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June 6, 2021 03:04 PM
Pirates' Clay Holmes: Earns win in relief
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Holmes (2-0) earned the win in relief Saturday against the Marlins by tossing a scoreless inning.

Holmes tossed 10 of his 16 pitches for strikes and kept the Marlins off the board in the top of the 12th inning. That was enough to grant him his second win of the campaign. The 28-year-old right-hander has been pitching well of late, and he's gone 13 straight outings (12 innings) without allowing a run, posting an 11:4 K:BB in that span.

May 31, 2021 10:28 AM
Pirates' Clay Holmes: Another fine outing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Holmes pitched a scoreless inning Sunday in a 4-3 loss to Colorado, giving up one hit and a walk while striking out two.

Holmes collected his second hold of the season Sunday and first since Opening Day. The 28-year-old has not allowed a run in his last 14 outings covering 14.1 innings, lowering his earned run average to below 3.00 (2.96) for the first time since his April 6 blow-up (five runs in one-third inning). The righty entered 2021 with a career 5.91 ERA and 1.75 WHIP (in 77.2 innings) but has posted a 2.96 ERA and 1.11 WHIP (in 24.1 innings). He could move into a more high-leverage role if the team trades Richard Rodriguez and Kyle Crick at the trade deadline.

May 18, 2021 04:12 PM
Pirates' Clay Holmes: Pitching well out of pen
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Holmes threw two scoreless innings in a 4-1 loss to the Giants on Sunday, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out one.

The right-hander's 3.66 ERA in 19.2 innings includes a five-run outing in which he recorded only one out on April 6. Otherwise, he's allowed just one earned run in 18 appearances. Holmes has walked only six batters, posting a 1.22 WHIP. Prior to 2021, he'd walked 59 batters en route to a career 1.75 WHIP in 77.2 innings. The team has yet to deploy him in many high-leverage spots -- he has zero holds or saves -- but the 28-year-old has taken positive strides following his offseason non-tender.

April 26, 2021 02:44 AM
Pirates' Clay Holmes: Collects first win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Holmes (1-0) pitched 1.1 scoreless innings with one walk and one strikeout to earn the win Sunday versus the Twins.

Holmes completed the fifth inning with the Pirates leading, and they never fell behind. The 28-year-old has a 6.35 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 10:4 K:BB across 11.1 innings this season. He allowed five runs in one-third of an inning April 6 versus the Reds, but he's otherwise been fairly effective in a low-leverage role.

April 1, 2021 03:28 PM
Pirates' Clay Holmes: Contract selected by Pirates
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Holmes' contract was selected by the Pirates on Thursday.

Holmes returned to the Pirates on a minor-league deal in December, but he'll break camp with the major-league club after an impressive spring. The right-hander made 10 relief appearances this spring, delivering 9.2 scoreless innings with a 1.03 WHIP and 8:3 K:BB. He made just one relief appearance for the Pirates in 2020, allowing two hits and striking out one over 1.1 innings.

March 25, 2021 02:44 PM
Pirates' Clay Holmes: Turning heads in camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Holmes threw a scoreless inning against Atlanta on Wednesday, allowing no hits or walks while striking out one batter.

Holmes, who was taken off the 40-man roster over the winter, has strung together eight scoreless spring outings covering 7.2 innings. The nearly 28-year-old has struggled in the majors, as he owns a 5.91 ERA and 78:59 K:BB in 77.2 innings, but he's finally healthy. Fantasy managers need not pick up Holmes right now, but he looks like a completely different pitcher so far in 2021 and will likely get a chance in the majors at some point this summer.

February 28, 2021 12:08 PM
Pirates' Clay Holmes: Cleared for spring opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Holmes (forearm) is scheduled to pitch in relief Sunday in the Pirates' Grapefruit League opener against the Orioles, Kevin Gorman of reports.

Holmes reported to spring training at full strength after a strained right forearm sidelined him for most of the abbreviated 2020 campaign. The 27-year-old is attending big-league camp as a non-roster invitee and will be vying for a spot in the Pirates' Opening Day bullpen.

December 5, 2020 02:20 AM
Pirates' Clay Holmes: Back with Pirates
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Holmes (forearm) signed a minor-league-deal with Pittsburgh that includes an invitation to spring training Friday.

The 27-year-old was non-tendered by the Pirates earlier this week, but he'll return to the organization on a lesser deal. Holmes spent most of the 2020 season on the shelf with a right forearm strain, and it's unclear if he's expected to be ready for the start of spring training, though the invite to big-league camp is an encouraging sign.

December 2, 2020 08:56 PM
Clay Holmes: Hits open market
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Holmes (forearm) was non-tendered by the Pirates on Wednesday, Stephen J. Nesbitt of The Athletic reports.

He ended the year on the shelf with a strained right forearm and never had much success in the majors, logging a 6.84 ERA in 2018 and a 5.58 ERA in 2019. Considering Holmes never returned to the mound, he may end up needing surgery on his elbow.

