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August 11, 2017 02:16 AM
Blue Jays' Lucas Harrell: Hits minor-league DL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Harrell was placed on the minor-league disabled list Wednesday, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.

It's unclear what forced Harrell onto the shelf, but the move is retroactive to Aug. 7, making him eligible to return this Monday if he's ready. While the 32-year-old struggled during his brief stint in the majors this season, he owns an impressive 2.08 ERA through 30.1 innings with Triple-A Buffalo. He'll continue to serve as organizational pitching depth once activated.

July 21, 2017 08:04 PM
Blue Jays' Lucas Harrell: Outrighted to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Harrell has cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.

There was nothing in Harrell's 7.11 ERA nor 2.21 WHIP to entice a team to snag him off waivers. Harrell was sharp in four starts for Buffalo (2.11 ERA in 21.1 innings), so he may be called upon again should Toronto find themselves needing an innings eater down the stretch.

July 17, 2017 04:44 PM
Blue Jays' Lucas Harrell: Designated for assignment
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Blue Jays designated Harrell for assignment Monday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.

Dominic Leone will assume Harrell's spot in the bullpen after the 32-year-old scuffled in his four relief appearances, giving up five runs on 10 hits and four walks in 6.1 innings. Harrell is expected to pass through waivers unclaimed, and if that's the case, he'll likely accept an outright assignment to Triple-A Buffalo and work as a swingman.

July 1, 2017 10:52 AM
Blue Jays' Lucas Harrell: Joining major-league club
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Harrell's contract was purchased from Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.

The Blue Jays need bullpen reinforcements, so Harrell was summoned prior to the matinee game against the Red Sox. He logged a 2.11 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 15:8 K:BB in 21.1 innings at Triple-A working as a starter, but will likely serve as a long reliever in the big leagues.

January 30, 2017 01:15 PM
Blue Jays' Lucas Harrell: Signs minor league contract with Blue Jays
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Harrell agreed to a minor league deal with the Blue Jays on Monday that includes an invitation to spring training, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

The 31-year-old posted a 4.21 ERA across 47 innings with the Braves and Rangers last season, starting all nine games he appeared in. He has primarily featured as a starter in his six-year career, and Toronto could use starting pitching depth at Triple-A, but he could also see a move to the bullpen in an attempt to make the Blue Jays' roster.

October 28, 2016 09:23 PM
Lucas Harrell: Becomes free agent Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Harrell declined his outright assignment and was granted free agency Friday.

Harrell had the choice to stick with the Rangers organization and act as organizational depth, but he'll instead look to land with another organization with the hope of landing some sort of major league job. That being said, it'll be tough for him to garner a spot on a big league roster given his significant struggles after being traded to the Rangers last season and posting a 5.60 ERA over four starts.

October 26, 2016 10:29 PM
Rangers' Lucas Harrell: Clears waivers, decision looming
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Harrell (groin) has cleared outright waivers and has the option to decline an assignment to Triple-A and become a free agent, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Stefan Stevenson reports.

He was on the 60-day DL at the end of the season with a right groin strain, but the injury is not expected to linger long into the offseason. Harrell was dreadful after being traded from Atlanta to Texas, posting a 5.60 ERA and 15:13 K:BB in 17.2 innings. Even his success with the Braves seemed dubious, as his 5.18 xFIP and 21:12 K:BB in 29.1 innings did not signify continued success. He should serve as a organizational depth piece, whether he accepts his assignment to Triple-A or goes elsewhere.

August 17, 2016 04:33 PM
Rangers' Lucas Harrell: Placed on DL with groin strain
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Harrell (right groin strain) was placed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday.

He left Tuesday's game with a groin strain, and will unsurprisingly head to the DL. Harrell had been predictably awful since coming over from Atlanta earlier this season, notching a 5.60 ERA and 15:13 K:BB in 17.2 innings with the Rangers. He was simply a placeholder while the likes of Derek Holland and Colby Lewis got healthy, so Harrell may not have a spot in the rotation waiting for him when he comes off the DL. Nick Martinez was recalled from Triple-A as a corresponding move to serve as a long reliever and spot starter.

August 16, 2016 09:13 PM
Rangers' Lucas Harrell: Suffers groin strain
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Harrell left Tuesday's game with a right groin strain, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

The severity of the strain is uncertain but the Rangers have a ready alternative for this weekend in Derek Holland (shoulder), who threw 75 pitches in a rehab start for Triple-A Round Rock on Monday. Harrell was on thin ice to begin with and may have been replaced in the rotation regardless, having walked four in his two innings Tuesday on the heels of a six-run blowup last week.

August 11, 2016 09:30 PM
Rangers' Lucas Harrell: Struggles in no-decision against Rockies
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Harrell gave up six runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out eight over six innings in a no-decision against the Rockies on Thursday.

It was a slugfest in Arlington as the two teams combined to score 21 runs, with the two starters (Harrell and Chad Bettis) giving up 11 of them. Harrell did fan a season-high eight batters -- he hadn't struck out more than five in any of his previous six starts -- and also cut back on the walks, but he's having trouble putting it all together and the Rangers may be forced to re-evaluate Harrell's standing in the rotation if he can't turn it around in the near future.

August 7, 2016 03:00 PM
Rangers' Lucas Harrell: Will make next scheduled start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rangers manager Jeff Banister confirmed that Harrell would make his next scheduled turn in the rotation Thursday against the Rockies, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Harrell was pulled with two outs in the fourth inning during Saturday's start against the Astros after yielding five walks and five hits, but he'll be given another shot to keep his spot on the starting staff after delivering quality starts in his preceding two turns. Free passes continue to be a major stumbling block for the right-hander, who has ceded three or more walks in each of his last five starts.

