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September 30, 2020 01:08 AM
Steve Cishek: Cut loose by White Sox
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cishek was released by the White Sox on Monday, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.

The White Sox could have picked up Cishek's team option for $6 million next season, but they'll instead send him to free agency slightly early after designating him for assignment the previous week. He wasn't impressive in his 20 innings of relief this season, posting a 5.40 ERA and 1.50 WHIP.

September 24, 2020 01:24 PM
White Sox's Steve Cishek: Cast off 40-man
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cishek was designated for assignment Thursday.

The White Sox activated a pair of hurlers (Carlos Rodon, Aaron Bummer) from the 45-day injured list and needed to clear a couple 40-man roster spots in the process. Cishek logged a 5.40 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 20 innings this season.

August 4, 2020 08:16 AM
White Sox's Steve Cishek: Knocked around in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cishek allowed a run on three hits and hit a batter over one inning in Monday's 6-4 win over the Brewers.

Cishek entered in the fifth inning with the White Sox holding a lead and allowed two inherited runners to score, then a run of his own an inning later. He's given up runs in three of five appearances and has a 6.75 ERA.

April 17, 2020 10:44 AM
White Sox's Steve Cishek: Keeping arm in shape
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cishek is working out at home, using a mound he ordered, Scott Merkin of 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.

March 20, 2020 12:52 AM
White Sox's Steve Cishek: Projected for 2020 bullpen
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cishek is projected for a spot in the White Sox's bullpen, Scott Merkin of 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.

January 7, 2020 01:08 PM
White Sox's Steve Cishek: Reaches deal with White Sox
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cishek signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the White Sox on Tuesday, Jeff Passan of 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.

August 21, 2019 03:20 PM
Cubs' Steve Cishek: Returns from injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cishek (hip) was activated off the 10-day injured list prior to Tuesday's game against the Giants, Jordan Bastian of 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.

August 19, 2019 08:00 PM
Cubs' Steve Cishek: Expected back Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 17, 2019 02:40 PM
Cubs' Steve Cishek: Feels good after bullpen
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 15, 2019 05:00 PM
Cubs' Steve Cishek: Set for another bullpen
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 14, 2019 04:36 PM
Cubs' Steve Cishek: Bullpen on tap
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 10, 2019 04:16 PM
Cubs' Steve Cishek: Lands on IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

June 21, 2019 01:20 PM
Cubs' Steve Cishek: Records seventh save of season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

June 16, 2019 10:52 PM
Cubs' Steve Cishek: Takes loss Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

June 14, 2019 08:28 PM
Cubs' Steve Cishek: Available Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cishek (knee) is available to pitch Friday against the Dodgers if needed, Jesse Rogers of 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.

June 13, 2019 07:36 PM
Cubs' Steve Cishek: Testing knee Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

June 12, 2019 10:48 PM
Cubs' Steve Cishek: Downplays knee bruise
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cishek (knee) said after Wednesday's win over the Rockies he should be good to go in a day or two, Jesse Rogers of 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.

June 12, 2019 03:16 PM
Cubs' Steve Cishek: Dealing with bruised knee
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cishek was diagnosed with a right knee bone bruise, Jesse Rogers of 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.

June 12, 2019 02:04 PM
Cubs' Steve Cishek: Carted off during warmups
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

June 5, 2019 11:44 PM
Cubs' Steve Cishek: Nails down save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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