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56 Saul Rivera RP
Height/Weight: 5-11/181 | Birthdate: 12/7/1977 | Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Cleveland | College: Mobile | MLB Experience: 4
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Indians give Rivera minor deal


(8/23/2010) The Cleveland Indians signed reliever Saul Rivera to a minor-league contract Sunday.

Diamondbacks say goodbye to Rivera


(8/2/2010) The Diamondbacks have released RP Saul Rivera, who was designated for assignment back in June.

Rivera outrighted back to minors


(6/13/2010) D-Backs reliever Saul Rivera has cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to the minor leagues Friday.

Rivera designated for assignment


(6/8/2010) The Arizona Diamondbacks designated RP Saul Rivera for assignment on Tuesday and recalled RP Blaine Boyer from Triple-A Reno. Rivera had a 22.09 ERA in four relief appearances for the Diamondbacks this season.

D-Backs go with bullpen committee


(5/18/2010) From The Sports Xchange notes: Manager A.J. Hinch finally lost his patience with his struggling bullpen. Hinch said over the weekend "all bets are off" regarding relief roles after both right-handers Juan Gutierrez and Chad Qualls were charged with blown saves in a 6-5 loss in Atlanta on Friday. "I want everybody to be ready all the time," Hinch said. "I don't think there should be any expectations down there at this point. I think they should be ready to go after the starter and we'll do our best to patch it together." The lone bright spot in the bullpen has been right-hander Aaron Heilman, who had dropped his ERA to 3.45 before giving up a run Monday night. Righty Carlos Rosa, obtained from the Kansas City organization May 1, made a scoreless appearance in his first D-backs' appearance Saturday, and he could move up in the pecking order. Right-hander Cesar Valdez was moved to the bullpen Sunday and is likely to remain there. Esmerling Vasquez, Cesar Valdez and Saul Rivera are also deeper in the bullpen.

Diamondbacks acquire S. Rivera


(5/17/2010) The Diamondbacks made a move to bolster their bullpen Monday, acquiring RP Saul Rivera from Cleveland for cash. Rivera was pitching for the Indians' Triple-A affiliate in Columbus, compiling a 0.53 ERA over 17 innings. He will join Arizona's bullpen immediately and will be available for Monday night's game in Florida. RP Bob Howry was released to make room for Rivera.

Indians make cuts on Friday


(4/2/2010) Cleveland purchased RP Jamey Wright from Triple-A Columbus on Friday and reassigned RHP Saul Rivera, C/1B Chris Gimenez and INFs Brian Buscher, Niuman Romero and Luis O. Rodriguez to minor-league camp.

S. Rivera doesn't make Indians squad


(3/31/2010) The Indians have sent RP Saul Rivera to the minors.

Indians add more spring invites


(2/8/2010) The Indians have invited the following players to spring training as non-roster invitees: pitchers Mike Gosling, Jason Grilli, Josh Judy, Zach Putnam, Saul Rivera and Alex White; and infielders Brian Buscher, Lonnie Chisenhall and Luis O. Rodriguez.

Indians hand out spring invites


(1/15/2010) The Indians have extended spring training invites to the following players: infielders Beau Mills, Brian Buscher, Lonnie Chisenhall, Mark Grudzielanek, Luis O. Rodriguez and Niuman Romero; outfielders Shelley Duncan and Austin Kearns; catcher Damaso Espino; and pitchers Mike Gosling, Jason Grilli, Frank Herrmann, Yohan Pino, Anthony Reyes, Saul Rivera and Alex White.

Indians give RP Rivera minor deal


(12/21/2009) The Indians signed reliever Saul Rivera to a minor league contract Monday.

Nationals release RP Rivera


(12/7/2009) The Nationals unconditionally released right-hander Saul Rivera, who had a 6.10 ERA in 30 appearances for Washington last year.

Rivera recalled by Nationals


(8/6/2009) Washington recalled right-hander Saul Rivera from Triple-A Syracuse of the International League on Thursday. The 31-year-old Rivera was 0-1 with an 8.49 ERA in 10 games for the Nationals, then was optioned to the minors April 20. He was 2-5 with two saves and a 3.55 ERA for Syracuse.

S. Rivera sent down Tuesday


(5/5/2009) Washington is sending RHP Saul Rivera to Triple-A Syracuse and bringing LHP Joe Beimel off the DL. Beimel will get a chance to earn the closer's job, Washington manager Manny Acta said.

