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2021 Pitching

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Base on Balls (Walk)
Walks and Hits Allowed Per Inning
Regular Season 4 3 4.33 39 22 1.51

Top J.B. Wendelken News

  • Diamondbacks' J.B. Wendelken: Avoids arbitration with Arizona

    Wendelken agreed to a one-year, $835,000 contract with the Diamondbacks on Tuesday, avoiding arbitration, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.

    Wendelken pitched a career-high 43.2 innings last season split between the Athletics and Diamondbacks. His 4.33 ERA was nothing special, but he was still able to pick up a pair of saves in September in a bullpen that lacked proven high-leverage arms.

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  • Diamondbacks' J.B. Wendelken: Earns win in relief

    Wendelken (4-3) earned the win in relief Sunday against Colorado after tossing a scoreless inning, allowing one hit and a walk.

    Wendelken pitched the ninth inning when the game was tied 4-4, and he needed 19 pitches (11 strikes) to earn his fourth win of the campaign. The right-hander allowed a run in just three of his 13 games since the beginning of September and ends the year with a 4.33 ERA. That figure represents a step in the wrong direction compared to recent years -- he posted an ERA below the 3.60 mark in three straight campaigns between 2018 and 2020.

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  • Diamondbacks' J.B. Wendelken: Earns second save of season

    Wendelken earned a save in Thursday's victory against Atlanta, tossing a perfect ninth inning with zero strikeouts to lock down a 6-4 lead.

    Wendelken needed only 10 pitches (seven strikes) to set down Ehire Adrianza, Joc Pederson and Jorge Soler, earning his second save of the year, both of which have come in the last nine days. The 28-year-old right-hander owns a 4.28 ERA in 40 innings this season, posting a 38:18 K:BB.

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  • Diamondbacks' J.B. Wendelken: Picks up relief win

    Wendelken (3-2) earned the win in relief Saturday against the Astros, tossing a scoreless inning while fanning one.

    Wendelken has been pitching very well of late and has been scored upon in only one of his seven appearances this month, but perhaps more importantly, he hasn't issued a walk in any of those outings. He owns a 2.70 ERA with a 0.75 WHIP and five strikeouts across 6.2 innings in September.

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  • Diamondbacks' J.B. Wendelken: Notches first save

    Wendelken allowed two earned runs on two hits while striking out two to earn the save in the win over the Mariners on Sunday.

    Wendelken entered in the ninth inning with a three-run lead. He made it interesting, allowing a two-run homer to Jarred Kelenic with one out. However, he retired the final two batters to secure the save. The Diamondbacks don't have a solid closer right now, and Wendelken didn't take advantage of the opportunity, almost blowing a three-run lead. He has a 4.91 ERA and 1.27 WHIP with eight strikeouts in 11 innings with Arizona this season.

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  • Diamondbacks' J.B. Wendelken: Claimed by Arizona

    The Diamondbacks claimed Wendelken off waivers from the Athletics on Wednesday, Robert Murray of reports.

    Wendelken had allowed three runs in 5.1 innings across five relief appearances since the All-Star break before being designated for assignment by Oakland on Tuesday. The right-hander has spent most of his time in the majors this year, and for an Arizona club lacking in reliable bullpen arms, he could quickly settle into a key late-inning role.

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  • Athletics' J.B. Wendelken: Bumped off 40-man roster

    The Athletics designated Wendelken for assignment Tuesday, Melissa Lockard of The Athletic reports.

    Wendelken will cede his spot in the Oakland bullpen to A.J. Puk, who was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas in a corresponding move. Though the 28-year-old right-hander has seen his performance take a dip in 2021, his strong body of work across the last four seasons in the majors (2.80 ERA, 3.20 FIP in 99.1 innings) gives him a good chance of being scooped up by another organization upon being exposed to waivers.

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  • Athletics' J.B. Wendelken: Bounces back in Sunday's appearance

    Wendelken fired 1.1 scoreless innings in a loss to the Mariners on Sunday, issuing a walk and recording two strikeouts.

    On the heels of allowing six runs (four earned) over the six innings covering his previous five appearances, Wendelken rebounded by notching four important outs following a short four-inning outing by starter Cole Irvin. The veteran reliever is now just four appearances short of tying his career high of 27, but he's had modest fantasy impact with just two wins and holds apiece.

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  • Athletics' J.B. Wendelken: Nabs win after blown save

    Wendelken (2-1) allowed a run on one hit and a pair of walks to earn the win Saturday against Texas. He had one strikeout.

    Wendelken entered the game in the 10th inning with Oakland leading 4-3, but he gave up the lead on Jonah Heim's infield single with runners at the corners. It was the first save chance of the season for Wendelken, who got the victory after the A's responded with four runs in the 11th. The 28-year-old Wendelken has appeared in 21 games this season, logging a 19:9 K:BB to go along with a 4.12 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in 19.2 innings.

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  • Athletics' J.B. Wendelken: Suffers first loss

    Wendelken (1-1) was charged with the loss against the Astros on Tuesday, giving up two earned runs on a hit, a walk and a hit batsman over one inning. He struck out two.

