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Mark Buehrle | Starting Pitcher | #56

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (37) / 3/23/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 240
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Jefferson (MO) JC
Drafted: 1998 / Rd. 38 (0) / CWS
Contract: view contract details
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Scott Boras indicated that Mark Buehrle has not begun throwing.
Buehrle could possibly retire in the coming weeks or months, but he's still keeping his options open. While he will turn 37 in March, he posted a respectable 3.81 ERA across 32 starts with the Blue Jays in 2015. His is an arm that could theoretically help a team solidify the back of a rotation. That being said, he's not throwing at this point and MLB Network's Jon Heyman wrote that the veteran southpaw had recently purchased an RV. Feb 16 - 9:26 AM

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According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, veteran left-hander Mark Buehrle is leaving the door open for a possible comeback.

Crasnick writes that Buehrle isn't planning to sign with a team at this point, but he's not quite ready to announce his retirement either. This ultimately isn't far off from what was reported by Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish last month. Buehrle turns 37 in March and had a 3.81 ERA over 32 starts for the Blue Jays last season.
Feb 2 - 2:39 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that while Mark Buehrle is not currently planning on playing in 2016, he's not ready to announce his retirement.

Previous speculation was that Buehrle would only return as a member of the Cardinals, but it's unclear whether the club explored the possibility this winter. Either way, the veteran southpaw is clearly willing to listen if the right situation comes along. Buehrle turns 37 in March and had a 3.81 ERA over 32 starts for the Blue Jays last season.
Jan 6 - 3:55 PM

Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun reports that if Mark Buehrle decides to return for another season, it would be for the St. Louis Cardinals.

The veteran southpaw, who will turn 37 in March, has hinted that he'd return for a 17th major league season if he was able to find a guaranteed contract. According to Elliott, the only team he's interested in pitching for would be the Cardinals, his home town team. In the wake of Lance Lynn's season-ending injury, there could be a potential fit.
Source: Toronto Sun
Sat, Nov 14, 2015 11:02:00 AM

Mark Buehrle said Thursday that he will consider playing next season.

The assumption was that Buehrle was going to retire after starting the regular season finale on short rest. However, the veteran left-hander said he'll consider returning for a 17th big league season if he can find a guaranteed contract. Buehrle, who will turn 37 next March, shouldn't have trouble getting a guaranteed deal after posting a 3.81 ERA over 32 starts for the Blue Jays this season. He did battle a shoulder issue at times in 2015 but said it's something he's had to deal with throughout his career.
Fri, Oct 16, 2015 12:06:00 PM

Mark Buehrle couldn't get it done in his 2/3 of an inning of work against the Rays in Sunday's regular season finale, allowing eight runs (none earned) on five hits.

Maybe this is just the veteran southpaw's way of working the kinks out before postseason play begins. Among the highlights/lowlights during his brief time on the mound, a bases loaded walk to Tim Beckham and a grand slam to Joey Butler. All of this mayhem and not a single run counted against Buehrle's ERA, thanks to a fielding error by Edwin Encarnacion that compounded the whole mess. Buehrle's ERA actually dropped in the contest. Baseball is a strange sport. With the short start under his belt, the 36-year-old finishes out the 2015 season with a 3.81 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 91/33 K/BB ratio across 198 2/3 innings.
Sun, Oct 4, 2015 07:06:00 PM

Manager John Gibbons said Mark Buehrle will start on short rest Sunday against the Orioles if he feels up to it.

He would only pitch the first two innings with Toronto's bullpen covering the other seven. Buehrle's inclusion in Sunday's meaningless regular season finale would suggest he won't be part of the team's postseason starting rotation. The veteran left-hander scattered six hits and four runs over 6 2/3 innings in Friday's start.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 10:10:00 PM

Mark Buehrle allowed four runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings in Friday's win over the Rays.

