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Bob Wickman | Relief Pitcher

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (49) / 2/6/1969
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Wisconsin-Whitewater
Drafted: 1990 / Rd. 2 (0) / CWS

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Bob Wickman, who is ineligible for the playoff roster because he was signed by the Diamondbacks after the Aug. 31 deadline, is seriously contemplating retirement.
"If I don’t play, I’m going to be happier than heck being with my family every single day," Wickman said. "If I do play, I’m going to be happy doing the thing I love to do." Wickman posted a 1.35 ERA with the D-Backs after being waived by the Braves in late August. Tue, Oct 2, 2007 07:52:00 AM

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Diamondbacks signed RHP Bob Wickman for the remainder of the season.

With Tony Pena fading, it's easy to see why the Diamondbacks wanted to add some relief help. However, Wickman probably isn't the answer. It might turn out to be a good thing that Arizona added him so late that he'll be ineligible for the postseason roster.
Fri, Sep 7, 2007 06:08:00 PM

Braves designated RHP Bob Wickman for assignment.

Wickman gets the heave ho after apparently expressing his displeasure about being brought into a tie game on Thursday. Wickman gave up a walkoff homer in the 12th inning, leaving him with a 3.92 ERA in 43 2/3 innings this season. He was 20-for-26 in save opportunities. Braves manager Bobby Cox confirmed that he'd use a closer-by-committee to replace Wickman. He indicated that Rafael Soriano was the leading candidate to pitch the ninth tonight, but he also said that "anybody out there would be a possibility." Soriano is the best option for a pickup in mixed leagues.
Fri, Aug 24, 2007 08:09:00 PM

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Braves have designated closer Bob Wickman for assignment.

This is quite a surprise, but if the Braves don't think Wickman is good enough to close any longer, it's likely the right move. It's doubtful he'd be of use in any other role. The Braves will likely go to a closer-by-committee for now, with Rafael Soriano and Peter Moylan becoming the favorite for saves. Octavio Dotel, who is out with a shoulder strain, could take over as the primary closer next month.
Fri, Aug 24, 2007 05:37:00 PM

Bob Wickman blew his first home save of the year Tuesday, but then bagged the win as the Braves came through in the bottom of the ninth.

Wickman has blown six saves in 25 tries this year, but he'd been 9-for-9 at home and hadn't been scored on in his last 19 2/3 innings at Turner Field.
Tue, Aug 14, 2007 11:38:00 PM

Bob Wickman returned to action on Saturday and pitched a scoreless ninth for a save.

Wickman gave up a leadoff double while working with a two-run lead, but he reitired the next three batters he faced. Because of a sore right forearm, it was his first appearance since Sunday.
Sat, Aug 11, 2007 10:56:00 PM

An MRI showed no damage in Bob Wickman's forearm. He showed up at the park Friday and told manager Bobby Cox he was ready to close.

Cox said he'd be willing to use him in a save situation. Keep him active for now.
Fri, Aug 10, 2007 06:51:00 PM

Bob Wickman returned to Atlanta Thursday to undergo an MRI on his sore forearm.

That explains why Oscar Villarreal got the call in a one-run game Thursday afternoon. Wickman indicated that he's had soreness for the past two weeks, but is hopeful that it's nothing serious. While Villarreal got the save Thursday, Octavio Dotel or perhaps Rafael Soriano would be the odds-on favorite for ninth-inning duties if Wickman misses extended time.
Thu, Aug 9, 2007 06:53:00 PM

The Braves reportedly will considering moving Bob Wickman, pending the completion of the Octavio Dotel deal.

Maybe Dotel could continue to close after all. Still, it's a long shot. Wickman isn't really any good these days and probably wouldn't succeed in any role outside of closing. If the Braves keep him -- and they probably will -- he'll probably remain the primary ninth-inning guy.
Tue, Jul 31, 2007 02:21:00 PM

Bob Wickman nearly blew Atlanta's four-run lead by allowing three runs on five hits in the ninth Saturday against the Padres.

With the tying run on second, Wickman struck out Marcus Giles to end it, though he was very fortunate on the called third strike. If Greg Maddux had the outside corner called as generously for him in the contest, it never would have been 5-1 in the first place. Wickman is currently sporting a 4.80 ERA. He's 16-for-20 in save opportunities, which isn't bad. But he's not a very good pitcher these days.
Sun, Jul 8, 2007 10:52:00 PM

Bob Wickman had to be pulled after giving up three runs in the ninth Saturday against the Marlins.

Fortunately, the Braves had a 6-2 lead when Wickman entered, and Tyler Yates was able to retire Hanley Ramirez and Dan Uggla after replacing Wickman for his first save of the year. Wickman's job as the Braves' closer is safe, but his ERA is now up to 4.15. He's allowed runs just five times in 30 appearances, but this is the third time that he's given up three runs in a game.
Sat, Jun 30, 2007 11:44:00 PM

Bob Wickman spoiled Tim Hudson's brilliant performance by giving up three runs in the ninth Thursday against the Twins.

After entering a 2-0 game, Wickman gave up four hits while getting just one out in the ninth. It was his third blown save in 14 chances this year. We're sure Braves fans feel a lot more confidence in Rafael Soriano at the moment. Still, it wouldn't make a lot of sense to have the two switch roles. Soriano can get bail pitchers out of jams with his ability to get strikeouts. Wickman is only of use when entering games with the bases empty.
Thu, Jun 14, 2007 10:57:00 PM

Braves activated RHP Bob Wickman from the 15-day disabled list.

Wickman will go back into the closer's role right away, so get him active. Rafael Soriano and Mike Gonzalez will resume setting up.
Tue, May 15, 2007 07:25:00 PM

Bob Wickman (back strain) will return to his role as closer when he is activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

Wickman had a pain-free bullpen session on Sunday and convinced the Braves that he didn't need a minor league rehab assignment prior to being activated from the DL. Rafael Soriano and Mike Gonzalez, who converted all six save opportunities while Wickman was on the DL, will return to their seventh and eighth inning roles.
Tue, May 15, 2007 08:42:00 AM

Bob Wickman (back strain) threw a pain-free bullpen session on Wednesday.

Wickman is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.
Fri, May 11, 2007 07:40:00 AM

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2B1Ketel Marte
2Chris Owings
SS1Nick Ahmed
2Deven Marrero
3B1Jake Lamb
2Daniel Descalso
LF1Steven Souza
2Jarrod Dyson
CF1A.J. Pollock
2Socrates Brito
RF1David Peralta
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2Robbie Ray
3Taijuan Walker
4Patrick Corbin
5Zack Godley
6Shelby Miller
7Matt Koch
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5Jorge De La Rosa
6Fernando Salas
7T.J. McFarland
8Silvino Bracho
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