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Neal Cotts | Relief Pitcher

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (34) / 3/25/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Illinois State
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Neil Cotts returned to action for the first time since getting hit by a line drive on Monday and didn't fare well, surrendering four runs on four hits without recording an out in Friday's loss to the Mariners.
The 34-year-old southpaw watched his ERA rise from 3.38 to 7.88 with the brutal outing. He remains a valuable cog in the Rangers bullpen despite his early season struggles. Apr 26 - 8:51 AM

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Neal Cotts left Monday's game in the eighth inning after being hit in the backside by a liner.

He seemed to be OK, but the Rangers did decide to make the switch to Alexi Ogando. Consider Cotts day-to-day.
Apr 22 - 1:10 AM

Rangers and LHP Neal Cotts avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.2 million contract.

Cotts really found a role in the Rangers' bullpen last season, posting a 1.11 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 65/18 K/BB ratio over 57 innings of relief. Before that, the 33-year-old hadn't pitched in a major league game since 2009. He'll resume a middle relief role with the club next season.
Jan 15 - 7:17 PM

Rangers purchased the contract of LHP Neal Cotts from Triple-A Round Rock.

Cotts hasn't appeared in the majors since 2009 but has earned a call-up with some brilliant work at Triple-A, where he's posted a 0.78 ERA and absurd 42/5 K/BB ratio over 23 innings. He'll be used in middle relief.
Tue, May 21, 2013 06:47:00 PM

Rangers re-signed LHP Neal Cotts to a minor league contract.

Cotts returned in 2012 after being sidelined for 2 1/2 years because of injury, posting a 4.55 ERA with 41 strikeouts over 31 2/3 innings for Triple-A Round Rock. The 32-year-old hasn't appeared in the majors since May of 2009.
Wed, Oct 17, 2012 08:38:00 PM

Rangers reassigned LHP Neal Cotts to minor league camp.

Cotts was in the mix for a bullpen job this spring, but he suffered a Grade 2 strain of his left lat muscle over the weekend and is expected to be sidelined for the next four weeks. The Rangers also reassigned infielder Luis Hernandez to minor league camp.
Wed, Apr 4, 2012 04:22:00 PM

Neal Cotts was diagnosed with a Grade 2 strain of his left lat muscle.

Cotts will need four weeks of rehab before beginning a throwing program. The 32-year-old made a strong case for a bullpen spot this spring by posting a 4.22 ERA and 7/3 K/BB ratio over 10 2/3 innings, but it now appears Robbie Ross will win a job as the lone left-hander.
Tue, Apr 3, 2012 11:33:00 AM

Neal Cotts will be sidelined for 7-10 days with a strained left lat muscle.

It's unfortunate timing for Cotts, who hasn't pitched in the majors the last two seasons but looked good enough in camp that he was going to earn a roster spot. Robbie Ross is the lone left-hander standing for the Rangers.
Sun, Apr 1, 2012 08:16:00 AM

Neal Cotts was promoted to major league camp.

Cotts impressed Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux with his early throwing sessions and will now get looks in Cactus League games. The 31-year-old lefty hasn't pitched in a major league game in two years because of injuries, but he's on track to change that this season.
Tue, Mar 6, 2012 02:55:00 PM

Rangers signed LHP Neal Cotts to a minor league contract.

Cotts hasn't pitched in a major league game since 2009, when he was a member of the Cubs. He'll function as organizational relief depth in 2012 for the Rangers.
Mon, Feb 20, 2012 08:58:00 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that free agent reliever Neal Cotts is throwing well but is unable to pass a physical because of a bad hip.

Cotts had a procedure on his hip back in June of 2010 and evidently still isn't totally healthy. He hasn't appeared in a major league game since May of 2009, as he also had Tommy John surgery during that stretch. Cafardo thinks Cotts "could easily pitch in the majors, bad hip and all," but it doesn't sound like the 31-year-old is drawing much interest.
Sun, Jan 22, 2012 08:46:00 AM

Yankees released LHP Neal Cotts.

The Yanks signed Cotts to a minor league contract in November. The 30-year-old left-hander has undergone Tommy John and hip surgeries since his last major league appearance in May of 2009 as a member of the Cubs. He'll try to latch on elsewhere.
Wed, Feb 16, 2011 12:37:00 PM

Yankees signed LHP Neal Cotts to a minor league contract.

Cotts hasn't pitched since June of 2009 because of Tommy John and hip surgery. He carries a 4.63 career ERA and 1.47 career WHIP.
Tue, Nov 23, 2010 09:51:00 AM

Neal Cotts will miss the rest of the season due to hip surgery.

Cotts was already making his way back from Tommy John surgery, so this is obviously a pretty disappointing blow. The 30-year-old southpaw signed a minor league contract with the Pirates in January. He hasn't thrown a pitch in the majors since last May as a member of the Cubs.
Tue, Jun 22, 2010 07:20:00 PM

Neal Cotts, who had Tommy John surgery last season, threw in front of Pirates trainers and coaches on Thursday.

"Pretty good arm action for a guy who had Tommy John surgery in early July," pitching coach Joe Kerrigan said. Cotts agreed to a minor league contract with the Bucs earlier this month. He posted a 7.36 ERA and 2.09 WHIP in 19 appearances in '09 but he carries a 4.63 career ERA.
Fri, Jan 15, 2010 09:59:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Geovany Soto
2Robinson Chirinos
3Chris Gimenez
1B1Carlos Pena
2Prince Fielder
2B1Rougned Odor
2Jurickson Profar
SS1Elvis Andrus
3B1Adrian Beltre
2Kevin Kouzmanoff
LF1Shin-Soo Choo
2Jake Smolinski
3Jim Adduci
CF1Leonys Martin
2Engel Beltre
RF1Alex Rios
2Daniel Robertson
DH1Mitch Moreland
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yu Darvish
2Derek Holland
3Matt Harrison
4Colby Lewis
5Nick Tepesch
6Scott Baker
7Nick Martinez
8Miles Mikolas
9Martin Perez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joakim Soria
2Alexi Ogando
3Neal Cotts
4Tanner Scheppers
5Jason Frasor
6Shawn Tolleson
7Ryan Feierabend
8Neftali Feliz
9Roman Mendez
10Joseph Ortiz
11Pedro Figueroa
12Matt West