(8/11/2009) RP Troy Percival visited his Tampa Bay teammates before Tuesday night's game at the Angels and the closer sounded every bit like someone who has thrown his last pitch in a major-league game. "I don't think you're retired until the paperwork's in. But it's safe to say as of right now, I don't see that I'm going to be able to throw a whole lot," said Percival, who hasn't thrown in more than three weeks because of tendinitis in his right shoulder. "I still wish I was out there playing, but at least my mind is clear that I just can't physically do it. I mean, I might try one more time to throw a bullpen (session). But every time that I've tried to, that second day is really bad."
Percival moved to 60-day DL
(7/31/2009) The Rays have moved RP Troy Percival from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL.
Percival may pitch again this season
(5/31/2009) The St. Pete Times is reporting on Sunday that Rays RP Troy Percival may not be retiring after all. Percival met with manager Joe Maddon and said he was going back to California in effort to work to get his arm healthy again. He could work his way back and pitch sometime this season. "He's going to continue to work on trying to get the feeling back in his arm, right shoulder down through the bicep area to his elbow," Maddon said. "We're just on hold."
Rays place Kazmir, Percival on DL
(5/22/2009) The Rays have placed SP Scott Kazmir and RP Troy Percival on the 15-day DL. Kazmir has a strained quad, while Percival has tendinitis in his throwing shoulder. The St. Pete Times reports that Kazmir's absence will probably stretch beyond the initial 15-day DL period, while Percival might retire.
Percival claims sixth save
(5/17/2009) Rays RP Troy Percival claimed his sixth save of the season in Sunday's 7-5 win over the Indians.
Percival not asked to save
(5/16/2009) Rays closer Troy Percival was not brought on in the ninth inning of Saturday's game against the Indians despite the Rays holding only a two-run lead. They called upon Joe Neslon instead, who recorded the save without allowing a hit. Manager Joe Maddon opted to use Nelson over Percival because of the strong left-handed presence in the Cleveland lineup. Lefties are hitting .476 against Percival this season.
Percival used in the seventh inning
(5/15/2009) Rays closer Troy Percival pitched the seventh inning of a game the Rays trailed by only two runs Friday against the Indians. He recorded one strikeout in the perfect frame, lowering his ERA to 5.40.
Percival awful in ninth inning
(5/13/2009) Rays closer Troy Percival was called upon to pitch the ninth with the Rays comfortably ahead of the Orioles on Wednesday. By the time his outing was over, the Rays were no longer comfortably ahead. Percival allowed four runs on four hits and only got one batter out before giving way to J.P. Howell to shut the door. It won't go down as a blown save for Percival, just a really poor performance when handed a big lead. His ERA is 6.00 on the year.
Nelson records save, not Percival
(5/7/2009) Rays RP Joe Nelson recorded his first save of the season Thursday at the Yankees, striking out the only batter he faced in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Rays opted to use Nelson instead of usual closer Troy Percival, who had pitched on back-to-back days.
Percival notches fifth save
(5/6/2009) Tampa Bay closer Troy Percival saved his fifth game as he came on in the bottom of the 10th inning Wednesday. Percival allowed one hit. His ERA is 2.08.
Percival gets out for fourth save
(5/5/2009) Tampa Bay closer Troy Percival needed to pitch to only one batter on Tuesday to earn the save over the Orioles. Percival relieved Brian Shouse, who got the first two outs of the ninth inning, and struck out Melvin Mora to end the game. It was his fourth save and his ERA is 2.35.
Percival notches third save
(5/3/2009) Rays closer Troy Percival saved out his third game of the season on Sunday against Boston. Percival pitched a scoreless perfect ninth. His ERA is 2.45.
Percival works non-save situation
(5/2/2009) Tampa Bay closer Troy Percival was called upon to pitch in a non-save situation in Saturday's game against the Red Sox. He allowed one hit and no earned runs without a walk or strikeout.
Percival not used in save situation
(4/29/2009) Rays closer Troy Percival, who hasn't recorded a save since April 17, pitched a scoreless eighth inning -- not the ninth inning -- Tuesday at Minnesota, issuing one walk and recording one strikeout. The Rays trailed by one run at the time.
Percival gets first work in week
(4/25/2009) Tampa Bay closer Troy Percival was called upon to work 2/3 of an inning in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Athletics. He allowed one hit in the performance but got out of the inning without allowing an earned run. He lowered his ERA on the year to 4.15.
Percival works out of jam for save
(4/18/2009) Rays closer Troy Percival worked through a ninth-inning jam for his second save of the season Friday against Chicago. He allowed a pair of baserunners with a walk and a base hit, but did not allow a run.
Percival blows tie game in ninth
(4/15/2009) Rays closer Troy Percival took a loss against the Yankees on Wednesday, blowing a tie game in the ninth inning. He allowed one run on two hits in two-thirds of an inning. Rays manager Joe Maddon wasn't worried about Percival or the rest of his bullpen, though. "As long as they're healthy, I know they're going to be fine," Maddon said. "Nobody's going to be perfect." Percival, who had back surgery during the offseason, agreed. "There's no panic involved. We didn't execute some pitches out of the bullpen today," the closer said. "That's what's going to happen when you're facing teams like Boston and New York. You face good teams, you've got to execute."
Percival holds on to lead for save
(4/9/2009) Rays closer Troy Percival recorded his first save of the season Thursday at Boston, but he didn't make it easy. He allowed one run on one hit and one walk, stranding the tying run at first base.
Percival looking sharp
(4/8/2009)The Sports Xchange reports that Rays RP Troy Percival (back surgery in December 2008) has made a spectacular recovery and is showing more athleticism and sharpness in his pitches than he did at any point last season.
Percival nets fifth spring hold
(4/3/2009) Rays RP Troy Percival pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Scott Kazmir during Friday's spring game against the Phillies. Percival entered the game in the fourth with a 2-0 lead. He walked one and struck out one while recording his fifth hold.
Percival looking good for season
(3/21/2009) From the The Sports Xchange: RHP Troy Percival looks as if he knew what he was talking about. When Percival reported to camp, coming off an injury-shortened season and December back surgery, the veteran reliever said there was no doubt in his mind he would be ready to resume closer duties by the start of the season. And the way he has looked through his first three exhibition appearances, all 1-2-3 innings, the Rays are starting to believe him. "As of right now he's showing that he can or could be," manager Joe Maddon said. "He really has been sharp. ... Right now he is, for me, ahead of where I thought he'd be at this particular juncture."
Percival back, confident for opener
(3/12/2009) Rays RP Troy Percival pitched a hitless inning in his first action of spring training Thursday against the Phillies. The 39-year-old closer is coming back from an injury-plagued season. He made three trips to the disabled list because of hamstring and knee injuries and missed most of September and the postseason because of a lower back injury that required surgery in November. "It was a step," Percival said. "I was actually forcing myself to mentally throttle back and throw my pitches, but I'd let a couple go, so the next time I'll do a little bit more. I'm gonna take it a step at a time." Percival, who is eighth in saves with 352, said he will be ready by opening day. "There's not a doubt in my mind," he said.
Percival now on track for opener
(3/11/2009) From the The Sports Xchange: RHP Troy Percival has been impressive thus far in his recovery from Dec. 2 lower back surgery. While Percival reported to camp saying there was no question he would be ready for Opening Day, the Rays have taken a more cautious approach. But after seeing him throw 30 pitches in his first live batting practice session on March 4, the Rays are pleased and moved up his exhibition debut to March 12, slotting him to throw in eight or nine games. "I was a little bit surprised how well he threw," pitching coach Jim Hickey said. "For his first batting practice, he was more advanced than he even needs to be. ... He looked today like he looked prior to all the little nagging injuries and things that he had."
(3/9/2009) The Tampa Tribune reports that Rays RP Troy Percival will throw a bullpen session Monday could make his spring debut Thursday. It looks as though he may be able to do that right now, manager Joe Maddon said about Percival possibly being available on opening day.
Percival out until mid-March
(2/27/2009) Rays manager Joe Maddon confirmed that Rays closer Troy Percival probably won't make his first spring training appearance until the middle of March as he continues to come back from back surgery.
Percival out into March after surgery
(12/3/2008) Tampa Bay Rays closer Troy Percival had back surgery this week and is expected to be ready to return to the AL champions before opening day. The surgery was performed Tuesday in California. The reliever is expected to take three months to recover. With 352 saves, Percival is eighth on the career list.
Percival out for the World Series
(10/23/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival, dealing with back tightness that has cost him much of September and all of the playoffs, won't pitch in the World Series because the team again left him off the roster.
