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Matt Albers | Relief Pitcher

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (32) / 1/20/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 225
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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White Sox signed RHP Matt Albers to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
He'll earn $1.5 million if he makes the big league roster. Albers made only eight appearances at the major league level last season because of a shoulder issue, but he appears healthy now and reached 91 mph during an audition for teams earlier this month. The veteran reliever pitched well in 2012 and 2013 and could be a solid middle relief option for the Pale Hose if he can stay healthy. Feb 13 - 11:03 AM

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Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians watch Matt Albers' throwing session Tuesday.

12 teams were reportedly in attendance to watch him throw. Albers, who spent 2013 with the Indians, was limited to just eight appearances with the Astros last season due to shoulder issues. However, he's healthy now and latch on with someone soon.
Feb 11 - 9:50 AM

Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that Matt Albers threw in front of 12 teams Tuesday in Houston.

He reached 91 mph during the session. Albers made only eight appearances at the major league level last season because of a shoulder issue, but a recent MRI came back clean. He's hoping to land a deal prior to spring training. It's worth noting that the Astros were not in attendance for Tuesday's throwing session.
Feb 11 - 8:21 AM

According to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press, the Tigers will attend Matt Albers' showcase for teams on February 10 in the Houston area.

Albers made only eight appearances at the major league level last season because of a shoulder issue, but he's claiming to be fully healthy now. The 32-year-old right-hander has posted good numbers in the past as a middle reliever and could be a nice late-offseason addition for some team. Detroit can certainly use some bullpen depth.
Feb 4 - 5:17 PM

Matt Albers (shoulder) will have a showcase for teams on February 10 in Houston.

Albers was limited to eight appearances in 2014 due to shoulder problems, so he wants to prove his health. The 32-year-old capable of being a useful middle reliever, so someone will likely take a chance on him assuming he's feeling good. Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN notes that the Twins are open to adding another bullpen arm.
Jan 28 - 9:24 AM

Matt Albers (shoulder) has been throwing since December 1 and is expected to throw for teams next month.

Albers was limited to eight appearances in 2014 due to shoulder problems and the Astros declined his $3 million option for 2015 after the season. He's just turning 32 this month and has had success in the past in a middle relief role, so he's a worthwhile gamble if healthy.
Jan 13 - 11:26 AM

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that Matt Albers (shoulder) plans to throw for teams in February.

Albers missed most of the 2014 season with shoulder issues and is still rehabbing that injury. He's hoping to impress enough during an audition in February so that someone will sign him during spring training. If healthy, Albers can be a decent middle reliever.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 09:05:00 PM

Astros activated RHP Matt Albers from the 60-day disabled list; declined his $3 million option for 2015.

Albers was limited to eight appearances in 2014 due to shoulder problems. He's had some success as a middle reliever in the past and will only be 32 years old when the 2015 season begins, so the right-hander should have little trouble finding a new team.
Thu, Oct 9, 2014 03:50:00 PM

Matt Albers (shoulder) is not expected to return this season.

Albers has been out since April with shoulder issues. He pitched well when healthy and has a reasonable $3 million club option for next season, but it may prove to be too expensive if the Astros are concerned about his ability to stay healthy.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 10:51:00 AM

Matt Albers (shoulder) threw a 15-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.

Albers threw all fastballs at about 75-percent intensity, but it was still a big step for him, as he's been sidelined since late April with right shoulder tendinitis. He'll continue to ramp things up in the coming days in hopes of making it back before the end of the season, but that's obviously far from a given at this point.
Tue, Aug 5, 2014 09:46:00 AM

Matt Albers (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session on Friday.

It's the first time he'll throw from the bump since he had a setback with his shoulder tendinitis. There's no timetable for Albers' return, but obviously Friday's session will be a nice step in the right direction if it goes well. "I've been feeling pretty good," Albers said. "I think I felt pretty good a couple of times and then when I got off the mound, I had a setback. Hopefully, this time we're making sure I stretch it out and get some extra throwing in before I get back off the mound, but it's feeling pretty good right now."
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 08:37:00 PM

Astros transferred RHP Matt Albers from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears space on the 40-man roster for Gregory Petit. Albers has been out since late April with right shoulder tendinitis and isn't close to returning.
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 04:16:00 PM

Matt Albers (shoulder) isn't close to returning to action.

Albers has made slow progress since he landed on the disabled list in late April with right shoulder tendinitis. Similar to the Jesse Crain situation, Astros GM Jeff Luhnow said Thursday that the hope is he'll be ready to throw off a mound in the next 10 days, but he's still a ways off from pitching with the big club again.
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 05:17:00 PM

Matt Albers (shoulder) is hoping to resume throwing off a mound during the Astros' June 24-July 2 homestand.

The reliever has been out since late April with right shoulder tendinitis but said Sunday that he's "feeling a lot better." The Astros are hoping he'll make it back before the end of the first half.
Sun, Jun 22, 2014 11:28:00 AM

The Astros hope to get Matt Albers (shoulder) back before the All-Star break.

Albers has been out since late April with right shoulder tendinitis. He attempted to ramp things up in a simulated game last month, but still didn't feel right. The Astros are hoping he'll make it back before the end of the first half, but he can't afford any more setbacks.
Tue, Jun 10, 2014 09:24:00 AM

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