Herrera was released by the Cubs on Wednesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Herrera signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs earlier in the month but was let go before making it to the majors. The veteran right-hander owns an unsightly 6.54 ERA and 1.62 WHIP across 53.2 innings over the past two seasons.
Herrera signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs on Thursday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
After posting a 6.54 ERA and 1.62 WHIP over 53.2 innings with the White Sox over the past two seasons, Herrera was designated for assignment and subsequently released. The right-hander will now report to the Cubs' alternate training site as part of the team's 60-man roster. Although the team's major-league bullpen has struggled to begin the year, Herrera would have to demonstrate increased production during his time in South Bend if he hopes to return to the majors during the shortened 2020 campaign.
The White Sox requested waivers for Herrera on Sunday for the purpose of granting his unconditional release.
After Chicago designated Herrera for assignment, no team was willing to scoop him up off waivers, which doesn't come as a surprise given that the two-time All-Star was owed $8.5 million in 2020 and would need to be bought out for another $1 million in 2021. Rather than retaining Herrera as part of their 60-man roster pool, the White Sox will part ways with the 30-year-old entirely following a rough two-year stint with the club. Over his 59 appearances spanning this season and last, Herrera posted a 6.54 ERA (4.94 FIP) in 53.2 innings.
Herrera was designated for assignment by the White Sox on Friday.
The veteran right-hander last appeared in Sunday's contest and surrendered four runs over two innings, which appears to have been the final straw for Chicago. Herrera signed a two-year, $18 million contract in January 2019, but he struggled last season with a 6.14 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 53:23 K:BB over 51.1 innings.
Herrera is expected to make the White Sox as a member of the bullpen, LaMond Pope of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Herrera opened the 2019 season as a setup man with potential to steal saves from Alex Colome, but he didn't last long in that role. He walked too many batters and opponents had an .857 OPS off the right-hander during the first half of the season. He blamed a foot injury suffered in September of 2018 that lingered into 2019. That left the White Sox searching for better setup men, which they eventually found in Aaron Bummer and Evan Marshall. Herrera will primarily pitch in the middle innings and other low-leverage spots until he can prove his career-worst 6.14 ERA in 2019 was a fluke.
Herrera attributed his career-worst 6.14 ERA in 2019 to the aftereffects of foot surgery he underwent in September of 2018, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
It's fair to assume the White Sox expected more out of Herrera when he signed a two-year, $18 million contract prior to the 2019 season. The optimist will look at the two-time All Star's 1.76 ERA over the final 15 games and see a reliever that can help the back end of the bullpen.
Herrera gave up a home run while striking out two to record the save in a 5-3 win over the Tigers on Sunday.
Herrera entered the ninth inning with a three-run lead, and he allowed a solo home run before striking out the final two batters of the game to nail down his first save in the last game. The 29-year-old finishes the season with a 3-3 record with a 6.14 ERA in 51.1 innings.
Herrera (oblique) was activated from the 10-day injured list prior to Sunday's game against the A's.
He had been shelved since July 17 and logged a 7.36 ERA in 33 MLB innings prior to the injury. Look for him to primarily work in mid-leverage spots over the rest of the season.
Herrera (oblique) is scheduled for another rehab appearance with Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Herrera struggled in his first rehab appearance with the Knights, but he bounced back and fired a scoreless inning while recording a strikeout Tuesday against Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. If everything goes off without a hitch Thursday, Herrera -- who has been sidelined since June 20 with an oblique injury -- could be cleared to rejoin the White Sox shortly thereafter.
Herrera (oblique) made his first rehab appearance for Triple-A Charlotte on Friday, working an inning and giving up four runs on five hits.
Herrera needed 22 pitches to record the three outs and surrendered three extra-base hits -- including two home runs -- in his first competitive outing since July 17. Needless to say, the White Sox will probably want to see Herrera show improved command in subsequent minor-league outings before bringing him back from the 10-day injured list.
Herrera (oblique) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Thursday, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
This is an encouraging sign for Herrera, who landed on the injured list over the weekend with a right oblique strain. It remains to be seen whether the right-hander will require a rehab assignment before rejoining the White Sox, though that will likely depend on how he responds as he progresses through his throwing program.
The White Sox placed Herrera on the 10-day injured list Saturday with a right oblique strain, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Oblique injuries often linger therefore carry volatile recovery timetables, so it wouldn't be surprising if Herrera was on the shelf beyond the minimum amount of time. The former Royals closer hadn't pitched since Wednesday and has been abysmal in a setup role this season, posting a 7.36 ERA and 1.82 WHIP across 33 innings. The White Sox recalled Jimmy Cordero from Triple-A Charlotte to provide the team with another arm in the bullpen.
Herrera allowed one run on one hit, two walks, a hit batsman and a wild pitch in Saturday's 13-2 loss to the Athletics.
Herrera has allowed runs in each of his last six appearances and has long since been removed from a setup role for closer Alex Colome. His ERA climbed to 7.84 with a 4.1 BB/9 over 31 innings.
Herrera allowed a two-run home run without retiring a batter in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to Cleveland.
Herrera, who missed time since Sunday with a back issue, came on in the bottom of the ninth inning with a man on and served up a walkoff bomb to Jose Ramirez. It was the sixth time in the last nine appearances he's allowed runs. After a hopeful start to 2019, Herrera now has a 5.82 ERA and 17:6 K:BB over 17 innings.
Herrera (back) is available to pitch Wednesday against the Indians, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
Herrera is good to go Wednesday after missing the first two games of the series due to a stiff back. Now that he's healthy again, the 29-year-old, who owns a 5.29 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 17:6 K:BB through 17 innings this season, should settle back into a setup role for the White Sox.
Herrera (back) said he would likely be ready to pitch Wednesday at Cleveland, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Herrera has been battling back stiffness over the last few days but has been able to resume playing catch with no issues. The 29-year-old has a 5.29 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 17:6 K:BB through his first 17 innings of the season.
Herrera (back) played catch Monday, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
While this is a positive sign for Herrera, he remains day-to-day with back spasms. Jace Fry, Ryan Burr and Josh Osich are all setup options in his absence.
Herrera (back) is considered day-to-day after being diagnosed with back stiffness, Scot Gregor of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
Herrera was lifted from Sunday's matchup due to a back issue, although he appears to have avoided a significant injury. The White Sox will likely evaluate him again Monday morning to determine his availability for the series opener against Cleveland.
Herrera exited Sunday's game against the Red Sox with an apparent back injury, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Herrera was forced to depart from the contest with two outs in the eighth inning and was spotted holding his back on the way off the field. He'll be considered day-to-day until the nature of the injury is uncovered.
Herrera struck out two over a scoreless inning in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Royals.
After some hand-wringing during spring training when Herrera's fastball was living in the low 90s, the right-handed reliever regularly hit 95 and 96 mph and touched 97 on Tuesday. Herrera nailed down his third hold and has allowed just one run over eight innings.
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|2011||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||17.0||14||0||0||1||0||6||18||7||12||2.12||1.118|
|2011||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||36.0||23||0||0||4||0||7||40||6||22||1.75||0.778|
|2013||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||16.0||10||3||0||0||1||2||22||6||6||1.12||0.750|
|2013||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||2.0||2||0||0||0||0||0||5||0||1||0.00||0.500|