Chafin allowed one hit across 1.1 scoreless innings to record a hold in Tuesday's win over the Mets.
Chafin retired Brandon Nimmo to end the seventh inning, then worked through a clean eighth to hand the game over to closer Craig Kimbrel. Chafin now has a 3.86 ERA and three holds across seven innings this season, and the lefty should continue to operate in a prominent role ahead of Kimbrel in the Cubs' bullpen.
Chafin allowed three runs on three hits across one inning in Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Giants.
A Wilmer Flores two-run home run was the key blow against Chafin. The southpaw won't be counted on to face too many righties like Flores during the regular season, though Chafin actually held that handedness to a .228 batting average the past three seasons, compared to the .261 average he allowed to lefties. Chafin could see an expanded role in 2021 if he continues to have some success against opposite-handed batters, but he still figures to primarily be used in same-handed matchups.
Chafin signed a major-league deal with the Cubs on Tuesday, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.
The 30-year-old was traded from Arizona to Chicago in August but covered only three innings after being acquired. Chafin appeared in 77 games for Arizona during 2019 and had a 3.76 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 68:18 K:BB across 52.2 innings, but the three-batter minimum will continue to limit his usage as a specialist.
Chafin (1-2) recorded two outs prior to giving up a walk-off solo home run in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Pirates.
Making his first appearance since August 20 after dealing with a sprained finger, Chafin was a strike away from a scoreless ninth before Jacob Stallings pulled a game-winning home run into the stands. Chafin carries a 7.56 ERA into the final days of the season.
Chafin worked around a hit and a walk to pitch a scoreless inning in Sunday's 4-0 loss to the Twins.
It was Chafin's first appearance since Aug. 17, as he missed time due to a sprained left index finger, and it also happened to be his first appearance for the Cubs, who acquired him as part of an Aug. 31 trade. With Rowan Wick (oblique) possibly out for the rest of the season, Chafin could quickly earn an important role in the Chicago bullpen if he pitches well.
Chafin (finger) was activated from the 10-day injured list Saturday.
Chafin has been out since Aug. 17 with a sprained left index finger and his next appearance will be his first in a Cubs uniform, as he was traded from Arizona on Aug. 31. The lefty takes the roster spot of Rowan Wick (oblique), who was placed on the 10-day IL on Saturday. Chafin figures to work in a middle-relief role.
Chafin (finger) will throw a bullpen session Friday and could return to game action soon, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Chafin threw a 20-pitch simulated game Wednesday, and he'll throw again just two days later. Assuming his finger responds well to Friday's bullpen session, manager David Ross said that he's "extremely close" to rejoining the team.
Chafin (finger) threw 20 pitches during his simulated game Wednesday and performed well, Maddie Lee of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Chafin is recovering from a sprained left index finger that has kept him sidelined for nearly a month. Manager David Ross said that he looked great during his simulated game. If his finger responds well, he could return to action for the final few games of the regular season.
Chafin (finger) will throw a simulated game Wednesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Chafin was traded from the Diamondbacks to the Cubs at the deadline despite the fact that he was out with a sprained left index finger. He's missed nearly a month with the issue, but he appears to have a chance to join his new team's bullpen for the final few games of the year.
Chafin (finger) was traded from the Diamondbacks to the Cubs on Monday in exchange for a player to be named later, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Chafin has been sidelined since Aug. 19 with a sprained left index finger, and he'll suit up for a new team once he returns. The southpaw was wearing a splint for the past week to help his finger heal, although it's unclear when he'll be able to take the mound again. Chafin allowed six runs on nine hits and four walks while striking out 10 over 6.2 innings this season.
Chafin will wear a splint on his left index finger for the next week, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports.
The plan calls for the Diamondbacks to remove the splint at the end of next week and get a better sense of how the finger is doing and what the next steps will be. The left-handed Chafin has allowed six runs on nine hits and four walks while striking out 10 over 6.2 innings.
Chafin was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with a left finger sprain.
Chafin has surrendered six runs on nine hits through 6.2 innings this season, though it's unclear how long he's been battling the finger injury. Matt Grace had his contract selected from the alternate training site in a corresponding move.
Chafin (0-1) was credited with the loss to the Rangers on Wednesday when he gave up three runs on two hits and a walk without retiring a batter.