Percival left off ALCS roster
(10/11/2008) Tampa Bay chose to activate Edwin Jackson for the ALCS against the Red Sox and left Troy Percival off the ALCS roster. "It was still about providing a little more length, and still not being sure if Troy could come back in back-to-back days, that was a concern." manager Joe Maddon said.
Percival will throw Saturday
(10/3/2008) As expected, closer Troy Percival, slowed by a back tightness, and starter Edwin Jackson, were left off the first-round playoff roster. Percival is scheduled to pitch Saturday in an instructional league game. "I still have the concern about his health," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. Jackson, and right-hander Jason Hammel will also pitch for the Rays' instructional league team.
Percival left off ALDS roster
(10/2/2008) Tampa Bay closer Troy Percival was left off the Rays' roster for their AL division series against the Chicago White Sox due to back tightness. Percival had 28 saves this season, but just one came after Aug. 13. In addition to the back injury, the 39-year old right-hander missed 42 games during three stints on the disabled list with left hamstring and right knee injuries. "I still have the concern about his health," Rays manager Joe Maddon said before Thursday's opener.
Percival likely out for ALDS
(10/2/2008) Tampa Bay might go without closer Troy Percival in their series with the White Sox. Team officials have told Percival it is likely he will left off the first-round playoff roster. "Right now it doesn't look like I'm going to be on it," Percival said. "They're not 100 percent positive yet. There's nothing I can do about it. It is what it is, and I understand I've spent the good majority of two months not healthy and not pitching well." Percival, who closed out the Angels' championship in the 2002 World Series, provided key leadership for the upstart Rays, who are in the postseason for the first time ever. "I'm not going to argue with them," Percival said. "They're going to do what they think is best. If it includes me great, if it doesn't then I'll be here clapping." Dan Wheeler filled in for Percival during his two stints on the disabled list (left hamstring and right knee), and converted 13 of 18 save opportunities.
Percival throws inning Thursday
(9/25/2008) Tampa's Troy Percival, who is dealing with a knee problem, pitched for the first time in four days, allowing a walk in one inning.
Percival unsure if he'll pitch again
(9/24/2008) Closer Troy Percival returned to the Rays after receiving treatment on his back in Tampa Bay. But it's uncertain if he's healthy enough to pitch. "I think I'll be fine. But it's up to them what they want to do that gives them the best opportunity to win," Percival said.
Percival pitches on Thursday
(9/19/2008) Rays RP Troy Percival finally pitched in a game on Thursday, albeit not in a save situation. Percival came on to pitch the seventh inning and he allowed a hit and struck out a batter.
Percival still out for Rays
(9/17/2008) Tampa Bay defeated the Red Sox on Wednesday but closer Troy Percival did not pitch in the game. He remains probable for the upcoming series vs. Minnesota.
Percival has no part in Rays win
(9/16/2008) Tampa Bay defeated the Red Sox on Tuesday but closer Troy Percival did not pitch in the game. He remains probable for Wednesday against Boston.
Percival not back yet on Monday
(9/16/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival, who hasn't pitched since Wednesday because of a stiff back, didn't get a chance to return Monday against the Red Sox. He's reportedly ready to go, though.
Percival ready for Red Sox series
(9/15/2008) According to The Sports Xchange notes: RHP Troy Percival, who hasn't pitched since Wednesday, said he is ready to pitch as his stiff back feels better after trying new muscle relaxers.
Percival not needed to close Sunday
(9/14/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival, who left Wednesday's game because of a tight back, didn't return to the mound Sunday at the Yankees. His team didn't face a save situation, though.
Percival doesn't pitch Saturday
(9/13/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival did not pitch in either of Saturday's doubleheader games against the Yankees.
Rainout delays Percival's return
(9/13/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival, who left Wednesday's game because of a tight back, didn't get a chance to return Friday at the Yankees. The game was rained out.
Percival can't net 29th save
(9/11/2008) Rays RP Troy Percival failed to record his 29th save Wednesday against the Red Sox after entering with a 4-1 lead in the 14th inning, but he was yanked after loading the bases with no outs. Jason Hammel took over and retired three straight batters for his first save since he pitched at Class A Hudson Valley in 2002. Tampa Bay won 4-2. The Rays said after the game that Percival left because of a tight back. "When I'm the weakest link in the bullpen, its a pretty good bullpen," Percival said. "I'll get some treatment tomorrow and it'll be OK. It's nothing."
Percival saves one vs. Red Sox
(9/10/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival pitched the ninth for his 28th save on Tuesday against the Red Sox in a huge game for the Rays. Percival allowed a walk and struck out a batter.
Percival allows walk-off slam
(9/6/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival came into Saturday's game at Toronto in the 13th inning with a one-run lead, but walked the bases loaded on two hits and a walk before Gregg Zaun hit a game-ending grand slam.
Percival gives up historic homer
(9/4/2008) Rays RP Troy Percival came on late in Wednesday's loss to the Yankees in a non-save situation with Tampa behind on the scoreboard. Percival allowed a home run to Alex Rodriguez that will go down as the first use of instant replay in baseball history. Percival allowed one hit, one walk and two runs in 2/3 of an inning.
Rays bring closer Percival off DL
(9/2/2008) The Tampa Bay Rays activated closer Troy Percival from the 15-day disabled list before Tuesday night's game against the New York Yankees. The 38-year-old right-hander, sidelined because of cartilage damage in his right knee, had been out since Aug. 14, when he limped off the mound after fielding a ninth-inning bunt at Oakland.
Percival coming off DL Tuesday
(8/31/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival (knee) is expected to be activated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.
Percival could return Tuesday
(8/30/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival (knee) could be activated from the disabled list in time for the Yankees' series that starts Tuesday.
(8/28/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival (right knee) threw 39 pitches in batting practice Thursday against the Blue Jays and could be activated from the 15-day disabled list by early next week.
Percival throws off mound Tuesday
(8/26/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival threw off a bullpen mound for the first time since being sidelined on Aug. 15 by a right knee injury Tuesday.
Percival to throw some Monday
(8/24/2008)Troy Percival, on the 15-day disabled list with cartilage damage in his right knee, is scheduled to play catch Monday.
Percival doesn't need surgery
(8/18/2008) The St. Pete Times reports that Rays closer Troy Percival won't need surgery on his right knee and expects to be to be ready when eligible to come off the DL, on Aug. 30. "The prognosis was basically that if I got it done it was going to be October (until he was recovered), and without it, it's very feasible that (he'll be back within) two weeks -- I've just got to deal with pain and go. It's going to do any more damage," Percival said. "Once I'm good to go, I'll be out there. ... The pain is tolerable."
Percival might need knee surgery
(8/18/2008) According to The Sports Xchange notes: RHP Troy Percival said his sprained right knee felt better Sunday, enough so that he might put off arthroscopic surgery that was tentatively scheduled for Monday. Percival, injured on a bunt play Aug. 14, said the knee responded to a cortisone shot and anti-inflammatory medication.
Percival on DL for a third time
(8/15/2008) Tampa Bay closer Troy Percival was put on the disabled list Friday with a cartilage injury to his right knee, his third stint on the DL this season. The Rays recalled right-hander Juan Salas from Triple-A Durham, and he was with the team for the opener of a three-game series at Texas. While Percival is out, manager Joe Maddon plans to "use the whole group" in save situations instead of using a specific closer.
Percival sprains knee Thursday
(8/14/2008) Tampa Bay closer Troy Percival left Thursday's game against Oakland in the ninth inning after spraining his right knee while trying to field a sacrifice bunt. Percival, who leads the Rays with 27 saves, entered the game with a 5-4 lead but issued a leadoff walk to Jack Hannahan. Oakland's Mark Ellis then attempted a sacrifice bunt that Percival fielded cleanly. After chasing Ellis down to record the out near the first base line, the 38-year-old reliever limped back to the mound as a team trainer rushed out to check on him. Percival then walked off the field with trainers and Grant Balfour replaced him. Balfour was unable to hold the lead and gave up a tying RBI single to Frank Thomas.
Percival walks two but saves 27th
(8/14/2008) Tampa Bay closer Troy Percival wasn't perfect on Wednesday, but he was good enough to shut the door on the A's. Percival allowed two walks in the ninth but ultimately earned his 27th save of the season.
Percival grabs save late in night
(8/10/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival worked a perfect 11th inning for his 26th save Saturday at Seattle, recording one strikeout. The save was his second on consecutive nights.
Percival records second August save
(8/9/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 25th save Friday at Seattle, recording two strikeouts.
Percival picks up easy win
(8/6/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival pitched two outs in a non-save situation in the ninth inning of Wednesday's game against the Indians. He retired both batters he faced and ended up getting the win when the Rays came back and beat the Indians by scoring six runs in the ninth.
