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Matt Belisle | Relief Pitcher | #9

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (37) / 6/6/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 230
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1998 / Rd. 2 (0) / ATL
Contract: view contract details

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Matt Belisle struck out both batters he faced Thursday, earning the save in the nightcap of a doubleheader against the Indians.
After Taylor Rogers issued a one-out walk to bring the tying run to the plate, Twins manager Paul Molitor went to Belisle to face the dangerous Edwin Encarnacion and Carlos Santana. The 37-year-old dispatched of them both to earn his third save, bouncing back after a disastrous blown save his last time out. The veteran owns a 4.63 ERA on the year but still may draw some trade interest in the coming weeks from teams looking for relief help down the stretch. Aug 17 - 11:49 PM

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Matt Belisle gave up a two-run homer in the ninth inning to take a blown save and a loss to the Tigers on Saturday.

Called upon to protect an 11-10 lead it took him no time at all to give up the ghost. He surrendered a single to Mikie Mahtook, then served up a two-run, walk-off home run to Justin Upton. Belisle now has four blown saves, two successful saves and a 4.70 ERA in 46 innings.
Aug 12 - 10:00 PM

Matt Belisle worked a scoreless ninth for his second save Monday in a 5-4 game against the Brewers.

Taylor Rogers is supposed to get some save chances, too, but Belisle makes the most sense as the Twins' primary closer for now. If he keeps it up, he could be flipped for a prospect before the end of the month.
Aug 8 - 12:54 AM

Matt Belisle earned his first save of the season on Sunday, working a perfect ninth inning to protect a one-run advantage against the Rangers.

The 37-year-old right-hander seems to be the best bet for save chances in the Twins' bullpen following the departure of Brandon Kintzler. Despite owning a 4.53 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 36/19 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 innings on the season, he would have some mixed league appeal as long as he's seeing the ball in the ninth inning.
Aug 6 - 5:48 PM

Twins signed RHP Matt Belisle to a one-year contract.

The deal was reported on Thursday but wasn't made official until Friday. Byung Ho Park was designated for assignment in the corresponding roster move. Belisle was excellent for the Nationals last season, producing a 1.76 ERA over 40 relief outings. The 36-year-old is expected to occupy a middle relief role in Minnesota.
Feb 3 - 12:22 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Twins have agreed to a one-year deal with free agent reliever Matt Belisle.

Heyman adds that the deal is worth $2.05 million and includes some possible incentives. Belisle turns 37 in June and posted a strong 1.76 ERA and 32/7 K/BB ratio over 46 innings last season with the Nationals. He should be a useful cog for Minnesota. The relief market is finally starting to thin out a bit.
Feb 2 - 6:50 PM

Matt Belisle will not be available for Wednesday's game against the Orioles.

Belisle tossed three innings in Tuesday's 8-1 loss, so Nationals manager Dusty Baker will give him a day off to let him rest up. This season, the 36-year-old right-hander holds an impressive 1.89 ERA and 28/6 K/BB ratio over 38 innings.
Wed, Aug 24, 2016 04:23:00 PM

Nationals activated RHP Matt Belisle from the 15-day disabled list.

He'll take Jonathan Papelbon's spot on the active roster. Belisle has been sidelined since late April with a strained right calf. The veteran reliever posted a 4.09 ERA and 11/1 K/BB ratio in 11 innings during his minor league rehab assignment.
Tue, Jun 14, 2016 02:03:00 PM

Mark Zuckerman of MASN suspects the Nationals will activate Matt Belisle (calf) on Wednesday.

Belisle is recovered from his late-April calf strain and has already logged three rehab appearances. He's ready. The right-hander posted a 1.50 ERA in six innings with the Nationals before landing on the DL.
Tue, Jun 7, 2016 11:37:00 PM

Matt Belisle (calf) allowed one run in two innings Tuesday night with Double-A Harrisburg.

Belisle has now made four rehab appearances and should be just about ready to rejoin the Nationals' bullpen. The right-hander had a 1.50 ERA in seven appearances before straining his right calf in late April. It sounds like a Friday activation is possible.
Wed, Jun 1, 2016 11:08:00 AM

Matt Belisle (calf) tossed a scoreless inning Monday in his first minor league rehab appearance with High-A Potomac.

Belisle, who is working his way back from a right calf strain, gave up one hit and struck out one. He should be back in the Nationals' bullpen in a few days. The veteran right-hander had a 1.50 ERA in seven appearances prior to hitting the DL.
Tue, May 24, 2016 08:53:00 AM

Matt Belisle (calf) will begin a rehab assignment on Monday.

He's working his way back from a strained right calf. The 35-year-old was pitching well before he got hurt. He carries a 1.50 ERA across seven appearances this season.
Sat, May 21, 2016 10:19:00 PM

Matt Belisle (calf) threw a 26-pitch bullpen session Saturday.

"It went great," Belisle said. "It was totally normal. I felt really good. I threw all of my pitches. I had a hitter stand in. It was great." Belisle will begin a rehab assignment soon and should rejoin the Nationals' bullpen before the end of the month.
Sun, May 15, 2016 01:24:00 PM

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.
Wed, Apr 27, 2016 02:12:00 PM

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.
Tue, Apr 26, 2016 10:50:00 PM

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2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Eduardo Escobar
2Jorge Polanco
3Ehire Adrianza
3B1Miguel Sano
LF1Eddie Rosario
CF1Byron Buxton
RF1Max Kepler
DH1Robbie Grossman
2Mitch Garver
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S1Ervin Santana
2Jose Berrios
3Hector Santiago
4Adalberto Mejia
5Bartolo Colon
6Kyle Gibson
7Dietrich Enns
8Aaron Slegers
Relief Pitcher
R1Matt Belisle
2Taylor Rogers
3Tyler Duffey
4Glen Perkins
5Trevor Hildenberger
6Ryan Pressly
7Ryan O'Rourke
8Dillon Gee
9Alan Busenitz
10Nik Turley
11Phil Hughes
12Trevor May