Tepera was recalled from the Cubs' alternate training site in advance of Sunday's game against the Brewers.
Brad Wieck was placed on the 10-day injured list with a hamstring strain, so the Cubs needed a fresh arm for the bullpen. Tepera could be back and forth between the majors and the alternate training site all season.
Tepera was optioned to the Cubs' alternate training site in South Bend Thursday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Tepera was vying for a bullpen spot in his first year in Chicago but will now serve as organizational depth in South Bend. The righty appeared in 23 games for the Blue Jays in 2013, posting a 4.98 ERA and 1.29 WHIP.
Tepera will be a part of the Cubs' 60-man player pool this season and will head to Wrigley Field for summer camp.
Tepera had a down 2019 with a 4.98 ERA in 23 games with the Blue Jays, but he looked much sharper the previous two seasons. He's now one of 22 pitchers invited to camp at Wrigley Field, and the righty will have to pitch well to earn any type of regular role with the Cubs this season.
Tepera could earn one of the Cubs' final bullpen spots when the regular season is able to begin, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
If the Cubs and other MLB teams get to use expanded rosters when the regular season begins, many will likely deepen their bullpens to deal with what figures to be a compacted schedule. Tepera, who entered spring training on the roster bubble, would stand to benefit in this scenario. The righty had a down year in 2019 with a 4.98 ERA, but he posted sub-4.00 ERAs each season between 2015 and 2018, so there is some hope for a bounceback campaign.
Tepera signed with the Cubs on Friday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
The righty will make $900,000 if he makes the big-league roster but just $300,000 in the minors. Tepera endured a rough 2019 campaign, posting a 4.98 ERA in 21.2 innings when not battling an elbow injury. The 32-year-old recorded a 3.49 ERA over the previous four seasons, however, so he could certainly find himself handling a lower-leverage role in the Cubs' bullpen if he's able to get back on track this season.
Tepera has elected to become a free agent.
He was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays earlier this week and preferred to hit the open market rather than remain as a non-roster player in the organization. The 32-year-old reliever had a 4.98 ERA in 21.2 innings last season.
Tepera was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on Monday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Tepera will head to waivers after posting a 4.98 ERA and 1.29 WHIP with 14 punchouts over 21.2 innings this season with the Blue Jays.
Tepera will serve as the Blue Jays' opening pitcher in Tuesday's game against the Orioles.
Tepera hasn't worked more than an inning in any of his 17 appearances this season, so he'll likely just pitch the bottom of the first before his night comes to an end. Trent Thornton is in line to enter the contest behind Tepera and is the Toronto pitcher most likely to factor into any decision.
The Blue Jays reinstated Tepera (elbow) from the 60-day injured list Sunday.
He'll be up with the big club for the first time since late May after the right elbow injury kept him on the shelf for more than three months. Tepera looked sharp during his five-outing minor-league rehab assignment, giving up two unearned runs on two hits and two walks over five innings. The 31-year-old could quickly claim a key setup role in front of closer Ken Giles.
Tepera (elbow) is expected to be activated Sunday, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports.
Tepera has been out of action due to an elbow issue since late May. He's back with the Blue Jays and finished with his rehab assignment, but the team has little reason not to wait two more days until rosters expand so that no corresponding move is required.
Tepera (elbow) moved his rehab assignment to Triple-A Buffalo on Friday and tossed a scoreless inning in relief in the affiliate's 4-2 loss to Pawtucket.
Tepera made two appearances with High-A Dunedin over the past week before the Blue Jays determined he was ready for a stiffer level of competition. Since he's been on the injured list since late May, Tepera will likely require multiple appearances with the Triple-A club before he's reinstated by the Blue Jays.
Tepera (elbow) made his first minor-league rehab appearance with High-A Tampa on Saturday, striking out a batter over a scoreless inning in relief.
Tepera retired the side on just eight pitches, generating two groundball outs in addition to the punchout. Since he's been on the shelf since late May with the right elbow issue, Tepera will likely require at least a few more appearances in the minors before returning from the 60-day injured list. The Blue Jays are presumably counting on having him back when the roster expands Sept. 1.
