60DJake Diekman
RP TEX
1 month ago

Diekman (abdomen) expects to be pitching by the All-Star break, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

EDGE Analysis

Diekman underwent colon surgery in January and is scheduled to have another operation in April. The 30-year-old reliever has been with Texas for the past two seasons, posting a 3.01 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP in 92 games. Diekman's absence opens the door for Alex Claudio to get more opportunities as the only returning left-handed reliever. He compiled a 2.79 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 51.2 innings for the Rangers last season.

60DJake Diekman
RP TEX
2 months ago

Diekman (abdomen) underwent surgery that was made necessary by ulcerative colitis on Wednesday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Although Diekman is slated to return this coming season, he'll undergo a lengthy rehabilitation process, as his colon was removed during Wednesday's procedure. The tentative plan is for him to return around the halfway point of the 2017 campaign, but a more specific timeframe should become available as his rehab progresses.

60DJake Diekman
RP TEX
2 months 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
2 months 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
6 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
7 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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.