    The veteran reliever created plenty of trouble for himself after impressively recording strikeouts of Carlos Correa and Preston Tucker to close out the fifth inning. Wendelken put on the runner that would eventually come home with the go-ahead run for Houston after he exited the contest in the sixth, leading to his first loss of the season. Wendelken has been scuffling of late, allowing four runs (three earned) over the two innings covering his last pair of appearances.

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  • Athletics' J.B. Wendelken: Gets first win

    Wendelken (1-0) secured his first win in an extra-innings victory over the Red Sox on Saturday, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits over one inning.

    Wendelken's final line certainly wasn't pretty, as he allowed run-scoring singles to Marwin Gonzalez and Enrique Hernandez in the top of the 12th that gave the Red Sox a temporary 6-4 lead. However, the veteran reliever was awarded the victory when the Athletics mounted a successful rally in the home half of the frame, giving him his first win since 2020.

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  • Athletics' J.B. Wendelken: Put right to work Tuesday

    Wendelken (oblique), activated from the injured list earlier in the day, fired a scoreless eighth inning in a loss to the Rangers on Tuesday, allowing a hit and a walk.

    The veteran was sharp in his return, throwing 11 of 14 pitches for strikes and issuing his only free pass intentionally to the dangerous Joey Gallo. Now apparently back to full strength, Wendelken should return to a relatively high-volume middle-relief/late-inning role out of the bullpen.

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  • Athletics' J.B. Wendelken: Reinstated Tuesday

    Wendelken (oblique) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list on Tuesday.

    Wendelken had been on the injured list since early May with a left oblique strain. He appeared in four rehab outings with Triple-A Las Vegas starting June 17, allowing two runs across five innings. He'll now rejoin the Oakland bullpen and figures to see high-leverage innings before too long.

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  • Athletics' J.B. Wendelken: Effective in latest rehab outing

    Wendelken (oblique) allowed a hit while striking out two during two scoreless innings in his rehab outing with Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday.

    It marked Wendelken's fourth outing with the Aviators and it was arguably his best showing since beginning the rehab stint June 17. Per Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle, manager Bob Melvin said that the right-hander could be activated "sooner than later." It's not clear whether Wendelken will get one more outing in with Las Vegas before being reinstated, but he figures to rejoin the Athletics bullpen at some point during this week's homestand, assuming he doesn't suffer any setbacks.

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  • Athletics' J.B. Wendelken: Gives up run in third rehab outing

    Wendelken (oblique) surrendered a run on a solo home run while recording two strikeouts across one inning to earn a hold in Triple-A Las Vegas' win over Tacoma on Tuesday.

    The veteran reliever was logging his third rehab appearance for the Aviators and fired 20 pitches overall, 11 which he threw for strikes. Given he remains on the injured list two days after that most recent outing, it seems likely Wendelken will get at least one more rehab appearance with Las Vegas before being deemed ready for activation.

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  • Athletics' J.B. Wendelken: Two solid rehab outings

    Wendelken (oblique) has logged two rehab appearances for Triple-A Las Vegas, allowing an earned run on two walks and a hit batsman while also recording a strikeout across two innings.

    Wendelken faced Triple-A Tacoma twice in the four-game series that wrapped up Sunday, making some trouble for himself in the first appearance Thursday by throwing only seven of 20 pitches for strikes. However, that gave Wendelken a chance to test out his previously ailing oblique, and the fact he turned in a much sharper effort Sunday by getting six of nine offerings into the strike zone during his one frame is a good sign he may be ready for activation in coming days.

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  • Athletics' J.B. Wendelken: Rehab stint on tap

    Wendelken (oblique) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Las Vegas, Shayna Rubin of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

    The right-hander faced live hitters Monday, and the session apparently went well since he's now set to start a rehab stint. It's unclear how many appearances Wendelken will require in the minors before rejoining the Athletics.

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  • Athletics' J.B. Wendelken: Scheduled to face hitters Monday

    Wendelken (oblique) is scheduled to face hitters Monday, Juan Toribio of reports.

    Wendelken threw a 30-pitch bullpen Friday and will move on to facing hitters Monday. If all goes well in that next step, the right-hander will likely go out on a minor-league rehab assignment. A return to the Oakland bullpen within the next week remains a possibility.

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  • Athletics' J.B. Wendelken: Another bullpen on tap

    Wendelken (oblique) is scheduled to throw a 30-pitch bullpen session Friday, Alex Coffey of The Athletic reports.

    The 28-year-old threw his first bullpen last weekend, and it's unclear what the next step in his rehab work will be after Friday's session. Wendelken has been on the injured list since May 2 with an oblique strain, so he'll likely require a rehab assignment before being activated.

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  • Athletics' J.B. Wendelken: Bullpen on tap

    Wendelken (oblique) will throw his first bullpen session Saturday, Shayna Rubin of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

    Wendelken recently increased his throwing distance to 120 feet, and he'll now throw off a mound for the first time since he landed on the 10-day injured list due to a left oblique strain May 2. It's not yet clear when the right-hander could return to game action, but he appears to be trending in a positive direction.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 240 lbs
Birthplace: Savannah, GA
Age: 28
Experience: 3
Bats/Throws: R, R