Another game, another Aaron Heilman meltdown.
I don’t believe he is broken permanently, but it doesn’t look like things will change anytime soon. He has already had his role changed, but with no success.
Maybe he needs innings.
Assuming he is to get fixed on this level, I might give him a spot start. I’ve seen it work before with struggling relievers. Letting him work three or four innings, but give him enough time for his mechanics to slip back into place.
To do this, you know you’ll need to go to the pen, so ideally it would have to be prior to an off-day.
The idea is to give him extended work against quality competition. It is NOT a permanent switch, just a one-time deal.
If you’re thinking that’s sacrificing a game, maybe you’re right. Then again, aren’t they taking the same risk every time he goes out there?
Drastic measures for drastic times, and Heilman is worth the effort.