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Joe Borowski | Relief Pitcher

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (43) / 5/4/1971
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Rutgers
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With no one offering him a contract following his offseason workouts, Joe Borowski said he's opted for retirement.
Borowski had feelers from the Tigers and Phillies, but no commitments. "I guess 38, 87 and 88 wasn't looking good in people's eyes," he said, referring to his age and his fastball velocity. Borowski, who didn't establish himself in the majors until he was 31, apparently will finish his career with 131 saves and a 4.18 ERA. Tue, Feb 24, 2009 11:07:00 PM

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The Boston Herald reports that the Red Sox have offered Joe Borowski a minor league contract.

Borowski is a long-shot to contribute to the Sox this season, but he his salary is a drop in the bucket. Still, his velocity was way down before getting released by the Indians, and he'd have to recapture it if he's even going to be a decent insurance policy.
Sat, Aug 2, 2008 06:23:00 PM

Indians released RHP Joe Borowski.

Cleveland designated him for assignment a week ago, and that they didn't wait the full ten days to release him reflects minimal interest around the league. Borowski led the league in saves last year, but he's compiled a 5.57 ERA in his 1 1/2 seasons with the Tribe. The 37-year-old might get a few inquiries for his services as the season wears on.
Thu, Jul 10, 2008 05:11:00 PM

Indians designated RHP Joe Borowski for assignment.

It says a lot about how overdue the move was that Borowski goes from closing games to off the roster completely, but the Indians stuck with him in the ninth inning for 1 1/2 seasons despite a 5.57 ERA in 82 1/3 frames, including a hideous 7.56 mark this year. Based on performance alone he should struggle to find another big league job initially, but given that he's a "proven closer" you never know. Masa Kobayashi now looks like the favorite for saves, although manager Eric Wedge has yet to officially name a replacement closer and both Rafael Perez and Rafael Betancourt could also be in the mix.
Fri, Jul 4, 2008 12:55:00 PM

Joe Borowski is expected to be replaced as the Indians' closer, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Paul Hoynes didn't know whether Borowski would be replaced by a committee or whether a new closer would be named from the group of Masa Kobayashi, Rafael Perez and Rafael Betancourt. We'd say Kobayashi is the favorite for saves at this point. Hoynes also reports that Rick Bauer will be designated for assignment, with Jensen Lewis the likely choice to replace him.
Thu, Jul 3, 2008 05:42:00 PM

Joe Borowski blew his fourth save of the season on Tuesday night, letting in a pair of runs in the bottom of the 10th against the White Sox.

This one has to hurt for the Indians. They're trying to stay afloat in the AL Central, they'd gotten a brilliant start from Cliff Lee, Casey Blake had hit a huge tie-breaking home run in the top of the 10th and Borowski had gotten two quick outs to start the bottom half of the inning. A home run, a single, a stolen base and another single erased all of that hard work and stuck the Tribe with another loss. Borowski now holds an awful 7.56 ERA and it's tough to imagine Eric Wedge can stick with him in the closer spot for much longer with clearly better options available.
Tue, Jul 1, 2008 11:44:00 PM

Joe Borowski allowed two runs in the ninth to blow a save Friday against the Dodgers.

He's still pitched clean innings in seven of his nine appearances since coming off the DL, so it's doubtful that his job is in jeopardy. However, the Indians would have been a lot better off had they just brought in Masa Kobayashi to pitch the ninth tonight. Kobayashi ended up working a scoreless 10th after the team scored two runs in the top of the inning, giving him his fourth save.
Sat, Jun 21, 2008 02:52:00 AM

Thanks to a great catch from Grady Sizemore, Joe Borowski was able to close out a one-run game against the Royals on Friday for his fourth save.

With the tying run on second, Jose Guillen smashed a liner to center that Sizemore caught on the run before running into the wall. Borowski has pitched three scoreless innings since coming off the DL a week ago.
Fri, May 30, 2008 11:59:00 PM

Joe Borowski earned a save in his first appearance back from the DL by pitching a scoreless inning Saturday against the Rangers.

The Indians were certainly hoping to hand over a comfortable lead in Borowski's closer's role, and that's what they were able to do in a three-run game tonight. Borowski faced four hitters and allowed one single in the midst of three flyouts. Rafael Perez set him up with 1 1/3 scoreless innings.
Sat, May 24, 2008 10:06:00 PM

Indians activated RHP Joe Borowski from the 15-day disabled list.

Borowski is expected to go right back into pressure situations right away, and it'd be no surprise to see him handed a save opportunity tonight. He'll get every chance to reestablish himself as the Indians' closer.
Fri, May 23, 2008 04:59:00 PM

The Indians confirmed that Joe Borowski (triceps) would come off the disabled list on Friday.

Although he's homered in both of his starts, Michael Aubrey could be sent down to open up a spot. Manager Eric Wedge didn't commit to giving Borowski all of the saves right away, but did confirm that he'd be used late in games.
Thu, May 22, 2008 09:32:00 PM

Joe Borowski (triceps) pitched a scoreless inning for Double-A Akron in his second rehab appearance Wednesday.

Borowski allowed one hit and struck out one. There hasn't been any word yet on how hard he's been throwing in his minor league games. We'll probably find out soon enough, as he's likely to be activated this weekend.
Thu, May 22, 2008 03:34:00 AM

Manager Eric Wedge said Tuesday that Joe Borowski (triceps) could return from the disabled list by the end of this week.

Borowski is scheduled to make his second minor league rehab appearance Wednesday at Double-A. "If he has another good day, we'll probably activate him by the end of the week," Wedge said. Borowski figures to resume closing immediately, although he's far from a sure thing to be effective.
Wed, May 21, 2008 10:15:00 AM

Joe Borowski (triceps) pitched a perfect inning for low Single-A Lake County in his first rehab appearance on Monday.

So he can still get Sally League hitters out. Borowski will be activated either Wednesday or Friday and go back into the closer's role.
Tue, May 20, 2008 02:57:00 AM

Joe Borowski (triceps) could make just one rehab start before returning from the disabled list.

With both Rafael Betancourt and Masa Kobayashi struggling as closers, the Indians could bring Borowski back after an inning of work in a minor league game tonight. "I'm hoping at most he'll need Monday and Wednesday," manager Eric Wedge said.
Mon, May 19, 2008 03:09:00 PM

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