#5 Option: The Unspectacular Candidate – Steven Wright
By far the most likely candidate to replace Masterson in his immediate absence is the man who replaced him on Tuesday night, Steven Wright. In his relief outing Wright threw 5.2 innings and allowed 3 runs, which, had he been starting the game would have almost qualified him for a quality start. At the time of this writing the team had not officially designated Wright as the probable starter for Sunday’s game but there are hints on Twitter that will be the case. The 30 year-old knuckleballer has never wowed in the minors or the majors but has succeeded in both a starting and relieving role (albeit not consistently).
Wright will get a chance on Sunday against the Mariners in a pitcher friendly park. If he succeeds, he could hold onto the fifth starter spot for the time being, but it seems very unlikely that he will remain there in the long-term. In a rotation that is so mediocre already, the team will probably be seeking a player of who can make a greater impact than that of a back-end starter. They will likely have to consider a trade but there are also other in-house options to be considered.
2015 Stats (Triple A): 3.24 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 9.4 K/9, 3.4 BB/9
Probability: Very High
Risk: Very Low