Tepera (elbow) will throw live batting practice next week, Alexis Brudnicki of MLB.com reports.
He has been throwing bullpen sessions and is ready to advance to the next step in his rehab. It sounds like Tepera could return in late August or early September.
Tepera (elbow) has begun a throwing program and will soon begin long tossing, Alexis Brudnicki of MLB.com reports.
Tepera had been shut down since undergoing elbow surgery in late May. Given the length of his absence, it will likely still be several weeks until he's back in Toronto.
Tepera (elbow) was shifted to the 60-day injured list Thursday.
Tepera won't be eligible to return until at least July 21 following this move, though he'll likely be sidelined beyond that date as he's still weeks away from throwing after undergoing surgery on his sore right elbow at the end of May. Nick Kingham was acquired from the Pirates for cash considerations Thursday and will take Tepera's spot on the 40-man roster.
Tepera (elbow) will resume throwing in six weeks, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
Tepera will be shut down from throwing until mid-July after he underwent surgery on his sore right elbow Wednesday. The procedure, which shaved down a bone spur and removed a loose body in the back of his right elbow, went as planned, and the hope is that Tepera will be ready to return sometime during the second half of the season.
Tepera announced Wednesday via his personal Twitter account that he underwent surgery on his sore right elbow.
The Blue Jays classified Tepera's injury as a right elbow impingement when he was placed on the 10-day injured list last week, but the setback was more significant than the big club initially implied. According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca, Tepera's procedure was similar to the one Boston's Nathan Eovaldi required in late April to remove loose bodies from his elbow. Eovaldi was projected to require a 4-to-6-week recovery following that procedure, and Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo suggested that a similar timeline would likely be in place for Tepera. If that proves to be the case, Tepera shouldn't be expected to return until late June at the soonest.
Tepera was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a right elbow impingement, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports.
He was on the injured list earlier this year with an elbow injury and it appears to be barking once again. Tepera will see a specialist, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports. Jimmy Cordero was summoned from the minors to take Tepera's spot in the bullpen. Consider him out indefinitely.
The Blue Jays activated Tepera (elbow) from the 10-day injured list ahead of Thursday's game against the Twins.
Toronto designated fellow reliever Javy Guerra for assignment in order to clear a spot on the 25-man roster for Tepera. The right-hander was placed on the 10-day injured list at the conclusion of spring training but proved his health during a recent two-appearance rehab stint at Triple-A Buffalo. Tepera is expected to step in as a setup option for closer Ken Giles after performing capably in that capacity in 2018.
Tepera (elbow) will not be activated from the injured list Wednesday, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
Tepera, who has reportedly been healthy since Monday, was expected to return prior to Wednesday's game against the Twins, but it turns out he'll have to wait at least one more day before making his 2019 big-league debut. Once active, Tepera figures to fill a setup role in front of Ken Giles.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/30||vs MIA||L 1-5||0||0||0||0.2||0||0||1||2|
|09/26||@ CHW||L 5-9||0||0||0||0.1||1||0||0||0|
|09/22||@ PIT||L 2-3||0||0||0||0.2||0||0||1||1|
|09/20||vs MIN||L 0-4||0||0||0||1.0||0||0||0||2|
|09/16||vs CLE||W 3-2||0||0||0||1.0||0||0||2||1|
|09/10||vs CIN||W 8-5||0||0||0||0.2||0||0||1||1|
|09/08||vs CIN||W 3-0||0||0||0||1.0||0||0||1||1|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2009||R-Gcl Blue Jays||36.0||11||5||1||3||1||0||42||4||19||1.75||0.639|
|2011||AFA-Dunedin Blue Jays||146.0||27||23||0||11||6||0||93||38||156||4.44||1.329|
|2012||AFA-Dunedin Blue Jays||21.0||5||5||1||1||3||0||14||12||27||7.71||1.857|
|2012||AA-New Hampshire Fisher||74.1||16||15||0||7||3||0||57||37||82||4.86||1.606|
|2013||AA-New Hampshire Fisher||116.0||33||20||0||10||8||1||105||56||109||4.50||1.422|
|2019||AFA-Dunedin Blue Jays||2.0||2||1||0||0||0||0||2||1||0||0.00||0.500|