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54 Joe Thatcher RP
Height/Weight: 6-2/230 | Birthdate: 10/4/1981 | Birthplace: Indianapolis, IN | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Houston | College: Indiana State | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $1,350,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0
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Report: Astros add Joe Thatcher to MLB roster


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) The Astros are adding LHP Joe Thatcher to the Opening Day roster, according to a report by Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, citing a source.

Thatcher signed a minor league deal with the team on February 13 and was invited to Major League camp as a non-roster player. 

Thatcher had a 1.35 ERA in seven games with five strikeouts in six and two thirds innings. 


Tony Sipp lands role in Astros bullpen, last spot still open


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch announced that LHP Tony Sipp had earned a spot in the bullpen.

"Sipp's on the team," Hinch told MLB.com's Brian McTaggart

There are still three pitchers battling for the final spot in the Astros pen: Kevin Chapman, Joe Thatcher and Darin Downs

Thatcher is the most experienced, but he's not on the team's 40-man roster. Still, he appears to be the favorite. 

"Thatch has thrown well and has some experience," Hinch said. "Chapman is still in the mix."


Hinch: Astros 'likely' to use seven-man bullpen in 2015


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch indicated that the team is likely to use a seven-man bullpen this season, leaving two spots open for competition this spring, the Houston Chronicle reports.

"Likely," Hinch said of a seven-man bullpen. "There’s always a chance that (changes) depending on how the schedule plays out, and there’s always a debate on how many pitchers to carry during interleague. Now interleague is pretty much year round, so I mean, in a perfect world with our roster, it’s likely to carry a seven-man ‘pen. If we feel like we need an extra pitcher or injury happens, there’s different ways to shape our roster, then we will, but likely 12."

The two open spots will likely be filled by a left-handed pitcher and a long reliever. The competition for the second lefty in the pen likely comes down to Kevin Chapman and nonroster invitees Joe Thatcher and Darin Downs. The long relief role has a broader list of candidates, including Alex White and Asher Wojciechowski, who will prepare both as starters and relievers.

"We’re going to stretch out a lot of our guys," Hinch said. "Some of them are because they’re competing in that fifth starter spot, some of them are bullpen guys. Will Harris is going to throw multiple innings. Obviously (Sam) Deduno has been a starter in the past, he’s in a competition for the fifth man spot. Wojo, White, those guys are going to need to, going to plan for the season on both fronts, whether it’s a starter or reliever. But we’re preaching multiple innings. It’s important if you have a seven-man bullpen that you have a couple of guys that can get four, five, six outs if needed and be a bridge to the rest of the bullpen."


Astros, Joe Thatcher agree to minor-league deal


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/13/2015) The Astros have signed pitcher Joe Thatcher to a minor-league contract, the team announced Friday.

Thatcher, who pitched in the majors last season for the Diamondbacks and Angels, went 2-1 in 2014 with a 3.86 ERA in 30 1/3 innings pitched and 27 strikeouts. The deal will reportedly pay Thatcher $1 million if he makes it to the majors with an additional $1.3 million in incentives. He can also opt out of the contract five days before opening day, according to Chris Cotillo of SBNation.com.


Report: Free-agent pitcher Joe Thatcher to make decision soon


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2015) Free-agent pitcher Joe Thatcher is in contract discussions with more than 10 teams and a decision will likely be made soon, a source told MLBDailyDish.com.

The Rangers are among the teams that have expressed interest in signing the left-handed pitcher. In 2014, Thatcher went 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA over 30 1/3 innings.


Joe Thatcher activated from DL


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) The Angels have activated pitcher Joe Thatcher from the 15-day disabled list on Friday, per MLB.com. Thatcher had been sidelined since Aug. 2 with a left ankle sprain. He owns a 3.00 ERA and 26:4 K:BB ratio in 27 innings.

Joe Thatcher surrenders two runs in rehab outing Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Angels pitcher Joe Thatcher allowed two hits and plunked a batter while giving up two runs in one inning in his rehab game with Double-A Arkansas Saturday.

Thatcher has missed more than a month while recovering from a sprained left ankle. The Angels will likely decide to add him to the active roster in the coming days. Thatcher owns a 3.00 ERA and 26:4 K:BB ratio in 27 innings.


Joe Thatcher scheduled for Double-A appearance Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Angels pitcher Joe Thatcher will pitch for Double-A Arkansas in a playoff game Saturday, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Thatcher has been out since Aug. 2 due to a left ankle sprain. He owns a 3.00 ERA and 26:4 K:BB ratio in 27 innings.


Joe Thatcher to pitch in the minors Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Angels pitcher Joe Thatcher will pitch in the minors Sunday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Thatcher has been sidelined since August 2 due to an ankle injury. If that goes well, Thatcher may return to the major-league club. 


Joe Thatcher pitches simulated game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Angels southpaw reliever Joe Thatcher continued to move forward in his recovery from a sprained left ankle Thursday by completing a 20-pitch simulated game in Minnesota. He faced live hitters in an indoor cage due to the rain, per MLB.com.

Thatcher is scheduled for fielding practice Friday and a rehab assignment thereafter with Double-A Arkansas, which is in the playoffs.


Joe Thatcher could return in a week or so


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Angels pitcher Joe Thatcher could return to action in seven to 10 days, according to the Orange County Register

Thatcher has been sidelined since early August due to an ankle injury. Manager Mike Scioscia said he expects Thatcher to return in about a week. Thatcher has a 3.00 ERA over 27 innings. 


