Wittgren agreed Tuesday with Cleveland on a one-year, $2 million contract to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Wittgren was one of the club's top setup men in 2020, turning in a 3.42 ERA and a 28:6 K:BB in 23.2 innings. With Cleveland choosing to non-tender Brad Hand this offseason, Wittgren could be in the mix for saves in 2021 if the team doesn't acquire another established closing option over the winter.
Wittgren could be a candidate for saves if Brad Hand struggles, Joe Noga of Cleveland.com reports.
Hand will enter the season as the Indians' closer, but the team will need to have a backup plan in case his struggles from late in the 2019 campaign spill over into 2020. Wittgren would be among the candidates to claim the role, as James Karinchak has the arsenal for high-leverage work but lacks experience as a big-league closer while Emmanuel Clase (lat) is expected to be out until June. Wittgren recorded four saves and 12 holds for Cleveland last season, and posted a strong 2.81 ERA backed by a 1.08 WHIP.
Wittgren signed a one-year, $1.125 million deal to avoid arbitration with the Indians on Friday, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports.
Wittgren was acquired by the Indians from the Marlins in February and had a quality first season with his new team, posting a 2.81 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 60:15 K:BB over 57.2 innings with 12 holds and four saves. The 28-year-old figures to work in a similar role in 2020.
Wittgren had one strikeout and didn't allow a baserunner over 1.2 innings to earn the save in the nightcap of Wednesday's doubleheader against Texas.
Wittgren entered with two outs in the eighth and a 2-1 lead, but the Indians tacked on three runs during the bottom of the frame to make it a comfortable ninth inning. Closer Brad Hand recorded the save in Game 1, providing Wittgren the chance to finish up the nightcap.
Wittgren gave up one run on one hit and one walk while striking out three through 1.2 innings to record his second save in a 7-2 win over the Tigers on Wednesday.
Wittgren gave up a solo home run in the eighth inning but settled down to deliver a scoreless ninth inning to nail down his second save. Wittgren has been great in July, posting a 2.95 ERA and only allowing a hit in two of his six appearances. Wittgren has a 4-0 record with a 3.19 ERA and a 9.6 K/9 through 33 appearances this season.
Wittgren delivered a perfect, 10-pitch eighth inning en route to earning a hold in Tuesday's 9-5 win over the Royals.
With nine holds on the season to go with some solid ratios, Wittgren has gained traction in the Indians' setup ranks and could warrant consideration for closing duties in the event All-Star Brad Hand sustains an injury or is traded. For the time being, however, Wittgren will remain little more than a speculative option for saves and probably won't be worth monitoring in most mixed leagues.
Wittgren struck out two over two perfect innings Wednesday to record his first career save in a 1-0 win over the Mariners.
Brad Hand had pitched in three straight games coming into Wednesday and Adam Cimber in the last two, so after Wittgren handled the eighth inning without difficulty, manager Terry Francona elected to leave him in for the ninth as well. The right-hander has been outstanding since his promotion from Triple-A Columbus, not allowing a run in six innings with an 8:0 K:BB, but further save chances aren't likely to happen unless injuries hit the Cleveland bullpen hard.
The Indians recalled Wittgren from Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
Wittgren will assume the active roster spot of Mike Clevinger (back), who was placed on the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move. The Tribe will need to call up a starter to fill the opening in the rotation when Clevinger's turn comes up Saturday in Kansas City, so Wittgren could be a candidate for a demotion at that point. The right-hander's usage will likely be limited to lower-leverage situations no matter how long he sticks with the big club.
Wittgren was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Sunday, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
Wittgren was acquired from the Marlins in February after being designated for assignment and will somewhat surprisingly start the season at Triple-A. The 27-year-old had a 2.94 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 31:15 K:BB over 33.2 innings with Miami last season and figures to join the Indians at some point in 2019.
Wittgren was traded from Miami to Cleveland in exchange for minor-league pitcher Jordan Milbrath on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Wittgren was surprisingly designated for assignment by the Marlins despite posting a strong 2.94 ERA in 33.2 innings for the team last season. He's unlikely to contend for a closing role in Cleveland but should be a capable middle reliever for his new team.
Wittgren was designated for assignment by the Marlins on Tuesday, Andre Fernandez of The Athletic reports.
This is somewhat surprising, as Wittgren has compiled a serviceable 3.60 ERA across parts of three major-league seasons (127.2 innings), including a 2.94 ERA across 33.2 frames in 2018. The right-hander could draw interest on waivers given his prior major-league experience.
