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Matt Belisle | Relief Pitcher | #18

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (35) / 6/6/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1998 / Rd. 2 (0) / ATL
Contract: view contract details

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Nationals placed RHP Matt Belisle on the 15-day disabled list with a right calf strain.
Belisle suffered the injury while landing after a pitch Tuesday night against the Phillies. If it's a significant strain, he could be out for over a month. Apr 27 - 2:12 PM

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Matt Belisle has been diagnosed with a right calf strain.

The severity of the strain has not been determined. Belisle suffered the injury on Tuesday night while making a relief appearance against the Phillies. He is probably headed for the 15-day disabled list.
Apr 26 - 10:50 PM

Matt Belisle was pulled from an appearance Tuesday because of an apparent injury.

Belisle came off the mound awkwardly during a delivery to Cesar Hernandez in the top of the eighth inning. He tried a warmup toss and was then lifted. There should be an update from the Nats after the game.
Apr 26 - 9:49 PM

Nationals purchased the contract of RHP Matt Belisle from Triple-A Syracuse.

Belisle could have opted out of his minor league contract with the Nationals on Sunday, so they decided to make him part of their active roster. The veteran right-hander posted an impressive 2.67 ERA in 34 appearances last season with the Cardinals, though he did battle elbow troubles along the way. If he's able to stay healthy in Washington, he can be an asset in middle relief.
Mar 28 - 12:11 PM

Matt Belisle can opt out of his minor league contract on Sunday.

Belisle is hoping to secure a bullpen spot for Opening Day but his 5.06 ERA this spring might not be enough to get the job done. "That's something I can't control," said Belisle when asked about his roster status. "I have to get on the bus, go to bed and report tomorrow." The 35-year-old pitched to a 2.67 ERA in 34 appearances for the Cardinals in 2015.
Mar 26 - 10:40 PM

Matt Belisle injured his calf at Saturday's workout.

Manager Dusty Baker said it's nothing to be concerned about. Belisle signed with Washington on Wednesday after spending most of the offseason recovering from arthroscopic elbow surgery. He's competing with Burke Badenhop for the final spot in the Nats' bullpen.
Feb 20 - 10:03 PM

Nationals signed RHP Matt Belisle to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Belisle was plagued by elbow injuries during the 2015 campaign and ultimately underwent arthroscopic surgery in October. When healthy, the 35-year-old right-hander pitched to a 2.67 ERA and 25/15 K/BB ratio across 33 2/3 innings with the Cardinals last season. With a career 4.34 ERA, he's a fringe candidate to make the Opening Day roster.
Feb 17 - 8:05 PM

Matt Belisle will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Monday.

The hope is that he'll merely have to have bone chips removed. Belisle was limited to just 34 relief appearances this season while battling elbow issues. The 35-year-old will be a free agent this winter.
Fri, Oct 16, 2015 01:14:00 PM

Cardinals activated RHP Matt Belisle from the 60-day disabled list.

He'll be active and available for the Cardinals' regularly scheduled game on Saturday. The veteran right-hander owns a 3.00 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 24/13 K/BB ratio over 30 innings with the big league club this season.
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 10:48:00 AM

Matt Belisle (elbow) recently threw live batting practice and will do so again in the next few days.

Belisle has finally turned corner with the elbow injury that's kept him out since late June. He should be activated from the disabled list before long but is unlikely to be used in high-leverage situations.
Sun, Sep 6, 2015 12:23:00 PM

Matt Belisle (elbow) threw another successful bullpen session on Friday.

The right-hander continues to work his way back from an injury to his pitching elbow and remains optimistic that he'll be able to return to the Cardinals bullpen before the end of the regular season.
Fri, Sep 4, 2015 11:35:00 PM

Matt Belisle (elbow) threw a bullpen session Friday.

It's his first time throwing off a mound since going on the disabled list back in late June. Belisle is finally making progress with his elbow injury and should return sometime next month if he can avoid more setbacks.
Fri, Aug 28, 2015 05:54:00 PM

Matt Belisle (elbow) has been cleared to ramp up his flat-ground throwing after visiting with Dr. James Andrews.

"The mound will be very, very, very soon," Belisle said. The veteran reliever has been on the shelf since late June with an elbow issue and has been limited to playing catch since suffering a setback last month.
Tue, Aug 25, 2015 07:18:00 PM

Matt Belisle (elbow) has been sent to receive another opinion from Dr. James Andrews.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Belisle hasn't suffered a setback, but the club just wants another set of eyes to examine the righty. Belisle has been out since late June with an elbow issue and isn't a great bet to return this season.
Mon, Aug 24, 2015 10:06:00 PM

Matt Belisle (elbow) resumed playing catch on Tuesday.

However, he still has to build up arm strength after having a setback with his elbow a month ago. The Cardinals don't think Belisle will be ready for a rehab assignment before the minor league season ends, so he's, at best, at least a month away.
Tue, Aug 11, 2015 08:51:00 PM

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