After racking up two holds in his first three appearances, the left-handed Chafin was brought in to protect another lead with dangerous lefties due up. However, he walked the first batter, Rougned Odor, then served up a game-tying home run to Joey Gallo. Under new rules, the reliever had to stay in the game to face a third batter, and Chafin gave up a double to Todd Frazier, who later came around to score.
Chafin has had an efficient spring thus far, which makes it hard for manager Torey Lovullo to evaluate the left-hander, Richard Morin of the Arizona Republic reports.
Chafin, perhaps more than other Diamondback reliever, will be impacted by the rule change requiring relievers to face a minimum of three batters upon entering a game unless the inning comes to an end first. He's been successful attacking hitters, putting the ball in the zone with good results. A byproduct of that is a low pitch count. Lovullo would like to see more pitch variety from Chafin. "I would have liked to seen him throw a slider or two," Lovullo said after one outing. "But he knows what he needs to get to [get ready for Opening Day]. We'll figure that out." Chafin is an old-breed lefty specialist. He's made 225 appearances over the last three seasons, totaling 153.1 innings.
Chafin agreed to a one-year, $3.045 million deal with the Diamondbacks on Friday, avoiding arbitration, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports.
This is the southpaw's third and final year as an arbitration-eligible player before he hits the open market. His ERA has been under 4.00 in three straight seasons.
Chafin allowed a homer to the only batter he faced Sunday, blowing a save in the loss to the Dodgers.
Chafin was called on to record a two-out save but promptly allowed a game-tying shot to Cody Bellinger before getting yanked. The 29-year-old lefty is 0-for-3 in save chances this season with a 4.07 ERA.
Chafin (2-2) struck out one and earned the win Friday after holding the Dodgers scoreless over 1.2 innings.
Chafin came into a 2-2 game in the ninth inning with one out and retired all five batters with ease. Meanwhile, Carson Kelly hit a go-ahead home run in the 11th to gift Chafin and the Diamondbacks with the win. Through 56 appearances, Chafin owns a 4.28 ERA and 1.23 WHIP.
Chafin walked one and struck out one over a scoreless eighth inning in Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Cubs.
Chafin has not allowed a run over his last five outings, a stretch that includes two holds. He's mostly a lefty specialist and often throws less than an inning, which makes it difficult to find a role for him in a fantasy lineup.
Chafin retired the lone batter he faced in Friday's 15-8 win over the Red Sox.
Chafin was called on at the most critical juncture and got the left-handed-hitting Rafael Devers in the sixth inning with the bases loaded. Facing one or two lefties has become Chafin's role, and he filled it nicely Friday, giving Devers nothing to hit and inducing a meekly hit groundball back to the mound. It may be a stretch to call any moment in a 15-8 game a high-leverage spot, but one poorly located pitch would have cut the Diamondbacks' lead to two while giving Boston momentum. Instead, Chafin got the one batter he needed to, called it a night, and the Diamondbacks tacked on another eight runs before it was over.
Chafin struck out one over a scoreless inning Saturday against the Cubs.
Chafin is expected to serve a back-end role in the bullpen, along with Greg Holland, Yoshihisa Hirano and Archie Bradley. The first three members of that group pitched Saturday and threw the ball well; Chafin, Holland and Hirano combined for three scoreless innings. Those are the kinds of things a manager looks for as the team gears up for the regular season.
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|05/04||vs LAD||W 4-3||1.0||1||0||0||1|
|05/02||@ CIN||L 12-13||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|05/01||@ CIN||W 3-2||1.1||0||0||0||1|
|04/29||@ ATL||W 9-3||0.2||0||0||0||0|
|04/26||@ ATL||L 7-8||1.0||0||0||1||1|
|04/24||vs MIL||L 3-4||1||0.2||2||2||0||0|
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|2013||AFA-Myrtle Beach Pelican||69.2||39||1||0||5||3||1||62||39||60||5.20||1.431|
|2014||AFA-Myrtle Beach Pelican||18.2||14||0||0||1||1||2||25||9||17||2.47||1.429|
|2015||AAA-Round Rock Express||31.0||25||0||0||2||3||0||27||15||32||5.52||1.516|
|2017||AA-Hartford Yard Goats||18.0||10||0||0||1||1||0||22||12||18||3.50||1.667|