Givens was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left lower back strain Thursday.
Givens hadn't allowed any runs in seven innings across his last seven relief appearances, and he had picked up holds in each of his last three outings. The severity of the injury isn't yet known, and it's unclear whether he'll need to spend more than the 10-day minimum on the injured list. Right-hander Justin Lawrence was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque in a corresponding move.
Givens (1-2) allowed two runs on a hit, two walks and a hit-by-pitch over two-thirds of an inning in a loss to Cincinnati on Sunday. He struck out none and was also charged with a blown save.
Daniel Bard had pitched three of the last four days, so Givens got the call for a save opportunity and promptly made a mess of it. A passed ball with the bases loaded allowed Tucker Barnhart to score the game-tying run. Givens was relieved by Jordan Sheffield, whose wild pitch led to another run tacked onto Givens' line. The 31-year-old has a 4.02 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 17:8 K:BB across 15.2 innings this year. He's added three holds and a 1-1 record in 17 outings.
Givens (1-1) earned the win Friday in a 5-4 victory over the Phillies, striking out one and giving up a hit in a scoreless ninth inning.
Givens was called upon to preserve a tie game late. The Phillies tried to mount a comeback, but Givens wiped out the threat by inducing an inning-ending double play. The 30-year-old was rewarded for his scoreless effort when Raimel Tapia launched a walkoff home run in the bottom of the inning. After allowing two runs in his season debut, Givens has now registered a scoreless outing in seven out of his last eight appearances, lowering his ERA to 3.00.
Givens (0-1) allowed two runs on two hits and two walks while recording a strikeout in Saturday's loss against the Dodgers. He was charged with the loss.
Givens struggled as soon as he stepped on the mound ahead of the eighth inning, and he was unable to get the job done -- he allowed an inside-the-park home run and also gave up an RBI double that pulled the Dodgers ahead for good. Givens posted a 3.63 ERA last season while making 22 appearances off the bullpen in 2020, and this debut wasn't encouraging for fantasy managers who drafted him.
Givens fired one perfect inning while striking out one as he earned the hold in Saturday's spring win over the Mariners.
Givens had a rough start to spring training, as he allowed three runs in his first Cactus League appearance this year. However, the right-hander has now allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out two over two scoreless innings in each of his past two appearances. Manager Bud Black has named Daniel Bard the team's closer to begin the season, and Scott Oberg will likely serve as the primary setup man if he's fully built up in time for Opening Day. Givens should serve as a late reliever heading into his first full year with the Rockies, but he has several pitchers ahead of him who are more likely to receive save chances.
Givens signed a one-year, $4.05 million contract with the Rockies on Thursday, to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Givens was traded to Colorado in the middle of the 2020 season. He struggled in a very small sample with the team, surrendering seven earned runs and four long balls across 9.1 frames. Givens has 21 career saves -- one of which came during the 2020 campaign -- and he could hold the closer role at some point during 2021.
Givens tossed one-third of an inning to pick up the save Sunday against the Dodgers. He did not allow a baserunner or record a strikeout.
Givens entered to get the final out after Daniel Bard struggled to start the frame. It marked the right-hander's first save of the campaign. Bard still figures to be first in line for save chances, though it certainly wouldn't be shocking if Givens gets another shot to pitch the ninth during the season's final week.
Givens gave up one run on one hit and one walk without recording a strikeout in one inning Friday against the Angels.
He was charged with a blown save after giving up a solo home run to Jared Walsh in the top of the eighth inning. The Rockies still ended up getting the win in regulation, even with Daniel Bard giving up another run in the top of the ninth inning. Givens is the de facto setup man for his new team with Bard serving as the closer.
The Orioles traded Givens to the Rockies on Sunday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Baltimore's return in the deal remains unknown, but Givens will head westward to provide Colorado with another experienced late-inning arm while the team's top two closing candidates to begin the season -- Wade Davis (shoulder) and Scott Oberg (arm) -- remain on the injured list. Givens saved 20 games for the Orioles between 2018 and 2019, but he served in more of a setup role in 2020, posting a 1.38 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 19:6 K:BB over 13 innings while notching five holds. He could challenge Daniel Bard and Carlos Estevez for closing duties in Colorado, at least until Davis is back from the IL.
Orioles pitching coach Doug Brocail said Sunday that Givens remains in the mix to close, but Baltimore has yet to decide on a top option for the ninth inning, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Givens finished as the Orioles' save leader in 2019, but he netted only 11 of them for an 108-loss squad and supplemented that total with a 4.57 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 86:26 K:BB in 63 innings. Though Givens enters 2020 as the best of the established options in a weak Baltimore bullpen, his standing atop the depth chart is shaky after 2013 first-round pick Hunter Harvey showcased some dominant skills in a small late-season sample with Baltimore (11 strikeouts in 6.1 innings). Harvey looks like the better bet to be the long-term answer at the back of the bullpen, but it wouldn't be surprising if Givens opened 2020 as the team's preferred closer given his experience. Brocail also indicated that southpaw Richard Bleier could be in the mix for saves against lefty-heavy lineups, which would make it even more difficult to justify investing in either Givens or Harvey, especially with the Orioles expected to be one of MLB's weaker teams once again.