August 6, 2016 11:22 PM
Rangers' Lucas Harrell: Lasts just 3.2 innings in no-decision versus Rangers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Harrell allowed just one run on five hits but lasted just 3.2 innings in a no-decision against the Astros on Saturday. He also struck out five and walked five.

The five walks was a season-high and added up, causing Harrell to throw 92 pitches to retire just 11 batters. In two starts with Texas, Harrell has allowed four runs in 9.2 innings (3.72 ERA), but he also has eight walks and just seven strikeouts. Overall, Harrell is 3-2 with a 3.46 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 28 strikeouts and 20 walks in 39 innings over seven starts this season.

July 31, 2016 07:52 PM
Rangers' Lucas Harrell: Earns win in first outing with Rangers Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Harrell (1-0) allowed three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out two over six innings to earn the win Sunday against the Orioles.

In his first start since being acquired from the Braves, Harrell was staked to a 4-1 lead before giving up a pair of runs in the sixth inning, but the bullpen was able to hold on, helping him earn the victory. He's now fired four quality starts over his six outings, and he owns a 3.57 ERA on the season. He'll make his next start Saturday at the Astros.

July 28, 2016 04:28 PM
Rangers' Lucas Harrell: Slated to join Rangers on Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Harrell will join the Rangers on Friday, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Nick Martinez was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday, freeing up a spot in the starting rotation for Harrell, who was acquired via trade with the Braves on Wednesday. Harrell struggled earlier in his career while in the American League, going 7-20 with an even 6.00 ERA in 50 appearances, but he posted a 3.38 ERA over five starts for Atlanta (3.69 FIP). He is penciled in to make his Rangers debut Sunday against the Royals.

July 27, 2016 05:44 PM
Rangers' Lucas Harrell: Headed to Arlington
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Harrell was dealt from the Braves to the Rangers on Wednesday, Kevin McAlpin of Sports Radio 680 The Fan reports.

Harrell will likely slot in as the team's fifth starter after the recent struggles of both Kyle Lohse and Nick Martinez in the role. The 31-year-old owns a mixed bag of results in his five major league starts this season, allowing one or fewer in three of the five while allowing nine over 9.2 innings in his other two to compile a 3.38 ERA and 1.26 WHIP overall. Harrell has struggled with his command as well, owning just a 21:12 K/BB ratio over 29.1 innings. While the move to Texas should result in better run support, the journeyman likely won't impact a ton of fantasy leagues.

July 27, 2016 02:58 AM
Braves' Lucas Harrell: Shuts out Twins for six innings in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Harrell (2-2) threw six shutout innings and allowed just four hits and three walks with four strikeouts in a win Tuesday over Minnesota.

Harrell now has three quality starts in his five chances in the Braves rotation. Most notably, he has allowed just one home run in his 29.1 innings with Atlanta. Home runs were a big reason why he struggled in 2013 with Houston -- he allowed 20 in 153.2 innings, a 1.2 HR/9, and finished with a 5.86 ERA. Turner Field is a favorable park for pitchers, so it might be the perfect place for Harrell to resurrect his career.

July 20, 2016 09:36 PM
Braves' Lucas Harrell: Blows two-run lead in the sixth versus Reds
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Harrell (1-2) allowed four runs on seven hits, struck out three and walked three over six innings in a loss to the Reds on Wednesday.

Atlanta spotted him a two-run lead, and the right-hander pitched worked around traffic in the first five innings to keep that intact, but he yielded four in the sixth. Harrell has allowed nine runs in his last 9.2 innings. He will try to bounce back in his next outing against the Twins on Tuesday.

July 15, 2016 11:12 PM
Braves' Lucas Harrell: Pounded for seven runs in Friday loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Harrell (1-1) allowed seven runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out four over 3.2 innings to take the loss Friday against the Rockies.

The first time he faced the Rockies' batting order, Harrell held them to just one run, but he then gave up six additional runs between the third and fourth innings to force his exit. After allowing just two runs in 13.2 innings over his first two starts with the Braves, this rough outing raised his overall ERA to 3.63. He'll make his next start Wednesday at the Reds.

July 8, 2016 07:32 AM
Braves' Lucas Harrell: Allows one run in 7.2 innings Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Harrell (1-0) allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out five over 7.2 innings, but received no decision Thursday at the Cubs.

Harrell shut down the Cubs' hitters with little trouble until giving up a run in his last inning of work before the bullpen let his 2-1 lead slip away, keeping him from earning his second win of the year. He's now put together a pair of quality starts in his first two outings with the Braves, and although he's not guaranteed to stick in the rotation, he'll likely make his next start after the All-Star break.

July 3, 2016 12:30 AM
Braves' Lucas Harrell: To make next scheduled start Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Harrell, who got the win in a quality start Saturday, will remain in the rotation to start Thursday's makeup game against the Cubs, Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan reports.

The veteran righty shut down the Marlins on Saturday, allowing one run on three hits while striking out five across six innings to get the win over Jose Fernandez. Harrell's strong performance will afford him at least one more turn in the rotation as he'll get the start Thursday, but he'll have the tough task of keeping the Cubs in check.

Minor League Batting Stats
YearTeamGPABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSAVGOBPSLG
2004R-Bristol
2005A-Kannapolis
2006AA-Birmingham
2006A-Winston-Sal
2008AA-Birmingham
2008A-Kannapolis
2008R-Bristol
2009AAA-Charlotte
2009AA-Birmingham
2010AAA-Charlotte Knights
2011AAA-Charlotte Knights
2011AAA-Oklahoma City Redhaw
2014AAA-Reno Aces
2016AAA-Toledo Mud Hens
2016AAA-Gwinnett Braves
2016AA-Erie SeaWolves