Hale agreed to a one-year deal with the Phillies on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration.
The 33-year-old righty logged a 3.71 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 14 strikeouts in 17 innings last season. He is a groundball pitcher (50.9 career GB%) who is primarily deployed in the middle innings.
Hale will be the opener for the second half of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Nationals, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
Hale has opened once for the Phillies this season and threw 3.1 innings, though he only threw 34 pitches and likely wouldn't have been allowed to pitch that long if he weren't so efficient. He likely won't go particularly deep in this one.
Hale didn't factor into the decision in the second game of Friday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays, giving up two runs on four hits over 3.1 innings. He struck out one without walking a batter.
Getting a spot start with both Jake Arrieta (hamstring) and Spencer Howard (shoulder) currently on the IL, Hale tossed an efficient 34 pitches (27 strikes) and gave the Phillies three scoreless frames before serving up a solo homer to Teoscar Hernandez and a double to Randal Grichuk to get the hook. Hale will likely return to the bullpen for the remainder of the regular season.
Hale was traded from the Yankees to the Phillies on Friday in exchange for minor-league reliever Addison Russ, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
The veteran wasn't needed in New York, as the Yankees designated him for assignment Monday, but almost any warm body would be useful in Philadelphia at the moment, as the Phillies' bullpen owns an 8.07 ERA. Hale is by no means a shutdown arm, posting a career 4.23 ERA and a 15.3 percent strikeout rate, but he'll almost certainly be better than the Phillies' alternatives and could become one of the team's primary late-inning options in front of Hector Neris given the weakness of the existing candidates.
Hale was designated for assignment by the Yankees on Monday.
Hale has been perfectly adequate in five relief appearances for the Yankees this season, allowing two earned runs in six innings while posting a 7:3 K:BB. With a respectable 4.23 ERA in 236 career major-league innings, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Hale claimed off waivers.
Hale earned the save in Saturday's win over the Red Sox after allowing two hits with three strikeouts and one walk over two scoreless innings.
Fill-in closer Zack Britton was taking a rest day Saturday, so Hale was called upon to cover the final two frames. The right-hander recorded two saves for the Yankees last season, so it's not as though he doesn't have any experience closing things out. The 33-year-old should usually work in middle relief for manager Aaron Boone.
Hale signed a major-league contract with the Yankees on Tuesday.
The veteran right-hander re-signed with the Yankees as a non-roster invitee in February and was able to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster in summer camp. Hale made 20 big-league appearances with the club last season and delivered a 3.11 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 23:7 K:BB across 37.2 innings.
Hale will take part in summer camp as part of the Yankees' 60-man player pool.
Hale re-upped with the Yankees in the offseason after compiling a 3.11 ERA and 1.22 WHIP across 37.2 relief innings with the team in 2019. He's not on the 40-man roster, but he'll compete for a bullpen spot when camp resumes.
Hale was released and immediately re-signed by the Yankees in March, Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media reports.
Reports surfaced Thursday that Hale had recently been released by the Yankees. While that is technically true, the release was a procedural move meant to work around an opt-out clause in Hale's minor-league contract. Because the original clause was set to kick in four days before the end of spring training, it became essentially meaningless once spring training was suspended. Consequently, the team agreed to present Hale with a new deal that pushes the opt-out to five days before the to-be-determined rescheduled Opening Day. As such, Hale remains in contention for a spot in the big-league bullpen -- especially if rosters are expanded at the start of the season, as is widely expected.
The Yankees recently released Hale, Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America reports.
New York didn't announce the transaction prior to the league-wide roster freeze, but Hale presumably requested his release after the team assigned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on March 25. Hale had re-signed with the Yankees on a minor-league deal in January and faced long odds to break camp as a member of the Opening Day roster.
Hale could emerge as a candidate for he Yankees' fifth-starter role to open the season, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
With Luis Severino going down with a season-ending elbow injury, the fifth spot in the Yankees' rotation appears to be a wide open competition between a number of veterans and youngsters. Though Hale gave up two runs in 1.2 innings Sunday, he has started 20 big-league games in his career and pitched well in a relief role with the Yankees last season, compiling a 3.11 ERA in 20 appearances.
Hale returned to the Yankees as a non-roster invitee Monday.
Hale left the Yankees after being designated for assignment in October but ultimately elected to return to the organization. In 37.2 innings for the team last season, he struck out 14.7 percent of opposing batters but still managed a strong 3.11 ERA.
Hale declared for free agency Monday.
Hale will head to the open market after he refused an outright assignment for the minors when the Yankees designated him for assignment earlier this month. The right-hander made 20 appearances out of the big-league bullpen in 2019, posting a 3.11 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 37.2 innings.
Hale was designated for assignment Saturday.
The 32-year-old recorded a 3.11 ERA with a 23:7 K:BB in 20 games this regular season, but was not needed on the Yankees' postseason roster. Hale now finds himself off the team's 40-man roster in order to make room for Aaron Hicks, who was reinstated from the 60-day injured list in a corresponding move.
Hale (back) was activated from the 60-day injured list prior to Saturday's game against the Rangers.
He has been out since July 26 with the back injury, but will now have a chance to make an appearance this weekend before the end of the season.
Hale (back) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Sunday.
Hale had been rehabbing from a back injury that had sidelined him since late July. However, he suffered a knee injury Aug. 22, resulting in a setback for his return. This move will effectively end Hale's regular season, during which he racked up a 2.89 ERA and 1.15 WHIP with 22 strikeouts across 37.1 innings out of the bullpen.
Hale (back) had a left knee issue pop up during his rehab and needed a cortisone shot, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
He was in the bullpen-throwing stage of his rehab from a back injury when the knee issue popped up. Considering he has not advanced to rehab games, Hale won't be able to join the big-league bullpen until sometime in September at the earliest.
Hale (back) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Thursday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
This is a step in the right direction for Hale, who has been sidelined since the end of July with a back strain. He's eligible to return from the injured list but will evidently need more time before he's ready to rejoin the Yankees' bullpen.
The Yankees placed Hale on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with a lumbar spine strain, Coley Harvey of ESPN.com reports.
Since the IL move is retroactive to Sunday, Hale is eligible to rejoin the Yankees as soon as Aug. 7, though the club hasn't indicated whether the reliever is in line for a minimum-length shutdown. Jonathan Holder was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to fill Hale's spot on the active roster and in the bullpen.
Hale retired the only batter he faced in the 10th inning to secure his second save of the season in Thursday's 8-4 win over the Rays.
Since regular closer Aroldis Chapman blew a save chance in the ninth inning and the Yankees' top three setup men (Adam Ottavino, Tommy Kahnle and Zack Britton) were used earlier in the contest, manager Aaron Boone had few dependable arms left to turn to when the game went to extras. Luis Cessa was summoned to protect a five-run lead in the bottom of the 10th, but he allowed four of the six hitters he faced to reach base before Hale got the call from the bullpen. Facing Yandy Diaz with the bases loaded, Hale induced an inning-ending groundout to help the Yankees take the first game of the series. Despite getting the job done Thursday, Hale is expected to see most of his usage in lower-leverage spots moving forward.
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