Percival picks up 24th save Friday
(8/1/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 24th save Friday against the Tigers, issuing one walk and recording two strikeouts. He has allowed zero runs in two straight outings after allowing one in two straight.
Percival now 23-for-25 in save chances
(7/30/2008) Four Tampa Bay relievers each worked a scoreless inning Wednesday to preserve the victory. J.P. Howell pitched the sixth, Grant Balfour struck out a pair in the seventh, Dan Wheeler handled the eighth and Troy Percival wrapped it up in the ninth for his 23rd save in 25 opportunities. It was the 346th save of Percival's career, tying him with Randy Myers for eighth on the all-time list.
Percival saves third straight for Rays
(7/27/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival, who returned from the disabled list Sunday, worked the ninth for his 22nd save in 24 opportunities Saturday vs. the Royals. He gave up a run on Ross Gload's leadoff triple and Esteban German's single. His ERA is 3.69.
Percival saves another one Friday
(7/26/2008) Tampa Bay closer Troy Percival worked the ninth on Friday against the Royals for his 21st save, but gave up a homer to Ross Gload.
Percival notches 20th save
(7/23/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival allowed an inherited run to score and a walk Wednesday, but still recorded his 20th save of the season in a 4-3 win over the A's. It's the 10th time in his career the right-hander has recorded at least 20 saves.
Percival feels fine Sunday
(7/20/2008) Tampa Bay activated closer Troy Percival (strained left hamstring) from the 15-day disabled list before Sunday's game against the Blue Jays, and he allowed one hit and hit a batter during a scoreless ninth in a 9-4 loss. "I didn't feel any problems," Percival said. "My mechanics were a little bit off. I'm still able to throw my fastball where I wanted it. I needed to see some hitters in a live situation, and now I feel confident that I can go out there and do what I need to do."
Percival comes off DL, Glover goes on
(7/20/2008) The Tampa Bay Rays activated closer Troy Percival from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday. Percival had been out since July 2 with a strained left hamstring. The right-hander also was sidelined from May 29-June 12 with an injured left hamstring. "He's feeling stronger and better," manager Joe Maddon said. "It's great to have him back. He's been chomping at the bit." The Rays also placed reliever Gary Glover on the 15-day DL with a strained left calf. The move is retroactive to July 11.
Rays Percival could return shortly
(7/20/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival (strained left hamstring) threw off a bullpen mound and took part in fielding drills Saturday, and could return in the next couple days.
Percival closing in on return to Rays
(7/18/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival, sidelined since July 1 due to a left hamstring strain, was scheduled to be re-examined Friday night. It is possible the right-hander could return within the next few days.
Percival throws 26 off the mound
(7/12/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival (strained left hamstring) threw 26 pitches off the mound Saturday. It was his first time pitching since going on the DL.
Percival to throw off mound Saturday
(7/12/2008)The Sports Xchange reports Tampa Bay closer Troy Percival (left hamstring strain) will throw from the mound Saturday for the first time since going on the DL.
Percival to be ready after break?
(7/11/2008)The Sports Xchange reports Rays RHP Troy Percival (left hamstring strain) is feeling better and might throw off the mound this weekend. But it's not clear yet if he will be ready to return by the first game after the All-Star break.
Percival aims to throw before break
(7/10/2008) Rays manager Joe Maddon said closer Troy Percival (strained left hamstring) wants to throw off the mound before the All-Star break. His return immediately after the break is unlikely.
Maddon unsure about Percival's return
(7/6/2008) Rays manager Joe Maddon said Sunday that closer Troy Percival (left hamstring) may not be ready to return immediately after the All-Star break.
(7/3/2008)The Sports Xchange reports that Troy Percival said the hamstring strain that forced him to the DL this week is in a different (and actually higher) spot than his previous problem, and that there were "a few nerve issues," but it was too early to tell if he would return when eligible after the July 14-17 All-Star break.
Percival back on 15-day DL
(7/1/2008) The Tampa Bay Rays placed closer Troy Percival on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring after beating the Boston Red Sox 3-1 on Tuesday night. It is the second time Percival has gone on the DL this season due to a left hamstring injury. He missed 13 games from May 29-June 12 after getting hurt while pitching against the Texas Rangers on May 28. Grant Balfour closed out Tuesday's game against the Red Sox and could see the majority of save chances with Percival on the DL. Tampa Bay recalled right-hander Mitch Talbot from Triple-A Durham to take Percival's roster spot.
Percival aggravates hammy strain
(7/1/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival limped off the mound in the ninth inning after appearing to tweak a sore hamstring backing up the plate on a sacrifice fly Monday against the Red Sox. Percival had an animated argument with manager Joe Maddon before leaving. "Percy was very upset, and I knew he was going to be very upset. He and I go way back, and everything's going to be fine between he and I," Maddon said. "He's been (closing games) for years, and I know he wants to be the last man standing, but I have to do what I believe is right at that particular moment." The 38-year-old closer apologized to the manager. "I hate coming off the mound in the middle of the inning -- don't like doing it, and it's embarrassing -- but Joe did the right thing. ... I know better than to act like that. The situation got the better of me."
Percival picks up 18th save
(6/29/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival pitched the ninth inning Sunday for his 18th save in 20 opportunities.
Percival still a no-go on Saturday
(6/29/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival, listed as day-to-day with a weak leg, didn't pitch in a 13-inning game Saturday at Pittsburgh.
Percival doesn't pitch Friday for Rays
(6/28/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival, who was listed as day-to-day with a weak leg, did not pitch in Friday's win over Pittsburgh. He remains day-to-day and may pitch Saturday.
Percival day-to-day with weak leg
(6/26/2008)The Sports Xchange reports that Rays closer Troy Percival's availability will be determined on a day-by-day basis as he tries to overcome weakness in his left leg. The problem is tied to an earlier hamstring strain that landed him on the disabled list.
Percival survives four walks Tuesday
(6/24/2008) Rays RP Troy Percival walked four Marlins in the ninth inning Tuesday, but still managed his 18th save in 20th chances during a 6-4 win. The Marlins loaded the bases on three straight one-out walks against Percival in the ninth. Florida got within 6-4 on Josh Willingham's grounder to third, which Evan Longoria dove to keep in the infield and then flipped to second to force Jorge Cantu for the second out. Percival walked Dan Uggla, the majors' home run leader entering Tuesday with 23, to load the bases once again. But Mike Jacobs grounded to second, Percival pumped his right arm in the air, and the Rays escaped.
Percival ninth on career saves list
(6/18/2008) Rays RP Troy Percival earned his 17th save in 19 opportunities during Wednesday's 5-4 win against the Cubs to tie Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers for ninth place on the career list with 341. He gave up a leadoff homer to Geovany Soto and walked Mark DeRosa to put the potential tying run on first before retiring the next three batters to end the game. It was his second save in as many days.
Percival escapes with 16th save
(6/18/2008) Rays RP Troy Percival ran into some trouble in the ninth inning Tuesday against the Cubs, but managed to record his 16th save as Tampa Bay won 3-2. Percival faced six hitters in the ninth, allowing one unearned run and two hits. He walked one and struck out one. It was his second save since Saturday.
Percival saves 15th for Rays
(6/14/2008) Tampa Bay defeated in-state rival Florida Saturday, 4-1, and closer Troy Percival picked up the save. Percival pitched a perfect ninth inning to finish a three-hitter for his 15th save in 17 chances.
Percival comes off disabled list
(6/13/2008) The Tampa Bay Rays reinstated closer Troy Percival from the 15-day disabled list and put reliever Al Reyes on the DL before Friday night's game against Florida. Percival strained his left hamstring in the Rays' 5-3 victory over Texas on May 28 and went on the DL one day later. "It definitely feels stronger than it has," Percival said. "It's still going to be there, but it feels good and I don't think I'll have anymore problems this year."
Percival ready to return Friday
(6/11/2008) According to The Sports Xchange notes: RHP Troy Percival passed the final test of his sore left hamstring, throwing about 30 pitches to Jonny Gomes in a simulated game Tuesday, and he is ready to be activated when eligible Friday. "Went fine," Percival said. Dan Wheeler will go back to being a setup man this weekend.
Percival could return this weekend
(6/9/2008) Tampa Bay closer Troy Percival was expected to throw a simulated game Monday or Tuesday in Anaheim and could be closing games again by the end of the week. Dan Wheeler will go back to being his setup man.
