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55 Jose Veras RP
Height/Weight: 6-6/242 | Birthdate: 10/20/1980 | Birthplace: Santo Domingo, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Houston | College: No College | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $1,850,000 | Owned/Started%: 4/1 | Average Draft Position: 231.20
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Jose Veras gets call from Astros


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2014) Right-hander Jose Veras required just 11 days and two innings pitched at Triple-A Oklahoma City to convince the Astros to promote him.

Veras, who was signed on June 15, hurled shutout ball on one hit while striking out four for the RedHawks. He had been released by the Cubs five days earlier after a horrible start to the season. Veras was 21 for 25 in save chances last year.


Jose Veras lands with Astros


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) The Astros have signed reliever Jose Veras to a minor-league deal.

Veras was released by the Cubs after posting an 8.10 ERA over 13 1/3 innings. He was a member of the Astros last season, but was traded near the deadline. 


Cubs part ways with reliever Jose Veras


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) The Cubs announced Tuesday they released former closer Jose Veras, who was 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA and 1.73 WHIP in 12 relief appearances.

Veras, who was 0 for 2 in save opportunities, signed a one-year, $3.85 million contract in the offseason, which included a $5.5 million team option for 2014.


Jose Veras designated for assignment


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2014) The Cubs designated pitcher Jose Veras for assignment. He was 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA in 12 appearances.

Jose Veras falls apart in extras


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) Cubs reliever Jose Veras stumbled late in Wednesday's game against the Yankees, and it proved costly in a 4-2 loss.

Appearing in his third game since returning from the disabled list, Veras had trouble with the Yankees as he entered in the 13th inning. HE allowed three runs and a walk, with two runs coming across, including the winning run on a wild pitch.  

Veras has struggled out of the bullpen for the Cubs this season, and now has a 12.96 ERA in 8 1/3 innings of work. Wednesday was his first loss.


Jose Veras activated from disabled list


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) The Cubs activated reliever Jose Veras from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, as he has finished is rehab assignment. Veras is returning from an oblique injury that has kept him out since late April. 

Jose Veras sharp in rehab outing


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2014) Cubs reliever Jose Veras, who's coming back from a strained oblique, pitched one scoreless inning for Double-A Tennessee against Birmingham. Veras threw 11 pitches, seven for strikes, and recorded one strikeout.

Jose Veras starts rehab assignment


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2014) Cubs reliever Jose Veras, who went on the disabled list April 25 with a strained oblique, joined Double-A Tennessee to begin his rehab assignment. Veras, 33, had a 15.88 ERA in six appearances before going on the DL.

Jose Veras nearing game action


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2014) Cubs pitcher Jose Veras is close to returning to game action, according to MLB.com.

Veras will head to the team's Double-A affiliate soon. He's dealing with an oblique injury. Veras posted a 15.88 ERA in 5 2/3 innings.


Jose Veras placed on 15-day DL


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2014) The Cubs officially placed reliever Jose Veras on the 15-day disabled list due to a left oblique strain, the Daily Herald reports Saturday. Veras experienced soreness after Thursday's appearance against Arizona. He owns a whopping 15.88 ERA over 5 2/3 innings pitched.

Jose Veras dealing with oblique injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2014) Cubs reliever Jose Veras is unavailable to pitch Friday and has been listed as day to day because of a left oblique strain, MLB.com reports.

"Veras is a little sore with his left oblique, and hopefully he'll be OK," Renteria said. "He's been working really hard and developed a little soreness. He's a very hard worker. We'll monitor it and see how he's doing."

Veras gave up two runs in one inning on Thursday against Arizona. He owns a whopping 15.88 ERA over 5 2/3 innings pitched.

Cubs would like to see Jose Veras regain closer's role


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Sunday he would like to see Jose Veras return to the closer's role at some point, per MLB.com.

"Veras was brought in to be our closer," Renteria said. "We want to make sure he's given an opportunity. He's working very hard on certain things but he still has to get out there on the hill in game situations to get comfortable.

"We certainly want to make sure we give Jose a chance to get back into the role and try to find situations we can allow him to work. He needs to work. We're going to do our very best that he gets into a comfort level. We need all those guys. In baseball, you don't eliminate guys, you need them all."


Jose Veras loses closer job with Cubs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) One blown save and several poor outings have already cost Jose Veras the job as closer for the Cubs. Rick Renteria made that move just hours after saying Veras is "still our guy."

Veras not only blew a save opportunity Friday night by giving up two runs against Pittsburgh, but he has walked seven and yielded five runs in 3 2/3 innings this season.

It remains to be seen if Renteria declares a bullpen-by-committee approach for now or names a replacement to Veras. Pedro Strop is a leading candidate, but he is also scuffling with his control. He has walked four in the last 1 1/3 innings.


Jose Veras: 'I can't get three out right now'


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Embattled Cubs closer Jose Veras spoke frankly Saturday about his struggles, which included a blown save in his first opportunity of the season Friday night against St. Louis.

"For some reason I can't get three out right now," he told ESPN.

