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50 Michael Kirkman RP
Height/Weight: 6-4/195 | Birthdate: 9/18/1986 | Birthplace: Lake City, FL | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Texas | College: No College | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $495,800 | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 691.50
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Michael Kirkman returns to Rangers on minor-league deal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2014) The Rangers announced Thursday they re-signed pitcher Michael Kirkman to a minor-league contract, which includes an invite to spring training.

Kirkman went 0-1 with a 1.59 ERA in 12 relief appearances (5 2/3 innings) for Texas in 2014. He is 2-6 with a 4.98 ERA over five seasons for the Rangers.


Alexi Ogando among Rangers non-tendered players Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Rangers are not offering contracts to left-hander Michael Kirkman, right-hander Alexi Ogando and infielder Adam Rosales before the tender deadline on Tuesday,making them all free agents, the team announced.

Ogando missed the second half of the season due to elbow issues, but was cleared for action recently. He posted a 6.84 ERA over 25 innings of work in 2014.


Rangers adding five to expanded roster


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) The Rangers are set to call up five players from the minors Tuesday, ESPN.com reports.

Pitchers Nick Tepesch, Michael Kirkman, Spencer Patton and Lisalverto Bonilla will be joined by infielder Luis Sardinas as rosters expand.  


Rangers to recall four players


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) According to the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers will recall Nick Tepesch, Lisalverto BonillaLuis Sardinas and Michael Kirkman. On Thursday the team will promote Spencer Patton.

Rangers make a few roster moves Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2014) The Rangers announced Tuesday they purchased the contract of pitcher Daniel McCutchen from Triple-A Round Rock and catcher Chris Gimenez was designated for assignment. The Rangers also outrighted Michael Kirkman to Triple-A after clearing waivers.

Chris Jimenez in, Michael Kirkman out for Rangers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2014) Journeyman catcher Chris Gimenez has bounced from one American League West team to another. He has signed with the Rangers after being released by the Athletics, the Bay Area News Group has reported.

Gimenez will try to push himself over the Mendoza Line this season. He owns a career average of .199 in 331 at-bats.

To make room for Gimenez, the Rangers designated pitcher Michael Kirkman for assignment. Kirkman failed in his attempt to land a rotation spot this spring after a miserable 2013 season in which he sported an 8.18 ERA in 25 appearances.


Martin Perez, Michael Kirkman go three innings vs. Giants


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2014) Rangers pitchers Martin Perez and Michael Kirkman both went three innings on Thursday, but saw different results against the Giants in Cactus League action.

Perez got the start and pitched well, allowing only one run on three hits and two walks while striking out two before being replaced by Kirkman in fourth inning. Kirkman surrendered a solo home run to Andrew Susac fourth inning. He allowed three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five.

Perez has permitted four earned runs over eight innings through three Cactus League starts. Kirkman has allowed three runs over eight innings through three appearances (no starts).

Rangers could turn to in-house candidate to fill out rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2014) If the Rangers don't bring in a high-profile free agent starting pitcher, then they will have many in-house choices to replace Derek Holland, who is expected to miss half the season due to a knee injury. Among the candidates are Colby Lewis, Nick TepeschMichael Kirkman, Jose Contreras, Luke Jackson and Alex Gonzalez, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

However, the paper notes it "would seem slim" that Gonzalez, the team's 2013 first-round pick, and Jackson, the team's minor-league pitcher of the year, would make the opening day rotation.

"If you look at our guys that finished the year with us, it’s Yu Darvish and Martin Perez and that’s really about it," pitching coach Mike Maddux said Tuesday. "We’d like to have some of these guys step up. Some of these guys that were healthy need to continue to be healthy, and some of these guys who were not, we’d love for them to regain their health.

"But we’re really looking for these diamonds in the rough to step up and fill the voids that we have. There’s going to be some intra-staff competition for those spots, and it’s going to be the 12 best fits that we can set up."

Rangers activate Michael Kirkman


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2013) The Rangers have activated right-handed pitcher Michael Kirkman from the 60-day disabled list, MLB.com reports. Kirkman posted an 8.18 ERA in 22 innings for Texas before going on the disabled list with a recurrence of forearm cancer; he posted a 6.98 ERA in 29 2/3 rehab innings at Triple-A Round Rock.

Michael Kirkman takes rehab outing loss


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2013) Rangers pitcher Michael Kirkman got a rehab start with Triple-A Round Rock Friday against Fresno.

Kirkman took the loss in the outing, but was solid as he went five innings and gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks. He struck out two batters.

Kirkman is recovering from skin cancer and has been out since June 7.


Michael Kirkman has rehab set


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2013) Rangers pitcher Michael Kirkman will start for Triple-A Round Rock Friday and go five innings or 75 pitches, FOX Sports reports. Kirkman is recovering from skin cancer and has been out since June 7.


Michael Kirkman nearing rehab assignment


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2013) Rangers pitcher Michael Kirkman, on the disabled list since June 7 undergoing treatment for skin cancer, could begin a rehab assignment during the first week of August, MLB.com reports Sunday. Kirkman has been working out in Arizona. 