Percival lands on DL
(5/29/2008) Tampa Bay closer Troy Percival was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain, and the Rays filled the roster opening by activating infielder Willy Aybar on Thursday. Percival, 1-0 with 14 saves in 16 chances and a 2.95 ERA, limped off the mound during the ninth inning of Wednesday's 5-3 victory over the Texas Rangers. An MRI exam revealed no significant damage, however the AL East leaders don't want to take any unnecessary chances with the 38-year-old right-hander. "The good news is it's nothing significant. That's what we were worried about, first and foremost," Rays vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said before the Rays opened a four-game series against the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox. "It's never ideal for your closer to go on the DL," Friedman added, "but I do feel confident that we have guys who will step up and help mitigate the loss."
Percival leaves with ankle injury
(5/28/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival left Wednesday's afternoon game against Texas in the top of the ninth inning with tightness in his left hamstring. He recorded the first two outs of the inning and was in line for a save, but was unable to remain in the game after trying to throw a warmup pitch from the mound. He was replaced by Dan Wheeler, who picked up the final out for the save. Percival will undergo an MRI on Wednesday night. "We don't know how serious it is," manager Joe Maddon said.
Percival earns win instead of save
(5/25/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival got the final two outs in the ninth inning of a tie game Sunday against the Orioles, striking out one for the win. His team pushed across a run in the bottom half of the inning.
Percival fine, notches 14th save
(1:13 am ET) Rays closer Troy Percival, who missed Wednesday's game with tightness in his hamstring, finished a combined four-hitter Friday against the Orioles by pitching a perfect ninth inning for his 14th save in 16 opportunities. He recorded one strikeout.
Percival has tight hammy Wednesday
(5/21/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival wasn't available to pitch Wednesday against the A's as he is experiencing some tightness in his hamstring after Tuesday's outing.
Percival survives twinge in leg
(5/21/2008)Troy Percival allowed a leadoff home run in his latest outing Tuesday at Oakland and The Sports Xchange reports he felt a twinge in his left leg later in the ninth inning, but he survived both to record his 13th save in 15 chances.
Percival allows homer, earns save
(5/21/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival recorded his 13th save Tuesday at Oakland, giving up a solo home run to Frank Thomas in an otherwise perfect inning of work. He recorded two strikeouts.
Percival saves another in Oakland
(5/20/2008)Troy Percival got Oakland's Kurt Suzuki on a foul out to end Monday's game for his 12th save in 14 chances. Percival's 31 career saves against the A's are his most against any team.
Percival perfect to get 11th save
(5/17/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival worked a perfect ninth inning Tuesday at St. Louis for his 11th save in 13 chances. He has a 2.12 ERA and has allowed earned runs in only two of his 17 appearances.
Percival Ks two for 10th save
(5/15/2008) Rays RP Troy Percival retired three hitters on 13 pitches Thursday against the Yankees, as he pitched a scoreless ninth inning during a 5-2 win for his 10th save. Percival struck out two and rebounded after blowing his second save Tuesday against New York.
Percival allows game-tying HR
(5/13/2008) The Rays were two outs away from a 1-0 victory Tuesday against the Yankees when Hideki Matsui hit his first homer since April 15, a stretch of 57 at-bats, into the right-field seats off closer Troy Percival to send it to extra innings. Percival finished up allowing one walk in an inning of work. It was his second blown save in four outings.
(5/11/2008) Rays RP Troy Percival pitched a scorless ninth inning during Sunday's 8-5 win against the Angels for his ninth save and second in as many days. Percival did not allow a hit or walk, but one runner reached base on an error. Percival has pitched two straight scoreless outings after allowing his first runs of the season Thursday against the Blue Jays.
Percival bounces back with a save
(5/10/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival finished up a combined three-hit shutout with a perfect ninth inning Saturday against the Angels for his eighth save in nine opportunities. He struck out one batter.
Percival has pair of bad firsts
(5/9/2008) After starting his season with 11 scoreless innings, Rays closer Troy Percival allowed his first three runs on four hits in one inning Thursday against the Blue Jays, striking out two. He also blew his first save but managed to avoid the loss.
Percival still perfect with 7th save
(5/6/2008) Rays RP Troy Percival pitched another scoreless outing Tuesday against the Blue Jays and locked up his seventh save in as many chances during a 5-4 win. Percival needed just 11 pitches and struck out one while pitching a perfect ninth inning. He now has 11 scoreless outings on the season and has allowed just two hits in 11 innings.
Percival climbing all-time saves list
(5/2/2008)The Sports Xchange notes Troy Percival moved into a tie with John Wetteland for 10th place on the all-time saves list with his 330th save Thursday at Baltimore. Percival was 10th with 324 when he was injured in July 2005 and subsequently retired.
Percival 10th on career saves list
(5/1/2008) Rays RP Troy Percival worked a perfect ninth during Thursday's 4-2 win against the Orioles for his sixth save this season and 330th overall, tying John Wetteland for 10th place on the career list. Signed as a free agent during the offseason, Percival had a feeling he was part of something special back in March. "Considering the past the organization has had with not winning, they are handling this with a lot of composure," he said. "I first saw in spring training that we could compete with anybody. ... Right now we're playing good baseball."
Percival perfect to collect No. 5
(4/27/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival pitched the ninth inning Saturday against the Red Sox for his fifth save in five chances. He struck out one and didn't allow a hit or a walk.
Percival nets three-save series
(4/24/2008) Rays RP Troy Percival survived a few ninth-inning mistakes Thursday against the Blue Jays to notch his third save in as many days during a 5-3 win. Percival allowed the first two runners to reach base via an infield single and walk. But he buckled down the retire the next three hitters for his fourth save. He struck out one.
Percival's ERA still at 0.00
(4/23/2008) Rays RP Troy Percival opened the ninth inning Wednesday against the Blue Jays with a 10-pitch at-bat dueling with Gregg Zaun. Percival got the better of the battle with Zaun flying out and Percival went on to pitch a perfect ninth inning during a 5-3 win. He had one strikeout as he recorded a save for the second straight day.
Percival closes door on Jays Tuesday
(4/23/2008)Troy Percival worked a perfect ninth for his second save in as many opportunities Tuesday against Toronto.
Percival makes fifth appearance
(4/20/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival made his fifth appearance of the season Sunday in a 6-0 loss to the White Sox. Percival has only one save this season.
Percival perfect, but gets no save
(4/12/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival threw another perfect inning Friday against the Orioles, striking out two. But he had no save to earn and has only one in three appearances this season.
Percival perfect, doesn't get save
(4/9/2008) The Rays used closer Troy Percival in a non-save situation Tuesday against the Mariners. He worked a perfect inning, striking out one.
Percival gets first save for Rays
(4/5/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival made his first official appearance with his new team Saturday at the Yankees. He worked a perfect ninth inning for his first save of the season. He struck out one hitter in the process.
Percival has cold but was ready
(4/1/2008) According to the Sports Xchange notes: RHP Troy Percival warmed up Monday in case he was needed for what would have been his first save chance since July 2005, but Dan Wheeler got the final three outs in the ninth. Percival was sick anyway, having come down with a severe cold Sunday.
Percival back on the right track
(3/25/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival, who recently gave up seven runs in one inning of work, looked back on top of his game Tuesday at the Blue Jays, throwing one scoreless inning. He allowed one hit and struck out two.
Percival hit hard for seven runs
(3/23/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival had his first bad outing of the spring Sunday at the Reds, allowing seven runs in one inning. He gave up six hits and walked one, striking out one. He came into the game with a 1.80 ERA, but repeatedly left pitches over the plate.
Troy Percival gives up a run
(3/16/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival allowed three hits in his latest spring outing Sunday against the Tigers. He gave up a run and struck out one batter.
Percival enters second spring game
(3/9/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival made his second appearance this spring Sunday against the Reds, working one perfect inning. Percival is not injured, and the Rays are simply limiting his spring outings.
Percival unhittable in spring debut
(3/6/2008) Rays RP Troy Percival finally stepped out onto the rubber for some spring action Thursday against the Phillies. He pitched a perfect fourth inning and struck out one. Percival is not injured and the Rays are simply limiting his spring outings.
Percival ready for debut Thursday
(3/5/2008) MLB.com reports Devil Rays RP Troy Percival had a successful workout Tuesday and is ready to make his spring debut Thursday against the Phillies. "I spoke with him afterwards and he felt great, so he's on task," manager Joe Maddon said. Percival did not throw Wednesday, and Maddon added that he hasn't played in a spring training game yet because he doesn't nearly need as many outings. "He knows what works," Maddon said.
Percival's spring outings limited
(3/4/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival was scheduled to make his first appearance of the spring on Wednesday and, according to The Sports Xchange, probably will pitch only seven or eight other times during the exhibition season, mostly in the final week. "Just going off history with him, he doesn't need as many appearances," manager Joe Maddon said.
