Sipp signed a three-year, $18 million deal with the Astros on Thursday, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports. It has been a productive 24 hours for the Astros and their quest to strengthen the bullpen, as they also acquired ace reliever Ken Giles in a trade with the Phillies on Wednesday night. With Giles set to close and Luke Gregerson in line to be the setup man, Sipp won't have many high-leverage opportunities. Last year he posted a 1.99 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 62 strikeouts in 54.1 innings, so there is the potential for some deep league value here due to his ability to post low ratios and over a strikeout per inning. The contract hinges on Sipp passing a physical.
Astros pitcher Tony Sipp reported no issues after throwing a bullpen session Wednesday, reports the Houston Chronicle. "It sounds like Sipp came out of it feeling OK," manager A.J. Hinch said. Hinch added that Sipp would rejoin the team for the series in Anaheim, which starts Friday.
Back and oblique issues have sidelined Astros lefty bullpen specialist Tony Sipp, per the Houston Chronicle. Sipp has not pitched since Aug. 26. His absence could prove detrimental. Sipp is having a strong year. He has not allowed a run since July 5. He has pitched 16 consecutive scoreless innings with 17 strikeouts to lower his ERA to 2.14.
A.J. Hinch has revealed that back and oblique ailments have been plaguing Astros reliever Tony Sipp, per MLB.com. Sipp hasn't pitched since last Wednesday. The left-hander has performed well this season, and particularly lately. He has not allowed an earned run in his last 17 appearances.
Astros pitcher Tony Sipp was stuck with a loss on Wednesday, giving up the go-ahead run on a solo homer by Chris Davis in his team's 5-4 defeat against the Orioles. "He's been there for us so much this year," manager A.J. Hinch said, per MLB.com. "A couple of pitches got him and he got burned a little bit. It's difficult for him, and certainly not the way and indicative of how he's pitched this season. I feel bad for our team. We fight back like that and don't get the win." Sipp (2-2) struck out two on the day but gave up a home run for his second consecutive appearance. He owns a 1.53 ERA and 20:3 K:BB ratio in 17 2/3 innings.