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Dale Thayer | Relief Pitcher

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (34) / 12/17/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 211
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Padres and RHP Dale Thayer avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.375 million contract.
It was Thayer's first year of arbitration eligibility. The reliever has been a nice bullpen piece for the Padres over the last three seasons, posting a 3.02 ERA with 173 strikeouts over 188 innings. He'll again help set up from the right side in 2015. Jan 16 - 12:14 PM

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Padres activated RHP Dale Thayer from the paternity leave list.

Thayer will be back in his sixth- and seventh-inning role after missing just one day of action.
Wed, May 14, 2014 05:51:00 PM

Padres placed RHP Dale Thayer on the paternity leave list.

Thayer will be out for the next 1-3 days. He has posted an excellent 1.45 ERA in 18 2/3 innings this season.
Tue, May 13, 2014 06:03:00 PM

Dale Thayer has been diagnosed with a bruised forearm after being hit by a comebacker in Friday's Cactus League contest.

He's expected to be fine and shouldn't miss any action because of it. The 33-year-old hurler had a nice spring, posting a 2.08 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 9/0 K/BB ratio in 8 2/3 innings.
Sat, Mar 29, 2014 10:02:00 AM

Dale Thayer notched his eighth hold in Monday's victory against St. Louis.

Thayer induced Ty Wigginton into a double-play after surrendering a leadoff single to Jon Jay. After walking Pete Kozma, he was yanked for Joe Thatcher, who ended the inning. Thayer holds a 3.15 ERA and 0.90 WHIP over 20 appearances.
Tue, May 21, 2013 02:53:00 AM

Padres activated RHP Dale Thayer from the paternity leave list.

Thayer was away from the Padres over the weekend in order to be present for the birth of his child. He should resume getting save chances for the Padres with Huston Street (calf) still on the disabled list.
Mon, Aug 27, 2012 05:47:00 PM

Dale Thayer will rejoin the Padres' bullpen Monday.

Thayer was excused from the club on Friday for the birth of his third child and spent the entire weekend away. Luke Gregerson nailed down a save in his absence on Sunday. Huston Street (calf) is still on the disabled list.
Mon, Aug 27, 2012 12:52:00 PM

Padres placed RHP Dale Thayer on the paternity leave list.

Thayer can remain on paternity leave for 24 to 72 hours. Luke Gregerson could be an option to fill in if there's a save chance while he's away. The Padres called up Josh Spence to replace him on the active roster.
Fri, Aug 24, 2012 06:05:00 PM

Called upon to protect a 5-3 ninth-inning lead, Dale Thayer blew his third save Tuesday against the Padres.

Tonight's outing isn't Thayer's fault; if Bud Black's desire is to continue to play with fire, he's going to get scorched. Rotoworld wouldn't dare stretch that cliché to include general manager Josh Byrnes, who would probably prefer, at this point, that his skipper juggles flames with late leads. After all, the Padres, 16 games below .500 entering the day, stand to acquire no worse than the third pick in next year's draft. Conspiracy theories aren't our thing. Pointing out that a 31-year-old journeyman reliever with a 4.43 career ERA shouldn't be protecting leads is. Regardless, until Huston Street returns, Thayer is roughly the 32nd-most valuable reliever in fantasy baseball.
Wed, Aug 22, 2012 02:03:00 AM

Dale Thayer nailed down his sixth save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in Monday's win over the Braves.

He went through the heart of the order, striking out Chipper Jones before getting Jason Heyward to fly out and Dan Uggla to ground out. Luke Gregerson finished off the eighth ahead of Thayer, so it appears that the closer job in San Diego is Thayer's while Huston Street is on the DL.
Mon, Aug 13, 2012 10:23:00 PM

Padres manager Bud Black indicated that Dale Thayer could fill in at closer if Huston Street (calf) requires a stint on the disabled list.

Thayer and Luke Gregerson are being considered for save chances. We'd expect Thayer to assume the role he held when Street was out in earlier this season, but Gregerson could be an option if he struggles. It's also possible the Padres could use a closer-by-committee. Both pitchers are worth stashing away if you need saves.
Sat, Aug 11, 2012 10:15:00 AM

Dale Thayer took a loss after giving up a homer in a tie game against the Cubs on Wednesday.

One wonders if rust has something to do with Thayer's last two appearances; he was pitching on five days' rest when he gave up five runs on Saturday and three days' rest in giving up two runs today. The Padres haven't been generating save chances, so they haven't been finding work for him. He still figures to get the next save chance they do create.
Wed, May 30, 2012 06:02:00 PM

Dale Thayer was rocked for five runs in one inning Saturday in a non-save situation against the Mets.

Thayer entered Saturday's action with a perfect 10/0 K/BB ratio over 10 scoreless innings this season, but he may have been a little amped up against his former team. The 31-year-old right-hander gave up four hits and a walk, the big blow of which was a grand slam by Mike Nickeas. We still think Thayer will handle save chances with Huston Street (lat) sidelined.
Sat, May 26, 2012 03:37:00 PM

Dale Thayer converted his fourth save in as many chances in Wednesday's win over the Dodgers.

He allowed a one-out single to Bobby Abreu but then got a flyout and foul out to end it. Thayer has now thrown eight scoreless innings this season had has yet to walk a batter. He certainly doesn't "wow" you with his stuff, but it's looking like he'll keep the closer gig until Huston Street returns.
Wed, May 16, 2012 09:36:00 PM

Dale Thayer earned his third save in as many chances on Saturday after slamming the door on the Phillies.

As in his previous two outings, it wasn't the smoothest of rides. Jimmy Rollins led off with a single and was sacrificed to second. He eventually stole third but was stranded there as Thayer fanned Hunter Pence to end the game. Though many believe that Andrew Cashner is more talented and better-suited for the ninth-inning role, Thayer seems to have the job locked up. That is, until Huston Street returns from the disabled list.
Sat, May 12, 2012 10:06:00 PM

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