Mayers signed a one-year, $1.2 million deal with the Angels on Friday to avoid arbitration, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
The 29-year-old took a major step forward during the shortened 2020 campaign and worked in high-leverage spots for the Angels with a 2.10 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 43:9 K:BB, recording two saves and five holds. Raisel Iglesias is poised to operate as the closer, but Mayers should enter spring training as the favorite for the setup role.
Mayers earned the save against San Diego on Tuesday, pitching 1.2 scoreless innings in which he gave up one hit and one walk while striking out two.
Mayers was brought in to protect a two-run lead with the tying run at the plate in the eighth inning and retired two of the three batters he faced to keep the Padres off the scoreboard. He then allowed a leadoff single in the ninth before inducing a double-play groundout and a strikeout to close out the win. It was the second straight multi-inning save for Mayers, who had been used primarily in a setup role prior to this week. He has not allowed a run in nearly a month and has posted a minuscule 0.35 ERA over his last 24 appearances covering 26 innings.
Mayers secured the save after striking out three over two innings Monday against the Rangers.
Mayers came on in the eighth inning and retired six straight batters to close out this one. He's now converted one out of three save opportunities in 2020. The 2013 third-round pick owns a stellar 1.67 ERA and 0.74 WHIP along with 39 punchouts across 27 innings this season.
Mayers (2-0) was perfect over two innings, striking out three and earning the win Saturday versus the Rangers.
Mayers worked the eighth and ninth innings and became the pitcher of record when Mike Trout hit a go-ahead RBI single in the bottom of the eighth. The 28-year-old Mayers has walked just two walks while striking out 14 in his last 11.2 innings. He has a 1.80 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 36:6 K:BB as well as four holds in 25 innings this year.
Mayers credits his success this season to the addition of a cutter to his arsenal, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Per Statcast, Mayers had never thrown a cutter in the majors prior to 2020, but he appears to have picked up the pitch rapidly given that he has thrown it 25.7 percent of the time this season. The right-hander picked up the grip on the cutter from an Instagram picture of a baseball marked by Mariano Rivera and subsequently recognized the fit in his arsenal. "It seemed very simple," Mayers said. "Kind of really fit my mindset, where I just kind of grabbed the ball and let it rip, and it had some cut to it. And so I just kind of tinkered with that, but basically that's how it started." The results so far have been positive -- opposing hitters are batting .174 against Mayers' cutter this season, and he has posted a career-best 2.33 ERA and 0.93 WHIP across 19.1 innings overall.
Mayers has a strong chance of making the Opening Day roster in a relief role, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports.
The Angels claimed Mayers off waivers in November despite his career 7.03 ERA over 80.2 innings. Per Torres, the right-hander has added a cutter to his arsenal and is focusing on being more aggressive in throwing strikes. The results have been mixed thus far in spring training as Mayers has allowed three earned runs in 5.2 innings but has posted an 11:3 K:BB.
Mayers was claimed off waivers by the Angels on Friday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Mayers was called up by the Cardinals in September, and he failed to find much success with the big-league club. He posted a 6.63 ERA and 1.68 WHIP with a 16:11 K:BB over 19 frames.
Mayers was recalled by the Cardinals on Sunday.
Mayers was designated for assignment by the Cardinals earlier in August but was added to the 40-man roster and will have a chance to close the season in St. Louis. The 27-year-old has managed just a 7.24 ERA and 1.90 WHIP across 13.2 big-league innings this year, meaning he isn't likely to see high-leverage work.
Mayers was sent outright to Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday after clearing waivers.
Mayers was designated for assignment by the Cardinals on Sunday, but after failing to draw interest while on waivers, he'll join the Redbirds. He's posted a 4.50 ERA with nine strikeouts across 10 innings this season at Triple-A.
Mayers was designated for assignment by the Cardinals on Sunday.
Mayers was activated off the 60-day injured list July 23 but struggled in four appearances, allowing six runs over 5.1 innings with a 2:5 K:BB. The 27-year-old could remain in the organization if he goes unclaimed on waivers.
Mayers (lat) was activated from the 60-day injured list Tuesday.