Percival to get in game Wednesday
(3/3/2008) Closer Troy Percival is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut Wednesday.
Percival to start out easy on arm
(2/10/2008) Rays closer Troy Percival has come up with a plan to keep himself effective all season, according to the St. Petersburg Times. He'll pitch in only a handful of games until late March and keep his velocity down when winning doesn't matter. "I'll keep it easy the next three weeks and probably won't break 87-88 mph until the last week of camp because I understand now that anything I do now is something less that I can do later," he said. "It's just about getting my body in shape and getting my arm in shape. The stuff will be there. I know how to pitch."
Rays give RP Percival two-year deal
(11/30/2007) The Tampa Bay Rays signed reliever Troy Percival to a two-year contract Friday, addressing a pressing need to improve one of the worst bullpens in the major leagues. The 38-year-old right-hander, who came out of retirement to go 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in 34 appearances for St. Louis in 2007, will make $8 million during the next two seasons. In addition, he'll have a chance to earn another $4 million-plus in performance incentives. A four-time AL All-Star, Percival is 12th on the all-time saves list with 324. He is 33-41 with a 3.02 ERA in 639 career games with the Cardinals, Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels, where he spent the first 10 years of his career and built a close relationship with Rays manager Joe Maddon. Percival had eight seasons with 30 or more saves for the Angels, including 40 in 2002 when he posted a career-best 1.92 ERA and also had an outstanding postseason while helping his team win the World Series.
(11/29/2007) The Rays are reportedly close to signing reliever Troy Percival, according to the Bradenton Herald.
Percival among Cards FAs to file
(11/9/2007) The following Cardinals filed for free agency: 3B/1B/OF Russell Branyan, UTL Miguel Cairo, SS David Eckstein, RP Troy Percival and starting pitcher Kip Wells.
Cardinals empty out bullpen Tuesday
(9/19/2007) Mike Maroth (0-5) was the 11th pitcher used by the sagging but stubborn Cardinals, an NL record. St. Louis lost for the 12th time in 13 games. The Cardinals also tied an NL record with 28 players used in an extra-inning game. The combined 53 players used by both teams tied the NL mark for an extra-inning game. Tyler Johnson, Kip Wells, Russ Springer, Randy Flores, Ryan Franklin, Jason Isringhausen, Troy Percival, Brian Falkenborg and finally Kelvin Jimenez were all used in relief.
Percival returns to mound Tues.
(9/5/2007) Troy Percival (quadriceps) was able to pitch in his setup role Tuesday night, allowing two hits and a walk in 2/3 of an inning.
Percival still day to day
(9/3/2007) Reliever Troy Percival, who strained a quad muscle on Saturday night is still hopeful he'll be ready to pitch by Tuesday at the latest.
Percival strains quad muscle
(9/3/2007) Reliever Troy Percival strained a quad muscle on Saturday night, when he was removed after three pitches. He was hopeful he'd be ready to pitch by Tuesday at the latest.
Percival picks up third victory
(8/22/2007) Troy Percival (3-0) allowed one hit and struck out two in a scoreless eighth Tuesday. Jason Isringhausen finished for his 24th save in 26 chances. Manager Tony La Russa expected closer Jason Isringhausen, who needed only 16 pitches in his first two-inning save since 2002 Monday, to be available. "He's had one-inning appearances when he threw 26 or 27 pitches," La Russa said. "I'd be surprised if he has any kind of stiffness."
Percival has rare rough outing
(7/22/2007) Troy Percival relieved Troy Cate, giving up three hits and three runs in two innings Saturday.
Percival lowers ERA to 1.17
(7/16/2007) Troy Percival worked a scoreless eighth inning on Sunday at Philadelphia, allowing a hit and striking out two batters to lower his ERA to 1.17.
Percival makes home debut
(7/4/2007) RHP Troy Percival made his St. Louis debut against Arizona Tuesday after two relief wins on the road.
Percival picks up second win in week
(7/1/2007) Reliever Troy Percival (2-0) got his second victory of the series Sunday, a triumphant return for the former closer. The 37-year-old reliever was out of baseball for two years because of a bad elbow, but made a comeback at the urging of several friends on the team. Throwing a 90 mph fastball that has surprised everyone, Percival pitched out of a threat in the fourth to get the victory.
Cards activate ex-closer Percival
(6/26/2007) The Cardinals purchased the contract of Troy Percival from the minor leagues. Out of the majors since 2005, the former All-Star closer signed a minor league contract with St. Louis this month.
Percival might return this week
(6/26/2007) RHP Troy Percival could join the Cardinals during the four-game series with the Mets. Out of the majors since 2005, the former All-Star closer signed a minor league contract with St. Louis this month.
Percival begins comeback trail
(6/14/2007)The Sports Xchange reports that Cardinals RP Troy Percival walked three and allowed one hit and one run in two-thirds of an inning Wednesday night in his debut with Triple-A Memphis. Nashville, the opponent, tried to steal three bases during that time and succeeded on two.
Pervical to comeback with Cards
(6/8/2007) Former All-Star closer Troy Percival, out of the majors since injuring his right arm in the middle of the 2005 season, will try to make a comeback with the St. Louis Cardinals. The 37-year-old Percival and the Cardinals agreed on a minor league contract Friday. He will report to Triple-A Memphis. Percival was working as a special assignment pitching instructor for the Los Angeles Angels before asking to be released from his coaching contract on May 23. The Cardinals made the announcement before their game against the Angels on Friday.
Percival throws for scouts
(6/1/2007) Former Angels closer Troy Percival, 37, threw for scouts from several teams earlier this week and could sign with one by the end of next week. Percival has not pitched in the major leagues since July 2005 but is throwing 90 mph again and wants to pursue a comeback.
Percival to attempt comeback
(5/23/2007) Former major league closer Troy Percival, who last pitched in the big leagues in 2005, will attempt a comeback. Percival, the Los Angeles Angels' special assignment pitching instructor, asked the team to release him from his minor league coaching contract on Wednesday to try and pitch again in the majors. He served as a scout with the Tigers last season.
Percival drawing Rays' interest
(5/21/2007) The Rays are among the teams who will have interest in RHP Troy Percival, the ex-Angels closer who is planning a comeback at age 37. "If his arm is well, Percy, first of all, is a very top-end relief pitcher, regardless if he's been out a little bit or not," said Rays manager Joe Maddon, who considered Percival a favorite when both were with the Angels. "No. 2, Percy's really good in the bullpen because he's a mentor and he really gets involved personally, talking about the game. His preparation is spectacular. Beyond being able to pitch well, all the things he does in the clubhouse and the bullpen are kind of extraordinary."
Percival considering comeback
(5/18/2007) Manager Mike Scioscia saw Thursday's reports that former closer Troy Percival is considering a comeback after he retired at the Angels' opening day. But when asked if the Angels would have a place for him, Scioscia said, "There are a lot of hurdles to get from feeling good and being ready to pitch in the major leagues. Let's see where he is. I haven't even talked to Percy about it. It's a hypothetical right now." Scioscia then added: "I wouldn't put it past Percy to be able to do it."
Percival signs one-day contract
(4/3/2007) Troy Percival, the Angels' career saves leader, signed a one-day contract Monday so than he could retire as an Angel. He threw out the ceremonial first pitch after running from the bullpen to the mound, and after the ball slammed into C Jose Molina's glove, the video board flashed "Radar Gun: 101 mph."
Percival to retire, again
(4/2/2007) RHP Troy Percival will sign a minor-league contract with the Angels and officially retire as an Angel. Percival is the franchise's all-time saves leader after spending most of 10 seasons (1995-2004) as the team's closer. He signed with the Detroit Tigers as a free agent following the 2004 season but was plagued by arm problems. He rejoined the Angels organization this spring as a roving pitching coach in the minor-league system.
Percival retires to be Angels coach
(1/21/2007) The Angels hired former closer Troy Percival as a special assignment pitching instructor. He will attend both major and minor league spring training camps and visit all of the Angels' affiliates to evaluate pitchers throughout the season. "The Angels have been an important part of my career and life and I couldn't be happier to be part of the organization," said Percival, who spent all but one of his 11 seasons in the majors with the Angels.
Free-agent filing continues
(11/3/2006) 3B Fernando Tatis, RHP Dustin Hermanson, RHP Troy Percival, LHP Kent Mercker and OF David Dellucci were among 13 players who filed for free agency Thursday, raising the total to 161. About 30 more are potentially eligible to file by the Nov. 11 deadline. Free agents can start talking money with all teams beginning Nov. 12.
