Watson (1-0) recorded a one-out win Monday against the Astros after retiring the only batter he faced.
Watson entered the game in the top of the seventh inning with two outs, and he retired Yordan Alvarez on a groundout to pick up his first win of the campaign. Watson has posted two scoreless appearances this season, allowing one hit with a walk and a strikeout across two innings.
Watson signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Angels on Monday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Watson opted out of his minor-league deal with Philadelphia a few days earlier after it became evident that he wouldn't make the Opening Day roster. He'll provide the Angels depth for a bullpen that isn't at full strength heading into the regular season.
Watson opted out of his minor-league deal with the Phillies on Friday, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Watson looked to have a good chance to open the season as one of the top lefties in the Phillies' bullpen, but he's evidently failed to impress this spring. His 7:2 K:BB in five Grapefruit League innings was strong, but he also allowed five runs (four earned) on nine hits. Jose Alvarado and JoJo Romero will open the year as the only projected southpaws in the Philadelphia bullpen.
Watson agreed Wednesday with the Phillies on a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to MLB spring training, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
Despite being one of baseball's more reliable lefty relievers over the past decade and coming off a 2020 campaign in which he turned in a 2.50 ERA and 0.89 WHIP over 21 appearances with the Giants, Watson was unable to fetch a guaranteed deal in free agency. The 35-year-old should still be in good position to win a spot in the Phillies' Opening Day bullpen, though he likely won't merit much consideration for save chances with Archie Bradley, Hector Neris, Jose Alvarado and Brandon Kintzler all possessing previous closing experience.
Watson notched a save Tuesday against the Mariners after tossing a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit.
Watson threw 12 of his 17 pitches for strikes and, even though he allowed a two-out single to Kyle Lewis, he slammed the door after Kyle Seager grounded out for the final out of the game. Watson has gone 2-for-2 in save opportunities this season and should remain as the team's primary closer moving forward if he keeps tossing the ball like he has done it all year long. He owns a 0.64 ERA and has allowed just one earned run in 14 innings across 16 appearances.
Watson notched the save Saturday against the Diamondbacks after tossing a scoreless ninth inning.
Watson threw nine of his 13 pitches for strikes Saturday en route to his first save of the season. He hasn't allowed any runs over his last 10 appearances out of the bullpen, notching five holds, a win, a save and a 0.58 WHIP in that stretch. In fact, Watson has given up just one run all season and has an excellent 0.75 ERA in 14 appearances in 2020.
Watson (1-0) pitched a third of an inning and earned the win in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks.
After starter Johnny Cueto gave up a solo home run to Eduardo Escobar and walked Jake Lamb, Watson was brought in with two outs in the seventh inning. Watson managed to pick off Lamb to end the threat, and the Giants took the lead in the eighth to reward the reliever with the win. Through 11 innings, Watson has a sparking 0.82 ERA, 0.73 WHIP and nine strikeouts. He is likely to see late-inning assignments, although he has yet to record a save this season.
Watson pitched a scoreless inning, allowing a walk and striking out one to earn a hold in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Diamondbacks.
Watson was able to protect a 4-2 lead in the eighth inning, and Tyler Rogers was perfect for the save in the ninth. That duo appears to have the inside track for saves this season. Through 10.2 innings this season, Watson has a 0.84 ERA, 0.72 WHIP and 9:2 K:BB across 12 appearances. Rogers has a 5.71 ERA and 1.27 WHIP, but he's also collected two saves to Watson's zero. The 35-year-old Watson has produced six holds, and should continue to see high-leverage work.
Watson has yet to get a save opportunity this season, but he has logged five straight scoreless appearances while collecting three holds over that span.
Trevor Gott opened the year with saves in four of his first five appearances, but he has been dreadful of late, giving up 11 earned runs while blowing two saves over his last 1.1 innings, so he is seemingly out as the Giants' closer. Watson could be the next man up, but Tyler Rogers has a similar scoreless streak and is 1-for-2 on save chances this season. If it is a committee, it may be tricky to extract value from the situation, but it's possible one of Watson, Rogers or a dark horse candidate could emerge now that Gott has seemingly pitched himself out of the ninth inning.
Watson should operate in a high-leverage role in 2020, but it's unlikely manager Gabe Kapler utilizes traditional late-inning roles, Maria Guardado of MLB.com reports.
