Cishek is working out at home, using a mound he ordered, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Cishek is also wearing a Motus sleeve, a device designed to monitor the workload of his arm. Like most pitchers during the delay in MLB, Cishek is trying to keep his arm in shape, but he will need a ramp-up when baseball eventually begins. "I'm trying to keep it at a certain level so I can maintain. That way when spring training comes around, I'm not getting crushed. I think once things ramp up, I'm going to definitely start linking up with catchers and throwing off the mound." He will be the right-handed component of the setup crew, along with lefty Aaron Bummer, who will be the bridge to closer Alex Colome.
Cishek is projected for a spot in the White Sox's bullpen, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
This comes as no surprise. The White Sox inked the 33-year-old right-hander after he posted a fourth consecutive season with an ERA under three. It's just a matter of where he slots in among the late-inning crew. He was one of several offseason acquisitions to shine in spring training, striking out five over four scoreless innings. Cishek and Aaron Bummer will be the seventh and eighth inning bridges to closer Alex Colome. They are also next in line should Colome stumble.
Cishek signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the White Sox on Tuesday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
The deal contains a club option for a second year at the same annual salary. The 33-year-old has never had an ERA worse than 3.58 in his 10-year career and has kept his ERA below 3.00 for four straight years, most recently posting a 2.95 ERA in 64 innings for the Cubs. His peripherals weren't particularly encouraging, as both his 21.4 percent strikeout rate and 10.9 percent walk rate were worse than league average, leading to a 4.54 FIP and a 4.95 xFIP. Cishek's career ERA (2.69) is nearly a run better than his xFIP (3.64), however, so it's possible he's the rare pitcher who can reliably outperform his underlying metrics. With 132 career saves to his name, it's possible the veteran finds his way into a ninth-inning role at some point this season, but incumbent closer Alex Colome did nothing to lose his job last season, saving 30 games while posting a 2.80 ERA.
Cishek (hip) was activated off the 10-day injured list prior to Tuesday's game against the Giants, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Cishek was placed on the injured list Aug. 10 with left hip inflammation, but he completed a pain-free bullpen session over the weekend and was able to return after missing the minimum. The 33-year-old gave up seven runs over his last four innings prior to landing on the IL, so he'll look to regain his first-half form -- 2.75 ERA, 1.02 WHIP -- after the brief absence.
Cishek (hip) is expected to be activated from the 10-day injured list ahead of Tuesday's series opener against the Giants, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The Cubs haven't made the move official yet, but they did open up a roster spot by optioning David Bote to Triple-A Iowa on Monday night. Cishek has been sidelined since Aug. 10 due to left hip inflammation, though he's since fired two bullpens without issue and should be back in Chicago's bullpen in time for Tuesday's clash.
Cishek (hip) said he felt pain-free and ready to return to action following a Saturday bullpen session, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Cishek also completed a bullpen session Thursday with no issues, so he's inching closer to a return, though the veteran reliever acknowledged nothing is set in stone at this point. He'll be eligible to come off the injured list Tuesday and should give a struggling Cubs bullpen a boost. On the season, Cishek has a 3.58 ERA and 1.17 WHIP with 46 strikeouts across 50.1 innings.
Cishek (hip) will throw another bullpen session in Pittsburgh over the weekend, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Cishek completed a bullpen session with no issues Thursday, and if all goes well over the weekend, the right-hander could be cleared to return from the injured list when first eligible Tuesday.
Cishek (hip) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Thursday, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Cishek landed on the injured list over the weekend with left hip inflammation, but he's feeling better after receiving a cortisone shot a few days ago. The right-hander reported no issues during a throwing session Wednesday, and he appears on track to return from the injured list when first eligible Tuesday, barring setbacks.
Cishek was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday due to left hip inflammation, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Cishek surrendered a run on two hits while striking out one over one inning Friday night against the Reds, though he didn't appear to be in any kind of discomfort. With both Craig Kimbrel (knee) and Cishek now on the shelf, look for Pedro Strop to take over the closer's role until Chicago's bullpen returns to health.
Cishek recorded two strikeouts and didn't allow a baserunner in a scoreless inning of work to earn his seventh save of the season Thursday against the Mets.
