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Team W-L L10 STRK
92-70 7-3 W2
81-81 5-5 L1
78-84 4-6 W1
66-96 6-4 L3
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2022 Pitching

Earned Run Average
Base on Balls (Walk)
Walks and Hits Allowed Per Inning
Regular Season 2 0 2.08 62 21 1.10
Post Season 0 0 0.00 6 4 1.40

Top James Karinchak News

  • Guardians' James Karinchak: Earns win Wednesday

    Karinchak (2-0) struck out the side to earn the extra-inning win over the Rays on Wednesday.

    Karinchak needed 15 pitches (10 strikes) to keep the game tied at 1-1 in the 10th inning, and Amed Rosario delivered a walkoff single in the bottom half of the frame. Over his last six innings, Karinchak has a 9:1 K:BB and has allowed only two hits without surrendering a run. The righty owns a 1.45 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 59:19 K:BB with three saves, eight holds and a blown save through 37.1 innings this year.

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  • Guardians' James Karinchak: Tallies third save

    Karinchak allowed one hit and struck out one across a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save Wednesday against the Angels.

    Karinchak was called upon to protect a two-run lead and did so successfully to earn his third save of the season. He won't see save opportunities regularly going forward, but Emmanuel Clase had worked two consecutive days and was likely unavailable. Karinchak owns an impressive 1.47 ERA and 49:18 K:BB across 30.2 innings for the season.

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  • Guardians' James Karinchak: Earns second save

    Karinchak picked up the save in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Twins. He struck out three in one scoreless inning with two walks and no hits allowed.

    With Emmanuel Clase unavailable after recording the save in each of the previous two games, Karinchak stepped in and shut the door for his second save. The 26-year-old allowed two runners to reach base via the walk, but he struck out the other three batters he faced, giving him 47 punchouts in just 28.2 innings. Karinchak owns a strong 1.57 ERA to go along with a 1.15 WHIP on the season.

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  • Guardians' James Karinchak: Posts first save

    Karinchak struck out two in a perfect inning to earn the save in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Royals.

    Regular closer Emmanuel Clase had pitched three straight days, so he was presumably unavailable Tuesday. Karinchak stepped up and needed just 12 pitches (eight strikes) to deliver his first save of the season. He had a rough return to the majors with three runs allowed in his first two appearances, but Karinchak has since rattled off a 24-inning scoreless streak with a save, four holds and a win in his last 22 outings. For the year, he has a 1.04 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 43:13 K:BB through 26 innings while reclaiming a setup role in a strong Guardians bullpen.

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  • Guardians' James Karinchak: Back with team

    Karinchak was reinstated from the restricted list Monday, Mandy Bell of reports.

    Karinchak will return to the team after missing the three-game series versus the Blue Jays while on the restricted list. The reliever has produced a 1.72 ERA and 1.02 WHIP with 28 strikeouts over 15.2 innings in 14 appearances since joining the big-league roster July 3.

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  • Guardians' James Karinchak: Placed on restricted list

    Karinchak was placed on the restricted list Friday.

    Karinchak is unvaccinated and will be unable to travel with the Guardians for their weekend series in Toronto. The right-hander should rejoin the team ahead of Monday's series opener against the Tigers, while Peyton Battenfield's contract was selected to provide additional bullpen depth this weekend.

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  • Guardians' James Karinchak: Settling in at major-league level

    Karinchak struck out four in 1.2 perfect innings during Monday's 3-1 loss to the Red Sox.

    Karinchak gave up three runs in his first two innings this season, but he's since settled down with 6.2 consecutive scoreless frames. Overall, he's pitched to a 3.12 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 16:4 K:BB in 8.2 innings, though he's pitched in a low-leverage role. The dominance of Emmanuel Clase essentially rules out any chance of closing duties, but continued success could earn Karinchak more of a look as a setup man later in the year.

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  • Guardians' James Karinchak: Returns to big leagues

    Karinchak was recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Sunday.

