Clayton Richard P CHC 2 weeks ago

Richard gave up two runs in one-third of an inning against the Rockies on Friday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Richard has only made two appearances this season, but it's hard to tell much about the pitching usage of the Cubs' bullpen with the team involved in so many lopsided games in the early going. He'll probably be used more as a garbage-time pitcher in 2016, but he may be called upon to get key outs as the season goes along.

Clayton Richard P CHC 1 month ago

Richard made an appearance for the second day in a row Saturday, giving up two hits in a scoreless inning.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Richard gave up five runs and took the loss Friday, but the Cubs wanted to see him back on the mound on back-to-back days. He's likely to make the team as the top lefty reliever on the staff.

Clayton Richard P CHC 2 months ago

With Rex Brothers getting released Thursday, Richard's chances of making the team improved.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Travis Wood is probably still ahead of Richard on the depth chart, but Richard and Brothers were vying for a shot as the second lefty in the pen. The only other lefty relievers on the Cubs' 40-man roster are Eric Jokisch and C.J. Riefenhauser.

Clayton Richard P CHC 2 months ago

Richard will contend for the fifth spot in the Cubs' rotation this season, but he's more of a fallback choice than a legitimate candidate, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Kyle Hendricks and Adam Warren are ahead of Richard on the depth chart, and both would be much better suited to taking the ball every fifth day for a contender. Still, Richard's versatility could make him a valuable part of the team as an inning-eating reliever and occasional spot starter.

Clayton Richard P CHC 5 months ago

Richard signed a one-year contract with the Cubs on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration, Carrie Muskat of reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Four months ago Richard was designated for assignment by the Cubs, but he returned to post 2.96 ERA over the final two months of the regular season, then made six scoreless appearances during the team's playoff run. Now under contract through 2016, Richard will likely open the year as a lefty specialist out of the bullpen.

Clayton Richard P CHC 7 months ago

Richard (4-2) picked up the victory in a 9-6 win over the Pirates on Thursday despite surrendering four hits and two earned runs in 3.1 innings.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It's been an up-and-down month for the veteran reliever, with a little bit of everything mixed in over six appearances. Two games where he retired the only batter he faced are sandwiched between two others where Richard was unable to record an out. Additionally, over his most recent two trips to the mound, including Thursday, Richard has thrown a combined 90 pitches. The 32-year-old opened with a smooth and scoreless fifth Thursday before giving up two hits in the sixth and three in the seventh, including two ground-rule doubles. Although his performance was somewhat shaky, Richard has not surrendered a home run in 11 consecutive appearances and has only yielded a total of three over 39 innings pitched on the season.

Clayton Richard P CHC 8 months ago

Richard is one of the candidates to start in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader, Carrie Muskat of reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Manager Joe Maddon has called for Sunday as a "staff day," with Richard, Travis Wood, Trevor Cahill, and Carl Edwards all possibilities to pitch in the second game of the doubleheader. Dan Haren will start the opener.

Clayton Richard P CHC 10 months ago

Richard will have his next turn in the rotation skipped, Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald reports.

Richard was a last-minute replacement for Tsuyoshi Wada (shoulder) on Saturday, and actually cashed in a respectable outing, allowing just two earned runs on eight hits over 6.1 innings. His time in the rotation will likely be short-lived, however, as Wada could return to the Cubs by next weekend if his rehab start Monday goes well. Richard will likely occupy a bullpen role until another spot start is needed, or a roster move is announced.

Clayton Richard P CHC 10 months ago

Richard has been acquired by the Cubs from the Pirates for cash. He will start Saturday's game against the Marlins, Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald reports.

The Cubs were scrambling for a starter to replace the injured Tsuyoshi Wada in the rotation, while the veteran left-hander was stuck at Triple-A Indianapolis for the Pirates. In nine starts this season, Richard has posted a 2.09 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 56 innings, but he's done with just 25 strikeouts against 13 walks.

Clayton Richard P CHC 11 months ago

The Pirates are encouraged with Richard's pitching at Triple-A, where he's posted a 3.16 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 37.1 innings, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

"This is the first time where he's been able to go in repetition in quite some time to take the ball every fifth or sixth day, so he's encouraged about that," manager Clint Hurdle said. "Fastball command's been good, his velocity's been firm." The 31-year-old lefty missed most of 2014 with thoracic outlet syndrome. He could provide the Bucs with a mid-season boost if the team decides to take Jeff Locke out of the rotation or if injuries strike.