Winkler, who tossed two scoreless innings of relief in Wednesday's win over the Padres, has a 0.46 ERA across 19.2 innings this season.
The righty allowed an earned run in his first appearance of the season back on April 1 but has posted zeroes in 21 straight outings since then. He's due to let someone cross the plate at some point, but Winkler has established himself as a valuable member of the Chicago bullpen in front of closer Craig Kimbrel.
Winkler (triceps) was activated from the injured list Friday, Russell Dorsey of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Winkler spent a minimum-length stay on the injured list after being sidelined with triceps tendinitis in early May. Before suffering the injury, he'd cruised through 10,2 innings of relief, posting a 0.84 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. Brad Wieck was optioned in a corresponding move.
Winkler (triceps) played catch Saturday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Winkler has been out since Tuesday with right triceps tendinitis. Whether or not he's in contention to return from the injured list when first eligible is uncertain, but the fact that he's able to throw in some capacity is good news.
The Cubs placed Winkler on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with right triceps tendinitis, Maddie Lee of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Ahead of Tuesday's doubleheader with the Dodgers, the Cubs moved Winkler and fellow pitcher Jake Arrieta (thumb) to the IL while calling up Kyle Ryan and Keegan Thompson from Triple-A Iowa to provide a pair of fresh arms. Ryan will serve as a replacement in the bullpen for Winkler, who has been one of the Cubs' top relievers this season with a 0.84 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 12 strikeouts across 10.2 innings.
Winkler (1-0) worked around two walks to pitch a clean 10th inning and earn the win against the Mets on Thursday. He struck out one.
With a runner automatically starting the frame on second base, Winkler got off to a rough start as he uncorked a wild pitch that advanced the runner to third with no outs. After a strikeout of Jeff McNeil, Winkler walked the next two batters, but then escaped the inning by inducing Dominic Smith to ground into a double play. Winkler then picked up his first win of the season when the Cubs walked off the Mets in the bottom of the inning. The righty has been solid through eight appearances (6.1 innings pitched) with a 1.42 ERA, though his 1.58 WHIP suggests he's been allowing too many baserunners and may see his ERA climb soon.
Winkler was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list Saturday, Tony Andracki of Marquee Sports Network reports.
Winkler was one of three Cubs who was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Monday, but he's now cleared the league's health and safety protocols and will be eligible to pitch Saturday. Winkler made five relief appearances to begin the season and recorded a 2.25 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in four innings.
Winkler was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Monday.
The Cubs placed three relievers on the COVID-19 injured list Monday. Winkler will be eligible to return as soon as he clears the league's health and safety protocols, though it's not yet cleared if he's contracted the virus himself or has merely been exposed to someone who did.
Winkler signed a one-year, $900,000 deal with the Cubs on Wednesday to avoid arbitration, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
The right-hander was a bright spot in Chicago's bullpen during the shortened season, so it's not much of a surprise he'll be back at such an affordable price. Winkler had a 2.95 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 18:11 K:BB over 18.1 innings and will look to reproduce those results in 2021.
Winkler will be a part of the Cubs' 60-man player pool this season and will head to Wrigley Field for summer camp.
Winkler joins 21 other pitchers headed to camp at Wrigley Field, while six less experienced hurlers are headed to South Bend. This bodes well for Winkler's chances of establishing a regular role in the majors this season, though he still has a lot of players to compete with for playing time. The Cubs will likely go heavy on pitching to deal with 60 games in just 66 days, so the 30-year-old righty figures to see at least a little action, but he'll have to perform well to stay involved.
Winkler could earn a bullpen spot with the Cubs when the regular season is able to begin, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Gonzales assumes a 29-man roster and nine-man bullpen. The Cubs and other MLB teams are likely to deepen their bullpens if the league eliminates off days and adds more doubleheaders to the schedule to compensate for the time lost due to the coronavirus. Winkler would benefit from an expanded bullpen and likely fill one of the final spots, giving him a low-leverage role to begin the year.
Winkler agreed to a one-year deal with the Cubs on Friday, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
The 29-year-old righty had a 4.98 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 22:11 K:BB in 21.2 innings with the Braves last season, but he had a 2.51 ERA and 3.43 ERA in 2017 and 2018, respectively. The one-year deal will give him a chance to re-establish his market value before returning to the open market. He should work in mid-leverage situations.
