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Kirby Yates RP

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January 22, 2021 03:36 PM
Blue Jays' Kirby Yates: Throwing bullpens
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Yates has completed his rehab process following August elbow surgery and has already thrown a series of bullpens, Arden Zwelling of reports.

If the Blue Jays are getting the same guy Yates was before last season, when he threw just 4.1 innings with a 12.46 ERA before being shut down due to bone chips in his elbow, they could be getting the best reliever in the league. From 2018 to 2019, no qualified reliever came within half a run of his 1.67 ERA, while he also topped that group in FIP (1.93). He comes with plenty of risk due to his surgery and the fact that he's heading into his age-34 season, but the fact that he's already advanced to bullpen sessions is certainly a good sign.

January 19, 2021 08:56 PM
Blue Jays' Kirby Yates: Signs with Blue Jays
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Yates (elbow) signed with the Blue Jays on Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of, the deal has $5.5 million guaranteed with up to $4.5 million in performance bonuses. Yates made a strong case as the league's best reliever in 2019, finishing with a 1.19 ERA and 41 saves while striking out 41.6 percent of opposing batters and walking just 5.3 percent. His 2020 season was a huge disappointment, as he struggled through six appearances, giving up six runs in 4.1 innings, before being shut down with bone chips in his elbow. The upside here is huge for the Blue Jays, who may have just locked down one of the game's top closers, but a full rebound can't be taken for granted in the righty's age-34 season.

September 20, 2020 06:16 PM
Padres' Kirby Yates: Transferred to 45-day IL
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Yates (elbow) was transferred to the 45-day injured list Sunday, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Sunday's move is simply procedural as Yates was already slated to miss the remainder of the 2020 season. The transaction will make room on the 40-man roster for Austin Adams (knee), who was reinstated from the 45-day injured list in a corresponding move.

August 17, 2020 09:32 PM
Padres' Kirby Yates: Likely done for season
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Yates (elbow) is expected to miss the remainder of the 2020 season, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

It was reported earlier in the day that Yates was headed for a second opinion after bone chips were found in his right elbow, but this latest update from Nightengale gives reason to believe the right-hander may be done for the year. The team has yet to confirm this latest report. It's reasonable to expect another update on the closer in the near future.

August 17, 2020 06:00 PM
Padres' Kirby Yates: Headed for second opinon
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Padres manager Jayce Tingler told Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM on Monday that Yates (elbow) will head to Texas to receive a second opinion on his injury from Dr. Keith Meister.

Yates was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday after bone chips were discovered in his right elbow during an MRI. The Padres are still trying to determine the best course of action for Yates, who may need arthroscopic surgery to remove the chips. Once Yates commits to a treatment program, a timeline for his return should come into focus, but fantasy managers should prepare for him to be sidelined for longer than the minimum 10 days. Drew Pomeranz will likely pick up most of the Padres' save opportunities while Yates is sidelined, though Emilio Pagan could also factor into the closer conversation.

August 15, 2020 11:56 PM
Padres' Kirby Yates: MRI reveals bone chips
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Yates' MRI on his right elbow revealed bone chips Saturday, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.

Yates was placed on the injured list earlier in the day with what was originally referred to as right elbow inflammation. The updated diagnosis could presumably lead to a lengthy absence, though his timeline won't come into focus until he receives a second opinion Monday. Drew Pomeranz should be the primary closer in Yates' absence.

August 16, 2020 01:44 AM
Padres' Kirby Yates: Heading to IL
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Yates was placed on the 10-day IL on Saturday with right elbow inflammation.

Yates left Friday's outing against the Diamondbacks after just six pitches and will now get at least 10 days to rest and recover. He has given up at least one run in four of his six appearances this season as this issue may have come about earlier than Friday. Yates is scheduled to undergo further tests on his elbow Saturday, which should officially determine the severity of the injury and the length of his absence. Drew Pomeranz figures to immediately step in as the closer for the Padres and should be added across most fantasy formats.

August 15, 2020 01:00 AM
Padres' Kirby Yates: Slated to undergo MRI
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yates is dealing with discomfort in the back of his elbow and is scheduled to undergo an MRI, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Yates exited Friday's loss against the Diamondbacks after throwing just six pitches, and his MRI should help provide a better idea of the severity of the injury. Yates has struggled to begin the season with a 12.46 ERA and 2.54 WHIP over 4.1 innings.

August 15, 2020 12:20 AM
Padres' Kirby Yates: Leaves game with trainer
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Yates (undisclosed) left Friday's game with a trainer after throwing just six pitches, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Yates had dealt with soreness over the past week but entered in the eighth inning of Friday's game against the Diamondbacks. He struck out one batter with six pitches, but he then exited the game with a trainer due to an apparent injury. The nature and severity of the issue are unclear, but it's certainly a discouraging development for the right-hander since he missed time prior to Friday.

August 11, 2020 01:12 AM
Padres' Kirby Yates: Nursing 'soreness' but still closer
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Manager Jayce Tingler said after Monday's game that Yates has "soreness in his body," AJ Cassavell of reports. However, Tingler said there's still a "great chance [Yates]'ll be in there" for the next save opportunity.

Drew Pomeranz got the save chance Monday and shut the door on the Dodgers on 12 pitches to earn his third save of the season. Yates struggled in his first few appearances, though there was no mention of an injury at the time, with the right-hander pointing instead to some mechanical issues. Apparently Yates is ailing a bit after all, and Tingler said they're "not going to push it," but if the skipper is to be taken at his word, it's not something that's a threat to push Yates to the IL.

