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 put 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.
Graveman's contract option was declined by the Mariners on Wednesday, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
Graveman began the season as a starter but transitioned to the bullpen after returning from a neck issue in September. The right-hander is open to remaining in a relief role in 2021, and the Mariners have expressed interest in bringing him back with a revised deal. Graveman posted a 5.79 ERA and 1.23 WHIP over 18.2 innings this season.
Graveman, who earned his first victory of the season with a relief win over the Athletics in Game 1 of a doubleheader Saturday, is receptive to continuing to operate out of the bullpen in 2021 after being forced out of the rotation with a benign neck tumor, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. "So going into this offseason, I don't know if the tumor leaves my body or if I'm healed from it," Graveman said. "But what I do know right now is I'm able to do this and feel great. So that's the mindset going in. If something changes with my body we'll reevaluate, but I feel like I can be a reliever and be a pretty good one."
The veteran right-hander has proven highly resilient, as he opened the season as a starter after missing all of last season following Tommy John surgery. The benign tumor was then discovered just two starts into the 2020 campaign, and after some recovery time and assurances from doctors he couldn't do any further damage by continuing to pitch shorter outings, Graveman reinvented himself as a reliever and posted six scoreless efforts in eight appearances. The Mariners have a $3.5 million team option on Graveman for 2021, and he's slated to meet with manager Scott Servais, pitching coach Pete Woodworth and general manager Jerry Dipoto to help determine his future shortly after the season concludes Sunday.
Graveman, who fired a scoreless inning during which he allowed one hit and no walks in an extra-innings loss to the Padres on Sunday, has logged appearances in three of the past four days and on seven occasions overall since returning from a neck injury Sept. 4.
Graveman's arm was built up for a fairly heavy workload from his brief time as a starter earlier in the season, so it's not entirely surprising manager Scott Servais is utilizing him frequently down the stretch. The veteran stumbled against the Giants two outings ago by allowing three earned runs over two-thirds of an inning; however, he's otherwise been scored upon just once in six other appearances since returning to the active roster after dealing with a benign tumor in his neck.
Graveman (0-3) allowed three runs on two hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning Thursday, as the Mariners fell to the Giants 6-4.
Graveman inflated his ERA to 8.10 and permitted what ended up being the winning runs. It was only Graveman's seventh appearance of 2020, as he has been battling a bone tumor throughout the summer. He will likely on in a middle-innings relief role for the remainder of the season.
Graveman was credited with his second hold in Sunday's win over the Rangers, allowing a hit over a scoreless eighth inning.
The veteran right-hander was making his second relief appearance over the last three days after coming off the injured list due to a benign tumor on his neck, and as he did Friday, Graveman was efficient while getting through his one frame. The 29-year-old continues to keep the ball down in trademark fashion while operating out of the bullpen, as five of the six balls put in play against him over his first pair of relief appearances have been on the ground.
Graveman, who was credited with his first hold in Friday's win against the Rangers, made a strong impression on manager Scott Servais in the veteran's first appearance since being activated from the injured list, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. "Kendall Graveman was electric," Servais said. "His stuff was awesome. We saw that type of velocity at times when he was starting. We didn't know what we'd get out of the 'pen tonight. He was amped up, as he should have been, and I'm just really happy for him."
The right-hander has been dealing with a benign tumor in his neck, and the outing marked his first relief appearance since 2014. Graveman was able to hit 95-99 mph with his fastball while throwing 13 pitches during his one inning, a frame during which he allowed no hits or walks and recorded one strikeout. Doctors have informed Graveman he won't worsen his condition if he pitches, but they suggested the discomfort he feels would be much more tolerable if he pitches the shorter stints the bullpen affords him. For his part, the 29-year-old is embracing the opportunity despite ideally wanting to be a part of the starting rotation. "I told Skip and [Mariners pitching coach Pete Woodworth], one or two innings is better than no innings in my book. I just want to be able to pitch. I have a passion for this game, I want to be around the guys, and I believe we're young in the bullpen, but we have a chance to be really good. I hope I can help with that and help the learning process for some guys."
Graveman was activated off the 10-day injured list Tuesday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
The 29-year-old landed on the injured list in early August and was eventually diagnosed with a benign bone tumor in his spine, but he never gave up hope for a return to the field this season. Graveman opened the season in the Mariners' starting rotation, but he'll shift to the bullpen since his neck apparently proved bothersome in longer outings.
Graveman (neck) is still hopeful he'll be able to pitch again this season despite the fact he's dealing with a benign tumor in his spine, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. "He's still working through a few things," Mariners manager Scott Servais said Thursday. "He wants to see if there's a way he can still continue to try and pitch this year, whether in a shorter role out of the bullpen a couple innings here or there."
Servais adds the veteran right-hander is highly regarded in the Mariners' clubhouse and has been a strong influence on the team's younger players, so there is certainly a willingness to have Graveman return if he's physically capable. That very much remains an open question, however, as surgery is currently not an option due to the location of the tumor yet doctors have also told him the situation won't worsen if he continues to pitch. Graveman was able to take the mound during an intrasquad game Monday at the team's alternate training site in Tacoma and reportedly displayed good velocity; therefore, there's a chance he could eventually reemerge, although it would most likely be as a relief option so as to prevent the fatigue that the tumor usually causes when Graveman's pitch count gets past a certain point.
|Last 7 Games|
|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|
|04/29||@ HOU||W 1-0||1||1.0||1||0||0||1|
|04/27||@ HOU||L 0-2||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|04/22||@ BOS||W 7-3||1.0||0||0||0||2|
|04/19||vs LAD||W 4-3||1.2||0||0||0||2|
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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|