Veras has provided plenty of evidence of that. He has walked seven and give up five earned runs in 3 2/3 innings to start the year. Despite his miserable performance, he has received a vote of confidence from Rick Renteria.


Jose Veras coughs up late-inning lead


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Cubs pitcher Jose Veras coughed up a two-run lead in the ninth inning of Friday's win over the Cardinals, suffering his first blown save of the season.

Veras surrendered a run on a passed ball and on a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, sending the game to extras. He allowed two runs on one hit and one walk in one inning pitched. After the game, manager Rick Renteria told reporters that Veras will remain as the team's closer moving forward.

"He's still our guy," Renteria said, per Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

Jose Veras pitches clean inning in nonsave situation


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2014) Cubs pitcher Jose Veras pitched a perfect ninth inning in a nonsave situation Tuesday, striking out one in his team's 7-6 loss to the Pirates.

Veras couldn't find the strike zone over the first week of the season, walking six batters in 1 2/3 innings. However, he was able to pitch a clean inning Tuesday after earning a vote of confidence from his manager. Veras owns a 10.13 ERA and 3:6 K:BB ratio and has yet to pick up a save.


Manager not concerned about Jose Veras yet


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2014) Cubs manager Rick Renteria has no concerns about reliever Jose Veras yet, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Veras had a disaster game Sunday, walking four and throwing a wild pitch in just 2/3 of an inning. Despite that, Renteria isn't worried. "(Veras) has only thrown a couple of times for us and in the spring (nine appearances)," Renteria said. "It's very hard for me to say I am concerned at this point." 

Renteria went on to add that it was just one appearance. Veras should have plenty of opportunities to straighten things out. He has a 16.20 ERA through two appearances thus far.


Jose Veras not available Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) Cubs reliever  Jose Veras is not available Thursday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Veras blew a save Wednesday, and threw 38 pitches during the process. He'll likely be ready to throw again Friday. 


Jose Veras blows save vs. Pirates Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) Cubs closer Jose Veras was tasked with picking up a save in the 12th inning Wednesday but gave up a game-tying run on one hit and two walks while striking out one in his team's 4-3 loss to the Pirates.

Veras also hit a batter with a pitch, but he was able to strike Andrew McCutchen out to strand the bases loaded and avoid taking a loss. Veras likely isn't going to lose his closing role after one blown save, but he doesn't have a lot of leeway as a new closer with a new team.


Jose Veras flops in first appearance


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2014) Reliever Jose Veras is expected to be the Cubs' closer this season, though he won't appear in that role much in the spring. He came into the game in the sixth inning in Thursday's spring training opener against the Diamondbacks, and struggled as part of a 5-2 loss.

Veras was tagged for two earned runs as he had trouble getting out of his inning. He faced seven batters and retired three of them, one via strikeout. He was tagged for two earned runs on two hits and a walk.

Veras comes to the Cubs after posting a 3.02 ERA in 62 2/3 innings for the Astros and Tigers last season. 


Jose Veras to pitch in middle innings in exhibition play


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2014) The Cubs are planning to pitch closer Jose Veras in the middle of games during the exhibition season to allow him to face major league hitters, according to ESPN. Such was not the case with embattled previous closer Carlos Marmol, who even struggled against minor leaguers in spring training.

Jose Veras: I can handle closer role


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2014) Jose Veras has expressed confidence in his ability to calm what has been a volatile Cubs closer role in recent years. He believes the pressure of pitching for the Yankees from 2006 to 2009 toughened him enough mentally and emotionally to handle the job.

"No matter where you are, you got to get your job done," he told CSNChicago.com. "That's why you get paid. That's why they bring you here. There's no excuses about it. Excuses don't mean anything. I've been there (before with) 40,000 people."

The 33-year-old Veras also gained experience as a closer with Houston last season. He earned 19 saves, but lost all four decisions while posting a 2.93 ERA.


Rick Renteria: Jose Veras is our closer


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/13/2014) Jose Veras is set as the Cubs closer, according to MLB.com. Rick Renteria told the media Thursday that he will use spring training to determine his setup men and other bullpen members.

Veras converted 21 of 25 save opportunities last season with Houston and Detroit before signing a free agent contract with the Cubs in mid-December.


Jose Veras signs one-year deal to close for Cubs


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2013) The Cubs have agreed to terms with reliever Jose Veras on a one-year, $4 million contract on Tuesday, according to a report from ESPN Deportes.

Veras owned a 3.02 ERA with 21 saves over 62 2/3 innings last season between the Astros and the Tigers. He is expected to close for the Cubs, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Astros looking into signing several free agents


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12/11/2013) According to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman, Astros manager Bo Porter is lobbying for his team to sign free agent first baseman/outfielder Michael Morse. The former Oriole, Mariner and National is open to signing a one-year deal.

Also, MLB.com reports that the Astros are pursuing relievers Jose Veras and Jesse Crain and swingman Chad Gaudin. An agreement with Veras, who saved 19 games for Houston in 2013 before getting traded to the Tigers, could be reached sometime on Wednesday.