The Athletics recalled Kolarek from their alternate training site Sunday.
Oakland sent Kolarek to the alternate site less than a week ago, but he'll be able to rejoin the big club earlier than anticipated after Jesus Luzardo (hand) was surprisingly placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday. Mike Fiers is expected to move into the rotation for the duration of Luzardo's absence, while Kolarek will likely fill a low-leverage role out of the Oakland bullpen.
The Athletics optioned Kolarek to their alternate training site Monday.
Kolarek was demoted to clear a spot in the bullpen for Mike Fiers (hip), who is expected to work in long relief after being activated from the 10-day injured list. Acquired from the Dodgers in February, Kolarek has endured a tough start to his tenure in Oakland, posting an 8.44 ERA and 1.88 WHIP through his first eight outings with his new team.
Kolarek, who allowed six runs over his first three appearances, has now generated four consecutive scoreless outings after firing 1.1 perfect innings in a win over the Orioles on Saturday.
The veteran left-hander's Athletics tenure got off to a nightmarish start, but Kolarek's three scoreless frames over his subsequent four trips to the mound have lowered his ERA from 22.50 to 9.00. Kolarek's current form much more closely resembles his impressive career body of work, which consisted of an 11-3 mark, 3.32 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, four saves and 32 holds over 143 appearances coming into 2021.
Kolarek was traded along with Cody Thomas from the Dodgers to the Athletics on Friday in a deal that sent Sheldon Neuse and Gus Varland the other way, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
Kolarek was a late bloomer, but he's been a useful left-handed reliever in his four-year major-league career, posting a 3.32 ERA in 116.2 innings despite striking out just 16.8 percent of opposing batters. He recorded a stellar 0.95 ERA in 19.0 innings last season, though a .185 BABIP and a 95.6 percent strand rate suggest he got quite lucky. He'll be one of the top southpaws in Oakland's 'pen this season and could even find his way into a few saves should the team adopt a committee approach, though Jake Diekman is probably the top option when lefties are due up in the ninth inning for the opposition.
Kolarek earned the save Saturday against the Angels after pitching a scoreless two-thirds of an inning. He allowed one hit.
Kolarek entered the game after a two-run double from David Fletcher with one out in the ninth, and he got the job done. Despite allowing a single to Jared Walsh, Kolarek shut the door by retiring Albert Pujols and Shohei Ohtani to earn his first save of the season. Kolarek has been outstanding out of the bullpen this year and has a 0.95 ERA with a 0.79 WHIP -- both career-best marks -- in 19 innings across 20 appearances.
Kolarek was recalled from the Dodgers' alternate training site Monday, Eric Stephen of SBNation.com reports.
The Dodgers made the move after Edwin Rios (hamstring) was placed on the 10-day injured list. Kolarek has been excellent in five games out of the bullpen this season, picking up two wins and fanning three batters over 5.1 innings of work.
Kolarek was optioned to the Dodgers' alternate training site Wednesday.
Kolarek spent just two days with the Dodgers during his latest stint on the big-league roster, throwing two shutout innings Tuesday in his lone appearance. Tony Gonsolin was recalled in a corresponding move.
Kolarek was recalled by the Dodgers on Monday.
Kolarek was optioned Thursday but will be back in the big leagues just four days later with Joe Kelly (shoulder) heading to the injured list. Kolarek hasn't allowed a run in four appearances thus far this season, allowing just two hits and no walks in 3.1 innings.
Kolarek was optioned to the Dodgers' satellite camp Thursday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Kolarek has made four appearances for the Dodgers this season, compiling three strikeouts and two wins across 3.1 scoreless innings. The southpaw figures to rejoin the big-league bullpen when a fresh reliever is needed.
Kolarek (1-0) picked up an Opening Day win against the Giants on Thursday after tossing 1.2 perfect innings with a pair of strikeouts.
Kolarek did not allow any hits or walks while throwing 10 of 14 pitches for strikes en route to his first win of the season. Formerly a left-handed specialist, the southpaw had no trouble retiring both sides of the plate despite MLB's new rule requiring pitchers to face at least three batters or pitch to the end of the half-inning.
Kolarek has been throwing a bullpen session "every third day or so" since the start of May, he stated in an interview with John Hartung of Spectrum SportsNet LA.
Kolarek is at home in Maryland for the time being, but he has been able to access a high school field with the help of a college teammate who is now a local coach. That has allowed the southpaw to maintain a regular throwing schedule in order to build strength in anticipation of a possible return to action. Should a 2020 season take place, Kolarek may face a shift in his role as a new MLB rule is likely to prevent him from being used solely as a left-handed specialist.
Kolarek's role as a left-handed specialist could be challenged by MLB's new rule requiring pitchers to face at least three batters or pitch to the end of the half-inning, Cary Osborne of Dodger Insider reports.
