Estevez’s placing on the list, for a reason manager Bud Black did not disclose beyond saying “everything’s going to be OK," came a day after he retired none of the four batters he faced (two walks, two hits) in a 6-5 loss to the Giants on Friday night.
Before Saturday, nine of Estevez’s previous 11 outings were scoreless, and he struck out 16 against two walks in 13 1/3 innings. Asked if the off-field issue affected performance Saturday, Black said, “I don’t think so -- we talked before the game and we talked after the game.”
Part of the domino effect of moving Scott Oberg into the closer role and Wade Davis earlier was more late-game opportunities would fall to Estevez, righty Jario Diaz and lefty Jake McGee. Diaz on Friday and McGee on Saturday each pitched solidly in their setup chances.
Tinoco, making his third trip to the Majors in his debut season, is 0-1 with a 5.54 ERA in seven Major League games, and 3-1, 3.97 in 29 games at Albuquerque.