Junichi Tazawa
RP MIA
6 days ago

Tazawa (ribs) was activated from the disabled list Thursday, Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

Tazawa, who has been sidelined since mid-May with a rib cartilage injury, is ready to rejoin the big-league bullpen after making five rehab appearances between Triple-A New Orleans, Double-A Jacksonville and High-A Jupiter. The 31-year-old compiled a 6.60 ERA and 11:8 K:BB through 15 innings before landing on the disabled list. Brad Zeigler was placed on the 10-day DL in a corresponding roster move.

Junichi Tazawa
RP MIA
1 week ago

Tazawa (ribs) tossed a perfect inning and struck out two batters Sunday during a rehab appearance with Double-A Jacksonville.

EDGE Analysis

After opening his rehab assignment June 9 with High-A Jupiter, Tazawa has made his subsequent three appearances with Jacksonville, with Sunday's outing marking his strongest one to date. Though the Marlins haven't outlined a return date for Tazawa, the right-hander seems likely to come off the disabled list at some point during the upcoming week.

Junichi Tazawa
RP MIA
3 weeks ago

Tazawa (ribs) tossed a pair of shutout innings with two strikeouts at High-A Jupiter on Friday, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Tazawa has been out with a rib cartilage issue since May 17. He owned a 6.60 ERA over 15 innings before the injury, although it should be noted he served up a grand slam in the outing in which he went down. The Marlins could opt to have Tazawa make a couple more rehab outings, but a return to the majors this weekend is a possibility.

Junichi Tazawa
RP MIA
1 month ago

Tazawa (ribs) threw a bullpen session Monday and could embark on a rehab assignment in the near future, Tim Healey of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

EDGE Analysis

Although the veteran reliever felt strong following the bullpen outing, it seems like his rehab assignment won't happen until he can find a new interpreter. His normal interpreter also translates for Ichiro Suzuki, meaning that Tazawa currently has no one to help him while he's away from the team. Manager Don Mattingly commented that he'll definitely need minor-league innings prior to returning, although it seems like Tazawa is nearing a return to the Marlins' bullpen unless it takes an unusually long amount of time to find a new interpreter.

Junichi Tazawa
RP MIA
1 month ago

Tazawa was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with rib cartilage inflammation, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Tazawa may have sustained the injury during his most recent appearance Monday against the Astros, when he served up a grand slam in relief to take his first loss of the season. The severity of Tazawa's rib issue is unclear, so it's possible he'll need more than the minimum 10 days to recover. With Tazawa hitting the DL, Brian Ellington was promoted from Triple-A New Orleans to provide some extra depth in the bullpen.

Junichi Tazawa
RP MIA
1 month ago

Tazawa is expected to be placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Marlins haven't shed much light on Tazawa's injury, but it's worth noting that the move to the DL comes on the heels after an ugly relief appearance in Monday's loss to the Astros, during which he put four runners on base and surrendered a grand slam. More information about the injury should be provided when Tazawa is officially placed on the DL later Wednesday. Brian Ellington is expected to be recalled from Triple-A New Orleans in a corresponding move to help fortify the bullpen.

Junichi Tazawa
RP MIA
1 month ago

Tazawa (1-1) allowed four runs on two hits and a walk in the sixth inning of Monday's loss to Houston.

EDGE Analysis

With a 6.60 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 6.6 K/9 Tazawa is well off the fantasy radar, and he's been especially susceptible to the long ball. He allowed his fourth home run of the season Monday and sports a 2.4 HR/9 for the campaign.

Junichi Tazawa
RP MIA
2 months ago

Tazawa gave up two hits, including a game-tying solo home run to Ender Inciarte, and struck out one in an inning of work Wednesday during an eventual 5-4 loss to the Braves.

EDGE Analysis

It was officially his first blown save of the season, but unofficially Tazawa been a free-agent bust so far, getting scored upon in three of his first four appearances as a Marlin to saddle him with a 9.00 ERA. Manager Don Mattingly may have little choice but to move the 30-year-old into a lower-leverage role if he doesn't turn things around quickly.

Junichi Tazawa
RP MIA
4 months ago

Tazawa will work on lowering his arm angle this spring, The Sun-Sentinel reports. "He's navigating through," pitching coach Juan Nieves said. "I think there's a little bit of work to be done, but I think with the youth here, he's a great complement for us. He could be used in a shorter role, less stressful innings."

EDGE Analysis

Nieves was Tazawa's pitching coach in Boston in 2013-14, the reliever's best seasons in the majors, and he feels that Tazawa's arm angle has gotten too high over the last couple of years. More concerning for his fantasy value is the suggestion that he is only fourth of fifth in the bullpen pecking order for the Marlins, and won't see many high-leverage situations behind A.J. Ramos, Brad Ziegler and Kyle Barraclough. Tazawa has recorded at least 16 holds in each of the last four seasons, but could have a tough time keeping that streak alive in a lesser role for Miami.

Junichi Tazawa
RP MIA
6 months ago

Tazawa signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Marlins on Thursday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

After seven seasons in Boston, Tazawa is headed to Miami to help shore up the back-end of the Marlins' bullpen. The right-hander posted ERAs north of 4.00 in his final two season with the Red Sox and had some major home run issues in 2016, but Tazawa managed a 26 percent strikeout rate and has a track record of effectiveness against both left- and right-handed hitters. He should easily get to double-digit holds again while helping to set up for closer A.J. Ramos.