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November 14, 2016 11:12 PM
Joe Thatcher: Announces retirement
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thatcher announced his retirement Monday, Pedro Velazco of the Kokomo Tribune reports.

Thatcher played professionally from 2006 to 2016, making major league appearances with the Padres, Diamondbacks, Angels and Astros. The lifetime reliever posted a 3.38 ERA over 260.2 career innings.

August 16, 2016 01:32 AM
Cubs' Joe Thatcher: Signed by Cubs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thatcher agreed to a minor league contract with the Cubs on Monday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.

Thatcher, released by the Indians last week, will report to Triple-A Iowa as he attempts another return to the majors. The 34-year-old posted a 3.60 ERA over 15 innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City earlier this season and will provide depth for a Cubs bullpen that's carrying just three left-handed relievers.

August 13, 2016 09:48 PM
Joe Thatcher: Released by Indians
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thatcher was released by the Indians on Saturday.

The 34-year-old southpaw had not pitched since June 3 after the Indians brought him in after he was released by the Dodgers. It is unclear if he was dealing with an ailment or if it was just a bad fit, as he was never placed on the minor league DL.

July 22, 2016 01:10 PM
Indians' Joe Thatcher: Agrees to minor league deal with Indians
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Free-agent pitcher Joe Thatcher signed a minor league deal with the Indians, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.

Thatcher, who was released by the Indians in late March, will rejoin his former team in the minors. The left-hander last pitched for the Dodgers organization in 2016 (Triple-A Oklahoma City), compiling a a 3.60 ERA with 21 strikeouts in just 15 innings. The Dodgers released Thatcher in early June. This move makes sense for the Indians as Kyle Crockett is the only left-hander in the current major league bullpen. Thatcher will most likely join the Triple-A Columbus roster.

March 27, 2016 12:57 PM
Joe Thatcher: Granted release Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thatcher was granted his release from the Indians on Sunday,'s Jordan Bastian reports.

Rather than sticking with the Indians as organizational depth at Triple-A Columbus after failing to win a roster spot with the big club, Thatcher decided he was better served pursuing an opportunity with another team. The left-hander made 43 appearances for the Astros in 2015, logging a 3.18 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, and 26:12 K:BB ratio over 22.2 innings.

March 25, 2016 11:11 PM
Indians' Joe Thatcher: Doesn't crack Cleveland roster despite solid spring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thatcher was informed by the Indians that he will not make the Opening Day roster, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Thatcher pitched will this spring with a 1.35 ERA and no walks and eight strikeouts over 6.2 innings but he was facing an uphill battle from the start. He'll report to Triple-A Columbus to start the season if he decides to stick with the Cleveland organization.

December 17, 2015 09:36 AM
Indians' Joe Thatcher: Signs with Indians
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thatcher agreed to a deal with the Indians on Thursday, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports.

Thatcher spent his 2015 campaign in Houston, where he struck out 26 batters over 22.2 innings in the majors. If he cracks the final roster in Cleveland, the left-hander is likely to serve in middle relief.

July 28, 2015 04:50 PM
Pitcher Joe Thatcher elects free agency
by Sean D'Oliveira | CBS Sports Staff

Former Astros pitcher Joe Thatcher has chosen to be a free agent after clearing waivers Tuesday, the team announced.

Thatcher was recently designated for assignment after posting a 3.79 ERA over 19 innings of work.

July 21, 2015 04:30 PM
Astros recall Vincent Velasquez, DFA Joe Thatcher on Tuesday
by Jason Lempert | CBS Sports Staff

The Astros have officially recalled right-hander Vincent Velasquez from Double-A Corpus Christi to start Tuesday's game against the Red Sox. Velasquez was optioned down to the minors following is his last start, and did not appear in a game over the All-Star break. 

In a corresponding move, reliever Joe Thatcher was designated for assignment on Tuesday. 

June 1, 2015 03:05 PM
Astros add Roberto Hernandez, Joe Thatcher to roster
by Brandon Wise |

The Astros have added pitchers Roberto Hernandez and Joe Thatcher to the Opening Day roster and designated pitcher Alex White for assignment, the team announced Saturday.

Hernandez is set to open the season as the team's No. 5 starter in the rotation while Thatcher is likely to come out of the bullpen after signing a minor-league deal in February.

Hernandez posted a 3.71 ERA with five strikeouts and seven walks in five appearances while Thatcher posted a 1.13 ERA with six strikeouts in nine appearances.

White struggled in his three appearances this spring, posting a 15.75 ERA with no strikeouts and six walks.

June 1, 2015 03:12 PM
Report: Astros add Joe Thatcher to MLB roster
by Shawn Krest |

The Astros are adding LHP Joe Thatcher to the Opening Day roster, according to a report by Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, citing a source.

Thatcher signed a minor league deal with the team on February 13 and was invited to Major League camp as a non-roster player. 

Thatcher had a 1.35 ERA in seven games with five strikeouts in six and two thirds innings. 

