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Top Nick Wittgren News

  • Royals' Nick Wittgren: Latches on in Kansas City

    Wittgren signed a minor-league contract with the Royals on Monday.

    He should be in major-league camp as a non-roster invitee. Wittgren has had some usefulness in the past, but he's now 31 years old and coming off back-to-back seasons with a plus-5.00 ERA.

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  • Nick Wittgren: Becomes free agent

    The Cardinals granted Wittgren his release Monday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

    St. Louis designated Wittgren for assignment July 2 before the veteran reliever cleared waivers a few days later. Rather than having him report to Triple-A Memphis, the Cardinals and Wittgren decided it was in their best interest to part ways. The 31-year-old righty will likely have to settle for a minor-league deal with his next organization after turning in a 5.90 ERA and 1.55 WHIP across 29 innings out of the St. Louis bullpen prior to being cast off the 40-man roster.

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  • Cardinals' Nick Wittgren: Designated for assignment

    Wittgren was designated for assignment by the Cardinals on Saturday.

    Wittgren hasn't pitched since giving up four runs on four hits and no walks while striking out one in one inning June 26, and he'll now lose his spot on the 40-man roster. It's not yet clear whether he'll remain in the organization if he goes unclaimed on waivers.

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  • Cardinals' Nick Wittgren: Covers two scoreless innings

    Wittgren allowed a hit and struck out one in two scoreless innings during Friday's 3-0 loss to the Cubs.

    Wittgren has strung together 5.2 scoreless innings across his last four appearances, which is his longest shutout streak of the year by innings. With a 4.82 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 16:10 K:BB in 28 innings overall, he's had his fair share of inconsistency, but he seems to be in good form in a low-leverage role. The right-hander has added a save and four holds with a 1-0 record, but he's a few rungs lower on the ladder than the Cardinals' top high-leverage arms in Ryan Helsley, Giovanny Gallegos and Genesis Cabrera.

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  • Cardinals' Nick Wittgren: Snags win Saturday

    Wittgren (1-0) allowed a hit in a scoreless inning to earn the win Saturday over the Reds.

    Wittgren kept the deficit to one run in the top of the ninth inning, and Tommy Edman walked it off for the Cardinals in the bottom of the frame. Despite allowing nine runs, 14 hits and five walks in his last nine innings, Wittgren has picked up a save and a win in his two scoreless outings in that span without taking any losses or blown saves. The right-hander has a 5.79 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 11:10 K:BB in 23.1 innings overall, so he'll likely be limited to middle relief -- he hasn't picked up a hold since May 2.

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  • Cardinals' Nick Wittgren: Picks up first save

    Wittgren recorded the last out of Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Padres, earning a save.

    Kodi Whitley allowed a solo home run to Luke Voit and then loaded the bases with two outs. Wittgren entered the game and got Robinson Cano to fly out to end the threat. While this was his first save of the season, Wittgren's seen some high-leverage work with four holds in 22 appearances. He's been shaky with a 5.30 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 9:8 K:BB in 18.2 innings -- Giovanny Gallegos and Ryan Helsley are most likely to see the closing assignments going forward, but both of them had pitched Monday and Tuesday.

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  • Cardinals' Nick Wittgren: Yields two runs Tuesday

    Wittgren allowed two runs on three hits and a walk with no strikeouts in two innings during Tuesday's 8-1 loss to the Blue Jays.

    Wittgren's rough May continued Tuesday -- he's allowed runs in six of his 11 appearances this month. The 30-year-old now sports a 4.86 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 7:7 K:BB across 16.2 innings. He's picked up four holds, but none since May 2, indicating he may have slipped out of the high-leverage conversation for now.

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  • Cardinals' Nick Wittgren: Faltering in May

    Wittgren allowed a run on three hits and struck out one in 1.1 innings in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Orioles.

    Through five appearances in May, Wittgren has allowed three runs in 5.1 innings. He allowed all of one run in April, so this is a discouraging downturn for the righty reliever. For the season, the 30-year-old has a 3.09 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 7:4 K:BB across 11.2 innings while picking up four holds.

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  • Cardinals' Nick Wittgren: Picks up third hold

    Wittgren walked one batter in a scoreless inning to earn a hold in Friday's 4-2 win over the Reds.

    Wittgren has picked up three holds through six appearances this season. The right-hander has been effective in limited time, as he's only covered a full inning in three of his outings. He's yielded one run, five hits and two walks while striking out two in 4.1 innings. Wittgren amassed 31 holds over the last three years with Cleveland, and he appears to be reprising a similar role as part of the high-leverage bridge to closer Giovanny Gallegos.

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  • Cardinals' Nick Wittgren: Signs on with St. Louis

    Wittgren agreed to a one-year, $1.2 million contract with the Cardinals on Sunday, John Denton of reports.

    Wittgren elected free agency after being outrighted off Cleveland's 40-man roster in November, and he'll continue his career in St. Louis. The right-hander posted a 5.05 ERA over 62.1 frames during 2021 but had a 2.97 ERA over the previous three years, and the Cardinals will undoubtedly hope he can rediscover that form.

