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Russ Ortiz | Relief Pitcher

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (40) / 6/5/1974
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 219
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Oklahoma
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Russ Ortiz has elected to become a free agent.
The veteran right-hander was designated for assignment by the Dodgers over the weekend after allowing eight runs in seven innings. He will try to latch on with a major league team desperate for bullpen depth. Thu, Apr 22, 2010 05:44:00 PM

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Dodgers designated RHP Russ Ortiz for assignment.

The Dodgers need his roster spot for Jon Link. Ortiz gave up eight runs in seven innings. He should be finished as a major leaguer, but then again that was true years ago.
Sun, Apr 18, 2010 03:05:00 PM

According to ESPN Los Angeles, Russ Ortiz appears to have landed a spot on the Dodgers' Opening Day roster.

Ortiz finished the spring with a 2.50 ERA, 15 strikeouts and only three walks in 18 innings. He's not an attractive fantasy option and may struggle out of the gate, but you can't deny such a strong Cactus League showing. Nick Green may be the odd man out in the Dodgers' roster mix.
Sat, Apr 3, 2010 09:57:00 PM

Dodgers signed RHP Russ Ortiz, LHP Juan Perez, OF Michael Restovich and 1B Doug Mientkiewicz to minor league contracts.

Ortiz, 35, was 3-6 with a 5.57 ERA and 1.67 WHIP in 23 games (13 starts) with the Astros last season before being released in July. He could compete for a spot in the rotation if they Dodgers fail to sign another veteran. Mientkiewicz, now 35, was 6-for-18 (.333) with the Dodgers in '09, but missed most of the season after shoulder surgery.
Mon, Jan 18, 2010 09:30:00 AM

The Dodgers have signed P Russ Ortiz to a minor league contract, reports MLB.com's Ken Gurnick.

Ortiz bounced between the Rockies, Yankees and Astros this year and hasn't been a good pitcher since 2004. The 35 year old is 10-28 with a 6.56 ERA in 312 2/3 innings from 2005-8, but given Los Angeles' track record, we wouldn't be surprised to see him get a crack at a major league job -- especially with two rotation spots available. The club also reportedly signed outfielder Michael Restovich.
Source: MLB.com
Sat, Jan 9, 2010 08:11:00 AM

Rockies released RHP Russ Ortiz.

Ortiz leaves his third organization this year (Astros, Yankees). He may latch on with another team on a minor league deal in spring training but simply has not been a good pitcher since 2004. It's time for teams to move on.
Sat, Sep 5, 2009 11:50:00 AM

Diamond Leung reports that the Colorado Rockies have released Russ Ortiz.

Ortiz, 35, made the Houston Astros out of spring training and chewed up some decent innings before tailing off. He then signed a deal with the Yankees before later optioning out. For the Rockies' Triple-A affiliate, Ortiz gave up 12 runs in 14 innings. From 2005-9 including a hiatus in 2008, Ortiz is 10-28 with a 6.56 ERA in 312 2/3 innings. Perhaps we've finally heard the last of him.
Sat, Sep 5, 2009 10:44:00 AM

Rockies signed RHP Russ Ortiz to a minor league contract.

Ortiz got his Rockies career underway Sunday with four innings of three-run ball at Triple-A Colorado Springs. He'll need to make an effective start or two before the club considers calling him up. Of course, there's a deadline: Ortiz must be promoted by September 1, when rosters expand.
Mon, Aug 24, 2009 09:20:00 AM

According to MLB.com, the Rockies are close to agreement on a minor league deal with right-hander Russ Ortiz.

The Rockies are also expected to announce the signing of Jason Giambi on Sunday. Loading up on veterans isn't a bad idea for a team in the playoff hunt. Ortiz went 2-1 with a 1.59 ERA in a handful of starts within the Yankees' farm system and is worth the risk for a club that just lost Aaron Cook.
Sun, Aug 23, 2009 10:51:00 AM

Yankees released RHP Russ Ortiz.

Ortiz allowed three runs over four innings Sunday in his third start with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees asked him to stay with the organization, but a clause in his contract allowed him to opt out Monday. He's hoping to sign on with another contender and get a shot in the big leagues.
Mon, Aug 17, 2009 02:22:00 PM

Yankees signed RHP Russ Ortiz to a minor league contract.

Ortiz will start his Yankees career at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he'll join fellow cast-offs Josh Towers and Jason Hirsh. Ortiz, 35, was 3-6 with a 5.57 ERA for the Astros this season.
Thu, Aug 6, 2009 09:06:00 AM

Astros released RHP Russ Ortiz.

Ortiz gave up nine earned runs in 2 1/3 innings against the Cubs on Thursday, lifting his ERA from 4.75 to 5.57. That earned-run average has been on the rise ever since he was pulled out of the bullpen in late June. He could make for a decent long reliever for a club in need of bullpen depth.
Thu, Jul 30, 2009 08:09:00 PM

According to Alyson Footer, Russ Ortiz was released after giving up nine runs in 2 1/3 innings against the Cubs on Thursday.

Ortiz's occasional complaints about his role certainly didn't help his chances of sticking around. He had a 3.47 ERA in eight starts and 10 relief appearances through the end of June, but he had been lit up in four of his five starts this month, taking his ERA all the way to 5.57. The Astros are planning on calling up Samuel Gervacio to fill the open roster spot. Bud Norris figures to move into the rotation, but the Astros may need another starter this week with Roy Oswalt hurting.
Thu, Jul 30, 2009 05:49:00 PM

Russ Ortiz was hammered for six earned runs over 4 1/3 innings Saturday in a losing effort against the Mets.

Ortiz continues to struggle. His ERA sat at a pleasant 3.47 at the end of June, but has since catapulted to 4.75. His WHIP has followed suit and now stands at 1.57. There's no reason to trust him in any fantasy league at the moment, especially with the Cubs on deck.
Sat, Jul 25, 2009 10:16:00 PM

Russ Ortiz wasn't happy after being removed from Thursday's game against the Nationals after just three innings.

"I struggled today, and I’m out after three innings and we come back and win. I don’t understand it, and I haven’t been given a real good reason why I was taken out," said Ortiz. "They said I was walking and getting behind too many guys. But like I said, in my last inning, four out of the (last) five guys I made my pitches to. They just did a good job of hitting them." Given that the Astros came back to win the game it's hard to argue with Cooper's decision. Maybe he realizes that Ortiz's impressive run is coming to an end. Still, Ortiz isn't the first Astros pitcher to complain this season.
Fri, Jul 10, 2009 11:17:00 AM

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Batters
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2Drew Butera
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2B1Dee Gordon
2Justin Turner
SS1Hanley Ramirez
2Miguel Rojas
3Darwin Barney
3B1Juan Uribe
LF1Carl Crawford
2Scott Van Slyke
CF1Yasiel Puig
RF1Matt Kemp
2Andre Ethier
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PosRoleName
S1Clayton Kershaw
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3Hyun-Jin Ryu
4Dan Haren
5Roberto Hernandez
6Kevin Correia
7Josh Beckett
8Paul Maholm
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R1Kenley Jansen
2Brian Wilson
3J.P. Howell
4Chris Perez
5Brandon League
6Jamey Wright
7Carlos Frias
8Paco Rodriguez
9Chris Withrow
10Onelki Garcia
11Pedro Baez