The left-hander was battling some tightness in his left shoulder during spring training, but he was able to get healthy during the shutdown and has been slowing ramping things up in summer camp. Watson has 30 career saves and brings a distinguished veteran presence compared to most of the Giants' bullpen, but Kapler is expected rely on a matchup-based approach, which could mean no official closer. Watson said, "There's probably not established roles. We're going to be mixing and matching and trying to figure out how to win a game every night." Tyler Rogers and Trevor Gott could also factor into that ninth-inning mix, but none of the three seem likely to receive consistent save opportunities in the shortened season.
Watson (shoulder) is back to 100 percent health and will be ready to participate fully in workouts when the Giants resume training, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Watson was slowed in spring training while tending to a minor bout of tightness in his left shoulder, but the season's delay of more than three months has provided him with plenty of time to make a full recovery without having to miss any game action. The southpaw profiles as the Giants' top candidate for saves in 2020, though new manager Gabe Kapler's historical preference to play matchups in the ninth inning may result in San Francisco opting for more of a closer-by-committee approach.
Watson (shoulder) could be ready to help lead the Giants' bullpen when play resumes, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
He was progressing toward a spring debut when camp was suspended. Assuming it was indeed a minor shoulder issue, Watson is likely back to full health, or close to it. Given his experience in the late innings, Watson is probably the best bet in this bullpen to get save chances when the season gets underway.
Watson (shoulder) threw from 120 feet Sunday and is scheduled to throw his second bullpen session in three days Monday, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Watson has yet to pitch in an exhibition game this spring because of tightness in his left shoulder. The 34-year-old is expected to serve as the Giants' closer on Opening Day, however manager Gabe Kapler has suggested the possibility of an open competition during camp. Right-hander Trevor Gott has emerged as Watson's main competition for the job to begin March.
Watson is behind schedule after dealing with a tight shoulder early in camp but feels fine now, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Watson didn't throw a bullpen until Friday, but the Giants don't appear overly concerned. The veteran lefty should still have time to build up to regular-season form by Opening Day, barring setbacks. He appears to be the favorite in the Giants' closer battle, though the team hasn't officially announced a set hierarchy.
Watson is the favorite to begin the year as the Giants' closer, Mark W. Sanchez of KNBR.com reports.
He has not been named the closer, but Watson is embracing the role as the leader of the Giants' bullpen, saying that he is looking forward to pitching with that "closer mentality" this season. In most bullpens, the 34-year-old southpaw would pitch in the seventh or eighth inning, but he is by far the most accomplished reliever in this bullpen, with 30 career saves to his name. Shaun Anderson would be an intriguing ninth-inning option as well, but he is being stretched out as a starter early in camp. Jandel Gustave, Sam Coonrod, Tyler Rogers and Trevor Gott are also candidates for saves early this season.
Watson (wrist) exercised his $2.5 million player option to remain with the Giants for 2020 on Saturday, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
Watson missed the final month of the season after fracturing his left wrist, and he finished the 2019 campaign with a 4.17 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 41:12 K:BB over 54 innings. It was the first time in the 34-year-old's major-league career he posted an ERA north of 4.00, so the Giants will undoubtedly hope he can provide production closer to his career averages (2.81 ERA and 1.10 WHIP) in 2020 .
Watson (wrist) was placed on the 60-day injured list Sunday, Amy Gutierrez of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Watson was diagnosed with a fractured left wrist last week, so his move to the 60-day IL isn't much of a surprise. The veteran reliever finishes 2019 with a 4.33 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 41:12 K:BB across 54 innings. Right-hander Enderson Franco had his contract selected from Triple-A Sacramento in a corresponding move.
An MRI revealed Monday that Watson has a fracture in his left wrist, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Watson suffered the injury on a defensive play during Wednesday's matchup against the Cardinals, and there's a good chance he'll be shut down for the rest of the year following Monday's diagnosis.
Watson will have his wrist examined by a doctor Monday, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Watson said he was fine after seeming to hurt his left wrist on a diving tag Wednesday against the Cardinals, but he hasn't appeared in a game since then. More clarity about his situation should emerge after he hears from the doctor.
Watson said his wrist is fine and he's not worried at all about it after his X-ray, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
He made a diving tag to get the out at first base in Wednesday's game, but went for X-rays to make sure his wrist was fine. It sounds like he should be fine going forward, but he will probably be unavailable Thursday after pitching back-to-back games.
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