PHOENIX -- Ater allowing seven runs (five earned) in 1 1/3 innings of work over his previous two games, D-backs relief pitcher Bryan Shaw was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Sunday. The 24-year-old was disappointed when he heard the news, but knew his results warranted the change.
"I wasn't performing the way I need to perform, so it's the move they wanted to make," Shaw said. "The last few outings, it's been a little worse than rough. I have to go back down there and get my confidence back to where it needs to be."
After allowing just one run in 11 1/3 innings in June, the right-hander has taken a beating this month, surrendering 10 runs (eight earned) over six innings.
"A lot of guys go through rough patches, I hadn't gone through one, but I have to get back on track and find my way through," Shaw said. "Up until now everything has been going smooth. I hit the rough patch now and I have to get back to where I was."
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson noticed Shaw was attacking hitters differently, which was the difference in his spiraling results.
"He's kind of turned into a one-pitch pitcher right now, guys have made adjustments to him," Gibson said. "He'll have to mix it up and throw to both sides of the plate and up and down. He was just kind of aiming the ball and mostly every pitch was a cutter. He'll be fine though."
Over parts of two seasons with the D-backs, Shaw had a 3.53 ERA while opponents batted .278 against him.