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Seattle Mariners

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August 4, 2020 05:52 PM
Mariners' Kendall Graveman: Lands on 10-day injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Graveman (neck) was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday.

Graveman battled neck stiffness during Sunday's start, but he'll be forced to miss several turns through the rotation after being diagnosed with neck spasms Tuesday. The Mariners were using a six-man rotation prior to the right-hander's injury, so the team could simply shift to a five-man group while he's on the shelf. Right-hander Joey Gerber and lefty Taylor Guilbeau were each added to the active roster in corresponding moves. It's unclear when Graveman could be ready to return to game action.

August 4, 2020 02:20 PM
Mariners' Kendall Graveman: Could miss next start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Graveman is still awaiting the results of tests performed on his neck Monday, and the right-hander could miss his next scheduled start depending on the outcome, Greg Johns of reports.

Graveman powered through 4.2 innings versus the Athletics on Sunday despite the soreness he felt limiting the extension on his throwing motion and impacting his velocity. Manager Scott Servais conceded as much to reporters Monday, noting that Graveman, who'd displayed improvement on his power pitch during summer camp and in his first outing of the regular season, wasn't showing "the crispness to his stuff, or velocity" that he'd previously demonstrated. Seattle is already going with a six-man rotation as its standard, so if Graveman is forced to miss his next scheduled start Saturday against the Astros, they could simply cover his absence by utilizing a five-man group for the next turn.

August 3, 2020 01:16 PM
Mariners' Kendall Graveman: Going for tests on neck
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Graveman is slated to undergo tests on his neck Monday after battling through stiffness and soreness during Sunday's outing against the Athletics, the Associated Press reports. "Hopefully we'll find out some more answers tomorrow," Graveman said Sunday. "It's something I've dealt with for quite some time now. It kind of flared up in the Houston game. Trying to figure it out. ... I've been told it can't get any worse than it is."

The right-hander worked through the discomfort to log 4.2 innings and throw 96 pitches against Oakland on Sunday, but as Graveman confirmed, the issue is one he's dealt with since his first start of the season. There's no indication yet that Graveman's next start is in jeopardy, but forthcoming test results should confirm whether or not there is anything that could result in an absence.

August 3, 2020 03:08 AM
Mariners' Kendall Graveman: Better in second turn
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Graveman (0-2) allowed two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out three over 4.2 innings in a loss versus the Athletics on Sunday.

Graveman put runners on the corners in the fifth inning, and manager Scott Servais inserted Anthony Misiewicz for relief duty. Misiewicz promptly gave up a three-run homer to Ramon Laureano, sticking Graveman with the loss to spoil an otherwise solid performance. While his 8.31 ERA and 1.62 WHIP are unsightly, the 29-year-old righty has struck out 10 batters in 8.2 innings this season. Graveman's next start is expected to come at home against the Rockies on Saturday.

July 28, 2020 10:00 AM
Mariners' Kendall Graveman: Struggles in first start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Graveman (0-1) took the loss Monday, allowing seven runs (six earned) on six hits and three walks while striking out seven over four innings versus the Astros.

Graveman went once through the Astros' order without much difficulty, but he did not fare so well after that. After missing nearly two whole seasons due to Tommy John surgery, Graveman earned a spot in the Mariners' six-man rotation in 2020. The seven strikeouts are a legitimate silver lining, but he needs to prove he can turn a lineup over more than once to become a viable option in most mixed leagues. He'll hope for better results when he faces his former team, the Athletics, on Sunday.

July 18, 2020 09:24 AM
Mariners' Kendall Graveman: Flashes four-seamer Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Graveman hit 97 mph with a new four-seam fastball during Wednesday's intrasquad start, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports. "Honestly throughout this quarantine is when I figured out the four-seam," he said. "I've been working hard on it. I was pitching in some pickup games before I got here and one day in the bullpen it felt right and I just held onto that feeling, and I have been trying really hard to repeat that in my throwing programs and being really intentional with that."

The veteran right-hander has a well-earned reputation as a groundball pitcher, but Graveman's sudden velocity could add a new dimension to his arsenal six seasons into his big-league career. The 29-year-old cruised through two scoreless innings Wednesday before getting out of a jam in the third with just one run crossing the plate. Graveman feels the four-seamer will open up more of the strike zone for him and also make his trademark sinker, which he still plans on utilizing heavily, all the more effective.

July 11, 2020 02:36 AM
Mariners' Kendall Graveman: Solid in live BP session
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Graveman faced live hitters for the first time in summer camp Thursday, throwing batting practice to Daniel Vogelbach and Tim Lopes, Greg Johns of reports.

The veteran right-hander worked up to 40 pitches, taking a break after the first 20 in order to simulate a two-inning game. Johns separately reports Graveman encouragingly was able to consistently hit between 94 mph and 96 mph with his fastball during the session. The 29-year-old is looking to rebuild his arm strength after the three-month-plus layoff, but he noted Thursday he is at full health after missing most of the last two seasons following Tommy John surgery and looking forward to finally getting back into regular game action. "I'm very excited," said the former A's Opening Day starter. "I can't hide it. I love this game and have a passion for this game. I'm ready to pitch. I feel like I'm a big league pitcher and can get guys out and help a team win. It's been driving me nuts to not be able to play the last two years, so I'm ready to get out and compete."

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.

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vs LHB 16.200 7.0201013
vs RHB 17.200 8.150314
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