Kolarek was very effective for the Dodgers in 2019 after coming over from Tampa Bay in a trade deadline deal, posting a 0.77 ERA and 0.94 WHIP in 26 games. However, he hurled only 11.2 innings over those 26 appearances as a majority of his outings covered one or two batters. His best work came against left-handed hitters -- the southpaw allowed only three earned runs over 29.2 innings against lefties with the Rays and Dodgers versus 17 earned runs over 25.1 innings against righties -- but the league's new three-batter minimum rule will challenge Kolarek's usage as a left-handed specialist. As it stands, he is not guaranteed a spot on the Opening Day roster after struggling in Cactus League action this spring, allowing eight earned runs and 10 hits over 4.2 frames.
Kolarek has struggled this spring and is in danger of losing his spot in the bullpen, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Kolarek gave up four runs in two-thirds of an inning Sunday, bloating his ERA to 15.43. Although the southpaw pitched well last season -- he posted a 3.27 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 80 games between Tampa Bay and Los Angeles -- there is no guarantee that he will break camp with the big club given his Cactus League struggles.
Kolarek was traded from the Rays to the Dodgers on Wednesday in exchange for Niko Hulsizer, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
The Dodgers weren't able to land the big bullpen arm they were hoping for, but Kolarek is a serviceable lefty reliever. In 54 appearances with the Rays this season, Kolarek owns a 3.95 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 36:14 K:BB in 43.1 innings.
Kolarek picked up the save Sunday against the White Sox after throwing a perfect ninth inning.
Kolarek was called upon in the top of the ninth inning with a two-run lead, and he managed to retire the side in order on 15 pitches (10 strikes). Tampa Bay's usual closer, Emilio Pagan, blew the save chance Saturday, so it was Kolarek who got the opportunity Sunday with the game on the line. He owns a 3.92 ERA with 32 strikeouts over 39 innings this season.
Kolarek (3-3) was charged with the loss in Saturday's extra-innings defeat at the hands of the White Sox, allowing an earned run on two hits and a walk over an inning while also recording a strikeout.
Kolarek's third loss of the season all came as a result of a walk he issued to Yoan Moncada to open up the 11th inning. That would be the last batter he faced, but the single Chaz Roe subsequently surrendered to Jose Abreu plated Moncada with what would ultimately prove to be the winning run. Kolarek has now been charged with an earned run apiece in two of his last three appearances, but he still sports a solid 3.38 ERA and also has a win and a hold across 5.1 innings (seven appearances) thus far in July.
Kolarek (3-2) was credited with the victory in Monday's win over the Orioles, allowing a hit over a scoreless one-third of an inning.
Kolarek allowed a go-ahead single to Rey Ruiz immediately upon entering the game in the sixth, but he coaxed an inning-ending liner out of Jonathan Villar to prevent further damage. Kevin Kiermaier's go-ahead three-run home run in the home half of the frame then made Kolarek the pitcher of record, a designation that stuck when bullpen mates Oliver Drake, Emilio Pagan and Jose Alvarado conspired to blank the Orioles the rest of the way. Kolarek has mostly been reliable since a rocky May, as he now boasts a 1-1 record, two holds, a 3.38 ERA and a .220 BAA across the 13.1 innings covering his last 13 appearances.
The Rays recalled Kolarek from Triple-A Durham on Saturday, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
Kolarek was sent to Durham just three days ago, but he'll be eligible to return to the big club earlier than normal with infielder Daniel Robertson (knee) moving to the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move. Rather than Robertson, Kolarek will act as a de facto replacement in the bullpen for Austin Pruitt, who was optioned to Triple-A since he wouldn't be available for the next couple of days after pitching three innings in relief in Friday's win over the Athletics.
Kolarek was optioned to Triple-A Durham following Wednesday's loss to the Yankees, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
The Rays will swap Kolarek out for a fresh bullpen arm (Austin Pruitt) ahead of Thursday's series opener after Wednesday's starter, Blake Snell, lasted just one out. Kolarek pitched 1.1 innings of relief in Wednesday's 12-1 loss, allowing three runs on one hit and two walks while striking out three.
The Rays recalled Kolarek from Triple-A Durham on Sunday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Despite being optioned to Durham one day earlier, Kolarek will be able to return to Tampa Bay before the minimum 10 days after fellow reliever Jose Alvarado was placed on the family medical list. While he's up with the big club, Kolarek could settle back into a setup role after previously capturing nine holds over his 29 appearances with the Rays.
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|04/24||@ BAL||W 7-2||1.1||0||0||0||0|
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|2011||AFX-Savannah Sand Gnats||52.0||21||1||0||7||0||5||55||19||41||2.25||1.154|
|2011||AFA-St. Lucie Mets||7.0||5||0||0||0||1||0||3||4||13||7.71||2.429|
|2012||AFA-St. Lucie Mets||57.0||44||0||0||1||3||18||70||21||49||2.37||1.228|
|2013||AAA-Las Vegas 51s||4.0||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||3||5||11.25||2.000|