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George Kontos | Relief Pitcher | #70

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (32) / 6/12/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Northwestern
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 5 (0) / NYY
Contract: view contract details

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Pirates placed RHP George Kontos on the 10-day disabled list with a right groin strain.
Kontos has made just five appearances for the Pirates since they claimed him off waivers from the Giants on August 5. He'll be sidelined until early September. Aug 22 - 5:05 PM

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George Kontos was unavailable Sunday due to a tight groin, but he worked out pregame Monday and is ready to go.

Kontos has allowed just one run while striking out seven over five innings since the Pirates claimed him off waivers. He'll continue to operate in middle relief.
Aug 21 - 5:08 PM

Pirates claimed RHP George Kontos off of waivers from the Giants.

Rather than attempt to work out a deal, the Giants let Kontos go and the Pirates will assume the remainder of his salary. The 32-year-old hurler registered a 3.83 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 55/17 K/BB ratio across 51 2/3 innings with the Giants. He'll function in middle relief for the Pirates.
Aug 5 - 3:13 PM

Giants and RHP George Kontos avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.

Kontos was arbitration-eligible for the second time. The reliever boasts a 2.90 ERA over the last five seasons out of the Giants' bullpen.
Jan 13 - 3:10 PM

Giants GM Bobby Evans suggested Thursday that the club will tender a contract to George Kontos.

Evans said in his season-closing press conference at AT&T Park that the arbitration-eligible reliever "is in our mix for 2017." Kontos posted an impressive 2.53 ERA in 53 1/3 innings during the 2016 regular season while earning $1.15 million. He should get a bump near $3 million.
Thu, Oct 13, 2016 02:43:00 PM

Giants activated RHP George Kontos from the 15-day disabled list.

Kontos missed a month with a strained flexor tendon. He had registered a 1.59 ERA over his first eight appearances this season out of the Giants' bullpen. The right-hander had a 2.33 ERA in 73 appearances last year.
Tue, May 17, 2016 03:50:00 PM

George Kontos (elbow) is expected to be activated Tuesday.

Kontos made a rehab appearance Friday and is scheduled to make another Saturday. Assuming the back-to-back outings go well, the right-hander will be activated ahead of the Giants' series against the Padres. He's been sidelined since April 17 with a strained flexor tendon.
Source: CSN Bay Area
Sat, May 14, 2016 12:02:00 PM

George Kontos (elbow) expects to be activated from the disabled list next week.

Kontos allowed one hit and struck out one over one inning of work in his first rehab appearance with Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday. It sounds like he'll make another appearance or two, but he's not far off. The 30-year-old has been out since April 17 with a strained flexor tendon.
Mon, May 9, 2016 07:30:00 PM

George Kontos (elbow) will face live hitters Friday before making a rehab appearance for Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday.

Kontos could be activated from the disabled list if Sunday's outing goes well. He's been sidelined the past two weeks with a strained flexor tendon. The right-hander owns an impressive 1.59 ERA across eight appearances this year.
Thu, May 5, 2016 07:49:00 PM

George Kontos (elbow) threw 40 pitches off a bullpen mound Tuesday and felt fine.

He'll make a simulated appearance on Friday and should then be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment. Kontos, a bullpen workhorse for the Giants in 2015, has been out since April 19 due to a flexor strain.
Tue, May 3, 2016 06:46:00 PM

George Kontos (elbow) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session without issue on Sunday.

It's the second time over the weekend that the right-hander has been able to throw without any problems. He should be sent out on a minor league rehab assignment soon and is on track to rejoin the Giants bullpen in early May.
Sun, May 1, 2016 09:59:00 PM

George Kontos (elbow) threw a bullpen session Friday.

It's the first time he's thrown off a mound since being diagnosed with a flexor tendon strain. Kontos should be ready for a rehab assignment before long.
Fri, Apr 29, 2016 05:44:00 PM

George Kontos (elbow) has played catch on back-to-back days.

Kontos landed on the disabled list last week a right flexor strain. While he's beginning to ramp things up, Giants manager Bruce Bochy estimates that he's still a couple of weeks away from returning.
Mon, Apr 25, 2016 08:29:00 PM

George Kontos (elbow) expects to be ready to return to the Giants' bullpen in two weeks.

Kontos was placed on the disabled list Tuesday with what is officially being called a flexor strain. But the right-hander termed it "mild" elbow tendinitis in his chat with the media after that move was made. Kontos had a stellar 2.33 ERA and 0.94 WHIP in 73 1/3 innings last season for the Giants and he was off to a good start this year.
Tue, Apr 19, 2016 07:05:00 PM

Giants placed RHP George Kontos on the 15-day disabled list with a flexor strain.

Kontos had allowed just one run over 5 2/3 innings this season for the Giants after delivering a 2.33 ERA and 0.94 WHIP across 73 1/3 frames in 2015. It's a big loss, no matter how long he is sidelined. There is no timetable for a return at this point.
Tue, Apr 19, 2016 06:02:00 PM

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