(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.
(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.
(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.
(9/20/2007) RHP Saul Rivera has faced 340 batters since surrendering his last home run (April 24 to Philadelphia OF Aaron Rowand), one short of this season's longest such streak in the big leagues.
Colome help out Rivera, Rauch
(8/20/2007) RHP Jesus Colome rejoined the Nationals after being reinstated from the 15-day DL. He was placed on the DL on June 25 with an infection in his right buttock. "Another fresh arm," manager Manny Acta says of Colome. Acta is hoping to take pressure off Jon Rauch and Saul Rivera, who are first and second in the majors in appearances with 68 and 66.
Ayala, Rivera strong in mid-relief
(7/22/2007) Relievers Saul Rivera, Luis Ayala and Chad Cordero retired the final seven batters to preserve a three-hitter for starter Mike Bacsik and help Washington get past Colorado 3-0 Saturday.
Rivera struggles against Tigers
(6/22/2007)The Sports Xchange reports RP Saul Rivera entered Wednesday as one of the Nationals' most consistent relievers, which made his sudden bout of wildness seem out of character. Rivera faced three batters in the Nationals' 8-4 loss to the Tigers; he walked two of them and gave up a single. All three came around to score. In his previous 12 appearances, Rivera had given up just two earned runs. "He just couldn't throw strikes," manager Manny Acta said.
Rivera earns extra-inning save
(6/14/2007) The Nationals called on RP Saul Rivera to pitch in the 11th inning of a 9-6 win over the Orioles Wednesday. Rivera retired the side in order for his third save this season. It was his second since June 8.
Rivera earns save for Nats
(6/8/2007) Nationals RP Saul Rivera earned his second save of the season after working 1 1/3 innings during Friday's 8-5 win over the Twins. He allowed two hits and one earned run while on the mound. Rivera's first save came back on April 20.
Saul Rivera earns rare save
(4/21/2007) Jesus Colome (2-0) picked up the win for the Nationals Friday at Florida with three scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks and striking out two. Saul Rivera recorded his first save of the season, getting Aaron Boone to ground out to end the game with Wood on third base.
Nationals recall RP Rivera
(4/12/2007) According to MLB.com, the Nationals recalled RP Saul Rivera from Triple-A Columbus Thursday after placing RP Ray King (shoulder) on the 15-day DL.
Nats send RP Rivera to minors
(3/31/2007) The Nationals sent RP Saul Rivera to the minors on Saturday.
Rivera likely won't make Nats
(3/28/2007) Nationals right-hander Saul Rivera likely won't make the team.
Nats tender contracts to returnees
(2/7/2007) The Nationals signed RHPs Jason Bergmann, Emiliano Fruto, Jon Rauch, Saul Rivera, Ryan Wagner, LHPs Micah Bowie and Billy Traber to one-year contracts.
Saul Rivera earns first save
(8/26/2006) Rivera filled in for regular closer Chad Cordero on Friday at Atlanta, the regular closer could not pitch due to an ingrown toenail. Ryan Langerhans hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer and the Braves put two more runners aboard with one out. But Rivera earned his first career save by striking out Chipper Jones on three pitches and getting Andruw Jones on a popup.
Rivera gets first win in relief
(7/27/2006) The Nats' comeback Wednesday gave Saul Rivera (1-0) his first major-league victory. He was Washington's fourth reliever and threw a perfect ninth.
Rivera allows eight earned runs
(7/6/2006) RHP Saul Rivera was crushed for eight runs (seven earned) in only one-third of an inning of relief Wednesday night, perhaps jeopardizing his standing in the Nationals' bullpen. Rivera retired the first batter he faced in the fifth inning, then allowed 10 consecutive men to reach base before departing. His ERA jumped from 3.44 to 6.75.
Nats hope R's are for relief
(12:24 pm ET) Short on pitching because of injuries, the Nationals welcomed two right-handed relievers from Triple-A New Orleans who had never pitched in the majors: Saul Rivera and Santiago Ramirez. "It's a good sign -- their last names start with Rs," said manager Frank Robinson, drawing an "R" in the air with his index finger. "For relief."
RP Saul Rivera called up by Nats
(5/23/2006) The Nationals recalled RHP Saul Rivera and RHP Santiago Ramirez from Triple-A New Orleans of the PCL. Also, they transferred RHP Ryan Drese from the 15- to the 60-day DL.
Rivera to be called up?
(5/23/2006) With Zach Day becoming the latest Nationals pitcher to go down when he had to depart Monday night's game vs. Houston with right shoulder tendinitis, the Nationals find themselves thin in the pitching department. The team will promote right-handed relievers Saul Rivera and Santiago Ramirez from Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday. They'll still need to find a No. 5 starter to fill Day's spot before it comes up again, with minor-leaguer Shawn Hill the likely candidate.
Saul Rivera sent to Triple-A
(4/21/2006) Rivera was sent to Triple-A New Orleans on Thursday.
Nats summon Saul Rivera
(4/17/2006) The Washington Nationals purchased Rivera's contract from Triple-A New Orleans over the weekend to replace Ryan Drese (elbow) on the active roster.
Nats' Rivera assigned to minors
(3/24/2006) The Nationals assigned RHP Kyle Denney, C Mike DiFelice, OF Kenny Kelly, OF George Lombard, RHP Saul Rivera and RHP Steve Watkins to their minor league camp.