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Matt Belisle | Relief Pitcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (35) / 6/6/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Cardinals transferred RHP Matt Belisle from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Steve Cishek. Belisle had a setback with his elbow injury earlier this month and remains shut down. He now won't be eligible to return until late August. Jul 24 - 3:43 PM

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Matt Belisle (elbow) said Saturday that he's suffered a "small setback."

Belisle admitted to having "a little bit of tightness" in his right elbow and has been shut down for the time being. It's unclear at this point when the veteran reliever might resume a throwing program.
Jul 19 - 10:09 AM

Matt Belisle (elbow) has resumed throwing.

He's just playing catch for now and isn't expected to be ready for activation at the start of the second half. Belisle is battling right elbow inflammation.
Jul 10 - 10:10 AM

An MRI taken Tuesday on Matt Belisle's right elbow showed no major structural damage.

Belisle has been shut down since June 26 with discomfort in his right elbow, but it's only inflammation. The mid-reliever should be ready soon after the All-Star break.
Jun 30 - 4:52 PM

Cardinals placed RHP Matt Belisle on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 26, with a right elbow inflammation.

No word on the severity of the issue. After signing a one-year, $3.5 million deal with St. Louis over the winter, the 35-year-old owns a 3.00 ERA and 24/13 K/BB ratio over 30 innings this season.
Jun 30 - 2:59 PM

Cardinals signed RHP Matt Belisle to a one-year, $3.5 million contract.

The deal can max out at $4 million if he reaches all of his appearance incentives. Belisle posted a rough 4.87 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 64 2/3 innings this past season for the Rockies. Maybe he'll fare better with the move to a much friendlier pitching environment in St. Louis. The 34-year-old right-hander is an 11-year major league veteran.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 05:51:00 PM

Rockies exercised RHP Matt Belisle's $4.25 million mutual option for the 2014 season.

Belisle also exercised the option on his end. The 33-year-old right-hander had a rough 4.32 ERA in 72 appearances this summer out of the Colorado bullpen, but he is capable of a bounceback campaign in 2014.
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 02:50:00 PM

Rockies owner Dick Monfort has indicated that the club will pick up their portion of Matt Belisle's $4.25 million mutual option for 2014.

Belisle is likely to exercise his part, as well, after posting a disappointing 4.32 ERA across 72 appearances this season. While the right-hander didn't pitch ideally in 2013, he's been one of the Rockies' best relievers over the last few seasons and the club values his leadership.
Source: Denver Post
Sun, Oct 20, 2013 09:20:00 AM

Rockies manager Walt Weiss indicated Friday that Matt Belisle will be given a few extra days of rest in an attempt to get him back on track.

The 33-year-old has really struggled in the month of September, posting a 13.50 ERA over his 5 1/3 innings. He simply hasn't been himself throughout the 2013 season, leading to speculation that appearing in at least 74 games each of the previous three seasons may have taken its toll.
Sat, Sep 14, 2013 08:35:00 AM

Matt Belisle explained Sunday that his recent struggles aren't a result of him wearing down, but he thinks he may have become too predictable with his pitches.

The usually dependable 33-year-old righty has posted a 4.50 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 54/13 K/BB ratio over 66 innings this season. Belisle was used in a league-leading 80 games in 2012, and hasn't been nearly as sharp this season.
Sun, Sep 8, 2013 04:24:00 PM

Matt Belisle took his fifth loss after giving up a two-run homer to Marlon Byrd in the eighth inning against the Mets on Thursday.

Three of those losses have come in his last six appearances, and he's given up a total of 12 runs in his last seven outings. The Rockies have to hope it's just a slump, but it's possible all of those relief innings he's thrown the last few years are catching up to him.
Thu, Jun 27, 2013 09:20:00 PM

Matt Belisle tossed a scoreless inning of relief in Tuesday's victory over Arizona.

The veteran has notched a 3.86 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 21/7 K/BB rate in 21 games. He's also sixth in the National League with eight holds.
Wed, May 22, 2013 05:18:00 AM

Matt Belisle recorded his first save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth against the Mets on Thursday.

Rafael Betancourt was unavailable after throwing 25 pitches Wednesday, but Belisle got the job done just fine. It was his third career save to go along with 66 holds.
Thu, Aug 23, 2012 04:36:00 PM

Rockies signed RHP Matt Belisle to a one-year contract extension.

The deal also includes a mutual option for 2014, and's Danny Knobler says the righty will receive a minimum of $4.35 million in the new deal. Belisle's numbers fell back a bit in 2011 from the previous season, but he still had a nice year, posting a 3.25 ERA and 1.26 WHIP while leading all MLB relievers with 10 wins. He'll help set up for Rafael Betancourt this season.
Fri, Feb 3, 2012 12:05:00 PM

Rockies signed RHP Matt Belisle to a two-year, $6.125 million extension.

He signed a $2.35 million deal last month to avoid arbitration, but this new deal will wipe that out and give him an additional year, which would have been his first of free agency. He'll also have the opportunity to earn more through performance bonuses. The Rockies have shelled out a lot of money to relievers this offseason just a year after giving closer Huston Street a big deal, signing Matt Lindstrom, Rafael Betancourt and now Belisle to extensions. Belisle, who posted a 2.93 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 91/21 K/BB ratio over 92 innings last season, would be one of the candidates for saves should Street go down.
Sat, Feb 19, 2011 09:32:00 AM

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S1Lance Lynn
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Relief Pitcher
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Jordan Walden
3Kevin Siegrist
4Steve Cishek
5Seth Maness
6Randy Choate
7Matt Belisle
8Carlos Villanueva
9Miguel Socolovich