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Top Tony Watson News

  • Tony Watson: Announces retirement

    Watson announced his retirement from baseball Monday, Stephen J. Nesbitt of The Athletic reports.

    Watson dealt with a left shoulder strain at the end of the regular season in 2021 that prevented him from pitching during the postseason, and he didn't sign with another team this spring. The 36-year-old will elect to retire after spending 11 seasons as a reliever in the majors. He had a 47-29 record while converting 32 of 69 save chances and picking up 246 holds with a 2.90 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 689 appearances.

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  • Giants' Tony Watson: Completes bullpen session

    Watson (shoulder) threw a successful bullpen session Tuesday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    Watson is aiming to be available for the NLCS, and Tuesday's bullpen session is a significant step toward that happening. The 36-year-old still has a few more days to keep ramping things up ahead of the start of the series, which will begin Saturday should the Giants advance.

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  • Giants' Tony Watson: Aiming for NLCS return

    Watson (shoulder) is hoping to be healthy enough to be considered for the the NLCS roster, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports.

    Watson was placed on the 10-day injured list before the regular season came to an end due to a left shoulder strain. The southpaw is hopeful he can return to full strength within the next week or so, but he also noted that "it's coming up fast," per Baggarly. Watson would likely be re-evaluated prior to the NLCS, assuming his team advances past the Dodgers in the NLDS.

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  • Giants' Tony Watson: Lands on 10-day IL

    Watson was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left shoulder strain Thursday, retroactive to Sept. 29.

    Watson had posted a 1.50 ERA and 0.50 WHIP in six innings across his last six relief appearances, but he apparently sustained a shoulder injury in his most recent outing and will be sidelined for the remainder of the regular season. The severity of the issue isn't yet clear, and whether he could be available as a postseason reliever remains to be seen.

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  • Giants' Tony Watson: Awarded win over Rockies

    Watson (7-4) struck out one in a perfect inning to earn the win Saturday over Colorado.

    San Francisco took the lead for good in the fifth inning while Watson pitched in the eighth, but the official scorer deemed him worthy of Saturday's decision. The southpaw continues to see a high-leverage role for the Giants. Since rejoining the Giants at the trade deadline, he has a 2.70 ERA, 0.77 WHIP And 19:4 K:BB across 23.1 innings.

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  • Giants' Tony Watson: Snares win Tuesday

    Watson (6-4) earned the win Tuesday versus the Padres. He struck out two in a perfect inning.

    The southpaw worked efficiently in the eighth inning, and San Francisco put him in line for the win with a go-ahead LaMonte Wade RBI single in the ninth. Watson now has a 4.05 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 42:17 K:BB across 53.1 innings between the Giants and the Angels this year. He's expected to serve in a late-inning role with Jake McGee (oblique) on the injured list, while Tyler Rogers and Dominic Leone are also in the saves conversation.

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  • Giants' Tony Watson: Scoreless streak ends

    Watson allowed three runs on four hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning versus San Diego on Thursday.

    Prior to Thursday, Watson hadn't given up a run and allowed just one hit and one walk across his previous 7.1 innings, picking up three holds in that span. The left-hander has posted a 3.44 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 15:3 K:BB in 18.1 innings since the Giants acquired him from the Angels at the trade deadline. His ERA has been inflated by a pair of outings in which he's allowed three runs each -- he's kept runs off the board in 17 of his last 20 appearances.

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  • Giants' Tony Watson: Takes loss Friday

    Watson (5-4) took the loss Friday versus Atlanta. He recorded one out via strikeouts while yielding three runs on two hits and a walk.

    The left-hander gave up an RBI double to Ozzie Albies before Zack Littell yielded a three-run home run to Jorge Soler. The go-ahead run was charged to Watson, resulting in his first loss in his second stint with the Giants. His ERA ticked up to 4.36 with a 1.11 WHIP and 33:15 K:BB through 43.1 innings. Friday was the fourth time in 47 appearances and the first since a six-run meltdown June 16 that Watson had allowed multiple runs in an appearance.

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  • Giants' Tony Watson: Grabs win over Mets

    Watson (5-3) allowed one run on three hits in one inning and earned the win Wednesday over the Mets.

    The 36-year-old was on the hook for the loss after allowing an RBI double to Dominic Smith in the sixth inning. San Francisco replied with a two-run double from Brandon Crawford in the seventh, and that lead held to earn Watson's second win since he rejoined San Francisco at the trade deadline. It was the first run he's allowed in 10 innings in August, and he's collected three holds in that stretch. For the year, the southpaw has a 3.77 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 32:14 K:BB, and he should see some high-leverage work even if he typically enters games around the seventh inning.

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  • Giants' Tony Watson: Picks up win Sunday

    Watson (4-3) pitched a perfect inning and struck out two to earn the win Sunday versus Milwaukee.

    The reliever kept the game tied at 4-4, and he was still in the game when Tommy La Stella's RBI single in the eighth inning put San Francisco ahead. Watson's second stint with the Giants has started well -- he's on a 4.1 inning scoreless streak. For the season, the southpaw has a 4.10 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 30:14 K:BB and 12 holds through 37.1 innings, though he's been more of a middle-innings option with San Francisco.

