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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
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Astros activated LHP Tony Sipp from the 10-day disabled list.
Sipp has been on the shelf since the beginning of August with left calf soreness. The 34-year-old left-hander has struggled this season, compiling a 6.47 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 33/14 K/BB ratio across 32 innings. Sep 2 - 10:44 AM

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Tony Sipp (calf) is likely to be activated from the disabled list Saturday.

Sipp has already joined up with the Astros at Tropicana Field, but he'll throw on the side for a couple of days before officially returning to the bullpen this weekend in Houston. The left-hander allowed one run over three minor league rehab innings. He's been out since August 1 with a left calf injury.
Aug 31 - 11:22 AM

Tony Sipp (calf) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Double-A Corpus Christi.

Sipp has been out all month with left calf soreness. The southpaw shouldn't need much work before rejoining the Astros' bullpen.
Aug 22 - 1:20 PM

Tony Sipp (calf) is on track to begin a rehab assignment "toward end of homestand," on August 24, according to Astros manager A.J. Hinch.

Sipp has been out all month with a sore left calf. He could potentially make it back before the end of August.
Aug 18 - 10:23 AM

Astros placed LHP Tony Sipp on the 10-day disabled list with left calf soreness.

This one seems pretty fishy. Sipp has been terrible since the All-Star break (17.47 ERA in seven outings) and the Astros just traded for Francisco Liriano, who figures to replace Sipp as the team's lefty specialist out of the pen. Maybe Sipp is actually hurt but the more likely explanation is that Houston wanted him to go away for a while.
Aug 1 - 5:38 PM

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

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

MLB.com'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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brian McCann
2Evan Gattis
3Max Stassi
1B1Yulieski Gurriel
2Tyler White
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Carlos Correa
3B1Alex Bregman
2Colin Moran
3J.D. Davis
LF1Derek Fisher
2Tony Kemp
CF1George Springer
2Jake Marisnick
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Marwin Gonzalez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Dallas Keuchel
2Justin Verlander
3Lance McCullers
4Collin McHugh
5Charlie Morton
6Brad Peacock
7Brady Rodgers
8David Paulino
9Cionel Perez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Ken Giles
2Chris Devenski
3Will Harris
4Tony Sipp
5Jandel Gustave
6Michael Feliz
7Francis Martes
8Joe Musgrove
9Reymin Guduan
10Mike Fiers
11James Hoyt