Bleier struck out one and allowed one hit across 1.2 innings to get his second save of the season in a 9-6 victory over the Giants on Friday. The 32-year-old initially struggled when he returned from the injured list a couple of weeks ago, but he's pitched a little better lately, allowing just one earned run over his last 5.1 innings. Still, he has a lot more work to do to bring his numbers -- 7.43 ERA and 1.43 WHIP -- to a respectable level. Even if he does, there's no indication Bleier will continue to see save opportunities, and the Orioles aren't winning many games anyway. Bleier is 2-for-2 in save chances with eight strikeouts in 13.1 innings this season.
Bleier (shoulder) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Thursday. After completing a four-appearance minor-league rehab assignment without issue, Bleier received the green light to rejoin the active roster. Bleier, who missed more than a month due to tendinitis in his left shoulder, should immediately recapture a prominent role in a Baltimore bullpen lacking in quality options. Bleier has submitted ERAs below 2.00 in each of his last three seasons in the big leagues, but his success comes mainly from inducing weak contact rather than making bats miss.
Bleier (shoulder) will make a rehab appearance at High-A Frederick on Tuesday, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports. Bleier has made three rehab appearances between Frederick and Double-A Bowie thus far and is expected to join Triple-A Norfolk next weekend, assuming all goes well Tuesday. The 31-year-old has been out for a month with left shoulder tendinitis but appears to be closing in on a return to the Orioles.
Bleier (shoulder) felt good after his rehab appearance Tuesday, and he'll make another one Friday for Double-A Bowie, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Bleier has been out nearly a month with shoulder tendinitis. He appears to be closing in on a return, though he's made just one of five scheduled rehab appearances.
Bleier (shoulder) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment with High-A Frederick on Tuesday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Bleier has finally been cleared for game action after spending the past few weeks working through a throwing program at extended spring training. The veteran southpaw will make at least a few appearances with Frederick before shifting his rehab to Double-A Bowie and then Triple-A Norfolk. Altogether, Bleier is scheduled to make at least five rehab appearances before rejoining the Orioles.