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49 Kendall Graveman SP

Seattle Mariners

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April 17, 2020 12:40 AM
Mariners' Kendall Graveman: Opens eyes in spring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Graveman appeared to be fully recovered from Tommy John surgery during Cactus League play and even maxed out at 96 mph on several occasions, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.

The veteran right-hander fired four scoreless innings across two spring training starts, with his third one getting rained out March 12, the day play was paused. Even with limited opportunity, the aforementioned velocity Graveman displayed certainly seemed to corroborate the fitness of his surgically repaired elbow. However, despite the impressive stuff, Graveman confirmed this spring he remains a sinkerballer first and foremost, just as he was before pre-injury. The 29-year-old projects to slot into the No. 5 spot in the rotation whenever the 2020 season begins.

March 12, 2020 12:04 PM
Mariners' Kendall Graveman: Healthy, but rain cancels start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Graveman (illness) was scheduled to start Thursday's Cactus League game against the Reds, Greg Johns of reports. The game was later cancelled due to inclement weather, per Johns.

While Graveman won't get the chance to pitch until at least Friday, his inclusion on the pitching schedule for Thursday implies that he's moved past the illness that previously resulted in him being scratched last weekend. Graveman is vying for the fifth spot in Seattle's rotation this spring after missing most of the 2019 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

March 7, 2020 11:40 AM
Mariners' Kendall Graveman: Scratched due to illness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Graveman was scratched from Saturday's start due to an illness, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.

He has the flu, which has apparently been making it way through Mariners camp. Zac Grotz will start in his place while Graveman throws a side session.

February 26, 2020 08:48 PM
Mariners' Kendall Graveman: Stellar in spring debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Graveman started Tuesday's Cactus League win over the Brewers, firing two scoreless innings during which he allowed a hit and recorded a strikeout.

Logging his first game action since May 2018 due to Tommy John surgery, Graveman could hardly have put together a more encouraging outing. The Mariners are counting on the right-hander to be a part of their starting rotation, and the fact Graveman was able to work multiple frames right from the jump lends credence to the notion his surgically repaired elbow has regained full strength.

February 21, 2020 02:32 PM
Mariners' Kendall Graveman: Set to start Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Graveman (elbow) is scheduled to start Tuesday's Cactus League game against the Brewers, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.

Graveman signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Mariners in November after missing all of last season due to Tommy John surgery in July 2018, and he's set to debut for the team in its third spring game. The 29-year-old made a good early impression in camp and should be in the mix for a spot in Seattle's starting rotation with a decent showing in spring training.

February 18, 2020 12:32 AM
Mariners' Kendall Graveman: Impressing early in camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Graveman (elbow), who last pitched in a major-league game back in May 2018 due to Tommy John surgery, has impressed with his form and expanded pitch repertoire early in camp, Jesse Borek of reports.

The right-hander has naturally been limited to only bullpens thus far, but manager Scott Servais has already expressed how impressed he's been with Graveman, who signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with a club option for 2021 back in late November. In addition to his trademark sinker, Graveman is expected to also mix in a changeup with much greater frequency, a pitch he had the time to refine during what was essentially a full rehab year with the Cubs organization in 2019. A strong spring should be enough to secure Graveman a back-end rotation spot on a new-look Mariners staff that will also feature fellow reclamation project Taijuan Walker and the emerging Justus Sheffield.

November 26, 2019 07:16 PM
Mariners' Kendall Graveman: Lands with Mariners
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Graveman (elbow) signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Mariners on Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

The deal also includes a $3.5 million club option with a $500,000 buyout for the 2021 season. Graveman secures a major-league deal after not throwing a single major-league pitch in 2019 as he recovered from Tommy John surgery. The 28-year-old was a capable starter prior to the procedure but shouldn't be expected to be much more than a back-end option for the Mariners, as he's struck out just 15.0 percent of batters en route to a mediocre 4.38 ERA in parts of five seasons in the majors.

November 4, 2019 11:56 AM
Kendall Graveman: Option declined
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Graveman (elbow) had his option declined by the Cubs on Monday, Jesse Rogers of reports.

The Cubs signed Graveman on a one-year deal plus a club option last offseason despite knowing that he would miss most if not all of 2019 while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He was able to make four rehab appearances late in the season but never featured at the big-league level. The Cubs evidently weren't happy enough with what they saw, so Graveman will look elsewhere for a job this winter.

September 1, 2019 12:08 AM
Cubs' Kendall Graveman: Moves rehab to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Graveman (elbow) advanced his rehab assignment to Triple-A Iowa and will start Sunday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Graveman made his first rehab outing Aug. 22 with the Arizona League Cubs, his first game action since undergoing Tommy John surgery last July. The 28-year-old still has plenty of work to do in his recovery, but the progression to game action is a significant step.

February 13, 2019 03:56 PM
Cubs' Kendall Graveman: Heads to 60-day injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Graveman (elbow) was moved to the 60-day injured list Wednesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

This is a procedural move, as Graveman is expected to miss most if not all of 2019 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in July of 2018. This move opens up a 40-man roster spot for the Cubs while Graveman rehabs his injury.

December 23, 2018 06:24 PM
Cubs' Kendall Graveman: Joins Cubs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Graveman (elbow) signed with the Cubs on Saturday, Jon Heyman of reports.

Graveman underwent Tommy John surgery in late July. A typical recovery timeline will keep him sidelined for most if not all of 2019, and it's unlikely that he'll have time to build back up to being a starter if he does end up pitching any major-league innings. The 28-year-old had an ugly 7.60 ERA in seven starts prior to the injury last season, though he'd never posted an ERA worse than 4.19 in any of his four previous seasons.

