Joe Thatcher

#56 RP / Houston Astros / EXP: 9YRS Height: 6-2 Weight: 230 lb Age: 34 College: None Bats/Throws L/L

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    • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

      Astros recall RP Joe Thatcher on Tuesday

      The Astros have added reliever Joe Thatcher to the active roster on Tuesday. Thatcher was designated for assignment by the Astros at the end of July, and elected free agency rather than head to the minors. But, a week later he inked a minior-league deal with the Astros, and had been pitching with Triple-A Fresno. In nine games with Fresno, he posted a 1.04 ERA. To clear room on the 40-man roster, pitcher Jake Buchanan was designated for assignment.

    • by Sean d'Oliveira |

      Astros re-sign pitcher Joe Thatcher to minor-league deal

      The Astros re-signed pitcher Joe Thatcher and assigned him to Triple-A, the team announced Wednesday. Thatcher was designated for assignment last week, but elected free agency. He produced a 3.79 ERA over 19 innings of work.

    • by Sean d'Oliveira |

      Pitcher Joe Thatcher elects free agency

      Former Astros pitcher Joe Thatcher has chosen to be a free agent after clearing waivers Tuesday, the team announced. Thatcher was recently designated for assignment after posting a 3.79 ERA over 19 innings of work.

    • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

      Astros recall Vincent Velasquez, DFA Joe Thatcher on Tuesday

      The Astros have officially recalled right-hander Vincent Velasquez from Double-A Corpus Christi to start Tuesday's game against the Red Sox. Velasquez was optioned down to the minors following is his last start, and did not appear in a game over the All-Star break. In a corresponding move, reliever Joe Thatcher was designated for assignment on Tuesday.

    • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

      Astros add Roberto Hernandez, Joe Thatcher to roster

      The Astros have added pitchers Roberto Hernandez and Joe Thatcher to the Opening Day roster and designated pitcher Alex White for assignment, the team announced Saturday. Hernandez is set to open the season as the team's No. 5 starter in the rotation while Thatcher is likely to come out of the bullpen after signing a minor-league deal in February. Hernandez posted a 3.71 ERA with five strikeouts and seven walks in five appearances while Thatcher posted a 1.13 ERA with six strikeouts in nine appearances. White struggled in his three appearances this spring, posting a 15.75 ERA with no strikeouts and six walks.

    • by Shawn Krest |

      Report: Astros add Joe Thatcher to MLB roster

      The Astros are adding LHP Joe Thatcher to the Opening Day roster, according to a report by Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, citing a source. Thatcher signed a minor league deal with the team on February 13 and was invited to Major League camp as a non-roster player. Thatcher had a 1.35 ERA in seven games with five strikeouts in six and two thirds innings.

    • by Shawn Krest |

      Tony Sipp lands role in Astros bullpen, last spot still open

      Astros manager A.J. Hinch announced that LHP Tony Sipp had earned a spot in the bullpen. "Sipp's on the team," Hinch told's Brian McTaggart. There are still three pitchers battling for the final spot in the Astros pen: Kevin Chapman, Joe Thatcher and Darin Downs . Thatcher is the most experienced, but he's not on the team's 40-man roster. Still, he appears to be the favorite. "Thatch has thrown well and has some experience," Hinch said. "Chapman is still in the mix."

    • by R.J. White |

      Hinch: Astros 'likely' to use seven-man bullpen in 2015

      Astros manager A.J. Hinch indicated that the team is likely to use a seven-man bullpen this season, leaving two spots open for competition this spring, the Houston Chronicle reports. "Likely," Hinch said of a seven-man bullpen. "There's always a chance that (changes) depending on how the schedule plays out, and there's always a debate on how many pitchers to carry during interleague. Now interleague is pretty much year round, so I mean, in a perfect world with our roster, it's likely to carry a seven-man 'pen. If we feel like we need an extra pitcher or injury happens, there's different ways to shape our roster, then we will, but likely 12." The two open spots will likely be filled by a left-handed pitcher and a long reliever. The competition for the second lefty in the pen likely comes down to Kevin Chapman and nonroster invitees Joe Thatcher and Darin Downs. The long relief role has a broader list of candidates, including Alex White and Asher Wojciechowski, who will prepare both as starters and relievers. "We're going to stretch out a lot of our guys," Hinch said. "Some of them are because they're competing in that fifth starter spot, some of them are bullpen guys. Will Harris is going to throw multiple innings. Obviously (Sam) Deduno has been a starter in the past, he's in a competition for the fifth man spot. Wojo, White, those guys are going to need to, going to plan for the season on both fronts, whether it's a starter or reliever. But we're preaching multiple innings. It's important if you have a seven-man bullpen that you have a couple of guys that can get four, five, six outs if needed and be a bridge to the rest of the bullpen."

    • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

      Astros, Joe Thatcher agree to minor-league deal

      The Astros have signed pitcher Joe Thatcher to a minor-league contract, the team announced Friday. Thatcher, who pitched in the majors last season for the Diamondbacks and Angels, went 2-1 in 2014 with a 3.86 ERA in 30 1/3 innings pitched and 27 strikeouts. The deal will reportedly pay Thatcher $1 million if he makes it to the majors with an additional $1.3 million in incentives. He can also opt out of the contract five days before opening day, according to Chris Cotillo of

    • by Sean d'Oliveira |

      Report: Free-agent pitcher Joe Thatcher to make decision soon

      Free-agent pitcher Joe Thatcher is in contract discussions with more than 10 teams and a decision will likely be made soon, a source told The Rangers are among the teams that have expressed interest in signing the left-handed pitcher. In 2014, Thatcher went 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA over 30 1/3 innings.

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