Givens threw off a mound at Oriole Park on Monday, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
The takeaway is that Givens is healthy and ready to start ramping up with less than three weeks before Opening Day. He and Hunter Harvey are expected to get the bulk of the save chances this season for Baltimore.
Givens allowed five earned runs off five hits, two strikeouts and one walk over 4.1 innings during spring training.
Givens began spring training with a case of the flu, but he was able to return to the mound and log four appearances. While he struggled over a limited sample size, his spot in the Orioles' bullpen is likely safe once the regular season begins. However, Givens isn't guaranteed the closer role after manager Brandon Hyde expressed confidence in Hunter Harvey's ability to claim that role during the offseason.
Givens (illness) completed a bullpen session Thursday, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
Givens has yet to make his Grapefruit League debut after missing time in camp due to a case of the flu, but he's made a full recovery from the illness at this point. Assuming he feels fine physically coming out of Thursday's workout, he should be cleared to pitch in a game at some point over the weekend.
Manager Brandon Hyde suggested that Givens (illness) could be ready to make his Grapefruit League debut Thursday or Friday versus the Pirates, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
Givens is no longer dealing with any flu-like symptoms after falling ill earlier in camp, but he's needed some additional time to get his arm ready for game action due to the workouts he missed. As a reliever who hasn't worked more than two innings in any outing since 2017, Givens probably only needs a handful of appearances this spring to guarantee his availability for Opening Day. He profiles as the top option for saves in the Baltimore bullpen, but those opportunities may not be plentiful with the Orioles likely bracing for a third straight 100-loss season.
Givens (illness) feels better and is scheduled to resume workouts Monday, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
The right-hander was sent home Friday due to the illness, but it appears to have been a minor issue as he has already resumed playing catch, per Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports. Givens enters training camp as the favorite for the closer role after converting 11 of 19 saves with a 4.57 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 86:26 K:BB over 63 innings last season.
Givens was sent home Friday with an illness, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
The illness doesn't appear likely to significantly impact Givens' preparation for the upcoming season. He appears to be the favorite to close for the Orioles, though the team's bullpen hierarchy hasn't been officially confirmed.
Givens signed a one-year, $3.225 million deal Friday with the Orioles, avoiding arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
The 29-year-old receives a bump in pay from $2.15 million in 2019 after moving in and out of Baltimore's closer's role. Givens had a 4.57 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 86:26 K:BB over 63 innings while going 11-for-19 in save opportunities. Givens figures to begin the 2020 campaign in a high-leverage role, but there's hardly any guarantee he sees ninth-inning opportunities.
Givens posted a 1-2-3 ninth inning with two strikeouts to garner his 11th save in a 2-0 victory against the Nationals on Tuesday.
Save opportunities are rare on the Orioles, but Givens has posted six straight scoreless frames since blowing up in his last blown save Aug. 11. While he doesn't have great overall numbers, that recent success should give owners enough confidence to plug him in where needed. He is 2-5 with 11 saves, six blown opportunities, a 4.18 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 70 strikeouts in 51.2 innings this season.
Givens allowed one hit with one strikeout during the ninth inning to secure his 10th save in a 4-1 victory against the Royals on Tuesday.
This was Givens' first save in about three and a half weeks. The Orioles have turned to other pitchers in save situations since the end of July, but the team also hasn't won much lately. The Orioles snapped an eight-game losing streak Tuesday and coming into the night, they'd lost 13 of 14 overall. That alone makes Givens unreliable in fantasy realms. He has 10 saves and six blown opportunities with a 4.44 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 65 strikeouts in 48.2 innings this season.
Givens pitched 1.1 innings, allowing a run on a hit and two walks while striking out two to convert his ninth save of the season in Saturday's 8-7 win over the Angels.
Givens was called on to get the last out in the eighth inning, but he made things interesting in the ninth, loading the bases with two outs before getting Justin Upton to pop out to escape with the save. Givens has allowed runs in both of his last two appearances, with his ERA rising to 4.35 with a 1.21 WHIP and 57 strikeouts over 41.1 innings this season. The 29-year-old has a very tenuous grip on the closing role -- manager Brandon Hyde has shown no hesitation to turn to Paul Fry or Miguel Castro when Givens struggles. Save chances are few and far between in the Orioles bullpen, and it's not a guarantee Givens will receive the next opportunity to close out a game.
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