Cishek signed a contract with the Angels on Monday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Cishek was granted his release by the Astros on Thursday after it became clear that he wouldn't make the Opening Day roster. He'll serve as bullpen depth to start the 2021 campaign for the Angels.
Cishek asked for and was granted his release Thursday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
Cishek had an up-and-down spring with the Astros, as he had an impressive 12:2 K:BB across 7.2 innings but also allowed three home runs. This move indicates the team wasn't going to include Cishek on their Opening Day roster, so he'll now look to latch on with another big-league bullpen.
Cishek allowed one hit and struck out two over one scoreless inning in Sunday's spring game against the Marlins.
Cishek has sparkled since a shaky Grapefruit League debut. After giving up three home runs in his debut, Cishek has struck out 11, walked two and given up two hits over 5.2 innings. The non-roster invitee has not yet secured a spot, but the right-hander moved closer to cementing his place in the bullpen. As evidence that he's going to be on the Opening Day roster, Cishek is scheduled to pitch Monday, his first back-to-back appearance of spring training, per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle.
Cishek has allowed three runs on four hits and one walk while striking out six over 3.2 spring innings.
Cishek had a rough go of it in his Grapefruit League debut, when he allowed three runs in an inning. Since then, he's allowed one hit and one walk while striking out six over 2.2 scoreless innings. The 34-year-old reliever is expected to claim a spot in the Houston bullpen, likely in a setup role, and provide stability to what was an up-and-down unit in 2020.
Cishek gave up back-to-back-to-back home runs in Monday's spring game against Washington, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Cishek's mission of making the Astros bullpen as a non-roster invitee got off to a bad start, but the homer barrage was the result of tinkering, suggesting the outing was an aberration. Two of the three home runs he allowed came off his changeup, a pitch he rarely throws -- just 58 times over the last seven seasons, according to Baseball Savant. "There's a reason why I don't throw too many of those," Cishek said. Despite the poor first impression, the 34-year-old's track record and wealth of experience are likely to land him a spot in the bullpen.
Cishek has identified a flaw in his mechanics that led to last season's 5.40 ERA over 20 innings, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
The side-arming Cishek noticed his arm slot was about six inches higher than normal, which led to a flat sinker. Opposing batters raked against the pitch, hitting .395 off it with a .789 slugging percentage. By contrast, the opposition managed .261 and .405 off the same pitch in 2019, when he posted a 2.95 ERA over 64 innings for the Cubs. "That's the first time in my career my two-seamer has been hit that hard," Cishek said. "I've been hit hard plenty of times, but not on a consistent basis like that. Obviously, that was a wake-up call that something is not right." He tried to make in-season adjustments but ran out of time during the shortened season. The Astros revamped their bullpen during the offseason and the 34-year-old, a non-roster invitee, is expected to earn a spot.
Cishek signed with the Astros as a non-roster invitee Tuesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Cishek owns a strong 2.78 career ERA and remained below 3.00 in that category in eight of his first 10 seasons, but he was forced to settle for a minor-league deal after a disappointing 2020 campaign. In 20 innings for the White Sox, he posted a 5.40 ERA and 1.50 WHIP, with his 32.2 percent groundball rate coming in well below his career 48.9 percent mark. If he proves last year was just a blip, he'll be a steal for the Astros, but a rebound can't be taken for granted in the righty's age-35 season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/06||vs TB||L 3-8||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|05/04||vs TB||L 3-8||0.1||2||1||0||1|
|05/01||@ SEA||W 10-5||1.1||1||0||2||1|
|04/27||@ TEX||L 1-6||0.2||1||0||1||2|
|04/24||@ HOU||L 2-16||1.1||2||3||3||2|
|04/19||vs TEX||L 4-6||0.2||1||0||0||1|
|04/16||vs MIN||W 10-3||1.0||1||0||0||1|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2011||AAA-New Orleans Zephyrs||23.0||15||0||0||1||1||0||19||12||18||2.35||1.304|