Bleier signed a one-year, $915,000 contract with the Orioles on Monday, avoiding arbitration.
After averaging a 1.97 ERA over his first three seasons in the majors, Bleier's ERA ballooned to 5.37 last season with only 30 strikeouts over 55.1 innings. The 32-year-old's contract signals that the team still sees him as having value in the bullpen, but his fantasy value will likely remain limited in 2020 as a middle reliever with a lack of dominance.
Bleier pitched a perfect two innings Sunday, allowing no hits and striking out one batter as he preserved the Orioles' 2-1 win over the Mariners.
This was Bleier's fourth save of the season and his second in the month of September. The first one this month came on Sept. 3. Prior to that one, the left-hander hadn't notched a save since the end of May. Bleier has been used as an opener and out of the bullpen this season and has lowered his ERA to a 5.54 and has a 25:8 K:BB across 52 innings pitched this season.
Bleier will serve as the opener for Friday's game against the Mariners, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Bleier will toss the first inning or so before handing the ball to Aaron Brooks, who will work as the bulk reliever. Bleier owns a 5.63 ERA and 1.40 WHIP with 24 strikeouts over 48 innings this season with Baltimore.
Bleier struck out one in a perfect inning, shutting the door on a 4-2 win over the Rays on Tuesday to earn his third save.
Bleier had given up four runs in his last two appearances, but responded with an uneventful ninth, retiring the side on nine pitches. The 32-year-old has just one blown save, but this was his first save since May 31. He sports an uninspiring 6.12 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 23 strikeouts in 42.2 innings this season.
Bleier retired only one batter and surrendered three runs on four hit in Wednesday's 8-4 loss to the Nationals.
Coming out of spring training, the Orioles were counting on Bleier to be one of their more reliable relief arms, but like most members of the pitching staff this season, he's been routinely hit hard. After three straight seasons of sub-2.00 ERAs, Bleier's mark sits at a bloated 6.30 through 41 appearances. As a soft-tossing, pitch-to-contact lefty, Bleier has little margin for error, so it's not too surprising things have gone south while his BABIP sits at a career-worst .347.
Bleier (2-0) struck out one in a scoreless inning and earned the win in an 8-7 victory over the Angels on Saturday.
Bleier was called on to get the final out of the seventh inning and then picked up the first two outs in the eighth before Mychal Givens came on to finish the game. Bleier has allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk over his last 7.2 innings, striking out five in that span. For the year, the reliever has a 6.19 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 32 innings while serving primarily in the middle innings.
Bleier struck out one and allowed one hit across 1.2 innings to get his second save of the season in a 9-6 victory over the Giants on Friday.
The 32-year-old initially struggled when he returned from the injured list a couple of weeks ago, but he's pitched a little better lately, allowing just one earned run over his last 5.1 innings. Still, he has a lot more work to do to bring his numbers -- 7.43 ERA and 1.43 WHIP -- to a respectable level. Even if he does, there's no indication Bleier will continue to see save opportunities, and the Orioles aren't winning many games anyway. Bleier is 2-for-2 in save chances with eight strikeouts in 13.1 innings this season.
Bleier (shoulder) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Thursday.
After completing a four-appearance minor-league rehab assignment without issue, Bleier received the green light to rejoin the active roster. Bleier, who missed more than a month due to tendinitis in his left shoulder, should immediately recapture a prominent role in a Baltimore bullpen lacking in quality options. Bleier has submitted ERAs below 2.00 in each of his last three seasons in the big leagues, but his success comes mainly from inducing weak contact rather than making bats miss.
Bleier (shoulder) will make a rehab appearance at High-A Frederick on Tuesday, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.
Bleier has made three rehab appearances between Frederick and Double-A Bowie thus far and is expected to join Triple-A Norfolk next weekend, assuming all goes well Tuesday. The 31-year-old has been out for a month with left shoulder tendinitis but appears to be closing in on a return to the Orioles.
Bleier (shoulder) felt good after his rehab appearance Tuesday, and he'll make another one Friday for Double-A Bowie, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Bleier has been out nearly a month with shoulder tendinitis. He appears to be closing in on a return, though he's made just one of five scheduled rehab appearances.
Bleier (shoulder) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment with High-A Frederick on Tuesday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Bleier has finally been cleared for game action after spending the past few weeks working through a throwing program at extended spring training. The veteran southpaw will make at least a few appearances with Frederick before shifting his rehab to Double-A Bowie and then Triple-A Norfolk. Altogether, Bleier is scheduled to make at least five rehab appearances before rejoining the Orioles.
Bleier (shoulder) is progressing his throwing at extended spring training, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.
Bleier received an injection to address left shoulder tendinitis in mid-April and has been rebuilding his arm strength over the last couple weeks. It remains unclear when the 32-year-old is expected to begin a rehab assignment.
Bleier (shoulder) has resumed throwing and will toss a bullpen session Wednesday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sportsreports.
Bleier said he is feeling much better after receiving an injection in his shoulder. He was placed on the 10-day injured list with tendinitis and will be eligible to return next week.
Bleier was placed on the 10-day injured list with shoulder tendinitis, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.
He will head to Sarasota to rest for a few days before starting a progression. The expectation is that he will probably need more than the minimum 10 days, so his absence could stretch into May. He is almost 10 months removed from a serious lat surgery.
Bleier could head to the injured list soon for a "reset," Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
It isn't clear that Bleier is carrying any specific injury, but it's possible that he came back too quickly from late-June lat surgery. His numbers so far this season hint in that direction, as he's allowed seven runs in 4.1 innings. He's being checked out by team doctors Wednesday.
Bleier gave up a run on two hits while striking out one in an inning of relief to record his first save of the season -- and the first of his career -- in Monday's 6-5 win over the Blue Jays.
New O's manager Brandon Hyde continues to conspicuously not use Mychal Givens in save situations, and this is the second time already Bleier has been called upon in the ninth inning. The southpaw hasn't had much success in these high-leverage spots yet -- he coughed up two runs in a third of an inning last time -- but with Baltimore fully in rebuild mode, Hyde may continue to experiment with his bullpen and see which of his relievers can rise to the occasion, potentially opening the door for more save opportunities for Bleier.
Bleier (lat) has been confirmed as a member of the Orioles' pitching schedule for Saturday's split-squad game against the Yankees, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Bleier is slated to pitch third for the Orioles in his spring debut, following David Hess and Jimmy Yacabonis. A torn left lat muscle ended Bleier's 2018 campaign prematurely, but the Orioles are comfortable with where he's at on the health front after observing him in a two-inning simulated game Wednesday.
Bleier (lat) is slated to make his spring debut out of the bullpen Saturday in one of the Orioles' split-squad games, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Bleier cleared the final hurdle in his recovery from his June surgery to repair a torn left lat muscle by completing a two-inning simulated game Wednesday. After making a few Grapefruit League appearances, Bleier should erase any concern about his availability for the start of the season. The 31-year-old is slated to fill a key setup role for Baltimore after compiling a 1.93 ERA and nine holds in 32.2 innings last season prior to getting shut down with the injury.
Bleier (lat) threw a simulated game Tuesday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Bleier is working his way back from late-June lat surgery but should still have a shot to be ready by Opening Day. The lefty has managed an excellent 1.97 ERA in 119 career major-league innings despite a strikeout rate of just 11 percent, making him one of the strongest options in a shaky Orioles bullpen.
Bleier (lat) threw 20 pitches in a bullpen session Friday, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
Bleier's start to spring has been slow as he recovers from June lat surgery. Reports over the offseason suggested that he'd be ready for Opening Day, and he should still have a chance to do that provided his recovery continues without setbacks.
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