Maness signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Maness will immediately report to Triple-A Nashville, where he is scheduled to start Thursday. The veteran right-hander hasn't pitched in the majors since 2017, though he owns a respectable 3.21 ERA across 247 career big-league innings (five seasons). Look for Maness to serve as organizational pitching depth for Texas.
Maness agreed to a contract earlier in February with the High Point Rockers of the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.
The 30-year-old will look to keep his playing career alive outside of affiliated ball after he was unable to secure a minor-league contract that included an invitation to big-league spring training. Maness has a career 3.21 ERA over 252 career relief appearances in the majors but hasn't surfaced at the game's highest level since 2017 with the Royals.
Maness was granted his release from the Royals on Thursday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.
Maness will look to latch on with another organization as a starter. He's appeared in five games for Triple-A Omaha this season -- with only one coming as a starter -- and posted a 4.63 ERA through 11.2 innings. The 29-year-old has never started a game in the majors, though he's pitched in 252 contests as a reliever, including eight for Kansas City in 2017.
Maness cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Omaha on Friday.
Maness was DFA'd by the Royals on Saturday, and will head to Omaha after clearing waivers. The 28-year-old has appeared in eight games at the major-league level this season, posting a 3.72 ERA while giving up 16 hits in 9.2 innings. Without pitching in any high-leverage situations for the team this year, it appears as though Maness will spend the foreseeable future in the minors, barring a series of injuries.
Maness was designated for assignment Saturday, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.
In order to make room on the 40-man roster for Luke Farrell, who is pitching the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, the team DFA'd Maness prior to the first pitch. In just eight appearances with the big-league team in 2017, Maness recorded a 3.72 ERA with a 1.86 WHIP and just four strikeouts.
Maness was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
A spot was needed for Jake Junis and Maness was the roster casualty, which makes sense given his lackluster performance through eight appearances so far this season. Maness, once a mainstay in the Cardinals' bullpen, has given up 16 hits (including three homers) in 9.2 low-leverage innings with the Royals since returning from elbow surgery.
Maness gave up a run on four hits (one home run) over an inning of work in Wednesday's loss to Detroit.
Maness' single frame would have been a disaster if not for a double play just before Alex Avila's homer. The long ball was followed up by a double and a single before a flyout ended the inning. The 28-year-old right-hander has been ineffective this year in his low-leverage relief role. Maness owns a 4.32 ERA and 1.92 WHIP through seven games in 2017.
Maness' contract was selected by the Royals on Wednesday.
As expected, Maness is headed up to the majors. Maness has proven to be a solid bullpen option as he owns a career ERA and WHIP of 3.19 and 1.26, respectively. However, Maness isn't one to pile up strikeouts, as he's yet to own a K/9 above 6.54 in his career.
Maness is expected to join the Royals in Tampa Bay, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The Royals have yet to formally announce any roster moves, but Maness is reportedly en route to Florida and appears primed to return to the majors less than nine months after undergoing elbow surgery. Maness has made three appearances with Triple-A Omaha this season, allowing just one run over six innings. He made 215 appearances with the Cardinals from 2013-15.
Maness (elbow) was activated Saturday from the 7-day disabled list at Triple-A Omaha, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.
Maness' start to the season was delayed after he underwent elbow surgery last August, but it looks like he's finally ready to pitch in games again. The Royals will likely track his performance at Omaha over several appearances before determining if he would represent an upgrade over some of their current bullpen options in the big leagues. Over 31.2 innings with the Cardinals in 2016, Maness turned in a 3.41 ERA and 1.33 WHIP.
Maness (elbow) will open the year on the minor-league DL with Triple-A Omaha.
While he has progressed from offseason elbow surgery to the point that he was scheduled to pitch in a spring game last week, he will get a little bit more time to get right before being deployed against Triple-A hitters.
Maness is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut Wednesday, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio reports.
Maness has been recovering from offseason elbow surgery this spring after signing a minor league contract with the Royals in February. Regardless of how he performs in this final week of camp, expect the reliever to begin the season in the minors as he continues to build back his arm strength.
Maness signed a minor-league contract with the Royals on Monday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Maness' contract includes an invitation to big-league spring training, where he'll have an opportunity to audition for a bullpen spot. The right-hander, who underwent an alternative procedure to Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow last August, is said to be at full strength, though the Royals may look to monitor his workload carefully during the spring. Maness turned in a 3.41 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 31.2 innings with the Cardinals in 2016.
Maness has recovered from offseason elbow surgery and will throw for scouts on Feb. 6, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Maness underwent an alternative operation to Tommy John surgery last August, allowing him to be fully recovered by this season. The 28-year-old was a consistent force for the St. Louis bullpen over the past four years and had a 3.41 ERA through 31.2 innings last season before going on the DL. Expect a team to take a chance on him heading into spring training.
Maness' elbow injury did not require Tommy John surgery, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
It was reported in mid-August that Maness was scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery but apparently he avoided the reconstructive procedure. That said, he did have elbow surgery of some kind and his health is a question marking heading into 2017. He was non-tendered by the Cardinals on Friday.
Maness was non-tendered by the Cardinals on Friday, making him a free agent, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
This was really just a formality as Maness is set to miss most, if not all, of 2017 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in August. The 28-year-old has enjoyed a good deal of success in four major league seasons and should find work once healthy.
Maness was transferred to the 60-day DL on Sunday.
Maness was slated to undergo Tommy John surgery, so it was only a matter of time before the organization elected to make this procedural move. By transferring the reliever, the Cardinals will free up a spot on the 40-man roster for the activation of Brayan Pena (knee).
Maness (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
Maness's season-long elbow issues have resulted in the need for Tommy John surgery, leaving a hole in a Cardinals bullpen that ranks as one of the league's best with a 3.50 ERA. Maness will end the 2016 campaign after appearing in 29 games, during which he pitched 31.7 innings and posted a 3.41 ERA and 1.33 WHIP.
Maness was placed on the DL on Tuesday with a right elbow strain.
This is the second elbow-related injury for Maness this season, as he missed more than a month before the All-Star break with inflammation in the same elbow. The right-hander holds a 3.41 ERA across 29 relief appearances and recently had a streak of 14.1 consecutive scoreless innings snapped. The DL stint will be backdated to August 14, meaning that Maness will be eligible to return as early as August 29. In a corresponding move, the Cardinals recalled righty Sam Tuivailala from Triple-A Memphis.
Maness (elbow) was activated from the 15-day DL on Sunday, MLB.com reports.
Maness posted a 4.16 FIP over 12.2 innings before landing on the disabled list, but the concerning aspect was his 4.26 K/9 -- a career-low regardless of level. Now presumably healthy, the right-hander will return to middle relief in St. Louis, though he doesn't offer meaningful fantasy value in traditional formats.
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|2011||AFX-Quad Cities River Ba||5.0||2||0||0||1||0||0||3||0||4||1.80||0.800|
|2012||AFA-Palm Beach Cardinals||46.0||7||7||0||3||1||0||29||1||45||2.15||1.000|