Graveman, reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list earlier in the day, allowed an earned run on a solo home run and surrendered an additional hit over one inning in a loss to Cleveland on Saturday.
Graveman was seeing his first game action since May 16, so some rustiness was to be expected. The right-hander allowed a solo home run to Cesar Hernandez during his one frame, a round tripper that opened the scoring for Cleveland and kickstarted their comeback. Now that he's back in the fold, Graveman is likely to return to his usual high-leverage role, one that's netted five saves and four holds across 15 appearances.
Graveman (COVID-19 protocols) was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list prior to Friday's game against Cleveland.
Graveman hasn't pitched since May 16 and was officially placed on the COVID-19 injured list May 23. The right-hander went on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma earlier this week and is now set to rejoin Seattle's bullpen. Graveman figures slot back in immediately as one of manager Scott Servais' top closer options going forward.
Graveman (COVID-19 injured list) threw a live batting practice session for Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday, Corey Brock of The Athletic reports.
The Mariners still have yet to confirm whether Graveman tested positive for COVID-19, but he completed a mandatory quarantine Thursday and is beginning to ramp up again after having not appeared for the big club since May 16. Rather than rushing him back from the IL, the Mariners want Graveman to make at least one rehab appearance for Tacoma, so he likely won't be activated until next weekend. Assuming Graveman quickly recaptures the form he displayed prior to going into quarantine, he should represent the top option for saves out of the Seattle bullpen once he's formally reinstated from the IL.
Graveman (COVID-19 protocols) is out of quarantine and has rejoined the team in Seattle, Daniel Kramer of MLB.com reports.
Graveman hasn't pitched since May 16 while on the COVID-19 injured list, so he'll need to build his workload back up before he returns to major-league action. The righty could require simulated games or a rehab assignment before he's cleared to rejoin the Mariners' bullpen, but he appears to be trending in the right direction.
Graveman remains in San Diego while going through COVID-19 protocols, the Associated Press reports.
The veteran starter-turned-reliever has been in quarantine in San Diego since last Sunday, when he was placed on the COVID-19 injured list. Graveman could potentially remain away from the team for a few more days, with another update on his status likely to come early in the week.
Manager Scott Servais confirmed Sunday that Graveman (undisclosed) is on the COVID-19 injured list, Daniel Kramer of MLB.com reports.
Graveman landed on the injured list without a designation Sunday, so it's not very surprising that he's officially on the COVID-19 IL. Servais didn't offer any additional information regarding Graveman's status, so it's not yet clear when he'll be able to return to the mound.
The Mariners placed Graveman on the injured list Sunday without a designation.
Given that Seattle placed four relief pitchers on the COVID-19 injured list Friday, Graveman's lack of an injury designation likely indicates that his shutdown is also the result of a COVID-19-related concern, whether it be a positive test or a contact-tracing issue. More clarity on Graveman's situation could come within the next few days, but for the time being, the Mariners will have to turn to other options in save situations. Rafael Montero and Keynan Middleton probably represent the best bets to work as closers in the short term.
Graveman pitched a scoreless ninth inning on one hit while striking out one to earn the save over Cleveland on Sunday.
Graveman allowed a two-out single before retiring the final batter of the game. He kept the one-run lead intact to remain a perfect five-for-five in save opportunities. The 30-year-old has done more than enough to earn the closer role, not allowing a run yet this season in 16.2 innings. He has a WHIP of just 0.52 and 17 strikeouts to go along with his five saves and four holds.
Graveman worked around a hit in a scoreless ninth inning Friday, striking out three batters and picking up a save against Texas.
Graveman allowed a one-out double to David Dahl but struck out the other three Rangers that came to the plate. He's now converted all four of his save chances and has yet to give up a run through 14.1 innings this season.
Graveman pitched a scoreless eighth inning while allowing a hit as he earned his third hold of the season in a 2-0 win over the Angels on Sunday.
Graveman was called upon in the eighth rather than the ninth with the Angels having Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon and Jared Walsh due up in the order. The 30-year-old battled and ended up with a 1-2-3 inning after getting Walsh to ground into a 6-5-3 double play to end the inning. Graveman has not allowed a run and has given up just three hits while sporting a 12:2 K:BB over 11.2 innings. The resurgence of his career as a reliever has been truly remarkable after he missed the entire 2019 season due to Tommy John surgery.
Graveman worked around a hit in a scoreless ninth inning against the Astros on Thursday to earn his third save of the season. He struck out one batter.
After Yusei Kikuchi spun seven innings of one-hit ball, Anthony Misiewicz and Graveman completed the shutout for the Mariners. Graveman still has not given up a run yet this season (10.2 innings) and is the clear top arm in the Seattle bullpen; as the relief ace, he projects for most of the save chances moving forward, although he'll likely still be called upon occasionally to put out fires earlier in games.
Graveman notched his second hold in a win over the Dodgers on Monday, firing 1.2 perfect innings during which he recorded two strikeouts.
The right-hander went back into a setup role in the one-run win after successfully converting a pair of save opportunities late last week. Manager Scott Servais appears willing to occasionally interchange the roles of Graveman and offseason acquisition Rafael Montero, who's struggled at times but was successful Monday with his ninth-inning assignment versus the Dodgers.
Graveman threw a clean seventh inning while striking out one to earn the save in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Orioles.
