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March 16, 2020 08:36 AM
Astros' Chris Devenski: Projected for bullpen
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Devenski is expected to be part of the Astros' bullpen when the regular season starts, Brian McTaggart of reports. The 29-year-old right-hander has not allowed a run on four hits and one walk while striking out five over 5.1 spring innings.

The Astros hope to see the Devenski of 2017, a season in which he struck out 11.1 batters per nine innings and was named an All-Star. Since then, his K/9 dropped in successive seasons along with an increase in HR/9 (1.7). He's slipped behind Ryan Pressly and Joe Smith in terms of high-leverage relief work.

January 10, 2020 07:20 PM
Astros' Chris Devenski: Remains in Houston
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Devenski signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Astros on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The team declined his $2.63 million club option for 2020 in November, but the 29-year-old will stick around on a lesser deal while avoiding arbitration. Devenski had another up-and-down season in 2019 with a 4.83 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 72:21 K:BB over 69 innings.

November 4, 2019 06:52 PM
Astros' Chris Devenski: Option declined but still around
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Devenski's option was declined by the Astros on Monday, but he remains on the roster as he's still arbitration-eligible, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Devenski received a somewhat odd contract back in February, which gave the Astros the opportunity of locking him in for 2020 at a predetermined price or going back through the arbitration process. They'll choose the latter following his mediocre 4.83 ERA in 69 innings.

October 22, 2019 11:24 AM
Astros' Chris Devenski: Added to World Series roster
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Devenski was added to the Astros' World Series roster, Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal reports.

The Astros' lone change from the ALCS sees Devenski join the team in place of Bryan Abreu. Devenski has yet to pitch in the playoffs and posted an unremarkable 4.83 ERA in 69 regular-season innings.

August 16, 2019 05:04 AM
Astros' Chris Devenski: Charged with loss in relief
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Devenski (2-2) was charged with the loss against the A's on Thursday, allowing a solo home run while striking out three.

Devenski came into the eighth inning with the score tied, 6-6, and gave up a homer to Matt Chapman to give the A's the lead for good. The right-hander has functioned mostly in middle relief for the Astros this season, posting a forgettable 4.42 ERA and 1.29 WHIP.

August 14, 2019 10:36 AM
Astros' Chris Devenski: Takes loss in nightcap
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Devenski (2-1) took the loss in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the White Sox, allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits over two innings.

Pressed into emergency starting duty when Gerrit Cole strained his hamstring in the bullpen while warming up, Devenski got tagged for all three runs in the second inning and got stuck with the decision when the Astros couldn't solve Ivan Nova. Devenski should return to middle-relief work after this due to his pedestrian 4.33 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 60:17 K:BB through 54 innings on the year.

August 13, 2019 09:20 PM
Astros' Chris Devenski: Starting Tuesday's nightcap
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Devenski is starting Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the White Sox, Julia Morales of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.

Scheduled starter Gerrit Cole was scratched shortly before first pitch for undisclosed reasons, pushing Devenski into the start on short notice. The 28-year-old threw 25 pitches in Sunday's relief appearance, so he should be limited to a couple innings as the Astros are forced into a bullpen game.

July 3, 2019 01:40 PM
Astros' Chris Devenski: Escapes Coors appearance unscathed
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Devenski earned his third hold of the season in Tuesday's 9-8 win over the Rockies after striking out two and issuing a walk during an inning of relief.

Once one of baseball's standout late-inning arms, Devenski has plummeted in Houston's bullpen hierarchy over the past season and a half, as his low hold total illustrates. While he steered clear of a blowup performance at Coors Field, Devenski has been vulnerable to the long ball in more pitcher-friendly environments in 2019 and will need to string together several quality outings in a row before recapturing a meaningful setup role.

April 18, 2019 01:40 AM
Astros' Chris Devenski: Makes first hitless outing
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Devenski struck out one and did not allow a hit in a scoreless two-thirds of an inning in Tuesday's 9-1 win over the Athletics.

Devenski mopped up the final two outs for his third scoreless outing in five appearances. Tuesday's effort was the first of the five in which the right-hander did not allow a baserunner. Devenski will be used in low-to-mid leverage situations out of the bullpen and has posted an 8:1 K:BB though six innings.

April 1, 2019 12:20 PM
Astros' Chris Devenski: Throws multiple innings
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Devenski allowed one run on three hits and struck out three over two innings in a 3-1 loss to the Rays on Saturday.

Devenski entered to pitch the seventh inning with the Astros down a run and threw one clean inning before getting nicked for a run in the eighth. The right-handed reliever made a name for himself in 2017, delivering a high strikeout rate as a multi-inning reliever. He was on his way to a repeat performance in 2018, albeit without the multi-inning appearances, before a midseason hamstring injury derailed him. Earlier this spring, Devenski told Brian McTaggart of that he learned about the process of being prepared daily and to take measures to ensure his body is ready to pitch as much as possible. His first outing of 2019 was an encouraging sign he'll be used as he was in 2017. "He fits right into our bullpen anywhere from early for a couple of innings or all the way to the back end if guys are needing a break," manager A.J. Hinch said.

March 16, 2019 09:24 AM
Astros' Chris Devenski: Turning around bad start
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Devenski allowed one hit and struck out one in one inning Friday against the Cardinals.

