Player Page

J.P. Howell | Relief Pitcher | #56

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (34) / 4/25/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 180
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Texas
Drafted: 2004 / Supplemental (Rd. 1) / KC
Contract: view contract details
Share: 

Latest News

Recent News

Blue Jays designated LHP J.P. Howell for assignment.
Howell has missed most of the year due to injury and has struggled when healthy, producing an ugly 7.36 ERA over 16 relief outings. It shouldn't take the 34-year-old long to latch on elsewhere. He can still be a valuable left-handed specialist under the right circumstances. Aug 16 - 4:32 PM

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days


Player News

Date:

Blue Jays activated LHP J.P. Howell from the 10-day disabled list.

Howell missed nearly two months with a shoulder injury. He holds an 8.31 ERA and 5/7 K/BB ratio over 8 2/3 innings this season.
Jul 31 - 5:11 PM

Blue Jays placed LHP J.P. Howell on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to June 4, with left shoulder tightness.

It's the second DL trip this season due to a shoulder issue for Howell, who has been awful with an 8.31 ERA and 5/7 K/BB ratio over 8 2/3 innings. It's unclear how long he'll be out.
Jun 5 - 7:45 PM

Blue Jays activated LHP J.P. Howell from the 10-day disabled list.

Howell will be back in the Jays' bullpen Tuesday night in St. Louis after missing over two weeks with left shoulder soreness. The 34-year-old southpaw is sitting on a 54.00 ERA and 12.00 WHIP through two appearances in 2017.
Apr 25 - 5:28 PM

J.P. Howell (shoulder) struck out three in a scoreless frame Sunday on his minor league rehab assignment with High-A Dunedin.

Howell, who landed on the disabled list earlier this month with left shoulder soreness, has now thrown a pair of scoreless outings on his rehab stint. The southpaw appears on the verge of rejoining the Jays' bullpen.
Apr 24 - 9:01 AM

J.P. Howell (shoulder) is expected to begin a rehab assignment later this week.

Howell was placed on the 10-day disabled list April 9, retroactive to April 8, after complaining of soreness in his left shoulder. He allowed two earned runs on two walks and two hits in his second appearance of the 2017 regular season, ballooning his ERA to 54.00.
Apr 18 - 5:15 PM

Blue Jays placed LHP J.P. Howell on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 8, with left shoulder soreness.

Howell didn't retire a batter in his last appearance Friday, but he apparently wasn't feeling 100 percent. It's unclear at this point how much time he might miss.
Apr 9 - 11:35 AM

Blue Jays signed LHP J.P. Howell to a one-year, $3 million contract.

The deal was agreed upon in late January and then finalized Thursday after Howell passed his physical. The soft-tossing southpaw posted a 4.09 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 64 appearances last season for the Dodgers, but he held a dominant 1.97 ERA over 200 appearances with Los Angeles between 2013-2015. He'll work as a lefty specialist for Toronto.
Feb 9 - 11:26 AM

Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Blue Jays have agreed to a one-year deal with free agent left-hander J.P Howell.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says the contract will be worth $3 million guaranteed, though Howell still has to pass his pre-signing physical. The soft-tossing southpaw posted a rough 4.09 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 64 appearances last season for the Dodgers, but he had a stellar 1.97 ERA in 200 appearances out of the Los Angeles bullpen between 2013-2015. Toronto will obviously be hoping for a bounceback in 2017.
Jan 31 - 5:45 PM

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Giants have expressed interest in free agent J.P. Howell.

Howell was a disappointment with the Dodgers in 2016, registering a 4.09 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 64 appearances, but he did produce a brilliant 1.97 ERA between 2013-2015. Pretty much every team in baseball is seeking lefty relief help. He should do well for himself in this market as a 33-year-old potential bounceback candidate.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 01:47:00 PM

J.P. Howell exercised his $6.25 million player option for the 2016 season.

The news comes as a surprise. Howell registered a shiny 1.43 ERA in 65 appearances this past season for Los Angeles and probably could have scored a two- or three-year deal on the free agent market, worth as much or more than $6.25 million annually. Instead he'll return as a major piece of the Dodgers' bullpen in 2016.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 12:10:00 AM

J.P. Howell (groin) is scheduled to play catch Tuesday.

Howell skipped a scheduled bullpen session Sunday due to tightness in his left groin. The southpaw has experienced similar discomfort in previous spring trainings, so it's not a major concern. He should be ready to return to action soon.
Tue, Mar 10, 2015 12:46:00 PM

J.P. Howell skipped a scheduled bullpen session Sunday due to tightness in his left groin.

Howell felt the discomfort after pitching an inning in a Cactus League game on Friday. He doesn't think it's a big deal and simply wants to play it safe here in early March. The left-handed setup man should be back up on a mound by the end of this week.
Mon, Mar 9, 2015 11:18:00 AM

Dodgers re-signed LHP J.P. Howell to a two-year, $11 million contract.

The deal also includes a $6.25 million club option for 2016 with a $250,000 buyout. Howell put up a 2.03 ERA and 1.05 WHIP across 62 innings this past season for Los Angeles. He'll be used as the club's primary left-handed setup man again.
Fri, Dec 20, 2013 02:23:00 PM

According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Dodgers have reached a two-year deal with J.P. Howell.

It will carry $11.25 million in guaranteed money and also includes a $6.25 million vesting option for 2016. Howell drew interest from a range of teams, but the Dodgers outbid them all to bring him back. The veteran left-hander posted a dominant 2.03 ERA and 1.05 WHIP across 62 innings this past season for Los Angeles.
Tue, Dec 17, 2013 04:44:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Miguel Montero
3Luke Maile
4Rafael Lopez
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
2Darwin Barney
3Rob Refsnyder
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Ryan Goins
3Richard Urena
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Steve Pearce
2Ezequiel Carrera
3Ramon Santiago
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Dalton Pompey
RF1Jose Bautista
2Teoscar Hernandez
3Darrell Ceciliani
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Marco Estrada
2Aaron Sanchez
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Cesar Valdez
6Brett Anderson
7Joe Biagini
8Tom Koehler
9Chris Rowley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Ryan Tepera
3Aaron Loup
4Dominic Leone
5Danny Barnes
6Matt Dermody
7Bo Schultz
8Tim Mayza
9Carlos Ramirez
10Luis Santos
11Leonel Campos
12Taylor Cole