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Stephen Marek | Relief Pitcher

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (34) / 9/3/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Blue Jays signed RHP Stephen Marek to a minor league contract.
Marek, 28, posted a 3.38 ERA and 16/4 K/BB ratio in 10 2/3 innings last season at the Braves' Triple-A affiliate. He'll serve as organizational depth for the Blue Jays. Wed, Jan 4, 2012 04:59:00 PM

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Braves sent RHP Stephen Marek outright to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Marek, who was acquired from the Angels in the Mark Teixeria deal, underwent Tommy John surgery in mid-May. He can become a free agent.
Wed, Nov 2, 2011 11:25:00 AM

Braves transferred RHP Stephen Marek to the 60-day disabled list.

Marek underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in mid-May and isn't going to be ready to pitch again until the 2012 season. The 27-year-old made 10 relief appearances this year for Triple-A Gwinnett.
Wed, May 25, 2011 04:12:00 PM

Braves Triple-A reliever Stephen Marek has learned he will require Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery.

His elbow stiffened up after his Sunday outing, and an MRI revealed the bad news on late Thursday. Marek almost made the Braves out of spring training, and was considered for a call-up in late April, but Atlanta opted for Cory Gearrin instead. Now 27, Marek was a part of the deal that sent Mark Teixeira to the Angels in 2008.
Fri, May 6, 2011 03:13:00 PM

Braves purchased the contracts of RHP Stephen Marek, RHP Todd Redmond and INF Diory Hernandez.

Former top prospect Eric Campbell is being left available. Marek, a product of the Mark Teixeira deal, is easily the best bet of this group. Redmond is going to have a difficult time making it as a back-of-the-rotation starter, and Hernandez looks like he'll be a weak choice as a utilityman.
Thu, Nov 20, 2008 11:42:00 PM

Stephen Marek pitched a scoreless inning on Thursday and continues to sport a perfect ERA in the AFL.

Marek has allowed one unearned run in his seven innings. The former starter turned into a groundball machine after being picked up by the Braves in the Mark Teixeira deal in July, but it hasn't really kept up in Arizona. Fortunately, he has more than one way to retire hitters. He projects as a setup man or perhaps a closer for the Braves.
Fri, Oct 31, 2008 03:48:00 AM

Right-hander Stephen Marek was traded from the Angels to the Braves in a three-player deal.

Marek has emerged as one of the game's best relief prospects while posting a 3.66 ERA and a 57/21 K/BB ratio in 46 2/3 innings for Double-A Arkansas this season. He had 35 strikeouts and just 17 hits allowed in 26 1/3 innings in May and June, but he had been struggling recently, with seven earned runs allowed in 9 2/3 innings this month. It's possible that he'll be a long-term closer for the Braves. However, he doesn't figure to be a factor this year.
Tue, Jul 29, 2008 06:42:00 PM

Stephen Marek pitched two perfect innings, striking out four, for Double-A Arkansas on Friday.

That Jose Arrendondo has been an immediate success probably doesn't hurt Marek's chances of getting a look out of the bullpen later this season. After a mediocre first month, he's allowed two runs and eight hits in 15 2/3 innings since the beginning of May.
Sat, Jun 7, 2008 03:16:00 AM

Stephen Marek, making the move from the rotation to the pen, struck out two in a scoreless inning for Double-A Arkansas on Friday.

The Angels gave some thought to carrying Marek as a reliever out of spring training because of their injuries, but it figured that he'd go back into the rotation once it was determined he was returning to the minors. As it turns out, he'll be a closer instead. There's always been speculation that Marek could end up in the pen, but he also had plenty of promise a starter. It seems awfully premature to have him make the change now.
Sat, Apr 5, 2008 03:34:00 AM

Angels reassinged RHP Stephen Marek, RHP Sean O’Sullivan, RHP Fernando Rodriguez, RHP Rafael Rodriguez, RHP Jordan Walden, INF Adam Pavkovich, C Tim Duff, C Ben Johnson, 3B P.J. Phillips, 1B Mark Trumbo, 2B Nate Sutton and OF Peter Bourjos to minor league camp.

No surprises in the Angels' first round of cuts. Marek, O'Sullivan and Walden are among the team's top pitching prospects, but only Marek has a chance of seeing time in the majors this year and he's a long shot.
Sun, Mar 9, 2008 02:02:00 PM

Stephen Marek returned to the mound on Sunday and allowed two runs in six innings for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.

He struck out eight. Marek had his start pushed back a few days after leaving his June 15 outing with a hand injury.
Mon, Jun 25, 2007 03:48:00 PM

Stephen Marek left his start for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on Friday with a hand injury.

Marek faced one batter in the third before departing. He's probably day-to-day.
Sat, Jun 16, 2007 03:03:00 PM

Angels prospect Stephen Marek left his start for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday after two innings because of a pulled groin muscle.

Marek was making just his second start in the California League since his promotion last week.
Wed, Jul 26, 2006 02:24:00 PM

Stephen Marek gave up four runs in six innings and struck out seven Thursday in his first start for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.

Marek was 10-2 with a 1.96 ERA, 95 H and 100/24 K/BB in 119 1/3 innings for low Single-A Cedar Rapids. Not quite as talented as some of the Angels' other young pitching prospects, he might eventually move to the pen, where his fastball-curveball combination could make him a setup man.
Fri, Jul 21, 2006 03:02:00 PM

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