60DJake Diekman
RP TEX
3 days ago

Diekman (stomach) will undergo surgery to help alleviate ulcerative colitis Jan. 25 and will miss at least half of the season, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports.

EDGE Analysis

This is unfortunate news for both Diekman and the Rangers, as the 29-year-old enjoyed a solid year in 2016, recording a 3.40 ERA while striking out 59 batters across 53 innings. He was also Texas' top southpaw setup man, and the Rangers will likely turn to Alex Claudio to fill the left-handed void in the bullpen until Diekman is available to return.

60DJake Diekman
RP TEX
6 days ago

Diekman and the Rangers avoided arbitration with a one-year, $2.55 million deal on Saturday, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reports.

EDGE Analysis

Diekman enjoyed a strong year in 2016, pitching a 3.40 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 53 innings. He even managed to pick up four saves, which might have helped him double his salary in his round of arbitration. The 29-year-old is on track to be a free agent after the 2018 season.

60DJake Diekman
RP TEX
4 months ago

Diekman picked up his fourth save with a scoreless 12th inning Monday against the Astros.

EDGE Analysis

Diekman was forced into action thanks to extra innings and managed to rebound well from his previous three outings, in which he had mustered just three outs and allowed three walks, four hits and five runs. Still, he remains squarely behind Sam Dyson for the closer's spot in Texas.

60DJake Diekman
RP TEX
5 months ago

Diekman picked up his third save with a scoreless ninth Monday against the Rockies.

EDGE Analysis

Sam Dyson had pitched and allowed runs in consecutive games, including a blown save on Sunday, so he was likely unavailable, leaving the save opportunity for Diekman. He has been fantastic of late, as Monday marked his 11th straight scoreless outing, a stretch in which he has allowed just two hits. Dyson has a 2.13 ERA and is 8-of-9 in save opportunities since July, so he should have some job security at this point, but Diekman would be a natural choice for the replacement should Dyson lose the job to injury or ineffectiveness.

60DJake Diekman
RP TEX
6 months ago

Diekman (finger) has been activated from the DL on Friday, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

EDGE Analysis

Diekman landed on the disabled list July 15 with a cut on his left index finger. He hasn't pitched since July 6 and was activated prior to Friday's game against the Royals. In a corresponding move, the club DFA'd Cesar Ramos.

60DJake Diekman
RP TEX
6 months ago

Diekman (finger) pitched a bullpen Tuesday, and expects to return Friday, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

EDGE Analysis

Diekman was placed on the 15-day DL due to a cut on his finger, but should be able to return by Friday. The southpaw said that he felt good after the bullpen session Tuesday, stating that his finger is fully healed and ready to go. Diekman has posted a 2.73 ERA during 33 innings of work with the Rangers this year, including a 36:13 K:BB.

60DJake Diekman
RP TEX
6 months ago

Diekman (finger) has been able to throw from flat ground but hasn't received clearance to throw from the mound, MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reports.

EDGE Analysis

Diekman is eligible to come off the DL on Friday, but there's been no speculation on if he'll be ready by then. A brief rehab assignment would seem to be needed, and Diekman would seem to be several days away at a minimum from beginning one at this point.

60DJake Diekman
RP TEX
6 months ago

The Rangers placed Diekman on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a cut on his left index finger, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

EDGE Analysis

Diekman cut his finger Wednesday and will need a few more days to recover, so the team decided to place him on the disabled list to open up a roster spot for fellow reliever Keone Kela. Diekman last pitched July 6, so he will be eligible to be activated as soon as next Thursday.

60DJake Diekman
RP TEX
7 months ago

Diekman pitched a perfect ninth inning while striking out two to earn his second save of the year Saturday at the Cardinals.

EDGE Analysis

After Sam Dyson saved games on Thursday and Friday, Diekman took advantage of a rare save opportunity by protecting a one-run lead. The lefty now boasts a 1.35 ERA to go along with a sterling 0.79 WHIP.

60DJake Diekman
RP TEX
7 months ago

Diekman walked one while picking up the first save of his five-year career Thursday against the Astros.

EDGE Analysis

The 29-year-old left-hander was called on to provide Sam Dyson with a much-needed day off, and Diekman got the job done after inducing a game-ending double play. Surprisingly, the team's Opening Day closer, Shawn Tolleson, didn't even see the field in this one. If Tolleson is being fazed out more than originally anticipated, then Diekman may hold minimal value in deep league that award points for holds.