Joe Thatcher's mound session 'didn't go well'


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Angels reliever Joe Thatcher tried to throw off a mound recently, but his sprained ankle continues to bother him, and he told the Orange Country Register Thursday the session went poorly.

Thatcher is still aiming to return in mid-September, but it is not clear if he has a timetable to throw off a mound again at this point. Once his ankle is healed, however, Thatcher expects to return quickly.

"My arm is in shape," he said. "So as soon as my ankle is ready, I'll be ready to go. There's no build-up process."


Joe Thatcher hoping to throw Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Angels pitcher Joe Thatcher is hoping to throw off a mound Saturday, according to the Los Angeles Times

Thatcher has been sidelined since August 2 due to an ankle injury. Despite his progress, Thatcher remains at least two weeks away from a return. 


Joe Thatcher not ready to return


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Angels pitcher Joe Thatcher has been able to do some light throwing off a mound, but isn't ready to return just yet, according to MLB.com.

Manager Mike Scioscia said Thatcher was "not close" to coming back. He's been sidelined since August 2 due to an ankle issue. 


Joe Thatcher still a 'ways away'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Angels pitcher Joe Thatcher is still a "ways away" from a return, according to MLB.com.

Thatcher was hoping to return Friday, but manager Mike Scioscia said that may have been "a little too aggressive." He's been out since August 3 with an ankle issue. 


Joe Thatcher to miss 3-4 weeks with ankle sprain


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) Angels pitcher Joe Thatcher underwent an MRI, which confirmed a ligament sprain on his ankle, per MLB.com on Monday. Thatcher is expected to be sidelined for 3-4 weeks.

Angels make a few roster moves Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) The Angels placed reliever Joe Thatcher on the 15-day disabled list Sunday after he suffered a sprained ankle Saturday against the Rays. 

The Angels made a few other changes to their bullpen. They optioned Michael Roth to Triple-A Salt Lake, while recalling Cam Bedrosian and Fernando Salas.


Joe Thatcher exits game with ankle sprain


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) Angels pitcher Joe Thatcher was forced out of Saturday's game against the Rays with a left ankle sprain.

Thatcher permitted a pair of singles before leaving the game with the ailment. He allowed no runs and two hits in one-third of an inning. He owns a 3.00 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP over 27 innings of relief. He is expected to land on the disabled list, manager Mike Scioscia told the Los Angeles Times.


Joe Thatcher picks up first relief win of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Angels pitcher Joe Thatcher worked his way past a pair of hits in a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his first relief win of the season Sunday against the Mariners. He owns a 3.04 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP over 26 2/3 innings of relief.

Joe Thatcher takes loss Saturday vs. Mariners


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Angels pitcher Joe Thatcher was stuck with a loss after giving up hits to the only two batters he faced in his team's 3-2, 12-inning defeat against the Mariners.

Thatcher (0-1) gave up back-to-back doubles to open the 12th inning and put his team in a 2-1 hole, and the runner he left on base also came around to score what ended up being the decisive run. Thatcher owns a 3.16 ERA and 26:4 K:BB ratio in 25 2/3 innings between the Angels and Diamondbacks.


Report: Angels deal with Diamondbacks for two players


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) The Angels have acquired right-hander Joe Thatcher and outfielder Tony Campana from the Diamondbacks, according to Fox Sports, which is further reporting that the return has yet to be announced.

Thatcher has performed well in relief for Arizona this season with seven runs and just three walks allowed in 24 innings pitched. Campana had only nine hits in 60 at-bats before his demotion to Triple-A Reno.


Joe Thatcher avoids arbitration


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2014) Diamondbacks pitcher Joe Thatcher avoided arbitration with the club.

Details of the contract were not released. Thatcher is coming off a season in which he posted a 3.20 ERA. 


Joe Thatcher headed to Arizona


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2013) Padres reliever Joe Thatcher has been traded to the Diamondbacks for Ian Kennedy., according to MLB.com. CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman has confirmed the deal.

The D-Backs were said to be seeking a left-handed reliever, and the Padres seemed to be a good fit. Thatcher is under contract through 2014. He has bee used to neutralize lefties, holding them to a .202 career average. 

Thatcher has a 2.10 ERA in 30 innings. 


Joe Thatcher a likely candidate to be moved


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2013) The Padres are considering offers for many of the relievers, but Joe Thatcher could be the most likely candidate to move, according to ESPN.

Thatcher is thought to be more available than Luke Gregerson. The Padres were also reportedly considering offers for Huston Street and Dale Thayer. Thatcher has a 2.10 ERA in 30 innings. 


Several Padres drawing interest on trade market


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2013) Padres third baseman Chase Headley, outfielder Carlos Quentin and closer Huston Street are all likely to stay put as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline nears, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. However, there is major interest for Padres setup man Luke Gregerson.

The Tigers are known to have interest in Gregerson, while 2-3 more teams are said to be in heavy pursuit of the right-handed reliever. Gregerson isn't a free agent until after the 2015 season.

Gregerson isn't the only Padres' player being discussed in trade talks. Heyman reports starting pitcher Edinson Volquez, reliever Joe Thatcher, outfielders Chris Denorfia, Will Venable and Kyle Blanks, as well as infielder Logan Forsythe are drawing interest.