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Zach Duke | Relief Pitcher | #32

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (35) / 4/19/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 20 (0) / PIT
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Twins signed LHP Zach Duke to a one-year contract.
The deal was agreed to on Christmas day and then finalized on Tuesday evening after the veteran reliever passed his physical. It's believed to be worth around $2 million. Duke returned last July from Tommy John and flexor tendon surgeries and posted a 3.93 ERA and 1.036 WHIP over 18 1/3 innings with the Cardinals. He'll operate as a lefty specialist for Minnesota in 2018. Tue, Dec 26, 2017 06:35:00 PM

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The Twins have agreed to terms with reliever Zach Duke, reports Paul Lambert of KFAN.

Terms of the agreement aren't yet known. After missing the first half of last season rehabbing from Tommy John and flexor tendon surgeries, Duke posted a 3.93 ERA and 12/6 K/BB ratio over 18 1/3 innings with the Cardinals. It's a worthy flier given his history of success out of the bullpen. Duke turns 35 in April.
Mon, Dec 25, 2017 01:32:00 PM

Cardinals activated LHP Zach Duke from the 60-day disabled list.

Duke made a rapid recovery from Tommy John and flexor tendon surgeries, as he's returned to the majors barely over nine months after the procedures. The left-hander tossed nine scoreless innings with a 10/1 K/BB ratio during his rehab assignment to show the Cards he was ready.
Fri, Jul 21, 2017 11:28:00 AM

Zach Duke (elbow) is advancing his minor league rehab assignment to Triple-A Memphis.

Duke has made three scoreless rehab appearances between the Gulf Coast League and High-A Palm Beach, racking up four strikeouts with zero walks in three innings. The lefty reliever continues his miraculously swift recovery from Tommy John surgery and looks poised to rejoin the Cardinals around the start of the second half. He underwent the reconstructive elbow procedure last October.
Thu, Jul 6, 2017 01:15:00 PM

Zach Duke (elbow) has shifted his minor league rehab assignment to High-A Palm Beach.

Duke allowed just one hit and struck out three batters over two scoreless rehab innings with the Cardinals' affiliate in the Gulf Coast League. The left-hander is aiming to return to the major league level at some point in the second half. He had Tommy John and flexor tendon surgeries on his left arm last October.
Tue, Jul 4, 2017 04:54:00 PM

Zach Duke (elbow) began a rehab assignment with the Cardinals' Gulf Coast League team on Friday.

He allowed an infield single and recorded one strikeout in a scoreless frame. Duke had Tommy John and flexor tendon surgeries last October, but he's made a rapid recovery and hopes to be a factor in the Cards' bullpen during the second half. The left-hander boasts a 2.74 ERA with 208 strikeouts over 180 1/3 innings over the last three seasons.
Fri, Jun 30, 2017 12:47:00 PM

Zach Duke (elbow) could begin a rehab assignment next month.

Duke threw a 30-pitch, all-fastballs bullpen session Friday and will continue with his mound work at extended spring training through the end of May. If he doesn't have any setbacks, he could then be assigned to High-A Palm Beach for a rehab assignment. It's a surprisingly aggressive timetable for a guy who had Tommy John and flexor tendon surgeries last October, but it sounds like the Cardinals could get the southpaw back as soon as July.
Sat, May 13, 2017 10:44:00 AM

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.
Sun, Apr 9, 2017 10:21:00 AM

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.
Wed, Mar 29, 2017 04:44:00 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 CSNChicago.com 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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jason Castro
2Mitch Garver
3Bobby Wilson
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
2Gregorio Petit
SS1Jorge Polanco
2Eduardo Escobar
3Ehire Adrianza
3B1Miguel Sano
LF1Eddie Rosario
2Jake Cave
CF1Byron Buxton
RF1Max Kepler
2Ryan LaMarre
DH1Logan Morrison
2Robbie Grossman
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Ervin Santana
2Jose Berrios
3Lance Lynn
4Jake Odorizzi
5Kyle Gibson
6Fernando Romero
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Fernando Rodney
2Addison Reed
3Taylor Rogers
4Trevor Hildenberger
5Ryan Pressly
6Zach Duke
7Matt Magill
8Trevor May