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Top T.J. McFarland News

  • Mets' T.J. McFarland: Sent to minor-league camp

    The Mets reassigned McFarland to minor-league camp Sunday.

    The veteran left-hander signed with New York as a non-roster invitee in January but struggled during spring training with six runs allowed over eight innings. McFarland appeared in 28 games for the Cardinals last season and pitched similarly poorly with a 6.61 ERA and 16:11 K:BB in 32.2 frames.

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  • Mets' T.J. McFarland: Lands deal with Mets

    McFarland signed a minor-league contract with the Mets on Tuesday, Michael Mayer of reports.

    It's unclear whether McFarland has been given an invitation to big-league camp, but it would stand to reason that he probably has. The left-hander stumbled with the Cardinals in 2022, posting an ugly 6.61 ERA across 28 appearances.

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  • Cardinals' T.J. McFarland: Re-ups with Cards

    McFarland re-signed Tuesday with the Cardinals on a minor-league contract.

    McFarland and the Cardinals parted ways Aug. 15 when he was booted off the 40-man roster, but after assessing his options in free agency, the veteran southpaw chose to stick around in the organization. He'll report to Triple-A Memphis and could get a late-season call-up if the Cardinals have a need for a lefty reliever down the stretch.

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  • T.J. McFarland: Let go by Cardinals

    McFarland was released by the Cardinals on Friday.

    After he was designated for assignment Wednesday, McFarland was released outright two days later. The reliever has produced a 6.61 ERA and 1.62 WHIP with 16 strikeouts over 32.2 frames in 28 appearances with the Cardinals this year. McFarland is now free to sign with whatever team he wants moving forward.

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  • Cardinals' T.J. McFarland: Loses 40-man spot

    The Cardinals designated McFarland for assignment Wednesday.

    Given that the left-handed McFarland has yielded a .354 average and .542 slugging percentage to opposing left-handed hitters this season, the Cardinals' decision to cut bait with him isn't an overly surprising one. St. Louis summoned Jake Woodford from Triple-A Memphis to replace him in the bullpen.

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  • Cardinals' T.J. McFarland: Reinstated from IL

    McFarland (illness) was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list Monday.

    McFarland landed in the league's health and safety protocols in late June but will rejoin the Cardinals' bullpen after spending just under three weeks away from the team. He made three rehab appearances at Triple-A Memphis over the last few days and allowed a hit and no walks while striking out three in three scoreless innings.

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  • Cardinals' T.J. McFarland: Begins rehab assignment

    McFarland (illness) begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.

    McFarland struck out one in a perfect inning during Wednesday's outing, and he'll make his second rehab appearance Friday. Assuming the southpaw feels good following Friday's appearance, it seems likely that he'll be back in action in the coming days.

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  • Cardinals' T.J. McFarland: Bullpen session set for Wednesday

    McFarland (illness) is expected to throw a bullpen session Wednesday, John Denton of reports.

    McFarland has been out since June 22, though he cleared the COVID-19 protocols a week later. The southpaw is likely to need a rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis after his bullpen session, so it's unlikely he's activated until the weekend.

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  • Cardinals' T.J. McFarland: Clears protocols

    McFarland (illness) was spotted in the Cardinals clubhouse Wednesday, suggesting that he's no longer symptomatic of COVID-19 and has cleared all protocols, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

    McFarland remains on the COVID-19-related injured list and will likely need at least a few days to regain conditioning and ramp up his throwing program before being activated. The veteran lefty reliever posted a 7.43 ERA and 1.76 WHIP across 26.2 innings with St. Louis before being deactivated June 22.

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  • Cardinals' T.J. McFarland: Still recovering from COVID-19

    Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said McFarland (illness) has yet to clear all COVID-19-related protocols and thus hasn't resumed working out, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

    Marmol noted that McFarland is feeling better since landing on the COVID-19-related injured list Wednesday, so he could be cleared to begin ramping up within the next few days. The lefty reliever posted a 7.43 ERA, 1.76 WHIP and 16:8 K:BB across 26.2 innings this season prior to landing on the IL.

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  • Cardinals' T.J. McFarland: Placed on injured list

    McFarland was placed on the injured list without a designation Wednesday.

    Since the Cardinals didn't provide a reason for placing McFarland on the injured list, he's likely on the COVID-19 IL. Assuming that's the case, the southpaw will be eligible to rejoin the team as soon as he clears the league's health and safety protocols. His return timetable depends on whether he's tested positive for COVID-19, but right-hander Junior Fernandez was recalled to take his place in the bullpen.

