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Tanner Roark | Relief Pitcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/5/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 228
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Tanner Roark will be recalled to start in place of Stephen Strasburg on Friday.
Strasburg is dealing with some upper back discomfort, so Roark will get the call against the Braves. Roark threw two innings with High-A Potomac on Monday in preparation for such a move. Roark has made just six starts this year after winning 15 games as a starter last season. The 28-year-old has a 4.54 ERA and 1.30 WHIP through 79 1/3 innings on the year. Sep 2 - 6:30 PM

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Nationals optioned RHP Tanner Roark to High-A Potomac.

The move clears a spot on the Nats' 25-man roster for Denard Span, who is returning from the disabled list. Roark, who's been pitching primarily in long relief, should be brought back when rosters expand on September 1. He'll work as a starter at Potomac and could replace Joe Ross in the Nationals' rotation when Ross hits his innings limit.
Aug 25 - 4:19 PM

Tanner Roark is expected to start in the first game against the Dodgers on Saturday.

Roark had been warming in the bullpen before Friday's game was suspended, so the Nationals will wait and make sure he feels alright after warming on Saturday to announce him officially. He owns a 4.35 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 33/11 K/BB ratio in 62 innings this season.
Jul 18 - 12:24 PM

Tanner Roark allowed two runs over 4 1/3 innings of relief Saturday against the Giants.

Roark entered the game in the fourth inning after Stephen Strasburg left with an apparent side injury. He pitched well under the circumstances, allowing four hits while walking none and striking out three. The Nationals stretched him out to 61 pitches, so he's an obvious alternative for the rotation if Strasburg needs a stint on the DL. It's also possible that Joe Ross could be called back up from the minors. It's nice to have quality options.
Jul 4 - 2:38 PM

Tanner Roark took a beating, yielding eight runs in 3 1/3 innings in a loss in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Phillies.

Death by singles. 11 of the 12 hits Roark allowed were of the one-base variety, but the Phillies did a good job of bunching them up, plating four runs in each of the second and fourth innings. Roark also walked one without recording a strikeout. He should return to the Nationals' bullpen after this effort. He has a 4.34 ERA, a 1.32 WHIP, and a 26/11 K/BB ratio in 56 innings.
Jun 28 - 9:42 PM

Tanner Roark will start the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Phillies.

The 28-year-old right-hander owns a 3.25 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 26/10 K/BB ratio over 52 2/3 innings on the season. He should make for a nice streaming option against the struggling Phillies offense.
Jun 28 - 4:38 PM

Nationals activated RHP Tanner Roark from the paternity leave list.

He was away for a few days while his wife gave birth. Roark is expected to shift back into a relief role.
Jun 21 - 11:18 AM

Nationals placed RHP Tanner Roark on the paternity leave list.

His wife is due to give birth on Saturday. With Doug Fister already back and Stephen Strasburg (trap) due back next week, Roark could move back into a relief role when he returns.
Jun 19 - 3:41 PM

Tanner Roark limited the Rays to one run over seven innings of work, easily picking up the win in the Nationals' 16-4 rout on Tuesday.

That's about as easy as it gets. Roark scattered six hits and a walk while striking out four. The Rays' lone run came in the fifth inning when the Rays hit a double and a single followed by an RBI ground out. In five starts since rejoining the Nats' rotation, the right-hander has a 3.86 ERA. He'll vie for his third win of the season at home against the Pirates.
Jun 16 - 10:57 PM

Tanner Roark surrendered five runs in 6 2/3 innings Thursday in a no-decision versus the Brewers.

Tanner Roark pitched well in his first two starts in place of Doug Fister, but the last two haven't been so great, even though they've come with more strikeouts. He's fanned 10 while allowing nine runs in 12 1/3 innings his last two times out. Prior to that, he had struck out 11 and allowed nine runs in 31 1/3 innings on the season.
Jun 11 - 11:57 PM

Tanner Roark racked up six strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings in Friday's victory over the Cubs.

Roark didn't issue a walk on the evening, but did surrender four runs on six hits. Anthony Rizzo inflicted most of the damage himself, blasting a pair of home runs and driving home three. Continuing to fill in admirably for the injured Doug Fister, Roark now boasts a 3.16 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 17/8 K/BB ratio across 37 innings on the season. He'll take on the Brewers in Milwaukee his next time out on Thursday.
Jun 5 - 10:08 PM

Tanner Roark pitched well in a no-decision, allowing two runs in six innings of work in Sunday's loss to the Reds.

Both runs came on solo home runs from Todd Frazier and Brandon Phillips in the fourth and fifth innings. The right-hander gave up only four hits total while walking two and striking out one. Roark is back in the Nats' rotation following Doug Fister's injury and has performed well, yielding three runs in 11 innings in two starts thus far. He'll get the Cubs at Wrigley Field his next time out.
May 31 - 4:22 PM

In his first start back in the Nationals' rotation, Tanner Roark fired five innings of one-run ball in a 2-1 win over the Cubs on Monday.

Taking the place of the injured Doug Fister (forearm) in the rotation, Roark held the Cubs to three hits and one walk while striking out three. He threw 66 pitches, which is right about where the Nationals were planning to cut him off for his first start back. Roark isn't going to amass a ton of strikeouts -- he averaged just 6.25 K/9 last year -- but he should be mixed league relevant as a starter. The NL East is full of light-hitting teams.
May 25 - 5:11 PM

Tanner Roark will start for the Nationals on Monday against the Cubs.

That will push Jordan Zimmermann back a day until Tuesday and line Roark up for a pair of starts next week. He'll occupy the spot in the Nationals rotation until the ailing Doug Fister returns and is certainly worth a look in all mixed leagues.
May 23 - 1:37 PM

Tanner Roark is expected to start either on Monday or Tuesday against the Cubs.

With Doug Fister (elbow) out indefinitely, it appears the Nationals are ready to move Roark back into the rotation. He hasn't pitched in five days, but he faced hitters on Friday and is expected to be able to get to 70 pitches during his start. The owner of a career 2.70 ERA over 36 starts, Roark should be scooped up in fantasy leagues where he remains unowned.
May 22 - 4:25 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
3Pedro Severino
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Tyler Moore
3Clint Robinson
2B1Anthony Rendon
2Danny Espinosa
3Dan Uggla
SS1Ian Desmond
2Trea Turner
3B1Yunel Escobar
LF1Jayson Werth
2Matt den Dekker
3Reed Johnson
CF1Denard Span
2Michael Taylor
3Nate McLouth
RF1Bryce Harper
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Gio Gonzalez
5Joe Ross
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Drew Storen
3Casey Janssen
4Matt Thornton
5Blake Treinen
6Felipe Rivero
7Doug Fister
8David Carpenter
9Aaron Barrett
10Craig Stammen
11Rafael Martin
12Matt Grace
13A.J. Cole