Justin Miller, Michael Kirkman trade spots on 60-day DL


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2013) The Rangers made a pair of housekeeping moves Wednesday, as they moved pitcher Michael Kirkman from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day one. His open spot on the 40-man roster was taken by Justin Miller, who came off the 60-day disabled list and was optioned to Double-A Frisco. 

Michael Kirkman placed on 15-day DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2013) The Rangers announced Sunday reliever Michael Kirkman was placed on the 15-day disabled list after suffering a recurrence of a cutaneous lymphoma located in the area of his right triceps. He will begin treatment shortly and be able to participate in baseball activities during his recovery.

The left-handed reliever is expected to make a full recovery, but the Rangers gave no timetable for his return.


Michael Kirkman is long man in bullpen


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2013) The Rangers have tabbed reliever Michael Kirkman as the new long man in the bullpen, FOX Sports reports Monday. 

Kirkman has a 6.11 ERA and blew a save his last time out Sunday against Detroit. That said, he hasn't allowed an earned run in four straight appearances. He has 21 Ks over 17 2/3 innings. 


Michael Kirkman works three innings for save


by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2013) Rangers pitcher Michael Kirkman earned his first career save in Sunday's series finale against the Mariners. He came on for starter Justin Grimm in the sixth inning and worked three frames.

The left-hander allowed one run on two hits and also struck out two while walking two. His lone damage came in the form of a Kyle Seager solo homer in the ninth inning.

Kirkman also lowered his ERA from 6.00 to 5.00 in the 11-3 win.

Michael Kirkman tabbed as setup man


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2013) Rangers manager Ron Washington named left-handed pitcher Michael Kirkman one of his two primary setup men to begin the year, according to the Dallas Morning News.

"If he stays consistent in his delivery and his stuff is as good as we’ve been seeing, he’s a weapon," Washington told the Morning News.

Kirkman had an outside shot at winning a rotation spot late in camp but will shift to this role after allowing three earned runs in 10 innings this spring.


Michael Kirkman to be used in late-innings


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2013) After losing out on the Rangers' fifth starter spot to Nick Tepesch, Michael Kirkman will make the club as a reliever. Manager Ron Washington said the 26-year-old lefty could get some looks in the eighth inning, as a setup man for Joe Nathan. Kirkman had a 3.82 ERA and a 4.31 FIP in 35 1/3 relief innings with the team last season.

Rangers will fill fifth rotation spot internally


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2013) The Rangers will fill the fifth spot in their rotation with an internal candidate, according to MLB.com.

The club has been scouting Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang, but a club official said there was “nothing going on there.” Recently released Chris Young is not considered an option for the team.

Michael Kirkman will pitch against the Angels Wednesday, and the team has been considering using him in the rotation.


Rangers pitcher Michael Kirkman to start Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2013) The Rangers will give Michael Kirkman the starting nod Wednesday. 

Kirkman hasn’t given up a run over nine spring innings, and the team is intrigued by his performance. The Rangers are “seriously considering” moving Kirkman to the major-league starting rotation according to MLB.com.

The 26-year-old tossed 35 1/3 innings out of the Rangers’ bullpen last season. He’s started just 15 games in the minor leagues over the past two years. 


Rangers looking hard at Michael Kirkman


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2013) Texas rotation candidate Michael Kirkman threw 67 pitches over four innings in a minor-league game on Friday, reports MLB.com.

Kirkman went four innings because he's been so impressive in camp thus far the team is considering him for the No. 5 starter role.

While the Rangers continue to lean toward rookie Nick Tepesch, Kirkman is beginning to receive consideration for the job after giving up just three hits over nine scoreless innings this spring with eight strikeouts.

Texas could start Kirkman the first few months and he could eventually transition back into a bullpen role once Colby Lewis is ready to return.

Texas also has been linked to free agent Kyle Lohse, though the team continues to deny it will sign him.


Michael Kirkman extends scoreless streak


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2013) Rangers reliever Michael Kirkman made an emergency start for Kyle McClellan Sunday against the Mariners in Cactus League play. The left-hander rose to the occasion as he tossed three perfect innings of work and struck out two. Kirkman has extended his scoreless streak to nine innings and has allowed just three hits in five outings this spring. 

Kirkman is expected to see a greater role this season, especially with seven of the eight bullpen roles still undefined for the Rangers. 

"I don't see myself as anything right now," Kirkman said before his emergency start. "I can go in there and get any lefty out, but I think I can go out there and pitch three or four innings, too. Whatever [Washington] needs that night, I feel I can go out there and do it." 


Kirkman to be primary lefty out of pen?


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/15/2013) Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux told ESPN.com that he's expecting reliever Michael Kirkman to be the team's primary left-handed reliever out of the bullpen this season. "The past few years we've never really put him on the spot to be the primary guy down there," Maddux said, "but it’s time for Michael to do that." Maddux went on to say that Kirkman has, "one of the better left-handed arms in the major leagues."

Kirkman avoids arbitration


(2/10/2013) MLB.com reports the Rangers and pitcher Michael Kirkman avoided arbitration on Sunday by agreeing to a one-year, $495,800 contract.