Detroit puts Percival on DL
(4/1/2006) Detroit purchased the contracts of LHP Bobby Seay and INF Ramon Santiago from Toledo of the IL Saturday. They also designated RHP Franklyn German and C Rob Bowen for assignment and placed RHP Craig Dingman (shoulder) on the 15-day DL and RHP Troy Percival on the 60-day DL.
Tigers to put Percival on DL
(4/1/2006) The Tigers plan to designate reliever Franklyn German and catcher Rob Bowen for assignment Saturday and place pitchers Craig Dingman and Troy Percival on the DL. Detroit also plans to purchase the contracts of Ramon Santiago and left-handed reliever Bobby Seay.
(3/31/2006) Troy Percival, who is headed to the 60-day disabled list because of a torn muscle in his right elbow, has become "the highest-paid scout in the country," in the words of Tigers manager Jim Leyland. "I think I have a good feel for what the players are looking for," Percival said. "It's not like I'm 10 years removed and have forgotten what kind of information they want."
Percival headed to disabled list
(3/30/2006) According to reports, the Detroit Tigers will place Troy Percival on the 60-day disabled list. He left the team earlier in camp after he couldn't pitch in a simulated contest without pain.
Percival leaves Tigers, may retire
(2/27/2006) Reliever Troy Percival has left Tigers' training camp, perhaps for good. The 11-year major league veteran, who is 10th on the league's career saves list with 324, left after a painful performance Sunday in a simulated game. His locker was cleaned out and the nameplate removed, and he could not be reached for comment on Monday. The four-time All-Star struggled mightily in his inning of relief at Joker Marchant Stadium, which included a long home run to nonroster invitee Mike Rabelo. "Obviously, in his mind, he doesn't think that he's ready to compete at this level," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Monday.
Percival now done for career?
(2/26/2006) Troy Percival told MLB.com he might have thrown his last pitch, failing to get through a simulated game without pain. He isn't retiring just yet, but he says he will wait a few weeks to see how he feels first. "I've been fighting it all spring," Percival told MLB.com. "I thought I could give this organization an opportunity to make a decision. I tried to go back to the arm angle I'm accustomed to and it's not there. There's a lot of pain. Right now, I can't help this club, physically. Mentally and with my heart, I think I can, but I have to be realistic and say there's just no way, physically, I can go out and help this club right now."
Percival could be in final camp
(2/22/2006) Troy Percival could be going through his final spring training as a player. He is in Tigers' camp to see if his damaged right elbow will let him pitch often enough and effectively enough to contribute this season. "It's not doing bad," he said following his first throwing session of spring training. "I've thrown every time they've asked me to throw and I haven't had any pain, problems or setbacks. I didn't start throwing until early January and it's OK."
Percival nabbed in Round 24
(2/20/2006) Troy Percival was the 277th overall selection (Round 24) in the 2006 CBS SportsLine.com AL Experts League.
Percival tries to work way back
(2/6/2006) RHP Troy Percival (right elbow muscle) has been doing light throwing since December and will try to crank it up in the spring, but it has widely been believed his career is over.
Percival makes his pitch for 2006
(2/2/2006) Tigers RHP Troy Percival is playing catch at home in California but is realistic about his chances of being a closer again. Percival intends to push it as far as he can but doesn't expect to have enough in his arm to be able to bounce back every day -- providing he can even throw with reasonable effectiveness. Manager Jim Leyland reported Percival has volunteered to try starting this spring since there is a vacancy in the Tigers' rotation.
Percival avoids surgery
(9/17/2005) Tigers injured closer Troy Percival found out from Angels team physician Dr. Lewis Yocum that he won't need surgery on his right elbow, which likely would have forced him to retire at age 36.
Percival moved to 60-day DL
(7/23/2005) The Tigers transferred Troy Percival (forearm) from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.
Percival likely done for year
(7/20/2005) Troy Percival likely will miss the rest of the season because of a partial muscle tear in his right forearm. He went on the DL for the second time this season July 15, a move retroactive to July 10. He was examined Monday by Dr. Lewis Yocum, who conducted an MRI exam and said Percival must rest for two months. It is not known if he will need surgery. "We have some depth, but we've lost a part of that," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said Tuesday. "We're fortunate we still have some pretty good arms."
Percival out for the season?
(7/19/2005) According to published reports, renowned Dr. Lewis Yocum suggested Troy Percival (forearm) rest for the next two months. He has a partial muscle tear in his right forearm and might require offseason surgery.
Surgery possible for Percival
(7/16/2005) Troy Percival (elbow) is worried that he might require surgery which would sideline him into next season. He will meet with Dr. Lewis Yocum on Monday to determine if surgery is needed. "If he can get me back, and the team's in the running and I can come back and throw great, that's obviously what I want to do," Percival told the team's official website. "But if he tells me, 'Look, you need to get this fixed,' then I'll respect that and get it fixed."
Percival heads back to DL
(7/14/2005) The Detroit Tigers announced the club has placed right-handed pitcher Troy Percival on the 15-day DL retroactive to July 10 with a partial tear of the right flexor pronator muscle mass. This is the same injury that sidelined him earlier this season May into June.
Tigers' Percival suffers letdown
(7/10/2005) Jonny Gomes said burned Tigers closer Troy Percival with a two-run, ninth-inning shot off to gave the Devil Rays a 5-4 victory Saturday. "I lost it. That's all there was to it," Percival said. "My team won the game and I went out and lost it."
Percival notches fifth save
(6/16/2005) Troy Percival tossed a perfect ninth inning on Thursday against the Padres to pick up his fifth save of the season.
Tigers' Percival perfect in return
(6/6/2005) The Tigers activated closer Troy Percival before the game Sunday. Percival, who had been on the DL since May 8 with a torn muscle in his pitching arm, worked a scoreless ninth inning. "I felt better than I have since the second week of spring training," he said. "I think now I'll be solid for the rest of the year."
Tigers' Percival activated off DL
(6/5/2005) Tigers closer Troy Percival was activated from the 15-day DL on Sunday after being sidelined since May 8 with a torn muscle in his pitching forearm. He replaces starter Wilfredo Ledezma, who was optioned to Triple-A Toledo after Saturday's loss to Baltimore. Percival is 1-1 with a 3.65 ERA and three saves in 12 games.
Percival has setback in recovery
(6/5/2005) Manager Alan Trammel said RHP Troy Percival is feeling better and will travel with the team on the road trip to Los Angeles and Colorado. He took a step toward coming back from a forearm injury by throwing a simulated game Friday. He only played catch Saturday.
Percival to have mound session
(6/2/2005) Troy Percival, on the DL with a forearm injury, is expected to throw a simulated game Friday.
Percival tosses from the mound
(5/30/2005) Troy Percival (forearm) threw off the bullpen mound for the first time since being put on the disabled list on May 9. "Everything went great," Percival said.
Percival making good progress
(5/27/2005) The Detroit News reports Troy Percival will join the team this weekend in Baltimore and is scheduled to throw off a mound for the first time since he went on the disabled list May 8 for a partial tear of the right flexor pronator muscle mass. The initial estimate of how much time Percival would miss was 4-6 weeks, but if all goes well this weekend, he could be on the light side of that estimate. "I got a voice mail saying he's coming in," Manager Alan Trammell said. "I don't want to say when he might be able to return. I'd just be guessing. Let's see how it goes when he throws off the mound. I'm sure he'll give you all the quotes you want."
Percival goes on DL for Tigers
(5/9/2005) The Tigers placed RHP Troy Percival on the 15-day DL on Monday due to a partial tear of the right flexor pronator muscle mass, retroactive to May 8. In 12 games this season, Percival is 1-1 with three saves and a 3.65 ERA. He will be out four to six weeks.
Percival gets save vs. former team
(5/8/2005) Troy Percival allowed only one hit in a scoreless ninth to earn his third save of the season, this time against his former team at Anaheim.
Percival strikes out the side
(5/5/2005) Troy Percival struck out all three of his at-bats Wednesday against the Red Sox. He lowered his ERA to 3.97.
(4/28/2005) Troy Percival picked up his second save of the season on Thursday at Cleveland by pitching a scoreless ninth inning.
Percival earns first save
(4/25/2005) Troy Percival tossed a perfect ninth in Monday's game against the Twins to earn his first save of the season.
Percival blows first save
(4/23/2005) Troy Percival allowed a solo home to Minnesota's Justin Morneau in the top of the ninth inning to blow his first save chance of the season.
Percival still without a save
(4/19/2005) The Detroit Free Press reports Troy Percival has still not appeared in a game in a save opportunity this season. In fact, Percival's only appearance in a close game came when he inherited a 4-4 ninth-inning tie in Minnesota. He promptly lost when he gave up his first career earned run to the Twins.
