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Tony Sipp | Relief Pitcher | #29

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (34) / 7/12/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 194
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Clemson
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 45 (0) / CLE
Contract: view contract details

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Tony Sipp (back) will return to Grapefruit League action on Monday.
Sipp was scratched from a scheduled appearance Saturday due to back stiffness, but he's expected to be fine. He'll help set up again for the Astros this season. Mar 27 - 4:38 PM

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Tony Sipp was scratched from his scheduled appearance on Saturday because of back stiffness.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said he suffered the injury after throwing on Friday, but the skipper added that the lefty should be fine come Opening Day. Sipp is coming off a down year in 2016 (4.95 ERA over 60 appearances) but has a proven track record as a lefty specialist.
Mar 25 - 4:59 PM

Astros activated LHP Tony Sipp from the paternity leave list.

Rather than lose a reliever from the bullpen, the Astros created a roster spot for Sipp by sending Evan Gattis down to Double-A to see some game action behind the plate. Sipp returns to a 4.66 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 9/4 K/BB ratio through his first 9 2/3 innings.
Sat, May 7, 2016 07:51:00 AM

Astros placed LHP Tony Sipp on the paternity leave list.

He'll be away for a few days. Michael Feliz has taken Sipp's spot in the bullpen.
Fri, May 6, 2016 03:21:00 PM

Astros re-signed LHP Tony Sipp to a three-year, $18 million contract.

It's been a healthy market for relievers, but Sipp is worth the $6 million per season he's going to get. The left-hander has posted a 2.66 ERA with 125 strikeouts over 105 innings across the last two seasons for the Astros. He's not just a lefty specialist, either, having had plenty of success versus right-handed batters.
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 12:19:00 PM's Brian McTaggart reports that the Astros have re-signed left-hander Tony Sipp.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says it's a three-year, $18 million deal. Sipp drew interest from multiple teams on the free agent market, but the 'Stros stepped up in the end to bring him back. He'll return to a lefty specialist role, where he's registered a 2.66 ERA and 125 strikeouts in 105 innings over the last two seasons. Houston is putting together an impressive bullpen mix for 2016, having acquired young closer Ken Giles from the Phillies on Wednesday.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 10:28:00 AM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Astros are interested in free agent reliever Tony Sipp.

The Astros are also linked to Phillies flamethrower Ken Giles as a possible trade target, but they're not limiting their bullpen aspirations. Sipp, a left-handed specialist, is rumored to be seeking a three-year deal in the range of $5-6 million per year. The 32-year-old has been fantastic in his role over the last two seasons, having compiled a 2.66 ERA while fanning 125 batters over 105 innings. In addition to the Astros, the Orioles and Tigers are also said to be in the mix.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 07:22:00 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Tigers have talked about free agent relievers Tony Sipp and Antonio Bastardo.

The Tigers have already added Francisco Rodriguez and Mark Lowe to their bullpen, but they now seek to sign a left-handed specialist. Sipp and Bastardo are the two biggest names under that category and should draw plenty of interest elsewhere. Sipp is said to be looking for a three-year deal in the range of $5-6 million per season.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 02:23:00 PM

According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, free agent Tony Sipp is seeking a three-year deal worth $5-6 million per year.

That's kind of the going rate for reliable lefty specialists, and he should find something close in a weak free agent market for relievers. Sipp, 32, boasts a 2.66 ERA and 125 strikeouts in 105 innings over the last two seasons. He was especially sharp for the Astros in 2015. Baltimore is known to have some interest.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 12:18:00 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Orioles are "considering" Tony Sipp.

The O's managed to re-sign Darren O'Day but apparently aren't done tinkering with their bullpen. Sipp, 32, figures to land a multi-year contract this winter after putting up a 2.66 ERA with 125 strikeouts over 105 relief innings the last two seasons with the Astros.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 11:54:00 AM's Brian McTaggart reports the Astros and free agent Tony Sipp have "mutual interest."

According to McTaggart, a reunion will depend on Sipp's asking price. The Astros have also been linked to a number of top closers including trade targets Aroldis Chapman, Ken Giles, Mark Melancon and Andrew Miller. While adding a closer remains Houston's top priority, Sipp has proven his worth as a left-handed specialist and it wouldn't be a surprise if the Astros re-signed him.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 07:29:00 PM

Tony Sipp (back) struck out the only batter he faced Sunday in the Astros' defeat of the Angels.

It was the left-hander's first appearance since August 26. He had been fighting back and oblique injuries.
Mon, Sep 14, 2015 08:35:00 AM

Tony Sipp (back) will throw a bullpen session on Wednesday or Thursday.

It's not clear how many sessions off the mound he'll need before being cleared to return to action. Sipp hasn't pitched since August 26 due to a back/oblique injury.
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 09:54:00 AM

Tests on Tony Sipp's oblique/back came back negative.

However, Sipp isn't quite ready to return to the mound yet. The lefty said he'd be willing to pitch through some pain if he thinks he could still be effective, but "right now, I don’t think that I could. … You don’t want to risk being out the rest of the season over something that could be healed within a couple of days Just give it enough rest and see where it goes from there." Sipp hasn't pitched since August 26.
Sun, Sep 6, 2015 11:58:00 AM

Tony Sipp has been sent for tests due to an oblique/back injury.

Losing Sipp would be a blow for the Astros, as he's been terrific this season with a 2.14 ERA and 50/13 K/BB ratio over 46 1/3 frames. More should be known on his status later this weekend.
Fri, Sep 4, 2015 05:14:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Brian McCann
2Evan Gattis
1B1Yulieski Gurriel
2Tyler White
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Carlos Correa
2Marwin Gonzalez
3B1Alex Bregman
2Colin Moran
LF1Nori Aoki
2Derek Fisher
CF1George Springer
2Jake Marisnick
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Carlos Beltran
Starting Pitcher
S1Dallas Keuchel
2Lance McCullers
3Collin McHugh
4Charlie Morton
5Mike Fiers
6Brad Peacock
7Francis Martes
8Joe Musgrove
9David Paulino
Relief Pitcher
R1Ken Giles
2Luke Gregerson
3Chris Devenski
4Will Harris
5Tony Sipp
6Michael Feliz
7Jandel Gustave