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66 John Bale RP
Height/Weight: 6-4/210 | Birthdate: 5/22/1974 | Birthplace: Cheverly, MD | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Detroit | College: Southern Mississippi | MLB Experience: 7
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Tigers cut 14 from camp


(3/15/2011) The Tigers cut the following players from camp Tuesday: RP Lester Oliveros, SS Cale Iorg, SS Audy Ciriaco, 1B Ryan Strieby, P Chris Oxspring, RP John Bale, C Rob Brantly, C Bryan Holaday, C John Murrian, C Patrick Leyland, C Omir Santos, OF Ben Guez, OF Avisail Garcia and SS Brandon Douglas.

Bale out to win relief job


(3/5/2011) Detroit RP John Bale continued to help his chances to securing a spot in the Tigers bullpen with another scoreless outing during the team's 7-4 loss to Toronto on Saturday. Bale, who spent last season with the Hiroshima Carp in Japan, faced the minimum six batters and allowed one hit while striking out a batter. “He’s a crafty veteran lefty who knows how to pitch and keeps hitters off balance,” Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon, who managed the split-squad game, told MLive.com. “He did a nice job for us.”

Bale leaves for Japan leagues


(2/19/2010) Ex-Royals reliever John Bale signed to play in Japan with the Hiroshima Carp on Friday.

Royals release 1B Jacobs, RP Bale


(12/10/2009) The Royals put first baseman Mike Jacobs and left-hander John Bale on unconditional release waivers.

Bale available to pitch again


(9/29/2009) From The Sports Xchange notes: LHP John Bale rejoined the bullpen Monday but was not used. Bale has not pitched since Sept. 4 when he pulled his hamstring on his first pitch against the Angels.

Bale does not return on Saturday


(9/25/2009) Royals RP John Bale (leg) was not back in action on Saturday against the Twins. He is however expected to be back at some point during the current homestand.

Bale could return this weekend


(9/22/2009) From The Sports Xchange notes: LHP John Bale, who left a Sept. 4 relief outing with a right hamstring strain, threw 34 pitches in a bullpen session Monday. Royals manager Trey Hillman said there is a chance Bale could pitch before the end of the homestand, which concludes Sunday.

Bale likely done for the year


(9/5/2009) Royals RP John Bale is likely out for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury. Bale pulled his right hamstring after throwing only one pitch Friday in a 2-1 loss to the Angels. Manager Trey Hillman said it's a "good possibility" Bale is finished for the season. "He's still having difficulty walking," Hillman said.

Bale hurts leg, assisted off field


(9/4/2009) Royals reliever John Bale has been assisted off the field after injuring his right leg on his first pitch against the Angels. Bale entered Friday's game with two on and one out in the eighth inning, replacing Jamey Wright with the Royals leading 1-0. He appeared to catch his right cleat in the dirt on his follow through, locking his knee straight. The right-hander grimaced immediately and doubled over in pain on the infield grass. He tried to walk, but needed help to walk back to the dugout.

Bale earns first career save


(6/25/2009) Royals RP John Bale pitched a perfect 11th on Wednesday night against Houston for the first save of his career. Bale has a 5.00 ERA.

Bale removed off DL Sunday


(5/24/2009) Kansas City RP John Bale was activated off the disabled list on Sunday as part of a bevy of moves made by the Royals.

Bale finally works back-to-backs


(5/18/2009) From the The Sports Xchange: LHP John Bale worked a scoreless inning Saturday for Class AA Northwest Arkansas, throwing 10 strikes in 13 pitches, and allowed one hit. Bale, who had thyroid surgery in March, worked on back-to-back days (Friday and Saturday) for the first time since beginning his minor league rehab assignment.

RP Bale begins rehab assignment


(5/6/2009) Royals RP John Bale, recovering from thyroid surgery, joined Double-A Northwest Arkansas to begin his rehab assignment Tuesday. He didn't pitch, however, because the game got rained out.

Bale ready for Double-A rehab stint


(5/5/2009) From the The Sports Xchange: LHP John Bale will begin his minor-league injury rehab assignment Tuesday with Double-A Northwest Arkansas. Bale is on the DL after having thyroid surgery in March.

Bale due for rehab stint soon


(4/27/2009) From the The Sports Xchange: LHP John Bale (thyroid surgery on March 3) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. He pitched in extended spring training on April 22, and he might soon begin a minor league rehab assignment.

Royals start Bale on 15-day DL


(4/1/2009) The Royals placed LHP John Bale on the 15-day DL on Wednesday, retroactive to March 27, as he recovers from thyroid surgery.

Bale up in weight, throwing 60 feet


(3/13/2009) Royals LHP John Bale has gained four pounds since March 3 thyroid surgery. He is throwing 60 feet from flat ground. "The doctor said in two weeks I should be full-go," Bale said earlier this week. "I feel a little weak, but my strength will come back pretty quick."

Bale able to play some catch


(3/11/2009) Royals LHP John Bale, who had thyroid surgery last week, played catch recently. Bale, who had thyroid surgery Tuesday, rejoined the club for stretching and a light workout Sunday. "The doctor said in two weeks I should be full-go," Bale said. "I feel a little weak, but my strength will come back pretty quick."

Bale rejoins team, out two weeks


(3/8/2009) Royals LHP John Bale, who had thyroid surgery Tuesday, rejoined the club for stretching and a light workout Sunday. "The doctor said in two weeks I should be full-go," Bale said. "I feel a little weak, but my strength will come back pretty quick."

Bale could be back later this week


(3/4/2009) MLB.com reports that Royals RP John Bale could be back in the Royals' camp by the end of this week, just days after having surgery in Kansas City to have his thyroid gland removed.

Bale to have thyroid surgery


(2/28/2009) Kansas City Royals left-hander John Bale will undergo surgery on Tuesday to correct a thyroid problem. "John Bale has a condition known as Graves' disease, better known as hyperthyroidism," Royals manager Trey Hillman said Saturday. "It means an overactive thyroid gland. ... There are two options. You can medicate it or have it surgically removed. John has chosen the surgery on Tuesday in Kansas City."

Bale sent back to K.C.


(2/27/2009) Royals RP John Bale returned to Kansas City for further evaluation on his thyroid after a routine camp physical revealed possible problems. "There were irregularities in his blood work," manager Trey Hillman said. "It's a problem dealing with his thyroid."

Bale limited due to stiff back


(2/18/2009) LHP John Bale was limited in Monday's workout because of upper back stiffness. "No major concern there," manager Trey Hillman said. "As early as it is, the message to Johnny is, 'Get healthy.'"

KC brings back Bale on year deal


(12/16/2008) Left-hander John Bale and the Royals agreed Tuesday to a one-year contract. The six-season veteran came to the Royals in 2007 after stints with Cincinnati, Baltimore and Toronto. The 34-year-old became a free agent on Dec. 12 after he was not offered a contract by the Royals.

Royals' Bale becomes free agent


(12/15/2008) Kansas City Royals allowed center fielder Joey Gathright, left-handed pitcher John Bale, infielder Jason Smith, who played briefly for Kansas City last season, and right-handed pitcher Jairo Cuevas became free agents after not getting contracts Friday.