Winkler cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday.
Winkler's 4.98 ERA this season wasn't enough to overcome his 3.43 ERA from last year, so he'll remain a member of the Giants' organization. The team acquired him in a deadline-day deal with the Braves, sending Mark Melancon to Atlanta, but it evidently doesn't view him as a key piece.
The Giants designated Winkler for assignment Thursday.
The Giants' decision to remove Winkler from their 40-man roster one day after acquiring him from the Braves supports the notion that San Francisco made the deal for the main purpose of shedding Mark Melancon's burdensome contract. A key piece in the Atlanta bullpen in 2018, Winkler has taken a major step back this season, posting a 4.98 ERA and 1.34 WHIP across 21.2 innings at the big-league level.
Winkler was traded from the Braves to the Giants on Wednesday along with Tristan Beck in exchange for Mark Melancon, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
Winkler has split time between Triple-A Gwinnett and the majors this season, posting a 4.86 ERA and 2.10 WHIP in 16.2 innings with Gwinnett while notching a similarly unimpressive 4.98 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in 21.2 innings with the Braves. He'll provide bullpen depth for the Giants, who traded away four relievers Wednesday.
Winkler was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday.
Winkler owns an unimpressive 4.98 ERA on the season and has a very poor 11.74 ERA and 2.09 WHIP over his last nine appearances. Huascar Ynoa was recalled to take his place in the bullpen.
Winkler (3-1) recorded the final two outs in the 11th inning Sunday to pick up the win over the Marlins.
Matt Joyce's RBI single in the 12th made Winkler a winner for the second time in his last three appearances. The right-hander has only been scored upon in two of his last 18 outings, but he gave up nine runs in those games -- saddling him with a 5.12 ERA despite otherwise solid numbers.
Winkler (2-1) picked up the win in Tuesday's victory over the Pirates, striking out one in a perfect sixth inning.
Starter Max Fried only lasted four innings Tuesday but Atlanta's bullpen came to the rescue with five scoreless frames, and Winkler was the pitcher of record when the offense finally completed the comeback en route to an eventual 12-5 win. The right-hander now has a rough 5.60 ERA thanks to a brutal stretch in late May that saw him tagged for nine runs in 1.2 innings, but Winkler's 1.25 WHIP and 19:9 K:BB through 17.2 IP are a better reflection of his performance this year.
Winkler (1-0) struck out one in a perfect seventh inning Friday to pick up the win in a 2-1 victory over the Diamondbacks.
The right-hander has been outstanding after getting a late start to the season, posting a 1.54 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 13:4 K:BB through 11.2 innings. Luke Jackson is pitching well in the closer role for Atlanta, but if he were to falter, Winkler could well be the next man up in the ninth.
Winkler was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday.
Winkler got a late start to spring training due to elbow soreness and struggled during his six appearances, ticketing him to the minors to begin the season. The 29-year-old posted a 3.43 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 69:20 K:BB over 60.1 innings and recorded 23 holds for the Braves last season, so he could well carve out a bullpen role this time around.
Winkler was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday.
Winkler will open the season in the minors after struggling to an 8.44 ERA and 2.06 WHIP through six Grapefruit League appearances (5.1 innings). The right-hander notched a 3.43 ERA and 10.3 K/9 in 60.1 innings last season, so he should be one of the first pitchers called upon when the Braves need a fresh reliever.
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|06/15||@ NYM||L 2-3||1.0||1||0||1||1|
|06/12||vs STL||W 7-2||1.0||0||0||1||1|
|06/05||@ SF||L 3-4||1.0||1||1||1||2|
|06/04||@ SF||L 5-8||1.0||1||0||0||1|
|06/02||vs SD||W 6-1||2.0||1||0||2||1|
|05/30||vs CIN||L 1-5||1.0||0||0||0||1|
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|2017||AFA-Florida Fire Frogs||3.0||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||2||0||0.00||0.667|
|2019||AAA-Sacramento River Cat||14.0||12||0||0||0||1||0||9||5||6||0.64||0.786|