    A few short years ago, Karinchak was one of the hottest young relievers in the game. He fell apart in 2021, with Karinchak's downward trajectory coinciding with MLB's sticky-stuff crackdown. The hard-throwing righty has not pitched well at all with Columbus this year (5.73 ERA, 1.91 WHIP), but the Guardians need a fresh arm, so they will give Karinchak a look in the majors for the first time this season.

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  • Guardians' James Karinchak: Reinstated, sent down Saturday

    Karinchak (shoulder) was reinstated from the 60-day injured list and optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Saturday.

    Karinchak has been dealing with a shoulder strain since spring training but has been pitching in Columbus over the last month. He posted a 5.73 ERA and 1.91 WHIP in 11 innings over 12 relief appearances during his rehab assignment and will remain in the minors now that he's deemed fully healthy. If he joins the Guardians at some point, he should be in the mix for setup duties.

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  • Guardians' James Karinchak: Begins rehab assignment

    Karinchak (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday, Mandy Bell of reports.

    Karinchak dealt with arm stiffness late in spring training and was shut down from throwing to begin the regular season after being diagnosed with a shoulder strain. The right-hander isn't eligible to return until next week since he's on the 60-day injured list, but his rehab assignment should be the final step in his recovery process. Karinchak converted 11 of 16 save chances last year but will likely work in a setup role for the Guardians once he's healthy since Emmanuel Clase has performed well as the team's closer in 2022.

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  • Guardians' James Karinchak: Transferred to 60-day IL

    Karinchak (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Monday, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.

    Karnichak has been out all year with a strained shoulder. He remains without a clear timetable but will now be ineligible to return before early June. The move clears a 40-man roster spot for Yohan Ramirez, who was acquired in a trade with the Mariners on Monday.

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  • Guardians' James Karinchak: Scheduled for bullpen sessions

    Karinchak (shoulder) is expected to progress to bullpen work this weekend, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.

    Karinchak was shut down from throwing in spring training, but Withers reports the reliever has thrown from 250 feet on flat ground without pain. He's still got a few more steps to go before potentially returning to the Guardians, and it's unclear at this time if the 26-year-old will require a rehab assignment.

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  • Guardians' James Karinchak: Heading to injured list

    Karinchak (shoulder) will begin the season on the injured list, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.

    Karinchak is currently shut down from throwing as he recovers from a teres muscle strain in his right shoulder. He should resume throwing soon but presumably won't be ready for game action right away. His poor season last year and Emmanuel Clase's emergence put some distance between Karinchak and the closer role, though a bounce-back performance should at least position him to be one of the top options if Clase gets hurt.

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  • Guardians' James Karinchak: Shut down from throwing

    Karinchak (shoulder) is likely to start the season on the injured list, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.

    Karinchak was reportedly dealing with arm stiffness to begin spring training, though the injury has since been clarified as a right teres muscle strain. Regardless, he has now been shut down from throwing for an additional 7-to-10 days. Karinchak's status should only further cement Emmanuel Clase's role as Cleveland's closer.

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  • Guardians' James Karinchak: Tending to arm stiffness

    Karinchak was scratched from his scheduled relief appearance in Tuesday's Cactus League game against the Padres after experiencing arm stiffness in his throwing session earlier in the day, Mandy Bell of reports.

    The Guardians are describing Karinchak's removal from the pitching schedule as precautionary, so he could be ready to return to game action within the next few days if the stiffness subsides. After dominating in the first three months of last season and working himself into a closer timeshare with Emmanuel Clase, Karinchak faded badly from July 1 onward, delivering a 6.53 ERA and 1.55 WHIP over his final 20.2 innings in the majors. He may need a healthy, productive spring to avoid a demotion to Triple-A Columbus once the Guardians head north for the regular season.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 230 lbs
Birthplace: Walden, NY
Age: 27
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: R, R