Tillman began the season on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, won his first game on May 7, then went winless in his next 14 starts. He’s 1-7 with an 8.10 ERA.
Manager Buck Showalter hopes the move to the bullpen will help Tillman in the same way it did Orioles righty Ubaldo Jimenez.
“It’s done good things for Ubaldo and some other people in the past,” Showalter said.
Tillman insists that he feels fine, so it’s hard to explain his performance. His record was 16-7 in 2013, then 13-6 in 2014 and 11-11 in 2015. Last year, Tillman was 16-6 and started the AL wild-card game.
“It’s been frustrating for all of us, so we’re trying to figure out a way to get him back,” Showalter said.