TACOMA — Former Bullard High School and LSU standout Nick Rumbelow, 27, had his professional career derailed in the spring of 2016 when the right hander was forced to have Tommy John surgery.
The road back has been a long one, with a few bumps along the way, but if the past week is any indication, Rumbelow could be close to getting back on track.
Pitching for the Seattle Mariners' Triple A affiliate in Tacoma (Pacific Coast League), Rumbelow tossed three quality innings of relief on Sunday when Tacoma fell, 3-0, to Nashville, the Texas' Triple A affiliate.
Rumbelow allowed just one hit, struck out two and didn't walk a batter.
On Thursday versus Memphis, Rumbelow worked 1.1 frames and gave up a lone hit, walked and struck out one.
He has appeared in 19 games this season and has a 3-2 record.
Rumbelow started out the year with Seattle, but was optioned to Tacoma on April 3.
He continued to struggle with the Rainiers, with Seattle removing him from the 40-man roster on May 17.
Five days later he was out righted to Tacoma.
Although his season earned run average is 8.17, in his last 10 appearances Rumbelow has drastically sliced his ERA to 4.70.