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James Shields | Starting Pitcher | #33

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (35) / 12/20/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 16 (0) / TB
Contract: view contract details

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James Shields has been shut down for the year due to soreness in both of his knees.
Shields was given platelet-rich plasma injections for the knee discomfort and will rest up for the final six days of the regular season. The 35-year-old right-hander finishes the 2017 campaign with a 5.23 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and 103/53 K/BB ratio in 21 starts covering 117 innings. He's owed $21 million in 2018, with the Padres covering $11 million of it. Sep 26 - 5:23 PM

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James Shields limited the Angels to two runs and four hits in seven innings to pick up a victory Monday.

Shields has been serviceable since dropping his arm angle last month, and he's now 3-2 with a 3.94 ERA in five starts during September. The old James Shields is never coming back, but this one looks less like a batting-practice pitcher and more like an adequate bottom-of-the-rotation guy. That's rather important, given that he still has one season left on his four-year, $75 million contract.
Sep 25 - 11:55 PM

James Shields tossed seven innings of one-run ball Saturday as the White Sox dominated the Giants.

The only run he allowed came on a Nick Hundley solo homer in the top of the seventh inning. Shields gave up just one other hit while striking out five. He's now 3-6 on the season with a 5.40 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, and 83/46 K/BB ratio in 98 1/3 innings. Up next for the veteran right-hander is a road start against the Tigers.
Sep 9 - 10:29 PM

James Shields (knee) said he expects to make his next scheduled start.

Shields was lifted from Monday's game against the Indians after getting struck in the right knee by a line drive, but he only suffered a minor bruise. The veteran right-hander holds a 5.72 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 17 starts this season with Chicago.
Sep 5 - 5:30 PM

X-rays on James Shields' right knee came back negative.

Shields was hit by a Francisco Mejia liner during Monday's game against the Indians, but he managed to escape with only a bruise. He's considered day-to-day and will probably be fine for his next scheduled start this weekend at home versus the Giants.
Sep 4 - 4:34 PM

James Shields was lifted from Monday's start against the Indians in the seventh inning after being struck in the right knee with a line drive.

Francisco Mejia sent a Shields offering right back where it came from hitting the pitcher on the side of the knee. Shields was lying on his back for a bit in pain but was able to limp off without any assistance. He wasn't long for the game, anyway, having already thrown 102 pitches. Shields might need some tests done, at which point the White Sox should have an update on his status. The veteran righty was charged with four runs on six hits and two walks over 6 1/3 frames before exiting.
Sep 4 - 4:19 PM

James Shields surrendered two runs in 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision effort versus the Rangers on Friday.

He made one mistake -- hanging a pitch that first baseman Mike Napoli yanked over the wall for a two-run homer. Shields whiffed six batters, walked three and allowed five hits in a rare good start. His ERA improves to 5.72 with a 1.57 WHIP in 14 starts. He has 64 strikeouts and 35 walks in 74 innings. His bygone days as an ace starter seem likely to stay in the rear-view mirror.
Aug 19 - 12:54 AM

James Shields allowed three runs in six innings while punching out eight batters versus the Royals on Saturday.

He surrendered a solo shot to Eric Hosmer in the first inning and two more runs in the second. He settled down from there and stuck around long enough for a quality start. It was a rare solid game from the 12-year veteran. He has a 5.90 ERA and unhealthy 1.57 WHIP in 13 starts.
Aug 12 - 10:52 PM

James Shields allowed four runs -- three earned -- in six innings and was charged with a loss to the Red Sox on Saturday.

He gave up a pair of two-run bombs, one to Andrew Benintendi and one to Jackie Bradley Jr. Other than those two big mistakes he was solid by his shaky standards. He struck out six and walked one batter. Shields falls to 2-4 with a woeful 6.03 ERA in 12 starts.
Aug 5 - 10:17 PM

James Shields struggled in a losing effort against the Cubs on Wednesday, giving up five runs (three earned) on five hits in four-plus innings of work.

Big Game James walked three and punched out four on the evening. He had allowed just one run through the first four innings, but the Cubs broke it open as the first four hitters reached to start the fifth inning, including a three-run double by Anthony Rizzo. Shields now owns a troublesome 5.86 ERA and 1.66 WHIP on the season. He’ll do battle against the Blue Jays his next time out and can continue to be avoided for fantasy purposes.
Jul 27 - 12:19 AM

James Shields was knocked around for six runs over 4 1/3 innings against the Royals on Friday.

Shields didn’t factor into the decision. He gave up 10 hits (including a solo homer to Mike Moustakas) and walked three. He’s now allowed six runs in three out of his six starts since returning from the disabled list. His days of fantasy relevance appear numbered.
Jul 22 - 1:07 AM

The Athletics tagged James Shields for three longballs and six runs over 4 2/3 innings on Tuesday.

Two of the dingers came off the bat of Yonder Alonso, with the second one serving as the knockout punch of Shields in the fifth inning. Shields has faced the A’s twice in the last week and a half and allowed three homers to them in both outings. He’s been taken deep 10 times in his first seven starts this season.
Jul 4 - 7:36 PM

James Shields surrendered three runs (two) runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings in Thursday's win over the Yankees.

Those 6 1/3 innings were the most Shields has thrown in a game this season. He was not perfect by any stretch of the imagination -- the Yankees stung multiple balls which just happened to find gloves and the veteran walked three on the evening -- but all-and-all it was a fine performance. Shields will carry a 3.98 ERA and 1.42 WHIP into a road date with the A's next time he takes to the rubber.
Jun 30 - 2:05 AM

James Shields got knocked around in Saturday’s loss to the Athletics, scattering seven hits and six runs over three lackluster innings.

He walked three and struck out five while throwing 51 of his 85 pitches for strikes. Shields led the majors in home runs allowed last year and the home run ball played a big role in his meltdown on Saturday. He gave up long balls to Franklin Barreto, Matt Olson and Jaycob Brugman before getting the hook from manager Rick Renteria. The 35-year-old has produced a disastrous 9.34 ERA since coming off the disabled list earlier this week. Shields will look to redeem himself Thursday against the Yankees.
Jun 24 - 7:13 PM

James Shields surrendered three earned runs over 5 2/3 innings Sunday in a no-decision versus the Blue Jays.

It was his first start since April 16 and he looked rusty, yielding seven hits and a walk as the White Sox fell 7-3. Shields watched his season ERA balloon from 1.62 to 2.42. The 35-year-old right-hander is not a recommended fantasy starter moving forward.
Jun 18 - 4:17 PM

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