June 1, 2015 03:35 PM
Tony Sipp lands role in Astros bullpen, last spot still open
by Shawn Krest |

Astros manager A.J. Hinch announced that LHP Tony Sipp had earned a spot in the bullpen.

"Sipp's on the team," Hinch told's Brian McTaggart

There are still three pitchers battling for the final spot in the Astros pen: Kevin Chapman, Joe Thatcher and Darin Downs

Thatcher is the most experienced, but he's not on the team's 40-man roster. Still, he appears to be the favorite. 

"Thatch has thrown well and has some experience," Hinch said. "Chapman is still in the mix."

June 1, 2015 03:51 PM
Hinch: Astros 'likely' to use seven-man bullpen in 2015
by R.J. White |

Astros manager A.J. Hinch indicated that the team is likely to use a seven-man bullpen this season, leaving two spots open for competition this spring, the Houston Chronicle reports.

"Likely," Hinch said of a seven-man bullpen. "There’s always a chance that (changes) depending on how the schedule plays out, and there’s always a debate on how many pitchers to carry during interleague. Now interleague is pretty much year round, so I mean, in a perfect world with our roster, it’s likely to carry a seven-man ‘pen. If we feel like we need an extra pitcher or injury happens, there’s different ways to shape our roster, then we will, but likely 12."

The two open spots will likely be filled by a left-handed pitcher and a long reliever. The competition for the second lefty in the pen likely comes down to Kevin Chapman and nonroster invitees Joe Thatcher and Darin Downs. The long relief role has a broader list of candidates, including Alex White and Asher Wojciechowski, who will prepare both as starters and relievers.

"We’re going to stretch out a lot of our guys," Hinch said. "Some of them are because they’re competing in that fifth starter spot, some of them are bullpen guys. Will Harris is going to throw multiple innings. Obviously (Sam) Deduno has been a starter in the past, he’s in a competition for the fifth man spot. Wojo, White, those guys are going to need to, going to plan for the season on both fronts, whether it’s a starter or reliever. But we’re preaching multiple innings. It’s important if you have a seven-man bullpen that you have a couple of guys that can get four, five, six outs if needed and be a bridge to the rest of the bullpen."

June 1, 2015 04:12 PM
Astros, Joe Thatcher agree to minor-league deal
by Brandon Wise |

The Astros have signed pitcher Joe Thatcher to a minor-league contract, the team announced Friday.

Thatcher, who pitched in the majors last season for the Diamondbacks and Angels, went 2-1 in 2014 with a 3.86 ERA in 30 1/3 innings pitched and 27 strikeouts. The deal will reportedly pay Thatcher $1 million if he makes it to the majors with an additional $1.3 million in incentives. He can also opt out of the contract five days before opening day, according to Chris Cotillo of

June 1, 2015 04:13 PM
Report: Free-agent pitcher Joe Thatcher to make decision soon
by Sean D'Oliveira | CBS Sports Staff

Free-agent pitcher Joe Thatcher is in contract discussions with more than 10 teams and a decision will likely be made soon, a source told

The Rangers are among the teams that have expressed interest in signing the left-handed pitcher. In 2014, Thatcher went 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA over 30 1/3 innings.

June 2, 2015 06:42 AM
Joe Thatcher activated from DL
by Igor Mello |

The Angels have activated pitcher Joe Thatcher from the 15-day disabled list on Friday, per Thatcher had been sidelined since Aug. 2 with a left ankle sprain. He owns a 3.00 ERA and 26:4 K:BB ratio in 27 innings.

June 2, 2015 06:49 AM
Joe Thatcher surrenders two runs in rehab outing Saturday
by R.J. White |

Angels pitcher Joe Thatcher allowed two hits and plunked a batter while giving up two runs in one inning in his rehab game with Double-A Arkansas Saturday.

Thatcher has missed more than a month while recovering from a sprained left ankle. The Angels will likely decide to add him to the active roster in the coming days. Thatcher owns a 3.00 ERA and 26:4 K:BB ratio in 27 innings.

June 2, 2015 06:49 AM
Joe Thatcher scheduled for Double-A appearance Saturday
by R.J. White |

Angels pitcher Joe Thatcher will pitch for Double-A Arkansas in a playoff game Saturday, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Thatcher has been out since Aug. 2 due to a left ankle sprain. He owns a 3.00 ERA and 26:4 K:BB ratio in 27 innings.

June 2, 2015 06:50 AM
Joe Thatcher to pitch in the minors Sunday
by Chris Cwik |

Angels pitcher Joe Thatcher will pitch in the minors Sunday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Thatcher has been sidelined since August 2 due to an ankle injury. If that goes well, Thatcher may return to the major-league club. 

June 2, 2015 06:50 AM
Joe Thatcher pitches simulated game
by Marty Gitlin |

Angels southpaw reliever Joe Thatcher continued to move forward in his recovery from a sprained left ankle Thursday by completing a 20-pitch simulated game in Minnesota. He faced live hitters in an indoor cage due to the rain, per

Thatcher is scheduled for fielding practice Friday and a rehab assignment thereafter with Double-A Arkansas, which is in the playoffs.

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