After a home run and a walk brought the tying run to the on-deck circle in the ninth inning, Cishek got the call to close out the game. He did so with relative ease, throwing eight of 12 pitches for strikes as he retired all three hitters he faced. Cishek could get a couple more save opportunities in the short term and maybe as an occasional sub after Craig Kimbrel joins the team, but his run as a part-time closer is coming to an end.
Cishek (1-4) allowed one run over 1.1 innings to take the loss Sunday against the Dodgers. He gave up one hit and a walk, while striking out one.
Cishek came on in the seventh inning of a 2-2 game and worked a quick 1-2-3 frame. However, things were a bit dicier in the eighth following a leadoff walk to Chris Taylor. A groundout moved Taylor into scoring position, and then Cishek allowed the go-ahead run to score on a single by Russell Martin. Cishek has generally been reliable for the Cubs this season with a 3.38 ERA, though that's up more than a run from the stellar 2.18 mark he posted in 2018.
Cishek (knee) is available to pitch Friday against the Dodgers if needed, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
Cishek was down for a few days after suffering a knee bruise Wednesday, but he'll be ready to roll for the second game of the series. He owns a 3.21 ERA and 1.14 WHIP with a 30:9 K:BB over 28 innings this season.
Cishek will test his knee before Thursday's game against the Dodgers to determine his availability, Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports.
Cishek suffered a bruised right knee prior to Wednesday's contest, but he could be available out of the bullpen Thursday if his knee feels OK before the game. He last pitched Monday against the Rockies, allowing one run over one inning of work.
Cishek (knee) said after Wednesday's win over the Rockies he should be good to go in a day or two, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
Cishek suffered the right knee bruise prior to the game, when he was hit by an errant throw on the inside of his knee while playing catch. The 32-year-old was carted off the field after sustaining the injury, but it doesn't appear as though he'll require a trip to the injured list.
Cishek was diagnosed with a right knee bone bruise, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
Cishek suffered the injury playing catch in the outfield prior to Wednesday's game; he was hit on the inside of his knee with an errant throw and ultimately had to be carted off the field. While he appears to have avoided a more serious injury, it remains to be seen whether the right-hander will be available out of the bullpen for Wednesday's series finale.
Cishek was carted off the field during pregame warmups Wednesday after a ball hit him in the right shin, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
It's certainly an odd time to suffer a serious injury, though the use of a cart suggests that the Cubs are worried about Cishek suffering something worse than a bruise. The reliever's save opportunities were dwindling following Pedro Strop's return from a hamstring injury and are set to disappear completely once Craig Kimbrel is ready to go, but the Cubs would certainly love to have him available as a setup man. More information about the injury should become clear following further tests.
Cishek allowed a run on two hits in an inning of work but was able to secure the save in Wednesday's 9-8 win over the Rockies. He struck out two.
Cishek allowed a double and a single to start the ninth inning, but he retired the next three hitters, getting the final two via strikeout. The 32-year-old reliever now has six saves this year, but with Pedro Strop (hamstring) back from the injured list and Craig Kimbrel now joining the bullpen, Cishek will likely slot into a setup role moving forward.
Cishek struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Wednesday to record his fifth save of the season in a 2-1 win over the Astros.
The veteran reliever bounced back nicely after blowing the save in his last appearance Friday. Cishek's 3.00 ERA and 25:9 K:BB through 24 innings are solid (if not exactly elite) numbers for a closer, but he could return to a setup role when Pedro Strop (hamstring) re-enters the picture, potentially as soon as this weekend.
Cishek allowed two runs without recording an out to blow the save in Friday's 6-5 loss to the Reds.
Staked to a 5-4 lead, Cishek started the top of the ninth inning by walking Joey Votto and then giving up a two-run home run to Eugenio Suarez. He got the hook after hitting the next batter. The veteran reliever is now 4-for-6 in save opportunities this season and his time as the Cubs' primary closer might be nearing its end, as Pedro Strop (hamstring) could be activated from the 10-day injured list as soon as Sunday.
Cishek's time as the Cubs' primary closer could soon be coming to an end, as Pedro Strop (hamstring) could be activated from the 10-day injured list as early Sunday, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports.
Cishek has not allowed a run while notching a win and three saves with seven strikeouts in eight innings since Strop landed on the injured list, so he arguably deserves to remain in the mix for saves, but Strop could take back the bulk of those opportunities. The Cubs will decide after Strop's bullpen session Saturday whether to activate him or send him on a rehab assignment.
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