Mayers has been on the shelf since mid-April due to a right lat strain, but after completing his rehab stint at Triple-A Memphis, he's ready to return to the big-league bullpen. He's appeared in eight games this season for St. Louis, posting a 5.40 ERA with eight punchouts over 8.1 innings of work. Chasen Shreve was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.
Mayers (lat) is slated to work multi-inning, back-to-back outings at Triple-A Memphis next week in anticipation of activation from the injured list, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Mayers has been sidelined with his lat strain since April 16, and the 30-day window on his rehab assignment is coming to an end next Friday. At that point, the Cardinals would either have to activate Mayers or send him to the minors, but the latter move would subject him to waivers. With St. Louis currently sporting a full 40-man roster, the team would have to move another player to the 60-day injured list or remove a player from the 40-man roster via a trade or a designation for assignment in order to make room for Mayers.
Mayers (lat), who has a 2.45 ERA over 7.1 innings during his rehab assignment, could be activated in the coming days, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. "There's always a constant evaluation," manager Mike Shildt said. "It's about how he feels, how he recovers, and we'll get him up here. I texted with him today, he's feeling good, and he's excited about his pitches and where he is and how he's recovering, so everything is moving forward positively."
The veteran right-hander would be a welcome addition to the bullpen for the stretch run, and his chance to begin contributing again after his extended layoff could come soon. Mayers has a maximum of 11 days on his rehab assignment, so the latest he could be activated would be July 26.
Mayers (lat) fired a scoreless two-thirds of an inning Friday during which he allowed no hits and two walks in Triple-A Memphis' loss to Iowa. He now owns a 2.45 ERA through 3.2 innings across four rehab appearances.
The right-hander is out of minor-league options, so the Cardinals will keep him busy during his rehab assignment in order to prepare him for an eventual return to the big-league bullpen. Mayers was enjoying an impressive season prior to suffering his lat injury in mid-April, and he'll look to regain his form during his remaining time with the Redbirds.
Mayers (lat) gave up a solo home run in one inning in Triple-A Memphis' loss to New Orleans on Saturday.
Mayers fired 22 pitches during his inning, a notable departure from the scant six he'd thrown in his first rehab outing last Wednesday. The homer he allowed to Isan Diaz was his one blemish, but the fact he got more work in was a plus. Mayers likely still has multiple rehab appearances remaining before he's considered for activation.
Mayers (lat) fired a scoreless seventh inning in Triple-A Memphis' loss to Nashville on Wednesday.
The good news is that Mayers got through his one frame without a hitch. However, he may have been just a tad too efficient, considering he needed just six pitches to notch three outs. Overall, it was an encouraging first appearance for Mayers after he last saw game action April 15, and he'll work on building his pitch count back up in subsequent rehab outings.
Mayers (lat) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday, Rob Rains of StLSportsPage.com reports.
Mayers has been out with a lat strain since mid-April. Given the length of his absence, he'll likely need a fairly long rehab assignment.
Mayers (lat) threw a bullpen session Thursday and will throw either live batting practice or a simulated game Sunday, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
Mayers has been out since late April and will therefore presumably need a relatively extensive rehab assignment before activation. However, the right-hander will need to get through his live BP session or sim game Sunday before he can head out to a minor-league affiliate.
The Cardinals transferred Mayers (lat) to the 60-day injured list.
The transaction has no bearing on Mayers' timeline to return from a right lat strain, as he's already missed more than two months with the injury. Mayers has resumed mound work, throwing a pain-free bullpen session Monday. He could soon be ready to face hitters, which would put him on track to begin a minor-league rehab assignment before the end of the month.
Mayers (lat) will throw a bullpen session either Friday or Saturday and could start a rehab assignment by the end of June, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
Manager Mike Shildt labeled the rehabbing right-hander as "ahead of schedule" Thursday, certainly an encouraging sign considering Mayers has already missed close to two months of action. The reliever noted that he'd gotten his range of motion back recently after sticking to a set throwing routine over the last three weeks. "It's been a slow process, but I think I'm getting closer to the end," Mayers said. "The big thing they've stressed to me is one day at a time. A setback is way bigger than trying to cut a corner here and there. I know my schedule like a day or two ahead, but other than that, I don't know."
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