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  • Giants' Tony Watson: Shipped back to San Francisco

    Watson was acquired by the Giants from the Angels in exchange for Sam Selman, Ivan Armstrong and Josh Marte on Friday.

    Watson spent the previous three seasons with the Giants before signing with the Angels during the offseason, and he'll return to his former team ahead of the trade deadline. The veteran lefty will bolster the bullpen and should fill a middle relief role.

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  • Angels' Tony Watson: Picks up third win

    Watson (3-3) pitched a perfect inning to pick up the win over Tampa Bay on Sunday.

    The southpaw came into the contest with two outs and two runners on base in the seventh inning of a tie game. He got Austin Meadows to ground out to end the threat, then became the pitcher of record when Phil Gosselin led off the eighth with a solo home run. Watson retired the only two batters he faced in the bottom of the frame and earned the win when Raisel Iglesias converted a four-out save. Over his past four outings, Watson has held opponents without a run across three innings, though he hasn't registered any strikeouts over that span.

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  • Angels' Tony Watson: Implodes in Wednesday's loss

    Watson (2-3) was unable to retire any batters in his appearance against Oakland on Wednesday, allowing six runs on five hits and one walk to take the loss.

    Watson entered the contest in the sixth inning with the Angels ahead by two runs. By the time he left, Oakland had seized the lead without making any additional outs. The southpaw wasn't exactly pummeled -- all five hits against him were singles (including one that didn't leave the infield) -- and the one free pass he issued was intentional, but the outing ranks as the worst of his career. Per Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register, Watson had never before allowed more than four runs in any appearance. The veteran reliever's ERA shot up from 3.43 to 6.00 as a result of the disastrous performance, but Watson should retain a prominent role in the Angels' bullpen.

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  • Angels' Tony Watson: Dealt blown save

    Watson suffered a blown save in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Athletics after allowing a run on one hit and two walks. over two-third of an inning.

    Watson entered to begin the eighth frame with the Angels up one and ended up walking two batters before allowing a run to score on a rushed throw to first base. He was replaced by Raisel Iglesias who was able to bail him out of any more trouble. Watson still owns a solid 2.25 ERA and has a 12:5 K:BB and three holds over 16 innings.

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  • Angels' Tony Watson: Suffers loss Wednesday

    Watson (2-2) took the loss Wednesday against Cleveland after allowing one run on one hit and a walk while striking out a batter in two-thirds of an inning.

    Watson came in to relieve Shohei Ohtani with two outs in the fifth and struck out Eddie Rosario to get out of the inning. He came back out for the sixth and issued a leadoff walk to Jose Ramirez who wound up scoring the go-ahead run on an infield single. The 36-year-old left-hander owns a 2.57 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and an 11:2 K:BB over 14 innings in his first season with the Angels.

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  • Angels' Tony Watson: Picks up second win

    Watson (2-1) earned the win over Cleveland on Monday by striking out all three batters he faced over one inning.

    The southpaw entered the contest in the fifth frame with no outs, a pair of runners on base and Los Angeles holding a four-run lead. He was credited with the win after setting Cesar Hernandez, Jake Bauers and Jose Ramirez down on strikes. Watson holds a 10:1 K:BB over 13.1 innings this season and has posted a 2.03 ERA along with a 0.68 WHIP.

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  • Angels' Tony Watson: Suffers loss in relief

    Watson (1-1) was tagged with the loss Friday against Boston as a result of allowing two runs on two hits in one inning. He struck out one.

    The veteran reliever was summoned in the seventh inning with Los Angeles up by a run. He couldn't protect the lead, serving up a two-run home run to Bobby Dalbec that provided the winning margin. Watson has been one of the top performers in a beleaguered Angels bullpen this season and still holds a 2.25 ERA despite the poor outing. He should continue to be used in high-leverage situations moving forward.

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  • Angels' Tony Watson: Picks up third hold

    Watson earned a hold by pitching a perfect 1.2 innings against Houston on Monday.

    Watson was extremely efficient with his pitches in the relief appearance, needing only 13 -- eight of which were strikes -- to retire five batters. The left-hander has now logged seven consecutive scoreless outings, allowing only two hits over 7.2 innings during that stretch. He's clearly cementing a trusted role in the Angels' bullpen, as Watson has been credited with a hold in each of his past three appearances.

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  • Angels' Tony Watson: Reinstated from IL

    The Angels activated Watson (calf) from the 10-day injured list ahead of Sunday's game against the Dodgers.

    Los Angeles will swap out two right-handed pitchers on the active roster with two lefties, as Watson and Jose Suarez (recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake) will replace Felix Pena (optioned to Triple-A) and Alex Cobb (placed on 10-day IL with finger injury). Watson should step back into a high-leverage setup role for the Angels after he pitched effectively in his first nine outings with the club before being placed on the IL on May 2 with the minor left calf strain.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 218 lbs
Birthplace: Sioux City, IA
Age: 38
School: Nebraska
Experience: 7
Bats/Throws: L, L