Buehrle struck out three and walked one over his six innings of work. The big blow against him came in the fifth inning, when Mikie Mahtook socked a three-run homer to left field. This start in the books, the veteran southpaw finishes the 2015 regular season campaign with a 3.83 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 91/32 K/BB ratio over 198 innings. Stat of the Night: This will be the first season that the 36-year-old will finish with fewer than 200 innings pitched since his rookie year in 2000. So close yet so far. That's some impressive durability. With postseason play, he can surely bump that innings level up, even if it won't officially count in the ledger.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 10:29:00 PM

Mark Buehrle allowed two runs -- one earned -- over five innings in a no-decision against the Braves on Tuesday.

Buehrle gave up six hits and a walk on the night, with Justin Smoak's fielding error leading to the Braves' second run of the game. It was the second time in his last three outings that Buehrle has been largely good after a rough stretch in mid-August. The southpaw remained 14-7 with a 3.66 ERA and 1.22 WHIP with the no-decision. Buehrle will face the Red Sox on Sunday.
Tue, Sep 15, 2015 10:17:00 PM

Mark Buehrle (shoulder) will make his next start Tuesday in Atlanta against the Braves.

Buehrle was supposed to start Saturday at Yankee Stadium, but Marcus Stroman (knee) is going to slot in there while the veteran rests his sore left shoulder. Buehrle received a cortisone injection for that shoulder on Wednesday in Toronto. "I’ve had them before," he told the National Post. "Still could've pitched on Saturday if need be. Obviously, Stroman’s ready and they want to put him in there, so they pushed me back to Tuesday. I’m for it."
Thu, Sep 10, 2015 09:50:00 AM

Mark Buehrle has returned to Toronto to undergo a cortisone shot for his left shoulder.

Marcus Stroman is going to be activated off the disabled list to start in his place Saturday in a huge matchup against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told reporters Tuesday that Buehrle's shoulder issue isn't too serious, but it's not clear when the veteran southpaw will make his next start. Tuesday in Atlanta is a possibility.
Tue, Sep 8, 2015 05:11:00 PM

Mark Buehrle was tagged for five runs over 3 1/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Red Sox.

It was his shortest outing of the season. The veteran southpaw gave up nine hits and failed to strike out a batter. The Blue Jays pushed Buehrle's start back due to some unspecified soreness and it's clear that something just isn't right. He currently lines up to start this weekend against the Yankees, but that plan could be subject to change.
Mon, Sep 7, 2015 05:32:00 PM

Mark Buehrle will have his next start pushed back an additional day until Monday against the Red Sox.

Marco Estrada will pitch in his place for Sunday's series finale against the Orioles. The Jays want to give the veteran southpaw some extra rest as he pushes through a dead arm period. He will be working on seven days rest when he takes the hill on Monday.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 11:07:00 AM

Mark Buehrle held the Tigers to two runs -- one earned -- over six frames in Sunday's 7-2 victory.

The lone earned run charged to Buehrle came home after he exited when the first two hitters in the seventh inning reached. He gave up five hits on the day, walked a pair and also struck out two. It was a nice bounce-back outing for Buehrle after he was touched up for nine runs across his previous two starts. The southpaw will take on the Orioles next weekend.
Sun, Aug 30, 2015 04:22:00 PM

Mark Buehrle allowed five runs over six innings in Tuesday's no-decision against the Rangers.

Buehrle gave up seven hits and a walk while striking out three. Two of the Rangers' seven hits were homers. The subpar outing was the second in a row for Buehrle, who has still been largely good for the surging Jays. The 36-year-old owns a 13-6 record, 3.60 ERA and 1.18 WHIP heading into Sunday's start against the Tigers.
Tue, Aug 25, 2015 11:55:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Josh Thole
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Michael Saunders
2Melvin Upton
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Ezequiel Carrera
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Edwin Encarnacion
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Aaron Sanchez
2Marco Estrada
3J.A. Happ
4R.A. Dickey
5Marcus Stroman
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Brett Cecil
3Jason Grilli
4Joe Biagini
5Joaquin Benoit
6Franklin Morales
7Jesse Chavez
8Gavin Floyd