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Zach Duke | Relief Pitcher | #29

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (34) / 4/19/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 20 (0) / PIT
Contract: view contract details

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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. Jul 21 - 11:28 AM

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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.
Jul 6 - 1:15 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.
Jul 4 - 4:54 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.
Jun 30 - 12:47 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.
May 13 - 10:44 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.
Apr 9 - 10:21 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.
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

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