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Sparks' Mickey Jannis sent back to minor leagues after MLB debut

Mickey Jannis
Mickey Jannis made his big-league debut last week. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

After making his major-league debut last week, Northern Nevada native Mickey Jannis was designated for assignment and cleared waivers.

That means the 33-year-old will return to Triple-A Norfolk, the top affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. He's no longer on the team's 40-man roster, which is required to be added to the big-league roster.

Jannis, who was born in Carson and attended Spanish Springs High, will remain in the organization as a depth piece for the pitching staff. A knuckleballer, Jannis was having a strong season in Triple-A prior to his callup. He had posted a 2.92 ERA over 24.2 innings. After playing for 20 teams over the previous 17 seasons, Jannis was called up to the big leagues for the first time last week, capping a most improbable story.

Last Thursday, Jannis made his debut in mop-up duty of a 13-0 loss to the Houston Astros. Jannis pitched 3.1 innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits and four walks. Jannis struck out one and gave up three homers. Jannis pitched a scoreless first inning, striking out the first batter he saw, Yordan Alvarez. He gave up one run in his second inning before recording just four outs while allowing three home runs over the next 12 batters.

"They were all over him after a good first inning," Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said after the game.

Jannis is the first Northern Nevada native to make his big-league debut since Reno High's Garrett Hampson in July 2018.

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