vasquez said of being called up. "It's just very exciting."
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