August 11, 2020 06:56 PM
Pirates' Clay Holmes: Transferred to 45-day IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Holmes (forearm) was transferred to the 45-day injured list Tuesday, Adam Berry of reports.

Holmes has been sidelined since the end of July with a right forearm strain. The team wasn't initially anticipating a very long absence, but the issue is evidently more serious than they thought. The 27-year-old will be eligible to return late in the 2020 campaign, but it wouldn't be surprising if the team shut him down for the remainder of the season so he can fully recover. Right-hander Nick Tropeano was claimed off waivers and optioned to the alternate training site to take Holmes' spot on the 40-man roster.

August 6, 2020 02:56 PM
Pirates' Clay Holmes: Not throwing yet
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said Wednesday that Holmes has yet to resume throwing while continuing to experience "some mild symptoms" of a strained right forearm, Adam Berry of reports.

The Pirates aren't anticipating an overly lengthy absence for Holmes, but he'll be sidelined for more than the minimum amount of time after he was placed on the 10-day injured list July 28. Once he's back throwing again, Holmes may only need about a week to get his arm conditioned for middle-relief duty out of the Pittsburgh bullpen.

July 29, 2020 03:20 PM
Pirates' Clay Holmes: Sidelined with forearm injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Holmes was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right forearm strain Tuesday, Adam Berry of reports.

After his fastball clocked in at 94.3 mph over the past two seasons, Holmes' velocity was down to 92.4 mph in his first appearance in 2020, and this forearm injury may have very well played a part in that. It's unclear how much time the right-hander will miss as a result. Despite his decreased velocity, Holmes allowed no runs on two hits and no walks while striking out one over 1.1 innings in his season debut.

July 11, 2020 11:12 AM
Pirates' Clay Holmes: Healthy after layoff
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Holmes (foot) threw a scoreless inning during summer camp Friday, The Athletic Pittsburgh reports.

The righty is returning after breaking his foot during Grapefruit League action. "I think he threw 10 or 11 pitches," manager Derek Shelton said. "The slider was really, really good. He was one of the guys I was sitting behind the plate on and just watching the action on it; that was good to see." The 27-year-old hasn't been able to put everything together at the big-league level. In 76 career innings, Holmes has struck out 77 batters in 76.1 innings but has posted a 6.01 ERA and 1.76 WHIP.

April 22, 2020 05:40 PM
Pirates' Clay Holmes: Ready to throw off slope
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Holmes (foot) is scheduled to throw off a slope this week, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.

Holmes suffered a fractured foot early on in spring training when he was hit by a groundball. The injury forced him into a walking boot for several weeks, but the right-hander was able to keep his arm in shape by throwing from one knee. Now that the fracture is fully healed, Holmes can start the progression from a slight incline to a full mound, and he may be able to start throwing to live batters before long.

March 25, 2020 03:56 PM
Pirates' Clay Holmes: Throwing from one knee
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Holmes (foot) is throwing from one knee out to 90 feet, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.

A fractured left foot is expected to keep Holmes in a walking boot until mid-April, but it hasn't shut down his throwing program completely. With the expected date for the resumption of play still unclear, it's possible Holmes doesn't wind up missing any time.

March 1, 2020 10:20 PM
Pirates' Clay Holmes: Out with fractured foot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Holmes was diagnosed with a fractured foot Sunday and will be in a walking boot 4-to-6 weeks, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.

Holmes was forced to leave Saturday's game after being struck by a comebacker on his first pitch, and he'll now miss the start of the regular season as a result. The 26-year-old could potentially be in the walking boot until mid-April, so there's a very real chance he won't be cleared for game action until May. Holmes is out of minor-league options and the team will need to decide whether to carry him on its active roster once he's healthy.

February 29, 2020 11:36 PM
Pirates' Clay Holmes: Hit by grounder
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Holmes exited Saturday's Grapefruit League against the Twins after being struck in the ankle by a ground ball, Nubyjas Wilborn of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

It was the only batter he faced before leaving the field under his own power. Holmes will be examined further over the next couple days, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him take at least a couple days off to be safe.

September 1, 2019 02:32 PM
Pirates' Clay Holmes: Returns from injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Holmes (quadriceps) was activated off the 10-day injured list Sunday.

Holmes went down with left quad discomfort Aug. 21, but he'll return to the Pirates after a brief stay on the shelf. The 26-year-old has a 6.05 ERA, 1.66 WHIP and 43:28 K:BB over 38.2 innings this season.

August 29, 2019 05:48 PM
Pirates' Clay Holmes: Completes side session
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Holmes (quadriceps) threw a two-inning, 33-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Holmes' extended side session suggests he's tracking toward a brief absence after landing on the 10-day injured list Aug. 21 with left quadriceps discomfort. Expect him to return from the IL when rosters expand Sunday or shortly thereafter.

August 21, 2019 04:00 PM
Pirates' Clay Holmes: To IL with quad injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Holmes was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with left quadriceps discomfort, Adam Berry of reports.

Holmes has an 8.18 ERA, 2.18 WHIP and 14:13 K:BB in 11 innings since the All-Star break. Parker Markel will take his place in the bullpen.

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