Percival finally cracks vs. Twins
(4/13/2005) After holding Minnesota without an earned run during 10 seasons with Anaheim, Troy Percival finally gave one up -- to Detroit's dismay. The Twins' long-time ninth-inning nemesis, Percival was shaky. And Shannon Stewart took advantage with an RBI ground-rule double off the Tigers' new closer with one out in the ninth, giving Minnesota a 5-4 victory on Tuesday night. "This guy's been all over us -- he's always shutting us down," said Torii Hunter, whose single against Ugueth Urbina tied it in the eighth. Before Stewart's big hit, Percival (0-1) was the only active major-leaguer with at least 40 innings logged against one opponent -- he had 40 1/3 -- with an ERA of 0.00. "I don't care about my personal stats," he said. "That was just a bad time to not pitch well."
Percival debuts for Tigers
(4/4/2005) Troy Percival tossed a scoreless ninth inning with one strikeout in Monday's regular season opener against the Royals.
Tigers sign Percival
(11/17/2004) According to broadcast reports, Troy Percival signed with Detroit on Wednesday. In his career, Percival has pitched 6 2/3 innings with a 4.05 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP at Comerica Park.
Percival ready to move on
(11/4/2004) The Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels announced they will not offer a contract to Troy Percival this offseason. The Cubs and Giants are reportedly among six teams that will vie for his services as a closer.
Percival thinking about the future
(9/16/2004) Troy Percival would love to finish his career with the Angels but might test the free-agent market this winter, according to the Los Angeles Times. The velocity of his fastball has returned to the 95-mph range, he has better command of his curveball and changeup, "and with those pitches, I actually think I have a chance to be better at my job in the future," he said.
Percival's velocity down
(8/16/2004) The Los Angeles Times reports that Troy Percival has been pitching with lower-back stiffness that required him to take a muscle relaxant injection Saturday. "My lower back locks up sometimes," he said. His fastball had dipped to 92 mph or lower before his injection. He his 94 mph on Sunday against Detroit for his 23rd save.
Percival records 300th save
(7/29/2004) Troy Percival retired the final two batters in Wednesday's game against Texas to pick up his 17th save of the season and the 300th of his career.
Percival's velocity still down
(6/30/2004) Troy Percival did not hit his standard 96 mph on Sunday, but was encouraged by his ability to fully extend his pitching elbow during his pitching motion. "That enables me to reach both sides of the plate," Percival told the Los Angeles Daily News. "Take two inches of elbow extension away, that's 16 inches of plate coverage."
Percival back with Angels
(6/27/2004) Troy Percival was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday. He had been on the shelf since June 2 with inflammation and swelling in his right elbow.
Percival ready to play Sunday
(6/26/2004) Troy Percival (elbow) will be activated for Sunday's game at Los Angeles. "I feel OK. I was going to be ready (Saturday), they decided to move it back to (Sunday) to keep guys down in the bullpen who can pitch more innings," he said.
Percival could return Saturday
(6/24/2004) The Los Angeles Times reports that Troy Percival (elbow) will throw a simulated game Thursday, and if all goes well, will be activated for Saturday's game against Los Angeles. "In a perfect world, we'd like to get Troy an inning to get acclimated," said manager Mike Scioscia, "but I've also seen him come back from injuries and be right on the money."
Percival does some throwing
(6/17/2004) Troy Percival threw 60 pitches in a simulated game on Thursday. He has been out since June 6 with an inflamed right elbow.
Percival might begin throwing
(6/14/2004) The Los Angeles Times says Troy Percival (elbow) hopes to begin a throwing program on Thursday.
Percival pitched while hurt
(6/10/2004) The Los Angeles Times reports that Troy Percival (forearm) acknowledged that he pitched several weeks longer than he should have with his current injury. "I probably should have taken a step back three or four weeks ago and maybe taken four or five days off," he said. "That might have kept me from doing this, and that's my fault." Tests revealed no damage to the medial collateral ligament in his right elbow that needed Tommy John surgery in 1993. "Any time I have to sit out four weeks I'm not happy, but it's definitely better than having to. ... get cut on."
Tests reveal strain for Percival
(6/9/2004) The Los Angeles Times reports that tests performed on Troy Percival's arm show that he has a strained right forearm.
Percival lands on 15-day DL
(6/6/2004) Troy Percival was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to inflammation in his right elbow on Sunday. The move is retroactive to Wednesday.
Percival receives cortisone shot
(6/4/2004) The Los Angeles Times reports that Troy Percival had a cortisone shot in his pitching elbow to combat inflammation Thursday.
Percival's elbow keeps him out
(6/3/2004) Troy Percival was unavailable to pitch because of inflammation in his right elbow against Boston Wednesday. He had an MRI and will consult with the team physician Thursday.
Percival blows save, gets win
(5/15/2004) Troy Percival allowed three earned runs on four hits in one inning at Baltimore Friday. He still got the win.
Percival nails down save No. 2
(4/14/2004) Troy Percival tossed a perfect ninth inning on Tuesday to slam the door on the Mariners for his second save of the year.
Percival to face tough matchups
(3/5/2004) The Orange County Register reports that Troy Percival will come in to pitch around the fourth or fifth innings during spring training, since that's usually right before the big-leaguers call it a day. Manager Mike Scoscia wants Percival to face major-league hitting early on.
(9/25/2003) Angels manager Mike Scioscia told the Los Angeles Times that Troy Percival (forearm tendinitis) will not pitch in the final three games of the season.
Percival likely done for year
(9/25/2003) Manager Mike Scioscia said Troy Percival might not pitch again this season due to tendinitis in his right forearm.
Percival struggles on Thursday
(8/22/2003) Troy Percival had a bad outing on Thursday at Detroit, allowing one earned run, four walks and no hits in one inning pitched.
Percival nails down 21st save
(7/22/2003) Troy Percival pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record his 21st save of the season on Tuesday at Tampa Bay.
Percival gets save
(6/20/2003) Troy Percival threw as hard as 97 mph while saving his 11th game on Thursday at Seattle.
Percival notches the save
(6/8/2003) Troy Percival (hip) pitched a perfect ninth inning Sunday at Florida to notch his eighth save of the season. He worked a scoreless ninth inning in Saturday's 9-2 win and hit 97 miles per hour on the radar gun, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Angels activated Troy Percival
(6/7/2003) Percival (hip) was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Friday.
Percival close to returning
(6/5/2003) The Los Angeles Times reports Troy Percival (hip) threw a simulated game on Wednesday.
Percival to return this weekend?
(6/3/2003) The Los Angeles Daily News reports that Troy Percival (hip) might be activated by this weekend's series in Florida.
Percival progressing well
(6/2/2003) Angels manager Mike Scioscia told the Los Angeles Daily News Troy Percival (hip) looked good in a bullpen workout on Sunday. He was better than OK. Scioscia said. After scrapping his high leg kick in his delivery to favor his weakened right hip, Percival believes his mechanical flaws are history. I can be more successful doing this, especially now that Ive learned the changeup, Percival said.
Percival throws in bullpen
(6/1/2003) Troy Percival (hip) reported no problems after throwing 55 pitches during a 12-minute bullpen session on Saturday, his first time throwing off a mound since he went on the disabled list May 23. He is scheduled to throw again Sunday and pitch in a simulated game on Wednesday, and might be activated once he becomes eligible, barring a setback.
Percival might need surgery
(5/29/2003) Troy Percival told the Los Angeles Times that his degenerative hip condition is not career-threatening. He said Angels medical director Lewis Yocum has forwarded MRI results to specialists, who will recommend whether he will need surgery. General manager Bill Stoneman called surgery "a last resort," and Percival said the pain has diminished recently.
Percival's status unclear
(5/28/2003) Troy Percival (hip) told the Los Angeles Daily News his injury feels better, but the Angels have no idea how long he will be out. "There's always a risk of a worst-case scenario being a really extended time," manager Mike Scioscia said. "But we can't answer that now. We don't know."
Percival placed on the DL
(11:59 am ET) Troy Percival was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday. He was diagnosed with degenerative changes in his hip joint and a strained right gluteus muscle. Manager Mike Scioscia told the Los Angeles Times it is a "big question mark" as to whether Percival will be able to pitch after serving the minimum 15 days on the disabled list.
Percival makes spring debut
(3/8/2003) Troy Percival pitched a perfect fifth inning, retiring all three batters he faced on fly balls. "For him to throw curveballs this early in the spring as well as he did was impressive," Scioscia said.