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  • Nick Wittgren: Elects free agency

    Wittgren elected free agency after being outrighted to Triple-A Columbus by Cleveland on Friday, Mandy Bell of reports.

    Wittgren began the 2021 campaign as a potential closing option for Cleveland, but he quickly fell out of favor for high-leverage opportunities and posted a 5.05 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 61:17 K:BB over 62.1 innings. The right-hander had a 2.97 ERA in 112 appearances across the previous three seasons, so he should be able to latch on somewhere during the offseason.

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  • Indians' Nick Wittgren: Handed loss Wednesday

    Wittgren (2-9) allowed three runs on two hits and a walk in one inning, taking the loss versus Kansas City on Wednesday.

    Wittgren was responsible for Hunter Dozier's two-run triple, and the right-hander let him come across to score on a wild pitch. An uneven September has seen Wittgren post an 8.18 ERA and 1.55 WHIP in his last 11 innings. He has a 5.14 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 61:17 K:BB with one save and nine holds through 61.1 innings.

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  • Indians' Nick Wittgren: Takes loss in nightcap

    Wittgren (2-8) took the loss in Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader versus Kansas City. He allowed two runs on a hit and three walks in two-thirds of an inning.

    The right-hander lacked control early on, walking three straight batters after Nicky Lopez's one-out double in the first inning. Wittgren threw just 14 of 30 pitches for strikes in his first turn as an opener. He's pitched to a 5.05 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 58:16 K:BB across 57 innings. He's added a save and nine holds, but the 30-year-old's rough season has kept him in mainly low-leverage spots.

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  • Indians' Nick Wittgren: Starting Game 2

    Wittgren will start Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader versus the Royals.

    Wittgren will make the first start of his MLB career with Cleveland utilizing a bullpen game in the nightcap. The 30-year-old hasn't thrown more than two innings during a single appearance this season and is unlikely to pitch beyond that Monday.

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  • Indians' Nick Wittgren: Tosses scoreless inning

    Wittgren allowed a hit in a scoreless inning during Sunday's 11-1 loss to Milwaukee.

    His scoreless outing Sunday snapped a run of three appearances in which he'd allowed runs. Wittgren has pitched to a 4.72 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 57:13 K:BB across 55.1 innings this year. The right-hander has added a save, nine holds and a 2-7 record, but he's typically seen more low-leverage work in recent weeks.

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  • Indians' Nick Wittgren: Takes loss in relief

    Wittgren (2-7) was tagged with the relief loss Saturday against the Red Sox after allowing three runs (two earned) on two hits across one-third of an inning.

    Wittgren had the task of keeping the Red Sox off the score board in the 10th inning while beginning his outing with a runner in second, and he failed miserably. The right-hander allowed a single to Kyle Schwarber and a three-run homer to J.D. Martinez -- that would be all the Red Sox would need to close things out. This was Wittgren's second straight outing allowing a homer, and he has given up six runs (three earned) over his last seven appearances (nine innings). The six-year veteran owns a 4.56 ERA on the season.

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  • Indians' Nick Wittgren: Stuck with loss Monday

    Wittgren (2-6) allowed an unearned run on three hits and three walks in 1.2 innings, taking the loss versus Minnesota on Monday. He struck out none.

    The right-hander successfully kept the game tied despite loading the bases in the ninth inning. In the 10th, he didn't get so lucky, as he loaded the bases again and surrendered a walkoff double to Jorge Polanco. Wittgren has allowed two unearned runs in his last 9.1 innings, but both instances have led to him taking a loss. The 30-year-old has a 4.40 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 52:12 K:BB, one save and seven holds through 45 innings this season.

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  • Indians' Nick Wittgren: Takes fifth loss

    Wittgren (2-5) was charged with his fifth loss of the season Tuesday night after allowing one unearned run in one inning of work while walking one and striking out one in Cleveland's 4-3 loss to Oakland.

    Wittgren was called upon to start the 10th inning against the Athletics on Tuesday night. With ghost runner Elvis Andrus lurking behind him, the right-hander got off to a good start with a strikeout of Mark Canha before Starling Marte moved Andrus over to third on a groundout. After Wittgren intentionally walked Matt Olson, Jed Lowrie came through with an RBI double to give Oakland the lead. Although Wittgren would limit the damage to one run, it was all the Athletics needed to secure the win. While the 30-year-old does sport an inflated 4.79 ERA, his 49:9 K:BB means he's at least finding the zone.

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  • Indians' Nick Wittgren: Takes walkoff loss

    Wittgren (2-4) allowed a run on one hit and struck out two in 1.1 innings, taking the loss versus the White Sox on Sunday.

    The right-hander pitched a clean eighth inning in a tied game, but he allowed a walkoff solo home run to Brian Goodwin in the ninth. This was Wittgren's second loss in his last four outings. The 30-year-old now has a 5.55 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 43:8 K:BB through 35.2 innings, mainly working in a medium-leverage role that's seen him collect a save and seven holds.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 215 lbs
Birthplace: Torrance, CA
Age: 31
School: Purdue
Experience: 5
Bats/Throws: R, R