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.
Bleier (lat) is expected to throw live batting practice later this week, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Bleier enters spring training behind the rest of the Baltimore pitchers while he works through the final phases of his recovery from his late-June surgery to address a lat strain in his throwing arm. The southpaw was cleared to resume mound work earlier this month and is expected to toss another bullpen session Tuesday before moving on to the next step in his rehab by facing hitters. Bleier could be ready to pitch in games in the latter part of the Orioles' Grapefruit League schedule, which might be enough to help him avoid a stint on the injured list to begin 2019.
Bleier (lat) did not throw Friday when the rest of his bullpen group did, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
The fact that Bleier has thrown at all is certainly a sign of progress as he recovers from June shoulder surgery, but the Orioles are making sure to build him back up slowly. Reports earlier in the offseason suggested he'd be ready to go by Opening Day, but it remains to be seen whether or not he's still on that schedule.
Bleier (lat) threw off a mound Wednesday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
The southpaw missed a big chunk of the 2018 season following lat surgery, but he isn't expected to miss any time during the regular season after he began a throwing program back in November. It's unclear how hard Bleier is throwing in his first bullpen sessions of spring training, but it's at least an encouraging sign that he is able to throw off a mound from the get-go. Barring any setbacks in the coming weeks, Bleier figures to be one of the Orioles' top relievers this season after posting a 1.93 ERA in 32.1 innings in 2018.
Bleier (lat) said Saturday that he still anticipates he'll be ready for Opening Day, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.
With a 1.93 ERA and just four walks and no home runs allowed over 32.1 innings, Bleier had been one of the Orioles' top relievers before suffering a lat injury June 13 that required season-ending surgery. The lefty was cleared to resume throwing shortly after the season and has apparently experienced no setbacks over the past few months, likely setting him up to return at full strength for 2019. It's possible that he'll face some restrictions when pitchers report to spring training, but the early expectation is that he'll avoid the disabled list to begin the upcoming campaign.
General manager Mike Elias said Bleier (lat) is expected to be ready for Opening Day, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Bleier's 2018 season ended in June after the southpaw underwent lat surgery. Fortunately, it doesn't sound like the issue will impact his availability for the start of the 2019 campaign. Bleier should reprise his role as one of the team's setup men after posting a 1.93 ERA and 1.22 WHIP across 32.2 innings when healthy in 2018.
Bleier (lat) has started a throwing program, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.
Bleier underwent surgery on his left lat near the end of June, and it appears he's ahead of schedule in his recovery process. Although he still has a long way to go, there's a chance he could be ready for the start of spring training.
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