Schafer agreed to a minor-league deal with the Giants on Tuesday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.
The former outfielder was in camp with the Cardinals this spring, but he was released in late March. Schafer did undergo elbow surgery a year ago, but this seems like a relatively low-risk move for San Francisco. The southpaw will likely report to Triple-A to act as organizational depth.
Schafer was released by the Cardinals, Baseball America reports.
St. Louis gave Yefri Perez a minor-league deal, and cut Schafer to make room for him in the organization. His career may be winding down, as he experimented with a move to the mound a couple years ago but then suffered an elbow injury. Schafer is reportedly healthy physically, but the Cardinals obviously didn't like his chances of ever being a major contributor out of the big-league bullpen.
Schafer was moved from Cardinals spring training to minor-league camp Sunday.
Over just two games (0.2 innings) of Grapefruit League ball, Schafer surrendered seven runs on six hits and three walks. To make matters worse, he blew a save in each of his appearances. Schafer, who hasn't appeared in the majors since 2015, will likely open the year at Triple-A Memphis.
Schafer (forearm) said Sunday that he's made a full recovery from surgery last spring to repair a torn ligament, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
It was initially feared that Schafer, who transitioned to relief pitching in 2016 after performing poorly at the plate during his five seasons as a major-league outfielder, would require Tommy John surgery after suffering from forearm issues last spring, but the damage didn't prove to be as severe as expected. The procedure to repair a ligament still ended up sidelining Schafer for much of the 2017 campaign, though the 31-year-old returned late in the season to play DH and outfield in a handful of games for two of the Cardinals' minor-league affiliates. Schafer resumed mound work about a month after the season concluded and shouldn't face many restrictions in the spring in his quest to win a spot in the big-league bullpen as a non-roster invitee. Though his hitting has left much to be desired throughout his career, Schafer's excellent speed has always made him a serviceable pinch runner and outfield defender. Having that skill might give him an edge over some of the pitchers he'll be competing with for bullpen jobs if all other things are relatively equal.
Schafer successfully underwent a repair of his elbow ligament Friday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
It was uncertain which procedure Schafer would undergo until Friday, but it turns out he was able to opt for a Tommy John alternative that generally carries a shorter recovery time. The "primary repair" option will still sideline Schafer for the entire 2017 season, but he shouldn't have any issues entering 2018.
Schafer is scheduled to undergo elbow surgery on Friday and will miss the entire 2017 season, Derrick Goold of the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Although it seems likely that Schafer will need Tommy John surgery, it's possible that he'll be able to undergo an alternative procedure known as "primary repair" surgery that carries a slightly shorter recovery time. However, until Schafer goes under the knife, there is no way of knowing which procedure will end up taking place. Regardless of the surgery, it's apparent he'll be out for all of the 2017 season. It is unclear if he will attempt to come back as a reliever or an outfielder.
Schafer is scheduled to have elbow surgery later in the week, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
At this point, it's still uncertain exactly what the surgery will be for, as Goold also noted that it won't be known until the time of the procedure whether he needs Tommy John or a "primary repair" option. Either way, it seems the 30-year-old is set to miss extended time, but more will be known when the surgery draws closer.
Schafer is dealing with tightness in his forearm and will be re-evaluated Monday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Forearm tightness sometimes can be a precursor to a more serious injury that is at play, but it should also be noted that the team's initial tests on Schafer's elbow were reportedly "encouraging." The 30-year-old outfielder arrived to camp as a non-roster invitee looking to scoop up a bench spot on the Cardinals' roster. St. Louis should have a better gauge of Schafer's injury severity once he is re-evaluated Monday.
Schafer, trying to stick with the Cardinals this spring as a possible two-way player, practiced exclusively in the outfield during Monday's workouts, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The veteran, a career outfielder, is in the midst of adding pitching to his resume this spring, but the Cardinals reportedly have designs on deploying him as a possible two-way threat. Schafer had worked in his new role until Monday, when he put in a full workday as an outfielder in between a bullpen session Sunday and his expected turn against hitters Tuesday. The team appears set to follow the same schedule for the time being, while limiting the amount of throws he makes from the outfield so as to not overwork his arm.
Schafer, a non-roster invitee to spring training, impressed pitching coach Derek Lilliquist in his first session against hitters Sunday, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. "It was not advertised as that," said Lilliquist. "He had his breaking ball and his changeup. Very interesting guy."