Rafael Montero pitched the sixth inning in a setup role, with Graveman coming on to pitch in the final frame. He was effective in preserving the lead and didn't allow a baserunner. Graveman now has converted the team's last two successful saves -- the first coming after Montero blew an opportunity -- so it appears that he has at least a share of the closer role in Seattle.
Graveman picked up the first save of his career in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Orioles, tossing a perfect eighth inning in a 4-3 victory.
Rafael Montero got the call in the seventh to protect a 3-2 lead but blew his third save of the season, setting the stage for Graveman to get the job done after Seattle reclaimed the lead in the top of the eighth. The right-hander hasn't given up a run this year in five innings over four appearances with a 5:2 K:BB, and with Montero having trouble in high-pressure spots, Graveman could begin to see more save chances moving forward.
Graveman, who recorded his first win of the season Saturday against the Twins, has allowed just one hit and has yet to be scored upon over the four innings covering his first three appearances.
The starter-turned-reliever has been a force in the later innings out of the bullpen, and Saturday, he qualified for the decision after he fired a quick seven-pitch perfect ninth inning and then saw Mitch Haniger put the Mariners ahead for good with a 10th-inning sacrifice fly. The veteran's velocity has impressively ticked up in recent seasons, and with new closer Rafael Montero already blowing two of his first three save chances, there may eventually be an opportunity for Graveman to see some ninth-inning work.
Graveman was credited with his first hold in a win over the Giants on Saturday, recording five strikeouts over two hitless innings. He did not issue any walks but did hit a batter.
The veteran right-hander was locked in during his 2021 regular-season debut, throwing first-pitch strikes to five of the seven hitters he faced and getting seven swinging strikes as well. The former starter's ability to work multiple innings out of the bullpen as he did Saturday is expected to be a valuable commodity throughout the season, and Daniel Kramer of MLB.com reports manager Scott Servais was already raving about what he was able to get from Graveman in his first appearance. "Just unbelievable," Servais said. "The stuff was awesome. ... Phenomenal. If we continue to get those kind of efforts out of Gravey -- he emptied the tank in that second inning, we knew we were probably going to stretch him a little bit tonight, and he was throwing the ball so well."
Graveman is the likeliest next man up for closing opportunities if Rafael Montero falters in the ninth-inning role, Daniel Kramer of MLB.com reports.
Graveman is presently producing some of the highest velocity readings of his career. He got his feet wet in the bullpen last season, and he'll remain a reliever in 2021. The veteran right-hander is projected primarily for eighth-inning duty to start the campaign, but his overall experience and ability to miss bats make him a potentially strong candidate for the highest-leverage scenarios if Montero doesn't prove to be up to the task.
Graveman owns a 6.52 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and .324 BAA across 9.2 innings over eight Cactus League appearances.
The veteran right-hander snapped out of a two-appearance skid with a solid one-inning scoreless outing against the Padres on Friday, but Graveman was never able to truly hit his stride for very long this spring. The 30-year-old allowed multiple earned runs in two trips to the mound, and he was scored upon once in another appearance while also occasionally running into control issues (four walks). Graveman did post five holds last season after transitioning to the bullpen and flashed a high-90s fastball this spring, so there's certainly hope for him to eventually settle in as a possible eighth-inning option in front of closer Rafael Montero.
Graveman is one of the relievers the Mariners plan to utilize in "the highest-leverage innings" of games this coming season, Daniel Kramer of MLB.com reports.
The versatile veteran's career has hit several rough patches over the last three seasons in the form of a 2018 Tommy John surgery that led to a missed 2019 and a benign spinal tumor that caused him to miss part of the 2020 campaign. Graveman finally rediscovered his stride when he returned as a reliever late last season, with his fastball velocity even ticking up to career-high levels (96-97 mph). That heater is part of what makes him a potentially effective late-inning asset again this season, and it worked well for him through his first two scoreless Cactus League appearances before he allowed four earned runs on four hits and a walk over an inning in his third outing Wednesday.
Graveman signed a one-year major-league contract with the Mariners on Thursday.
The Mariners declined Graveman's $3.5 million team option Wednesday, though their objection was to the price, not the player. Graveman will remain in Seattle in 2021 but will make $1.25 million, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today, with an additional $2.5 million in incentives. The 29-year-old righty made two starts and nine relief appearances last season, posting a 5.79 ERA.
|Last 7 Games|
|06/13||@ CLE||W 6-2||1.0||1||1||1||1|
|06/12||@ CLE||L 4-5||1.0||2||1||0||0|
|05/16||vs CLE||W 3-2||1||1.0||1||0||0||1|
|05/14||vs CLE||W 7-3||1.1||1||0||0||0|
|05/07||@ TEX||W 5-4||1||1.0||1||0||0||3|
|05/04||vs BAL||W 5-2||1.2||0||0||1||1|
|05/02||vs LAA||W 2-0||1.0||1||0||0||0|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2014||AFA-Dunedin Blue Jays||96.2||16||16||0||8||4||0||64||18||89||2.25||1.112|
|2014||AA-New Hampshire Fisher||6.0||1||1||0||1||0||0||4||2||8||1.50||1.667|
|2019||ROK-AZL Cubs 1||3.0||1||1||0||0||0||0||6||0||3||3.00||1.000|