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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 (lat) said he expects to resume throwing this weekend.
Shields landed on the disabled list April 21 with a strained right lat muscle, but he told reporters Wednesday that he is "very encouraged" about the early part of his recovery process. Assuming no setbacks, the veteran right-hander projects to return to the White Sox starting rotation in early May. He had registered a 1.62 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 16/10 K/BB ratio through 16 2/3 innings (three starts) this season. Apr 26 - 1:34 PM

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White Sox placed RHP James Shields on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right lat.

The veteran right-hander has pitched surprisingly well through his first three starts, compiling a 1.62 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 16/10 K/BB ratio in 16 2/3 innings. It's unclear at the moment how much time he may miss with the injury. Mike Pelfrey was scratched from his start at Triple-A Charlotte on Friday and could be an option to replace Shields in the White Sox rotation.
Apr 21 - 8:07 PM

James Shields pitched well in a no-decision against the Twins on Sunday, allowing one run on five hits over six innings.

The only run to score against Shields came in somewhat unorthodox fashion, as Brian Dozier burned the veteran hurler for an inside-the-park solo home run in the fifth inning. Otherwise, Shields kept the scoreboard clean. He struck out five and walked three on the afternoon. After posting a career-worst 5.85 ERA in 33 starts between the Padres and White Sox last season, Shields is pitching to a 1.62 ERA and 1.14 WHIP through his first three outings to start the 2017 campaign. He has yet to allow more than one run in a start. He probably won't keep pitching at this level, but it is not out of the realm of possibility that the 35-year-old right-hander could pitch to an ERA in the neighborhood of the mid-to-high 3.00's for the current season. If nothing else, those in deeper AL-only formats might want to keep an eye on Shields as a possible filler starter to be used in favorable match-ups. A home start against the Indians shows next on his schedule.
Apr 16 - 7:31 PM

James Shields worked 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball Tuesday in a no-decision versus the Indians.

Shields gave up a solo homer to Francisco Lindor in the bottom of the first inning but settled in from there, yielding just two total hits and two walks while striking out six. Cleveland eventually won the game with a walkoff RBI double from Michael Brantley in the bottom of the 10th. Shields has been surprisingly effective through his first two outings of 2017, but we wouldn't expect it to last. A road start against the Twins is next.
Apr 11 - 7:54 PM

James Shields yielded one run and two hits in 5 1/3 innings Thursday in a win over the Tigers.

Shields walked five, but he gave up just two hits in this one. It probably didn't help his rhythm any that the White Sox scored two runs in the second, three runs in the third and four runs in the fourth, resulting in increasingly long breaks for him. Still, he'll certainly take the support.
Apr 6 - 5:58 PM

Wednesday's game between the Tigers and White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field has been postponed due to rain.

The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on May 26. It's the second game in the series to be rained out after Monday's opener was also canceled due to inclement weather. James Shields had been scheduled to go against Tigers right-hander Jordan Zimmermann on Wednesday. Shields will now pitch Thursday's series finale with Matt Boyd getting the nod for Detroit.
Apr 5 - 9:37 AM

James Shields yielded three earned runs over five innings Sunday in his Cactus League start against the Giants.

All three of those runs came in the top of the second, with Tim Federowicz slapping an RBI single that deflected off White Sox infielder Tyler Saladino and Eduardo Nunez adding a two-run double. Shields struck out three but walked two in the so-so outing. The veteran right-hander makes for a poor fantasy bet in 2017 after posting a rough 5.85 ERA across 181 2/3 innings in 2016.
Mar 26 - 5:51 PM

James Shields struck out six across six shutout frames versus the Rangers on Tuesday.

Shields wasn't great in his other two starts this spring, so this was a nice step forward. He surrendered just three hits and a walk to go along with his six punchouts. The veteran right-hander is looking to bounce back in 2017 after posting an ugly 5.85 ERA in 2016.
Mar 21 - 11:19 PM

Facing his former team, James Shields gave up four runs (two earned) in 2 2/3 innings Monday against the Padres.

All four runs scored in the third inning. Shields committed a crucial error which allowed two runs to cross the plate. He gave up two hits while walking three. Shields was a mess after being acquired from the Padres last year, posting a truly awful 6.77 ERA over 22 start while allowing 31 homers in 114 1/3 innings. He can be ignored in most fantasy leagues.
Mar 6 - 7:55 PM

James Shields let up two hits and one run over two innings Wednesday in the White Sox's Cactus League win over the Diamondbacks.

He struck out two and didn’t walk anyone. Shields cruised through a 1-2-3 first inning but ran into trouble in the second, allowing two hits including an RBI single by Chris Owings. The right-hander didn’t wow anyone on Wednesday but at least he kept the ball in the yard. That’s going to be the key for Shields, who allowed a league-high 40 homers last season.
Mar 1 - 7:23 PM

James Shields will not exercise the opt-out clause in his contract, per SB Nation's Chris Cotillo.

An easy decision for Shields, who is owed $21 million each of the next two seasons with a $16 million club option (or $2 million buyout) for 2019. The veteran right-hander posted brutal 6-19 record, 5.85 ERA, and 1.60 WHIP across 33 starts in 2016 while earning $21 million -- $16 million of it paid by the Padres. San Diego is still on the hook for another $22 million of the $44 million Shields is still owed. Shields will turn 35 years old in December.
Thu, Oct 27, 2016 01:39:00 PM

James Shields allowed five runs, including two home runs, over seven innings in Saturday's loss to the Twins.

Getting shelled by a team that got shelled by pretty much everyone else was a fitting way to end a disastrous 2016 campaign for Shields. The right-hander finishes the year 6-19 with a 5.85 ERA and 1.60 WHIP in 33 starts, easily the worst numbers of his career. The 34-year-old is signed through 2018, so while he'll be pitching somewhere next year, it's worth wondering what that will look like.
Sat, Oct 1, 2016 11:34:00 PM

James Shields held the Rays to one run in six innings Monday to improve to 6-18 on the season.

It won't be a 20-loss season for Shields, thanks in part to the Rays starting four-ninths of a major league lineup tonight. Seriously. Catcher Curt Casali, who has hit .147 in 143 at-bats against right-handers this season, was the designated hitter. The designated hitter!
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 12:05:00 AM

James Shields was torched for seven runs -- six earned -- over 5 1/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Phillies.

Another clunker from the veteran right-hander. Shields served up a two-run home run to Odubel Herrera in the first inning and things didn't get much better after that, as he allowed tallies in the third, fifth and sixth before finally getting pulled. Shields had put up two straight quality starts, but it's back to the drawing board again. He'll get his former team, the Rays, next.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 12:08:00 AM

James Shields held the Indians to one run in six innings and struck out eight in a no-decision Thursday.

Shields has had three quality starts in four tries since his most recent run of horrible pitching ended, but he still has a 6.94 ERA in 19 starts for the White Sox. His next start will come Tuesday against the Phillies.
Thu, Sep 15, 2016 05:31:00 PM

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LF1Melky Cabrera
CF1Charlie Tilson
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