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Twins' Ben Heller: Finds work with Minnesota
Heller announced Tuesday via his personal Twitter account that he signed a minor-league contract with the Twins.
The 30-year-old right-hander totaled 31 appearances in the big leagues with the Yankees from 2016 through 2020, but he's been out of action for nearly two years since suffering a stress fracture of his elbow while he was attending spring training with the Diamondbacks in 2021. His signing with the Twins is an indication that he's healthy again, but due to his extended absence, Heller will likely need to ramp up at extended spring training for several weeks before he's assigned to one of the Twins' upper-level affiliates.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Ben Heller: Signs with Diamondbacks
Heller (biceps) signed a minor-league deal with Arizona on Saturday, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.
Heller recently passed through waivers unclaimed, so it's no surprise he had to settle for a minor-league contract. Heller owns a 2.59 ERA in 31.1 career innings at the major-league level, though that's not remotely supported by his 5.57 FIP. He threw just six major-league innings last season before ending the season on the injured list with a biceps nerve injury. It's not clear whether or not the injury is still affecting him.... See More ... See Less
Ben Heller: Heads to open market
Heller (biceps) was released by the Yankees on Friday.
Heller was designated for assignment Wednesday and will now have to try his luck with a new team. It's unclear whether or not the biceps nerve issue that ended his 2020 campaign prematurely affected the Yankees' decision to let him go, but that could certainly scare off teams who might otherwise be interested in his 2.59 ERA in 31.1 innings at the major-league level.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Ben Heller: Designated for assignment
Heller (biceps) was designated for assignment by the Yankees on Wednesday.
Heller avoided arbitration with the Yankees earlier in the offseason when he signed a one-year deal with the team, but he'll now be removed from the 40-man roster after New York signed right-hander Darren O'Day in a corresponding move. Heller has pitched well over a limited sample across the past three seasons, making 21 relief appearances while posting a 1.48 ERA and 1.11 WHIP over 24.1 innings. He could still compete for a major-league roster spot heading into the 2021 season.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Ben Heller: Signs one-year deal with Yanks
Heller (biceps) signed a one-year contract with the Yankees on Wednesday to avoid arbitration.
The 29-year-old appeared in six games for the Yankees in 2020 and gave up two runs on five hits with a 6:2 K:BB over six innings before eventually landing on the injured list. Heller has only 31.1 innings to his name over the past four seasons with New York.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Ben Heller: Placed on 45-day injured list
Heller was placed on the 45-day injured list with a right biceps nerve injury Tuesday.
Heller was sent to the Yankees' alternate training site at the beginning of September, but he apparently suffered an injury and will be sidelined for the remainder of the season. It's unclear whether the right-hander will be ready for spring training in 2021.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Ben Heller: Sent down by Yankees
Heller was optioned to the Yankees' alternate training site following Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader against the Orioles.
Heller allowed one run on one hit and one walk while striking out none over one inning in Friday's matinee, and he'll head to alternate camp following the contest. Right-hander Clarke Schmidt's contract was selected by the Yankees to take his place with the major-league pitching staff.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Ben Heller: Tossed after errant pitch
Heller was ejected from Wednesday's loss to Tampa Bay after hitting Hunter Renfroe with a pitch in the fifth inning.
Heller's third pitch drifted far inside and drilled Renfroe on the leg, leading to the right-hander's ejection. The decision to toss Heller was likely escalated due to the heated history between the squads and Tuesday's postgame confrontation following Aroldis Chapman's heater that came dangerously close to Mike Brosseau's head. Heller's general wildness over his career -- he has 14 walks and four HBPs in 30.1 innings -- lends support to his claim that the errant fastball was unintentional, though it remains to be seen whether the league will take further action against him.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Ben Heller: Back in majors
Heller was recalled from the Yankees' alternate training site Thursday.
He has given up one run with two strikeouts in 2.2 innings in the majors this season. Zack Britton landed on the 10-day injured list with a hamstring strain in a corresponding move. Heller figures to work in low-to-mid leverage situations.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Ben Heller: Optioned to alternate training site
Heller was optioned to New York's alternate training site, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, following Monday's game against the Red Sox, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Heller appeared in two games since his promotion Aug. 8, striking out two over 1.2 scoreless innings of relief work.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Ben Heller: Called up between games
Heller was recalled from the Yankees' alternate training site between the two games of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rays.
Heller will give the Yankees some added bullpen depth in the nightcap. Thairo Estrada was optioned in a corresponding move.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Ben Heller: Chosen for taxi squad
Heller is part of the Yankees' taxi squad for the team's upcoming series against Tampa Bay, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Heller was moved to the Yankees' alternate training site July 25, but he'll be one of two relievers traveling with the team for its weekend series against the Rays. In his only appearance this season, the right-hander allowed one run in one inning against Washington.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Ben Heller: Sent to alternate training site
Heller was optioned to the Yankees' alternate training site after Saturday's loss to the Nationals.
The right-hander made his season debut during Saturday's contest and allowed a solo home run during his inning of work. Heller figures to rejoin the 30-man roster as the team rotates its bullpen pieces throughout the season.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Ben Heller: Makes Opening Day roster
Heller has been added to the Yankees' active roster.
Heller will open the season in New York's bullpen thanks to expanded rosters. The righty impressed across 7.1 innings with the big club last season, striking out nine while allowing just one run.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Ben Heller: May be called up if rosters expand
Heller could return from the minors if MLB decides to expand rosters at the start of the regular season, Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media reports.
Heller was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday. However, he may not open the season there if Major League Baseball opts to increase roster sizes to account for a shortened spring training. The decision would be made primarily to protect pitchers, so Heller would make sense as a callup since he was on the cusp of making the big-league roster before being sent down.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Ben Heller: Headed to Triple-A
Heller was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday.
Heller dealt with a minor back injury early in camp and threw only 0.2 frames as a result. Coming off of Tommy John surgery, Heller threw 7.1 innings out of the bullpen for the Yankees in 2019 and should be a depth option for the club later this season.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Ben Heller: Struggles in spring debut
Heller (back) pitched two-thirds of an inning in a Grapefruit League contest against Toronto on Tuesday, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk while striking out one.
Heller was charged with the loss after allowing a leadoff walk followed by a home run in the ninth inning. Despite the rough debut, the right-hander's presence on the mound was a positive indication that the back injury that had been ailing him was indeed minor. Heller remains in the mix for an Opening Day bullpen role, though he'll need to have some effective outings before the end of spring training to earn his spot.... See More ... See Less
Yankees' Ben Heller: Day-to-day with back injury
Heller is dealing with a minor back injury but should get into a Grapefruit League game within the next couple of days, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
It's obviously a very minor issue, with manager Aaron Boone saying Heller could get into a game Sunday or Monday. He is competing for one of the final spots in the big-league bullpen but has minor-league options remaining.... See More ... See Less
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|Birthplace: Milwaukee, WI|
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