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  • Cardinals' T.J. McFarland: Nabs four outs Monday

    McFarland struck out one without allowing a baserunner in 1.1 innings during Monday's 7-5 win over the Pirates.

    McFarland appeared to be set for mop-up work when he entered the game in the sixth inning with the Cardinals down 5-0, but they tied it up in their half of the frame. He got one more out before turning the ball over to Giovanny Gallegos. McFarland has had few bright spots lately, giving up 15 runs and 24 hits across his last 14 innings, but he was effective Monday in his second straight scoreless appearance. The southpaw has a 7.40 ERA, 1.77 WHIP and 15:8 K:BB across 24.1 innings as a low-leverage option this season.

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  • Cardinals' T.J. McFarland: Solid in relief outing

    McFarland allowed two hits and struck out one in 1.2 innings during Sunday's 8-0 loss to the Brewers.

    McFarland has given up 12 runs in 13 innings in May, keeping runs off the board in just seven of his 11 appearances. He's posted a 7.23 ERA, 1.71 WHIP and 12:6 K:BB across 18.2 innings in 17 outings overall. Given his inconsistent pitching, the southpaw is likely to be limited to low-leverage assignments.

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  • Cardinals' T.J. McFarland: Gives up five runs in mop-up duty

    McFarland allowed five runs on four hits and a walk in one inning during Wednesday's 11-4 loss to the Mets.

    McFarland was tasked with the eighth inning, entering with the Cardinals down just two runs. He wasn't very effective, allowing the Mets to rally for five runs, capped off by a three-run blast from Pete Alonso before finishing off the frame. McFarland has allowed 10 runs in 7.1 innings in May, and his good start to the year is but a memory now. He owns a 9.00 ERA, 1.85 WHIP, 7:5 K:BB and one hold through 13 innings.

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  • Cardinals' T.J. McFarland: Spotless to begin season

    McFarland pitched two perfect innings and struck out one in Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Reds.

    McFarland entered in a jam in the sixth inning, but he induced a double play to get out of danger without allowing inherited runners from Adam Wainwright to score. McFarland then made quick work in the seventh. This was his first clean outing of the year -- he's allowed five hits and two walks with three strikeouts across five scoreless innings to begin the season. The southpaw figures to stay in a multi-inning role, though he's picked up a hold in four appearances.

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  • Cardinals' T.J. McFarland: Will be in big leagues

    McFarland will be on the Cardinals' Opening Day roster, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

    McFarland's first year in St. Louis went well -- he put up a 2.56 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 4-1 record and 15 holds in 38 appearances. The southpaw figures to resume a middle-relief role in 2022. He's been historically strong at limiting home runs, posting a 3.4 GB/FB rate in 2021, though his 3.78 FIP last season suggests he could regress this year.

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  • Cardinals' T.J. McFarland: Brought back to St. Louis

    McFarland re-signed with the Cardinals on a one-year deal Monday.

    McFarland was a useful left-handed option out of the bullpen for the Cardinals last season. His excellent 63.7 percent groundball rate helped him to a 2.56 ERA despite a very low 14.6 percent strikeout rate. That lack of whiffs means he's ill-suited for a ninth-inning role, however, as evidenced by his one career save in nine MLB seasons, so he's unlikely to have much fantasy value in most formats.

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  • Cardinals' T.J. McFarland: Solid finish to regular season

    McFarland posted a 1-0 record and five holds over the nine innings covering his last 10 regular-season appearances.

    The veteran also blew a save opportunity and posted a 5.00 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in that span, hinting at occasional trouble. However, McFarland was still mostly impressive throughout that stretch, giving up more than one earned run just once and tossing six scoreless outings as well. The left-hander enjoyed a fantasy-friendly campaign overall that included a 4-1 record, 2.56 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 15 holds across 38.2 innings over 38 appearances.

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  • Cardinals' T.J. McFarland: Up to nine holds

    McFarland secured his ninth hold in a win over the Mets on Monday, allowing one hit over a scoreless seventh inning.

    McFarland saw action for the fourth time in the last five days, an especially busy stretch during which he's generated three scoreless appearances and three holds overall. The veteran left-hander has boosted his fantasy stock nicely down the stretch, and he's now worked his ERA down to 1.95 following Monday's outing.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 200 lbs
Birthplace: Palos Hills, IL
Age: 33
Experience: 8
Bats/Throws: L, L