Rivera gets quick recall by Nats


(4/21/2009) The Nationals are putting setup man Joe Beimel on the 15-day DL with a hip injury and recalling reliever Saul Rivera from Triple-A Syracuse. Tuesday's moves come just two days after the right-handed Rivera was sent down to the minors as part of a major overhaul of Washington's struggling bullpen. Beimel strained his left hip flexor while making a defensive play in the eighth inning of Washington's 3-2 victory over Atlanta. The left-hander has a 1.23 ERA in eight relief appearances this season.

Rivera blows save, gets sent down


(4/19/2009) Washington RP Saul Rivera, who was 0-3 with a 12.27 ERA in six outings was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday after blowing a save and taking a loss in Sunday's 7-4 loss. He allowed four earned runs in one inning of work.

S. Rivera not providing much relief


(4/15/2009) Nationals RP Saul Rivera has allowed five earned runs on nine hits in just 5 1/3 innings of relief work this season. His ERA is 8.44.

Nats sorting out their bullpen


(3/21/2009) From the The Sports Xchange: Because Joe Beimel is likely to have the setup role, the Nationals presumably will keep Michael Hinckley as a left-handed specialist. Those two would likely join closer Joel Hanrahan, seventh-inning reliever Saul Rivera and a trio of relievers from a group including Garrett Mock, Jesus Colome, Julian Tavarez, Jason Bergmann, Ryan Wagner and Steven Shell.

Nats line up their bullpen Friday


(2/27/2009) Saul Rivera threw a scoreless eighth inning Friday, and Joel Hanrahan struck out two in a perfect ninth for the save.

Nats ink 23 players Saturday


(2/14/2009) Outfielder Elijah Dukes, left-handed starter John Lannan and catcher Jesus Flores are among 23 players who agreed to terms on 2009 contracts with the Washington Nationals. The other 20 agreeing to terms were: outfielders Roger Bernadina, Leonard Davis and Justin Maxwell; infielders Kory Casto and Ian Desmond; catchers Luke Montz and Wil Nieves; left-handers Matt Chico, Ross Detwiler and Mike Hinckley; and right-handers Luis Atilano, Collin Balester, Tyler Clippard, Marco Estrada, Joel Hanrahan, Shairon Martis, Garrett Mock, Saul Rivera, Steven Shell and Terrell Young.

Rivera hung with five loss


(8/13/2008) The Mets snapped an eighth-inning tie Tuesday when Damion Easley was hit by Saul Rivera's two-strike pitch with the bases loaded, and they handed a slim lead to a shaky relief corps that has struggled badly without injured closer Billy Wagner. Rivera (3-5) plunked Damion Easley with a 1-2 pitch Tuesday that umpires ruled hit him on the helmet. Washington manager Manny Acta argued vehemently the ball sailed over Easley's head. He got all four umps to discuss the play, but the call stood. "I just thought the ball hit the bat (at first), but they got it right," Acta said. "It is the human element of the game."

Rivera moves up in Nats' bullpen


(7/23/2008) After the trade of Jon Rauch, the Nationals turn to Joel Hanrahan as the closer for the rest of the season. Hanrahan is second among major league relievers in strikeouts with 65. In the past four weeks, Hanrahan has a 1.80 ERA in his past 13 outings. "I'm excited. Obviously, I wish Chad (Cordero) was here as the closer. He is a good friend of mine," Hanrahan told MLB.com. "(Being a closer) was one of my goals. I didn't think it would happen this year. It's something I look forward to. Hopefully, I can do a good job at it." Luis Ayala and Saul Rivera will serve as his primary setup men.

Rivera behind Ayala in pecking order?


(7/22/2008) With the trade of Jon Rauch to the D-Backs on Tuesday, setup man Luis Ayala will likely get the first shot to close with the Nationals. Saul Rivera is another candidate, but it's more likely Rivera moves into the setup role at this point.

Rivera takes loss in last outing


(5/28/2008) Nationals RP Saul Rivera fell to 3-2 on the season Monday when he took the loss in a 4-3 defeat at the hands of the Brewers. Rivera allowed one run on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

Rivera giving up runs of late


(5/6/2008) After a solid start to the season, Saul Rivera has given up three runs in his past 6 1/3 innings.