November 30, 2018 08:36 PM
Kendall Graveman: Hits open market
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Graveman (elbow) wasn't tendered by the Athletics on Friday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Graveman underwent Tommy John surgery near the end of July, and there's a good chance he'll miss a decent chunk of the 2019 season while rehabbing. He started seven games for Oakland prior to the injury, accruing a 7.60 ERA with 27 strikeouts over 34.1 frames.

July 24, 2018 06:24 PM
Athletics' Kendall Graveman: Needs Tommy John surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Graveman will undergo Tommy John surgery, Jane Lee of reports.

He has not pitched since May 24, but since he won't be having the surgery until now, Graveman will likely miss the entire 2019 season. The 27-year-old righty has a 4.38 ERA in 446 MLB innings, but turned in a career-worst 7.60 ERA in seven starts for the big-league club this season before suffering the injury.

June 13, 2018 01:20 PM
Athletics' Kendall Graveman: Could be facing extended absence
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Graveman (forearm), who is on the Triple-A disabled list, is rehabbing in Arizona but may be out "for some time" according to manager Bob Melvin, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Graveman originally went on the disabled list at Triple-A Nashville on May 31 after compiling a 2-1 record, 4.50 ERA and 1.75 WHIP over 24 innings across four starts. He was originally expected to only miss about 10 days, but that timeline has already been exceeded. The right-hander has yet to resume any baseball activities, and according to Melvin, the organization will be careful not to rush the 27-year-old back. "Typically, we're pretty cautious with that type of thing -- so he's not doing any baseball activity at this point," Melvin said.

June 3, 2018 06:28 PM
Athletics' Kendall Graveman: Hits Triple-A DL with forearm injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Graveman was placed on the 7-day disabled list at Triple-A Nashville on Sunday due to a right forearm strain, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Fortunately for Graveman, he underwent an MRI which revealed no structural damage to his throwing arm, leaving the organization optimistic that he won't be sidelined longer than 10 days. The injury is nonetheless an untimely development for the soft-tossing hurler, who might have been next in line for a promotion to the big leagues if a replacement in the rotation is needed for Daniel Gossett (elbow) during the upcoming week.

June 2, 2018 11:32 AM
Athletics' Kendall Graveman: Three straight quality starts in Nashville
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Graveman is 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA and 1.75 WHIP over 24 innings across four outings with Triple-A Nashville, but he's now produced three consecutive quality starts.

The right-hander got off to a rough start in Nashville on May 1, allowing six earned runs on 11 hits over 5.2 innings to Colorado Springs. However, he's subsequently rebounded to pitch at least six innings and give up no more than two earned runs in each of his last three trips to the mound with the Sounds, and he also picked a win over the Yankees in a big-league spot start May 11. Graveman has generated a 13:4 K:BB over that span as well, and it appears the Athletics will continue to allow him to build his confidence at the Triple-A level for the time being before considering him for another promotion.

May 28, 2018 04:16 PM
Athletics' Kendall Graveman: Promotion not imminent
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Graveman was bypassed for a promotion from Triple-A Nashville when the Athletics required a fifth starter Sunday against the Diamondbacks, and he's expected to remain in the minors for the foreseeable future to continue working on his mechanics, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Frankie Montas was instead summoned from Triple-A to fill Brett Anderson's (shoulder) spot in the rotation Sunday and delivered six innings of one-run ball and struck out seven in the spot start. Though Anderson and Andrew Triggs (forearm) both seem likely to miss at least two more turns through the rotation, the strong performances delivered by Montas and Daniel Gossett in place of the injured hurlers give the Athletics no incentive to look in Graveman's direction just yet. Graveman will instead continue to bide his time at Nashville, where he has posted a 4.50 ERA and 1.75 WHIP across four starts this season.

May 20, 2018 05:36 PM
Athletics' Kendall Graveman: Candidate for promotion
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Graveman is a candidate to be called up from Triple-A Nashville in the wake of recent injuries to Andrew Triggs (forearm) and Brett Anderson (shoulder), Susan Slusser of reports.

Graveman just headed back to the Sounds last Tuesday after a solid May 11 spot start against the Yankees in which he earned his first big-league win of the season. With both Triggs and Anderson now on the disabled list, the Athletics appear to have an opening for the 27-year-old right-hander. However, he likely wouldn't take the hill until Wednesday at the earliest if he's summoned, considering he threw 93 pitches over six innings for Nashville in a win over Oklahoma City on Friday.

May 15, 2018 03:36 PM
Athletics' Kendall Graveman: Optioned to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Graveman was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday.

While he held his own in a spot start last week, Graveman is no longer needed in the big-league rotation with Trevor Cahill (elbow) expected to return from the disabled list Wednesday. The 27-year-old has proven he can be an effective major-league starter in the past, so Graveman could find his way back in the big-league rotation if he pitches well with the Sounds and Brett Anderson and Andrew Triggs continue to struggle for the A's.

May 15, 2018 12:56 PM
Athletics' Kendall Graveman: Could lose rotation spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Graveman is no longer expected to start Wednesday against the Red Sox after Athletics manager Bob Melvin expressed confidence that Trevor Cahill (elbow) would be able to return from the 10-day disabled list to take the hill for that contest, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Following a brief stint at Triple-A Nashville, Graveman was called up last week to fill the rotation spot vacated by Cahill and turned in a quality start Friday against the Yankees, covering six innings and giving up four runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks. Even after the positive outing, Graveman's ERA still sits at 7.60 across 34.1 innings with the big club this season, so he could be at risk of moving to the bullpen or back to Nashville in the wake of Cahill's return. Andrew Triggs and Brett Anderson have also posted poor results of late and could be other options for demotion if the Athletics decide to keep Graveman in the starting ranks.

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vs New York 6.010 1.50024
vs LHB 16.200 7.0201013
vs RHB 17.200 8.150314
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