On Sunday, the Cleveland Guardians made an important move, designating right-hander Zach Plesac for assignment.
The nephew of former Major League pitcher and current MLB Network analyst Dan Plesac, the young right-hander made his MLB debut with the Guardians in 2019 at the age of 24.
That year, he went 8-6 in 21 starts and posted an ERA of 3.81.
After going 4-2 with a 2.28 ERA in 2020, Plesac began to decline, posting 4.67 and 4.31 marks in the following two seasons, respectively.
This season, Plesac was 1-1 with a 7.59 ERA through his first five starts.
And so, the Guardians have decided to part ways with the 28-year-old.
The Guardians announced the move on Twitter.
+ Activated RHP Triston McKenzie from the 60-Day Injured List
– Optioned RHP Michael Kelly to Triple-A Columbus
– Designated RHP Zach Plesac for assignment#ForTheLand pic.twitter.com/AXApUBvQmG
— Cleveland Guardians (@CleGuardians) June 4, 2023
Plesac showed glimpses of his potential in his first two seasons, but has not been himself ever since the shortened 2020 season.
And thus, his time with the Guardians is likely at an end.
With starting pitching at a premium and the trade deadline fast approaching, there could be a few teams that may end up taking a flyer on Plesac.
Teams such as the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals have dealt with multiple rotation issues this season and could use a potential stop gap to get them by until the trade deadline, depending on where they are in the standings.
The Guardians also announced that they had activated young right-hander Triston McKenzie from the 60-Day Injured List and optioned right-hander Michael Kelly to Triple-A Colombus.
It’s anybody’s guess as to what will happen next with Plesac and if a team may want to take a chance on him.NEXT: Josh Naylor Matched Unique Guardians History