Knebel signed a one-year, $5.25 million contract with the Dodgers on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Knebel was dealt to the Dodgers in early December, and he won't have to go through arbitration with his new club after agreeing to terms Thursday. The right-hander struggled in his return from Tommy John surgery in 2020, posting a 6.08 ERA over 13.1 innings, but he'll attempt to return to form in 2021 and could get to work in some lower-leverage situations given the depth of the Dodgers' bullpen.
Knebel was traded from the Brewers to the Dodgers on Wednesday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash.
It was initially reported the veteran right-hander was being non-tendered by Milwaukee, but he is instead being shipped to Los Angeles. Knebel returned from Tommy John surgery in 2020 and struggled with a 6.08 ERA in 13.1 innings, but the Dodgers will clearly be hoping he's able to rediscover his All-Star form. He's now eligible for arbitration if he's unable to reach a deal with his new team.
Knebel was non-tendered by the Brewers on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
He serves as a cautionary tale for pitchers coming back from Tommy John surgery, as Knebel was a shell of his former self for much of the 2020 season. By the end of the season he was touching 96 mph with his fastball, which is still not quite where he was at his peak. Knebel will surely draw interest from several teams, as pitchers often look much better in their second year back from the procedure.
Knebel struck out six batters over two scoreless innings and finished Tuesday's blowout victory over the Cardinals.
Knebel struggled early on while getting back up to speed following Tommy John surgery, and he owned a 9.45 ERA when he landed on the injured list Aug. 20. Once in possession of an upper 90s fastball, he had a tough time recording outs while topping out at 94 mph. However, since being activated last week, he has looked more like his old self, allowing just two hits and one earned run over four innings (2.25 ERA) while posting a 7:1 K:BB. Not surprisingly, he has regained a few ticks on his fastball, regularly hitting 95 and 96 mph on the radar gun in Tuesday's outing. Knebel has been used mainly in low-stress situations all season, but if that velocity is the norm again, he could find himself working in a key spot or two down the stretch.
Knebel (hamstring) returned from the injured list Tuesday.
A hamstring strain kept Knebel sidelined for just shy of three weeks. His 9.45 ERA and 2.25 WHIP in 6.2 innings prior to the injury certainly weren't good, though that sample is of course quite small. Mark Mathias was optioned in a corresponding move.
Knebel (hamstring) joined his teammates in Cleveland on Saturday but is not yet active, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
Knebel is seemingly healthy after missing time with a strained hamstring, but the Brewers are waiting to assess the health of some of their hitters. Knebel has struggled in 6.2 innings this season, posting a 9.45 ERA and 2.25 WHIP.
Knebel (hamstring) began a rehab assignment at the alternate training site Monday.
Knebel will likely work for at least a few days in Appleton before rejoining the big club. He has not been the same guy as he was before getting Tommy John surgery, but he will likely still get some high-leverage work down the stretch after setup man David Phelps was traded to the Phillies on Monday.
Knebel was placed on the injured list Thursday with a right hamstring strain.
Manager Craig Counsell noted that Knebel -- who has struggled in his return from Tommy John surgery -- has been trying to work through some mechanical issues on the mound, per Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and the skipper believes that might have led to his hamstring injury. It's unclear how long the issue will keep Knebel sidelined, though he'll be eligible to return at the end of the month if he proves ready. Mark Mathias was recalled from the team's satellite camp to take Knebel's place on the roster.
Knebel threw a scoreless eighth inning in Sunday's 9-3 victory over the Reds.
Knebel has worked mainly in low-pressure situations after missing all of 2019 with an elbow injury, and his latest outing was just the second of his six appearances that have come with the Brewers holding a lead. He is still not throwing as hard as he was in the past, as each four-seamer he threw Monday registered at 93 or 94 MPH on the radar gun. Given his track record Knebel could find himself pitching ahead of Josh Hader again at some point, but he may need to find a few more ticks before doing so.
Knebel (elbow) will open the season on the Brewers' 30-man roster.
Knebel would have missed the start of the season had it began on time, but with a couple more months to recover he will be in the bullpen when the Brewers open their regular season Friday. While Knebel is healthy, he is still not all the way back to his previous form, as per Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, his fastball topped out at 93 mph in his final summer camp tuneup, which is a few ticks lower than what he was hitting when he was last seen shutting down opposing hitters during the 2018 postseason.
Manager Craig Counsell said Sunday that he has been pleased with Knebel's (elbow) velocity during his throwing sessions in summer camp, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. "I think his velocity is right where he wants it to be," Counsell said of Knebel. "Essentially this camp has been his minor-league rehab part of the process, I guess, plus we added a couple months of really just [a] throwing program -- the COVID time added that. But I think Corey is in a really good spot."
