Jake Diekman RP TEX 4 months ago

Diekman was recalled from Triple-A prior to Thursday's game, MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports.

He had a 6.75 ERA in 21.1 innings of relief with the Phillies earlier this year, and while he had a solid 26.9 percent K-rate, it's hard to predict a ton of success for Diekman this time around in his middle relief role.

Jake Diekman RP TEX 4 months ago

Manager Ryne Sandberg said Diekman will return to the Phillies "as soon as possible," the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The Phillies optioned Diekman to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday. They want him to work on commanding his pitches and throwing inside more to lefthanded hitters before they bring him back to the majors. It sounds like he could be back up in short order if he finds immediate success in the minors.

Jake Diekman RP TEX 4 months ago

Diekman was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley after Thursday's loss to the Reds, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.

The demotion might have just been a measure to give the lefty a rest, as he was used in a third consecutive game Thursday and for the fourth time in six days. Diekman owns a woeful 6.75 ERA on the season, but has been one of the league's more proficient strikeout artists among relievers. He's whiffed 29 batters across 21.1 innings.

Jake Diekman RP TEX 5 months ago

Diekman allowed two hits and an earned run in a third of an inning Sunday against the Nationals.

Diekman's struggles continue. He has an 8.04 ERA and has put 35 runners on base in 15.2 innings. His fastball velocity and strikeout rate are both in line with last season, but he has struggled to locate his pitches. He has even been touched up by lefties this season, which has not been an issue in the past.

Jake Diekman RP TEX 5 months ago

Diekman has been working with Phillies bullpen coach Rod Nichols on keeping his right shoulder from flying open at the end of his delivery, the Phialdelphia Inquirer reports.

The mechanical fix is intended to help Diekman throw more strikes. He has struggled to locate this season and has been very hittable. He has the potential to be a valuable piece in deeper fantasy leagues thanks to a solid strikeout rate, but he will need to get the walks under control before that value returns.

Jake Diekman RP TEX 5 months ago

Diekman said he cannot pinpoint the source of his struggles this season, the Phialdelphia Daily News reports. "I feel good," Diekman said. "I don't know what it is. I just don't know."

Diekman allowed two runs on two hits Tuesday raising his ERA to 10.00. His velocity remains solid, but he has struggled to locate. He has given up 13 hits and walked 9 in his nine innings of work this season.

Jake Diekman RP TEX 6 months ago

Diekman allowed seven runs on six hits and a walk in one-third of an inning against the Yankees on Friday.

Diekman's spring ERA rose from 3.86 to 12.27 after the outing. He is in no jeopardy of losing a roster spot. He is locked in a setup role along with Ken Giles in front of closer Jonathan Papelbon.

Jake Diekman RP TEX 1 year ago

Diekman pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts Sunday in his final appearance of the 2014 season.

Diekman ends the year 5-5 with a 3.80 ERA and a 100:35 K:BB ratio in 71 innings. He was very tough on lefties this season, but has some work to do to refine his approach against righties. They hit .256 against him, and while he struck out 62 right handers in 46.2 innings, Diekman also walked 30.

Jake Diekman RP TEX 1 year ago

Manager Ryne Sandberg said Diekman is an option to close while Jonathan Papelbon serves his seven-game suspension, the Phialdelphia Inquirer reports.

Sandberg will not name an interim closer, but Ken Giles and Diekman are the two candidates to see any save opportunities until Tuesday when Papelbon returns. Giles may be the more likely of the two to get the call first.

Jake Diekman RP TEX 1 year ago

Manager Ryne Sandberg said Diekman will have a reduced workload out of the bullpen for the final weeks of the season, the Phillies' official site reports.

Diekman has pitched a career-high 65 innings this season. He is 4-4 with a 3.74 ERA and a 92:32 K:BB ratio.