(7/28/2002) The Angels activated Troy Percival on Saturday. The hard-throwing right-hander had been placed on the disabled list July 12 with an infection in his left foot. Fantasy leaguers should activate him for the upcoming week,
(7/24/2002) Percival threw 1 2/3 innings in a simulated game and pronounced himself ready to pitch. On the disabled list since the All-Star break due to an infection near his left Achilles tendon, Percival is eligible to be activated Saturday. Monitor his status before placing him back into your starting lineup.
(7/16/2002) Percival is expected to be activated in two weeks, according to the L.A. Times. He will immediately reclaim his closer's role once healthy, but for now, Ben Weber appears the best bet for saves until then, with Al Levine possibly getting some chances once he is activated this weekend.
(7/15/2002) On Sunday, the Angels placed Percival on the 15-day disabled list because of an infection in his left foot. Matt Wise was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake to replace Percival on the active roster. Wise might get some save opportunities along with reliever Ben Weber.
(7/14/2002) Percival will go back to Anaheim so doctors can examine an infection behind his right ankle. "We're hoping he might just miss a couple of days," said manager Mike Scioscia. Play it safe and reserve Percival for now. Ben Weber will get the save opportunities in his absence.
(5/14/2002) Percival has been unhittable since April 21, according to the L.A. Times. In eight subsequent innings, Percival has given up no runs, two hits and has recorded 14 strikeouts. He has posted two victories and four saves as well, and his ERA has gone from 21.60 to 3.72. With numbers such as these, starting Percival on a regular basis is a must.
(5/10/2002) Percival has recorded a save and a win in his past two appearances. The fireballer also has five strikeouts over that time, and seems to have regained the velocity he was lacking when he came off the DL last month. Be sure to keep him on your active roster.
(4/18/2002) Percival has been activated from the disabled list. He was sidelined for most of April because of a strained muscle in his side. Put him back in your lineup next week.
(4/17/2002) Percival expects to be activated Thursday before Anaheims game against Oakland. The L.A. Times reports that Percival, out because a strained muscle in his side, threw 15 pitches on Tuesday without pain. Get him back in your lineup next week if he remains healthy.
(4/16/2002) Percival is expected to throw in a simulated game Tuesday or Wednesday as he works to recover from a strained rib cage muscle. He will likely be activated at some point this weekend, in which case you can get him back into your active lineup. Monitor Percival's status the next few days before making a final decision.
(4/13/2002) Anaheim closer Percival, on the DL with a muscle strain in his right side, is making progress and is on schedule to be back in the bullpen when he's eligible to come off the DL on April 18.
(4/10/2002) Percival (side) began some light throwing Tuesday and told the L.A. Times he is almost positive that he will return on Apr. 18. Monitor his progess and make sure he is ready to play before putting him your lineup next week.
(4/8/2002) According to the L.A. Times, Percival (side) will not be allowed to throw in the bullpen for nine days and might not get into a game for 11 days. Al Levine will continue to close games in Percival's absence.
(4/6/2002) Percival was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Anaheim Angels on Friday. He won't be eligible to return until Apr. 19, so Fantasy owners may want to consider picking up Al Levine as a temporary replacement.
(4/4/2002) Percival had an MRI Wednesday that revealed a strained muscle in his right side. He will be unavailable to pitch this weekend and will be re-evaluated on Monday. "The treatment they were doing wasn't working so they wanted to take some pictures to have a better idea of what we're dealing with," Percival told the L.A. Times. With Percival's status in question, Fantasy owners may want to pick up Al Levine, Ben Weber or Donne Wall, who will probably share save chances in his absence.
(4/3/2002) Percival has added a changeup to his selection of pitches, according to the L.A. Times. His arsenal originally included a curveball and a 100-mph fastball. Percival's changeup was clocked at 84 mph. The changeup will be thrown with the same arm action as his fastball, but will be noticeably slower, creating an illusion that fools hitters. Throwing this pitch effectively will make him even harder to hit and should increase his saves.
(1/24/2002) The Los Angeles Daily News reports the Dodgers are interested in trading for Percival. A month ago, Disney chairman Michael Eisner rejected a deal that would have sent Percival to the Dodgers for reliever Matt Herges, veteran outfielder Marquis Grissom and outfield prospect Chin-Feng Chen. In case a Percival deal doesn't happen, the Dodgers still have Red sox closer Ugueth Urbina on their radar screen.
(7/26/2001) Percival pronounced himself ready to pitch Wednesday, a day after undergoing an MRI and X-rays on his back and right hip, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Our preference is to give him another day," said Angels Manager Mike Scioscia. Percival should be fine, so keep him active.
(7/3/2001) The St. Louis Cardinals are reportedly interested in acquiring Percival. "You're not going to say no to anything, but right now we have the best closer in baseball," general manager Bill Stoneman told the L.A. Times. "There isn't a closer throwing better than Troy right now. It's fair game for teams to ask for what they want, and you never know what it might lead to, but nothing is imminent." Percival has converted 19 of 20 saves and has a 0.90 ERA. His departure for the NL would be bad for owners in AL-only leagues. However, he would be a major asset to an owner in a NL-only league. Monitor his situation and see how it is resolved.
(5/1/2001) His team may be struggling but Percival has quietly been regaining the form that made him an All-Star closer. Suffering from elbow and shoulder injuries, Percival blew 10 save chances in 2000 and had a career worst 4.50 ERA. Percival has given up only one hit in 6.1 innings so far this season and has converted all four of his save opportunities. The L.A. Times reports that he has consistently been clocked from 95-100 mph and has been using his curveball effectively. Look for him to pick up saves if his team begins to win some games.
(4/2/2001) It appears Percival is close to regaining the form that made him one of the most feared closers in baseball during the late 1990s. In the Angels' final exhibition game Saturday he struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth inning--looking. Get him in your lineup if you haven't already.
(2/27/2001) After having shoulder surgery last winter and admittedly coming back too soon in 2000, Percival did very little throwing this winter. He chose to concentrate on his strength, conditioning and nutrition. The changes have paid off so far. He is feeling so good that he plans to revive the power curve that helped make him so devastating in 1995 and '96, when he combined for a 2.13 earned-run average in 148 innings in his first two seasons. Percival could be on the verge of a successful comeback season. Don't hesitate to select him if a top closer like Todd Jones is already gone when it is your turn to pick.
(8/27/2000) The Anaheim Angels got closer Troy Percival back from the disabled list on Saturday. Unfortunately, the hard-throwing righthander received a rude welcome back from Cleveland's Travis Fryman. In his first appearance after missing 18 games with right elbow tendinitis, Percival surrendered a two-run homer to Fryman during the ninth inning of a 9-5 loss to Cleveland.
(8/8/2000) An MRI of disabled Angels closer Troy Percival's right elbow indicated tendinitis, and he will begin therapy.
(8/7/2000) Placed on the 15-day DL with pain in his right elbow. He admitted to the coaching staff he's been overcompensating for his surgically repaired shoulder which has strained his elbow. He will have the elbow examined to determine what treatment will be needed. Anaheim will use a closer-by-committee approach while he is on the shelf.
(3/13/2000) Percival has thrown without pain, including pitching one perfect inning, with his fastball in the 90 mph range, against San Diego in his spring debut. "I felt no pain and I didn't even remember what that felt like," he said. "I thought I was pain-free for the first two weeks of the season last year, but it was nothing like that." Percival, heading into his sixth season with the Angels, has recovered faster from shoulder surgery than anticipated. "He's far ahead of what we would have expected, to be throwing the ball so well after surgery. He has looked strong," said Mike Scioscia, the Angels' rookie manager.
(2/4/2000) Although Percival said in December that he'd be open to a trade if the club needed to make one to free up payroll money, there are no indications the Angels have talked seriously with anyone about Percival.
(9/27/1999) Angels closer Troy Percival, who came out of Friday night's game with an inflamed right shoulder, might not be done for the season. X-rays taken Saturday were negative and he's listed as day-to-day.
(9/3/1999) Percival has been suspended three games for his role in Tuesday's brawl with the Indians. Percival started the melee by plunking David Justice right after a go-ahead home run by Richie Sexson.
(6/17/1999) Closer Troy Percival is on a major roll. Entering Wednesday, Percival hadn't allowed a run (and just one hit) in his last 17 games.
(5/28/1999) Closer Troy Percival has 12 saves in 13 tries, and in his last nine games, Percival has eight saves and hasn't allowed an earned run in 7 2/3 innings.
(2/2/1999) Percival shook off shoulder problems from 1997, and posted a career-high 42 saves last year. While he did lose seven games (also a career-high), he posted excellent numbers in other categories. He allowe just 45 hits in 66.2 innings pitched, and struck out 87. He did allow more than one walk every two innings, and his 3.65 ERA was also a career-high. Percival does get rattled on occasion, but he is very reliable for most of the season.