The Brewers haven't formally confirmed that Knebel will be included on the 30-man roster for their July 24 season opener versus the Cubs, but the positive comments about how he's bounced back from his April 2019 Tommy John surgery seemingly bode well for his chances of earning a spot in the Milwaukee bullpen. Counsell has yet to provide much clarity on what Knebel's role might look like in 2020, however, making it uncertain if the 28-year-old will regularly be in the mix for saves when available. If Milwaukee ultimately chooses to use relief ace Josh Hader in a more flexible, multi-inning role than as a traditional closer, a healthy Knebel would seemingly rank as the best bet for saves out of the Brewers bullpen.
The Brewers are remaining cautious with Knebel's (elbow) workload coming out of rehab, but he could be ready for Opening Day, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
Even if he isn't ready for the start of the season July 23 or 24, he seems likely to be cleared shortly thereafter. Knebel completed a 15-pitch live batting practice session Saturday and pitching coach Chris Hook said he looked "really sharp." It remains unclear how manager Craig Counsell plans to distribute saves and late-inning opportunities between Knebel and Josh Hader, but both pitchers are expected to see plenty of high-leverage chances.
Knebel (elbow) has yet to advance beyond throwing bullpen sessions during his rehab program from last year's Tommy John surgery, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
If MLB hadn't suspended its season in mid-March, Knebel indicated that he would likely be in the midst of a rehab assignment at Triple-A San Antonio at this point in the calendar, but the coronavirus pandemic has delayed his ability to even face hitters. While Knebel has been throwing "a lot of bullpens" amid baseball's hiatus, he'll still need to pass a few more checkpoints once teams resume training before he's deemed ready for game action. Fortunately for Knebel, the Brewers' healthy pitchers will all have to essentially go through another de facto spring training of their own to get their arms conditioned for game action, so Knebel still projects to be a member of the Milwaukee bullpen whenever the season resumes.
Knebel (elbow) should be ready to pitch when play resumes, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com.
Knebel was going to miss the first month of the regular season while completing his recovery from Tommy John surgery, but he was on track to be ready in early May. With Opening Day being pushed back at least until sometime that month, he should be available whenever things get underway. His status will be one to keep a keen eye on in the coming weeks, as a healthy and effective Knebel could jump into the closer mix for the Brewers.
Knebel (elbow) is throwing his bullpens at about 80 percent and is on track to return around the first week of May, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
This report contrasts with reports from late January, which stated that Knebel was expected back from Tommy John surgery in mid-April. It seems as though this is simply updated information, however, as there haven't been reports that he had suffered a setback. It remains to be seen whether Knebel will get to reclaim his role as the Brewers' closer when he returns, pushing Josh Hader back into a flexible high-leverage role, or if Hader will keep the job.
Knebel (elbow) reported no setbacks in his recovery Sunday and hopes to return from the injured list around mid-April, Scott Grodsky of CBS 58 News reports.
The 27-year-old underwent Tommy John surgery in late March 2019, so a return in mid-April would essentially be a best-case scenario in his recovery. Knebel began throwing off flat ground in late July and is expected to resume mound work next week, per Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. Pitches and catchers report to spring training for the Brewers on Feb. 13, so more comprehensive updates for the right-hander should be on the horizon. Knebel figures to slot into a high-leverage role for the Brewers once healthy, though it remains to be seen whether he's able to unseat Josh Hader from the closer's role.
Knebel (elbow) signed a one-year contract with the Brewers on Tuesday, avoiding arbitration, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
The right-hander missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery at the end of March and won't be ready to go for Opening Day, per Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, but the team isn't ruling him out beyond the first month of the season. Given Josh Hader's emergence as the closer last season, Knebel likely won't serve as the closer in 2020, but he could receive some saves in order to help limit Hader's workload.
Knebel (elbow) is seven weeks into a flat-ground throwing program and is hopeful to throw off a mound in January, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
Knebel underwent Tommy John surgery at the end of March, and his recovery appears to be going smoothly to this point. Assuming he's able to achieve his goal of returning to a mound by January, the right-hander could have a relatively normal spring training, per McCalvy.
Knebel (elbow) indicated Tuesday that his recovery from Tommy John surgery is going as planned, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Knebel still has a way to go in his recovery and will not pitch in 2019, but it's still encouraging to hear he has not encountered any bumps in the road just yet.
Knebel (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Sunday.
The move has been inevitable for some time as Knebel underwent Tommy John surgery during the first week of April. The 26-year-old has a significant path of recovery and rehab work ahead of him as he looks to return at some point in 2020.
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