Injuries to other pitchers have forced the team to move Pannone back and forth from the rotation to the bullpen.
In his last start, the Blue Jays decided to use the opener hoping that not having to face a lineup three times over would help him after he was hit hard by the New York Yankees. As Keegan Matheson of MLB.com wrote, the team even made it easier for him by having him go through the clubhouse rather than walk all the from the bullpen, sometimes it’s the little things that matter.
His 6.39 ERA does not exactly look great on the 25-year-old but it is also a transitional period for him as well. At this point, the Blue Jays probably want to see if Pannone can the type of pitcher that can move from the bullpen to the rotation if the team needs a start because of injury.
It would be tough to see Pannone develop into a pitcher that can go six or more innings considering he didn’t do that a lot in the minors. It would probably be best to guess that his role will come as a relief option that can stretch to three innings if needed.