Wittgren was called up by Miami on Saturday.
Wittgren will provide additional bullpen depth for the Marlins down the stretch. He's posted a solid 3.63 ERA in 22.1 major-league innings so far this season.
Wittgren was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans following Thursday's game against Arizona, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Wittgren allowed one run on three hits and a walk across two innings during Thursday's loss to the Diamondbacks, and likely would have been unavailable Friday. The Marlins needed to clear room on the 25-man roster for Sandy Alcantara, who will be starting Friday against the Mets.
Wittgren (finger) was activated off the 10-day disabled list Friday, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports.
Wittgren hit the disabled list June 2 with a bruised finger and makes his return with Jose Urena heading to the DL with a shoulder injury. The 27-year-old has a 3.06 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and a 17:10 K:BB across 17.2 innings this season, and will likely resume a middle relief role in the Marlins bullpen.
Wittgren (finger) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Double-A Jacksonville on Thursday.
Wittgren has been on the disabled list since June 2 with a bruised finger. The Marlins haven't determined how many rehab appearances the 27-year-old will need to make before returning, leaving his return date up in the air. Wittgren compiled a 3.06 ERA and 17:10 K:BB across 17.2 innings prior to landing on the disabled list.
The Marlins placed Wittgren on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with a bruised finger, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports.
Wittgren had a fantastic start to the season with only three runs (one earned) and nine hits allowed across his first 15 appearances, but he gave up five runs on six hits and three walks over his last three outings. The severity of the injury remains unclear and the 27-year-old will be eligible to come off the disabled list June 12.
Wittgren (1-0) gave up one hit and struck out four across two scoreless innings as he picked up the win Sunday against the Reds.
Wittgren earned his first win of the season after relieving Dan Straily in the fifth inning of Sunday's matchup. He's been stellar out of the bullpen, accruing a 1.00 ERA with two holds and 14 strikeouts across nine innings.
Wittgren was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on Friday, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports.
Wittgren was expected to make the Marlins' roster out of spring training, but a slow recovery from an offseason elbow procedure derailed those plans. He'll now head to the big leagues to replace the injured Odrisamer Despaigne (forearm), who was placed on the DL in a corresponding move.
The Marlins optioned Wittgren to Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday, Craig Davis of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
After posting a 4.68 ERA (3.63 FIP) and 43:13 K:BB in 42.1 innings with the big club last season, Wittgren seemed on solid ground to crack the Opening Day roster heading into spring training. However, it appears his bid for a bullpen job was derailed by the extensive time he missed in camp while recovering from an offseason procedure to remove a bone spur from his right elbow. Wittgren didn't make his Grapefruit League debut until Sunday and wasn't on track to be ready for the start of the season, so he'll stick around at Triple-A for the time being. He should be among the first pitchers called up when the Marlins need another relief arm.
Wittgren (elbow) is listed among the Marlins' available pitchers for Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Yankees, Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald reports.
Wittgren's spring debut has been delayed by a bone spur in his right elbow, but it appears his arm is in sound condition after he recently threw batting practice without incident. Though he's seemingly healthy, Wittgren's lack of innings so far this spring could work against him in his bid for a spot on the Marlins' Opening Day roster.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/30||vs NYY||L 9-10||1.1||0||0||2||3|
|09/27||vs PIT||W 8-6||1.0||3||2||1||2|
|09/22||vs CHW||W 5-3||1.0||2||0||0||2|
|09/21||vs CHW||W 7-4||1.0||0||0||0||3|
|09/19||@ DET||L 2-5||1.0||0||0||0||2|
|09/15||@ CHC||L 5-6||0.0||0||0||0||0|
|09/12||@ MIN||L 4-8||1.0||2||3||1||2|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2015||AAA-New Orleans Zephyrs||62.1||51||0||0||1||6||19||64||8||58||3.04||1.063|
|2016||AAA-New Orleans Zephyrs||12.2||10||0||0||1||0||2||11||4||6||1.48||0.820|
|2017||AAA-New Orleans Zephyrs||5.0||5||0||0||0||0||0||6||0||3||0.00||0.600|
|2018||AAX-Jacksonville Jumbo S||1.1||2||0||0||0||1||0||1||0||4||16.36||3.636|
|2018||AAA-New Orleans Baby Cak||29.1||25||0||0||0||5||2||34||8||34||5.26||1.443|