After a career year in 2015 in which he posted a 0.92 ERA and a 0.76 WHIP, Jeff Manship cooled off in 2016 with more realistic numbers. Although his numbers regressed in 2016, the 31-year-old still produced a solid 3.12 ERA in 43.1 innings pitched. Despite this favorable ERA, Manship failed to excel in striking opponents out and especially struggled with walking batters, making him an uninteresting fantasy pitcher. His 7.5 K/9 rate was 0.1 lower than his career high yet sat just below the league average, while his abysmal 4.6 BB/9 rate was near the bottom of pitchers who threw more than 40 innings. Although his numbers aren't terribly discouraging for a middle reliever, it will be difficult for Manship to garner much attention from manager Terry Francona in a bullpen already stacked with Cody Allen, Andrew Miller, Bryan Shaw and Dan Otero returning. Expect him to be slated at the backend of the bullpen and implemented in low-leverage situations.
Manship signed with the NC Dinos of the KBO on Saturday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Manship hit free agency this offseason after being non-tendered by the Indians in December. He made 53 relief appearances for Cleveland in 2016, notching a 3.12 ERA and 1.43 ERA.
Manship was non-tendered by the Indians on Friday. Manship was lights out in his first season in Cleveland in 2015, posting a minuscule 0.92 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 39.1 innings, and though he took a step back in 2016, he still proved himself to be a capable middle reliever. There were some red flags though, as the 31-year-old had a 5.16 FIP and 4.6 BB/9, but he should be able to find a home on the open market and win a roster spot in a big league bullpen.
Manship (wrist) was activated from the 15-day DL on Thursday. Manship has been out since July 29 with tendinitis in his wrist, but will rejoin the team prior to their game against the Angels on Thursday. In a corresponding move, the club optioned T.J. House to Triple-A Columbus. Manship has posted a 3.38 ERA with a 1.47 WHIP during 29.1 innings of work this season.
Manship (wrist) could return from the DL as soon as Thursday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. A bout of wrist tendinitis forced Manship to the DL late last month but he was able to resume a throwing program just days later, and it now sounds like could return without a minor league rehab assignment. Manship has racked up only six holds this year and has been pushed further down the bullpen hierarchy with the recent acquisition of Andrew Miller.
Manship (wrist) is playing catch at 90 feet, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Manship was able to get back to a throwing program pretty quickly after landing on the DL on July 29 but he still remains sidelined until mid-August in a best case scenario.