August 8, 2020 11:32 AM
Padres' Kirby Yates: Earns second save of season
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Yates notched his second save of the season Friday against the Diamondbacks. He pitched a scoreless inning, allowing one hit and fanning one.

Yates allowed a single to Starling Marte, who advanced to second on a throwing effort from the Padres' closer. Yates would close the door by inducing a popout and a liner to first, and as a result, he earned his second save of the campaign. It was only the second time in five outings this season in which Yates didn't allow a run.

August 5, 2020 01:56 AM
Padres' Kirby Yates: Earns save against Dodgers
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Yates earned the save Monday against the Dodgers. He gave up one run -- on a solo home run -- while striking out three across one inning.

Yates entered the ninth inning with a two-run lead and gave up a solo homer to Cody Bellinger, but he settled down after that and struck out the next three batters he faced to close the game out. This was Yates' first save of the season -- he is enduring a tough start to the campaign with five runs allowed in 3.1 innings across four appearances.

August 2, 2020 09:32 AM
Padres' Kirby Yates: Identifies mechanical adjustments
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yates has noted mechanical adjustments he can make on the mound and remains confident in his ability despite a slow start to the season, Annie Heilbrunn of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Yates was one of MLB's most dominant closers last season, compiling 41 saves in 44 chances while registering a minuscule 1.19 ERA and 0.89 WHIP. Things have gone much differently for the right-hander thus far in 2020, as he has been pulled mid-inning twice and given up four earned runs over 2.1 innings. Manager Jayce Tingler indicated that Yates will remain the closer after he nearly blew the save Friday night before he was bailed out by Drew Pomeranz, who got the final out to earn his second save of the campaign. It makes sense for fantasy managers to hold onto Yates as long as he continues to get save opportunities, but it wouldn't be a bad idea to take a look at Pomeranz as well since he appears next in line for closer duties if Yates is ultimately removed from the role.

August 1, 2020 06:28 PM
Padres' Kirby Yates: Pulled from save situation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yates gave up two runs on three hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning before he was pulled from Friday's game against the Rockies.

Called upon to protect an 8-5 lead, Yates retired two of the first three batters he faced but could not buy an out from there. Colorado went single, infield single, walk, walk against Yates with two gone in the inning before manager Jayce Tingler pulled him. Lefty Drew Pomeranz bailed Yates and the team out and Pomeranz has now secured two saves this week, but Tingler said after the game that Yates would get the ball in the next save chance.

July 29, 2020 01:20 AM
Padres' Kirby Yates: Receives extra rest day
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Manager Jayce Tingler said Drew Pomeranz received Tuesday's save opportunity since Yates was receiving an extra day of rest, AJ Cassavell of reports.

Yates pitched on back-to-back days over the weekend and threw 28 pitches in his last outing Sunday when he gave up two runs and was charged with the loss, so Tingler opted to given him a couple days to refresh. The 33-year-old converted 41 of 44 save chances with a 1.19 ERA and 0.89 WHIP last season and appears to have a firm grasp on the closer's job, but it's still interesting to see Pomeranz receiving the Friars' first save opportunity of the season. Yates should be available going forward as the top option for the ninth inning after the strenuous opening weekend.

July 26, 2020 10:12 PM
Padres' Kirby Yates: Falters in non-save situation
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Yates (0-1) allowed two runs on two hits and a pair of walks while striking out one over two-thirds of an inning, taking the loss Sunday versus the Diamondbacks.

Yates entered Sunday's contest while it was tied, but after striking out Arizona catcher Carson Kelly, he allowed four of the next five runners to reach base. The two runs Yates allowed were enough to stick him with the loss, despite the Padres' comeback effort in the bottom of the ninth. It's an unusually poor outing for the 33-year-old closer, who posted a 1.19 ERA and 0.89 WHIP across 60.2 innings in 2019. Both of his 2020 appearances have come in non-save situations so far.

July 26, 2020 02:40 PM
Padres' Kirby Yates: Fans two in non-save situation
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Yates struck out two in a perfect ninth inning against the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

Yates retired Arizona's 4-6 hitters on nine pitches. The Padres were leading 5-1 when Yates entered for the ninth, so it wasn't a save chance, but it's good to see Yates pick up where he left off after his 2019 season, in which he finished ninth in NL Cy Young voting.

July 7, 2020 03:04 AM
Padres' Kirby Yates: Joins team Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yates attended the Padres' intrasquad game Sunday evening and played catch afterward, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Yates wasn't with the Padres for the first few days of summer camp, but he joined the club at Petco Park on Sunday. It is unclear whether the closer has completed the intake testing necessary to take part in workouts, though Acee indicates that Yates was expected to take the field Monday.

July 5, 2020 09:48 PM
Padres' Kirby Yates: Intake testing on tap
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Yates (personal) will do his intake testing Monday or Tuesday, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Yates was absent from the first several days of the Padres' camp while tending to a family matter that wasn't related to COVID-19, but he's expected to do his intake testing early in the week. If the tests come back negative, he could rejoin the team as early as Wednesday.

July 4, 2020 12:52 PM
Padres' Kirby Yates: Not yet with team
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Yates hasn't reported to camp as of Friday as he deals with a personal issue, AJ Cassavell of reports.

Yates is reportedly dealing with a family issue that isn't related to COVID-19, but he'll likely report in the coming days. The closer will need to undergo testing protocols, but he should be ready for Opening Day if all goes well. The 33-year-old converted 41 of 44 save attempts with a 1.19 ERA and 101:13 K:BB with the Padres in 2019.

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