Looking at Devenski's spring numbers are misleading. His 8.31 ERA appears ugly, but all four runs he's allowed came in his first outing. Since then, Devenski has pitched four scoreless innings and worked to get himself back to the form he showed in 2017 when he was dubbed the "Dragon." Earlier this spring, manager AJ Hinch told Brian McTaggart of that he wanted Devenski to air it out and not be too cute. "We really wanted to get him away from thinking too much and get him into Dragon mode, basically," he said. "Let him come and show a ton of energy, get through the ball, let the ball go wherever it goes and not get overly complicated." The 28-year-old reliever will be a weapon out of the bullpen if rediscovers the 2017 version of himself.

February 3, 2019 10:00 PM
Astros' Chris Devenski: Settles arbitration case
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Devenski's arbitration case was settled with the Astros, and he's slated to make $1.525 million in 2019, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

Devenski asked for $1.65 million, and Houston was willing to give him $1.4 million, so the case was settled at $1.525 million. The contract includes a club option for the 2020 season and includes the option of a base increase in 2020 dependent upon how many games in which he appears this year. After posting a solid 2.68 ERA through 80.2 frames in 2017, Devenski took a step back in 2018, accruing a 4.18 ERA with 51 punchouts over 47.1 innings.

January 25, 2019 11:16 AM
Astros' Chris Devenski: Working on mechanics
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Devenski devoted the offseason to re-working the mechanics of his delivery, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Devenski, an All-Star in 2017, watched his ERA balloon to 4.18 in 2018, when he was relegated to work in games that already were decided and was left off both of Houston's postseason rosters. Video study revealed some "issues here and there," per the right-handed reliever, specifically with his legs and hips. Devenski has yet to throw a bullpen session, so we may need to wait until spring training to learn whether the mechanical adjustments return him to his 2017 form.

October 5, 2018 01:20 PM
Astros' Chris Devenski: Omitted from ALDS roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Devenski is not on the Astros' 25-man postseason roster for the ALDS against Cleveland, Brian McTaggart of reports.

Devenski had a forgettable July and only logged 6.2 innings over seven appearances in September after spending a month on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. Nonetheless, it comes as a slight surprise to see Devenski left off the roster due to his potential swing-and-miss stuff.

September 27, 2018 01:16 AM
Astros' Chris Devenski: Takes loss in spot start
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Devenski (2-3) was handed the loss Wednesday against the Blue Jays, allowing two runs on one hit and one walk across two innings. He struck out two.

Making his first start of the season in what was a bullpen day for the Astros, Devenski got off to a slow start, walking the first batter he faced before serving up a two-out homer to Randal Grichuk. The reliever settled in from there and retired the next four batters he faced, though a lack of run support left him with the loss. Devenski now owns a disappointing 4.34 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 50:13 K:BB through 45.2 innings this season after posting a 2.68 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 100:26 K:BB in 80.2 innings in 2017. He'll rejoin the bullpen for the final series of the regular season.

September 25, 2018 10:37 PM
Astros' Chris Devenski: Will start Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Devenski will start Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays, Brian McTaggart of reports.

The Astros will employ a "bullpen day" in the series finale with Devenski leading the charge. The 27-year-old has made only four appearances since coming off the disabled list Aug. 29 and should be limited to an inning or two.

September 17, 2018 11:13 AM
Astros' Chris Devenski: Declining use, postseason spot in jeopardy
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Devenski has appeared in three games since he was activated from the disabled list Aug. 29. He's allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits, including two home runs, over three innings.

Devenski has looked rusty since his return from nearly a month-long stint on the DL due to a hamstring injury, but hasn't been given an opportunity to knock off that rust. He most recently appeared in Saturday's blowout win, his first appearance after an 11-day break, as manager A.J. Hinch doesn't appear eager to use the right-hander. At this point, a spot on the postseason roster appears unlikely for the 2017 All-Star, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

August 31, 2018 02:08 PM
Astros' Chris Devenski: Makes first appearance off DL
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Devenski allowed one unearned run on three hits while striking out two over two innings in Thursday's loss to the Angels.

Devenski made his first appearance since being activated off the disabled list. The right-hander missed the last month due to a hamstring injury.

August 29, 2018 02:24 PM
Astros' Chris Devenski: Activated from DL
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Devenski (hamstring) was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list prior to Wednesday's contest, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.

Devenski will forgo one last rehab outing and return to the big-league club as Charlie Morton (shoulder) heads to the DL in a corresponding move. Over the past couple weeks, Devenski appeared in five minor-league contests. Though he wasn't particularly sharp, he didn't experience any pain or discomfort in his hamstring, so he should be available out of the bullpen immediately during Wednesday's series finale versus Oakland.

August 27, 2018 06:00 PM
Astros' Chris Devenski: Continuing rehab Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Devenski (hamstring) will make a minor-league rehab appearance with Double-A Corpus Christi on Thursday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic Houston reports.

Devenski, who has been on the DL since Aug. 3 with a hamstring issue, has already made five rehab appearances -- three with the Hooks and two with Triple-A Fresno -- struggling to a 7.71 ERA across 4.2 innings in those outings. He'll make one more appearance with Corpus Christi later in the week, and if everything goes off without a hitch he'll likely be cleared to rejoin the Astros on Saturday when rosters expand.

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