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Zach Duke | Relief Pitcher | #29

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (34) / 4/19/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 20 (0) / PIT
Contract: view contract details

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Zach Duke (elbow) will begin throwing off a mound this week.
It's the beginning of what's expected to be a three-month process of building his arm back up following Tommy John surgery. Duke and the Cardinals hope he can make it back late this season, although it's probably more likely that we won't see him until 2018. Apr 9 - 10:21 AM

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Cardinals placed LHP Zach Duke on the 60-day disabled list with a left elbow injury.

No surprise here. Duke underwent Tommy John surgery -- plus a procedure to repair a flexor muscle -- in mid-October. He will miss the 2017 season as he attempts to work his way back from that major surgery. Duke initially joined the Cardinals in a trade from the White Sox at the deadline this past summer.
Mar 29 - 4:44 PM

Zach Duke underwent Tommy John surgery and also had his flexor muscle repaired last week.

This comes out of nowhere, as we hadn't heard of any elbow trouble that Duke was having until now. However, he is coming off a career-high 81 appearances in 2016, and it appears that his arm just couldn't hold up. He'll miss the entire 2017 season before hitting free agency the following winter.
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 04:33:00 PM

Cardinals acquired LHP Zach Duke from the White Sox in exchange for OF Charlie Tilson.

Duke has been excellent the last three seasons for the Brewers and White Sox, putting up a 2.87 ERA with 182 strikeouts over 157 relief innings. He's good against right-handed batters, too, so he doesn't have to be limited to a specialist role. Duke is under contract for 2017, too.
Sun, Jul 31, 2016 10:40:00 AM

With David Robertson and Nate Jones unavailable, Zach Duke pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Duke got to face the bottom of the Red Sox lineup, retiring Hanley Ramirez, Deven Marrero and Sandy Leon after giving up a leadoff single to Jackie Bradley Jr. It was Duke's third career save. He has a 2.92 ERA in his setup role this year.
Wed, Jun 22, 2016 11:15:00 PM

Zach Duke took a loss to the Cardinals on Wednesday after allowing three runs -- two earned -- while getting two outs in the eighth inning.

Duke has been the White Sox's eighth-inning guy all year, rather than more of a matchup pitcher, and the results have been pretty good for the most part (he has 16 holds and no blown saves). The White Sox might have hoped for something less than 3.29 ERA in the first year of a three-year, $15 million deal, but if they want that to happen, they need to stack the deck so that he faces more lefties.
Wed, Jul 22, 2015 11:55:00 PM

White Sox signed LHP Zach Duke to a three-year, $15 million contract.

Not bad for a guy who was a non-roster invitee to spring training this past season. Duke had a terrific year for the Brewers, posting a 2.45 ERA and 74/17 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings. The White Sox are obviously betting that he can duplicate that success. He'll help set up in Chicago.
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 01:42:00 PM

Dan Hayes of reports that the White Sox will announce the signing of Zach Duke on Tuesday.

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi says it's a multi-year contract. Duke found his niche as a left-hander specialist in 2014 with the Brewers, posting a 2.45 ERA and 74/17 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings. He held left-handed batters to a .198/.267/.302 line. Duke should help a White Sox bullpen that's in need of a makeover.
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 12:38:00 PM

Zach Duke holds a 1.57 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 39/5 K/BB ratio over 28 2/3 innings this season.

The minor league contract the Brewers gave Duke in January has paid big dividends, as the southpaw has been dominant after lowering his arm slot. Between Duke and Will Smith, the Brewers' two primary lefty relievers hold a 1.27 ERA while striking out 84 over 63 2/3 innings. "I put in a lot of quality work in the off-season tweaking some things here and there, getting my delivery cleaned up, getting my release point more consistent," Duke said. "Then, of course, adding in another look with the sidearm stuff. I feel like the hitters never really know what to look for."
Sun, Jun 22, 2014 09:45:00 AM

Brewers selected the contract of LHP Zach Duke from Triple-A Nashville.

The 30-year-old southpaw secured a spot in the Brewers bullpen by posting a 3.38 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 11/4 K/BB ratio in 10 2/3 innings this spring. His ability to work multiple innings will have use in a middle relief role.
Sat, Mar 29, 2014 08:46:00 AM

Zach Duke has been told that he will make the Opening Day roster.

Duke, a non-roster invitee, earned a roster spot by posting a 4.00 ERA and 10/3 K/BB ratio over nine innings this spring. The veteran southpaw will pitch in middle relief.
Tue, Mar 25, 2014 11:56:00 AM

Zach Duke got the win with 1 1/3 scoreless innings in Wednesday's 7-2 win against the Athletics.

Duke allowed three hits and a walk, but escaped unharmed. The lefty had a rough 2013 but is looking to claim a spot in the Brewers' bullpen.
Wed, Mar 5, 2014 06:40:00 PM

Brewers signed LHP Zach Duke to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Duke posted an ugly 6.03 ERA in 31 1/3 innings (mostly relief) last season between the Nationals and Reds. He will be looking to claim a bullpen job in Milwaukee.
Wed, Jan 15, 2014 04:45:00 PM

Reds purchased the contract of LHP Zach Duke from Triple-A Louisville.

Duke was signed by the Reds in mid-June after he was released by the Nationals. The 30-year-old southpaw excelled in a relief role with Triple-A Louisville, posting a 1.30 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 34/5 K/BB ratio over 27 2/3 innings.
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 06:56:00 PM

Reds signed LHP Zach Duke to a minor league contract, assigned him to Triple-A Louisville.

Duke was released by the Nationals earlier this week after putting up an 8.71 ERA in 20 2/3 innings. The Reds might stretch him out for starting depth at Triple-A.
Fri, Jun 14, 2013 08:46:00 AM

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