Thayer opted out of his minor league contract with the Orioles on Saturday, MLB Trade Rumors reports.
Thayer, a non-roster invitee, put together a rather pedestrian spring for the Orioles, giving up three runs over six innings. That performance put him on the chopping block at final roster cut downs, and rather than waiting to be released at the end of camp, Thayer opted to pursue free agency early. He may have to settle for work at the Triple-A level before reemerging in a bullpen role for an MLB team.
Thayer signed a minor league contract with the Orioles on Wednesday that includes an invitation to spring training.
Thayer spent the past four seasons in the Padres bullpen, but was designated for assignment in August after posting a disappointing 4.06 ERA and 3.6 BB/9 in 37.2 innings. He'll compete for a spot in the bullpen, although he'll have to pitch better than he did in 2015 if he wants to make the 25-man roster.
The Padres activated reliever Dale Thayer (shoulder) off the 15-day disabled list Wednesday. To clear a spot on the roster, reliever Frank Garces was optioned to Triple-A El Paso.
Padres pitcher Dale Thayer will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday, per U-T San Diego.
Thayer has been on the disabled list since June 16 with a strained right shoulder. The team will reassess him after his Tuesday session.
Padres pitcher Dale Thayer came out of Saturday's minor league rehab appearance without any issues, per MLB.com.
The team will decide on Monday what the next steps for Thayer will be. He could either get another minor league rehab appearance or be reinstated with the MLB team.
Thayer has been on the disabled list since June 16 with a strained right shoulder.
Padres reliever Dale Thayer began his minor league rehab assignment on Saturday. Thayer made the start for Double-A San Antonio, allowing three runs on three hits in one inning of work.
The right-hander has been on the disabled list since June 24--and hasn't pitched since June 16--due to a strained shoulder. It is not known when Thayer will be ready to return to the Padres' bullpen.
While Padres pitcher Dale Thayer is eligible to come off the disabled list Thursday, he may need to make a rehab appearance in the minor leagues this weekend, reports MLB.com.
Thayer has been sidelined since June 16 with a strained right shoulder.
The Padres have placed veteran reliever Dale Thayer on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder. They have bought a week, however - the move is retroactive to June 17.
The 34-year-old Thayer has not pitched since June 16. He managed nine straight scoreless appearances before giving up four runs in 2 2/3 innings over his last three opportunities.
Padres reliever Dale Thayer earned his first win of the season, Tuesday, over the Angels.
Thayer came on with one out in the ninth inning and retired the only two batters he faced, to send the game to extra innings. The Padres scored four in the tenth to give him a 1-0 record on the year.
Thayer lowered his ERA to 3.00.
Padres pitcher Dale Thayer is available to pitch out of the bullpen Tuesday after dealing with an illness Monday, manager Bud Black said before the game per U-T San Diego.
Thayer is still not 100 percent but is doing better, Black said. Thayer posted a 4-5 record in 2014 with a 2.34 ERA in 65 1/3 innings.
Padres relief pitcher Dale Thayer has a stomach illness that kept him from competing in Monday's 6-3 loss to the Dodgers, according to MLB.com.
Thayer finished his 2014 season 4-5 with a 2.34 ERA in 70 games.
Padres manager Bud Black said Thursday that while Joaquin Benoit is set to be the team's closer, other relievers could see save chances as well, MLB.com reports.
"You want to get your closer in games because that means you have a lead … and if he's closing games that means you are winning," Black explained. "That means at some point, we have got to put Joaquin down [because], he can't pitch every game. That's what I want."
Black said he has five players available that he's comfortable using in the ninth inning: Benoit, Kevin Quackenbush, Shawn Kelley, Nick Vincent and Dale Thayer.
"Joaquin is projected to be our closer but if he's down then we have a number of options to choose from, guys who have closed major-league games and guys who have been successful at it," Black said. "We have five guys we feel comfortable giving the ball to. That's one of those situations we won't know until we get into the season to see how guys are throwing, how well they're executing their pitches, their confidence, their arms, their stuff … all that stuff adds into the daily decision as to who might close a game if Joaquin is down."
Benoit earned 11 saves in 12 chances with the Padres in 2014, posting a 1.49 ERA and 64:14 K:BB ratio in 54 1/3 innings.
The Padres and right-hander Dale Thayer have avoided arbitration with a one-year, $1.375 million contract, according to MLB.com. Thayer made $515,800 in 2014. Last season, he went 4-5 with a 2.34 ERA, a 1.06 WHIP and 62:16 K:BB ratio over 65 1/3 innings of work.
Padres pitcher Dale Thayer was stuck with a loss Tuesday, giving up one earned run on one hit in one inning while striking out two in his team's 3-2 defeat against the Rockies.
Thayer (4-4) came into a 2-2 game and served up his ninth home run allowed this season. It's the first time he had allowed a run since surrendering another home run on Aug. 29. Thayer owns a 2.09 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 61:14 K:BB ratio in 64 2/3 innings.
Padres pitcher Dale Thayer earned a win Wednesday, striking out one in a 1-2-3 10th inning in his team's 3-2 victory over the Brewers.
Thayer (4-3) had surrendered runs in three of his previous five outings, and Wednesday's 1-2-3 inning was his first since he struck out the side on Aug. 10. Thayer owns a 2.13 ERA and 54:14 K:BB ratio in 55 innings.
Padres relief pitcher Dale Thayer (3-3) was charged with the loss Saturday night at home against the Giants.
Thayer served up a two-run go-ahead home run to Brandon Belt in the 10th inning, which proved to be the difference. He was charged with two runs on three hits and no walks while striking out two in an inning of work. He owns a 2.25 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP over 36 innings of relief.
Padres relief pitcher Dale Thayer surrendered a walkoff home run in the 10th inning, suffering his second loss of the season Sunday afternoon against Colorado.
Thayer served up a two-run shot to Justin Morneau in the 10th inning. He was charged with two runs on two hits and no walks while striking out one in two-thirds of an inning. He owns a 2.18 ERA in 20 2/3 innings pitched.
The Padres reinstated pitcher Dale Thayer from the Paternity League list Wednesday and sent pitcher Kevin Quackenbush back to Double-A El Paso to make room on the roster.
The Padres recalled pitcher Kevin Quackenbush from Double-A El Paso Tuesday, to replace Dale Thayer on the active roster. Thayer was placed on the paternity leave list, which means he will miss one, but not more than three games.
Padres reliever Dale Thayer, who was struck on the forearm by a comebacker on Friday, made a relief appearance and was credited with the win Sunday against the Dodgers.
Thayer entered the game in the eighth inning. He forced Yasiel Puig to fly out and Hanley Ramirez to ground out before striking out Adrian Gonzalez to retire the side in order. Huston Street came in for him in the ninth inning and collected the save.
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