BALTIMORE -- Even though right-hander Scott Carroll began the season in the rotation, he didn't view his recent role in the bullpen as a demotion.
Instead, he used the time to work on his cutter and embraced the opportunity to help the team win. Now, Carroll will get another opportunity to regain his spot in the rotation when he starts Thursday against Toronto. He is replacing the struggling Andre Rienzo, who will now work as a reliever.
"I looked at it as an opportunity to help the ball team win," Carroll said. "There's a lot of good arms in the bullpen. I looked at it as an opportunity to come in and eat up some innings. It was another feather in my cap to show I was devoted to do both ends. I think it helped me."
Carroll started five games to open the season and went 1-3 with 6.15 ERA. Manager Robin Ventura then decided Carroll could develop more consistency working as a reliever. The decision worked as Carroll was much more effective. He went 1-0 with a 1.83 ERA in six relief appearances and held lefties to a .158 average.
He began to have much confidence with his cutter and that made the biggest difference.
"The stuff I'm featuring now in my repertoire is a lot more aggressive," Carroll said. "I've been able to get both righties and lefties out consistently because they can't just defend against the sinker. I think (the cutter) is a great weapon for me. I'm looking to get out there in the starting role and help the team win."
Despite relishing his time in the bullpen, Carroll is ready to be back in the rotation. He is looking for more success this time around.
"I am ready for this opportunity again," Carroll said. "I'll look to get back into my comfort zone. I'm looking forward to it."