The 30-year-old is one of the more intriguing projects in Cardinals camp, given his conversion from outifelder to pitcher last season in the Dodgers organization. Schafer has an extensive minor league career that dates back to 2005, and has also accrued 1,292 big league at-bats over 463 games. However, considering his career .228/.308/.307 line in the majors, the move to pitcher may be his last chance to stick with a team at this level. Schafer got that quest off to a solid start Sunday, and both Lilliquist and manager Mike Matheny look forward to evaluating him for a job as a possible southpaw specialist out of the bullpen later into the exhibition schedule against the likes of Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy and Christian Yelich. "Early on, the hitters aren't ready," said Lilliquist. "So maybe 10, 12 games into it, they're staying in the game longer and by that time they're getting three at-bats. Then, put him in and see how he matches up."
Schafer signed a minor league contract with the Cardinals on Monday that includes an invitation to spring training.
Schafer was converted from an outfielder to a pitcher last season in the Dodgers' system, posting a 3.83 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 59:18 K:BB in 49.1 innings, primarily at Double-A. That 25.6 percent strikeout rate was enough for the Cardinals to give him a chance. He is working strictly as a reliever, so it is unlikely that he offers fantasy value anytime soon.
Schafer was promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City after posting a 1.35 ERA for Double-A Tulsa.
Schafer also recorded a 21:5 K:BB in 20 innings. Given the issues the Dodgers have had in the bullpen this year, one more promotion seems likely.
Schafer has tossed 11.1 scoreless innings with an 11:1 K:BB for Double-A Tulsa.
The Dodgers know a thing or two about converting hitters into pitchers (Kenley Jansen, Pedro Baez), and things are looking promising with Schafer too. We don't have any reports on the southpaw's velocity as of yet, but if he keeps this up, Schafer could find himself in the big leagues this season.
Schafer will try to make the transition to pitcher from outfielder at Double-A Tulsa, the Tulsa World's Barry Lewis reports.
The odds appear long for Schafer to make the majors as a pitcher at age 29. He may continue to also play in the outfield and try to become the next Brooks Kieschnick.
Schafer, a non-roster invitee to Dodgers camp for spring training, could take on a hybrid role as a defense-first center fielder and a left-handed reliever, MLB.com reports.
The Dodgers reportedly plan to emphasize pitching with Schafer, who has not pitched in a competitive environment since high school. Schafer, now 29, was the Twins' Opening Day center fielder in 2015, but struggled mightily before a knee strain effectively ended his time with the organization. He has hit just .228/.308/.307 in parts of six major league seasons.
Schafer agreed to a minor league contract with the Dodgers on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.
Schafer appeared in just 27 games with the Twins last season prior to straining his right MCL, batting .217 with 23 strikeouts and three walks in 69 at-bats. He was released by the Twins in June but will now have a chance to latch on with the Dodgers organization.
Twins outfielder Jordan Schafer is making progress in his return from a sprained MCL that landed him on the disabled list on May 11.
General manager Terry Ryan said that Schafer is "getting better", per the Pioneer Press. He's begun taking fly balls, but there's still no timetable for a minor league rehab assignment.
Twins outfielder Jordan Schafer got a second opinion on the injured knee that landed him on the disabled list.
Schafer was disabled retroactive to May 11 with a sprained MCL. He met with Dr. James Andrews on Friday, and Dr. Andrews confirmed that the MCL didn't require surgery.
The Twins placed Jordan Schafer on the 15-day disabled list -- retroactive to May 11 -- with a right MCL sprain, and activated Shane Robinson from the family emergency list, per MLB.com.
Schafer told reporters his right knee has been bothering him since he tweaked it in a game against Seattle in late-April. Manager Paul Molitor told reporters that surgery is not an option at this point, per the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Schafer started the year with a .217 batting average with no homers and five RBI before landing on the DL.
Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki and center fielder Jordan Schafer are out of the starting lineup Wednesday against the Athletics, the team announced.
Suzuki has started five of the last six games for Minnesota, but will get a rest as Chris Herrmann draws the start. Suzuki is hitting .208 in 72 at-bats. Schafer gets the day off with Shane Robinson drawing the start in center.
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