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Jordan Schafer | Relief Pitcher

Team: San Francisco Giants
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/4/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 203
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Giants signed LHP/OF Jordan Schafer to a minor league contract.
Schafer, an outfielder-turned-pitcher, was released by the Cardinals last month. It's unclear what the Giants' immediate plans for him might be. Apr 3 - 3:50 PM

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Cardinals released LHP/OF Jordan Schafer.

Schafer had been reassigned to minor league camp last week but is now on the open market. The 31-year-old has pitched and played the outfield the last two years in the minors but missed most of 2017 following elbow surgery.
Mar 12 - 7:58 PM

Cardinals reassigned LHP/OF Jordan Schafer, INF Max Schrock, RHPs Jake Woodford, Daniel Poncedeleon and Hector Mendoza and Cs Jeremy Martinez and Dennis Ortega to minor league camp.

No real surprises among this group of cuts, though Schafer was an intriguing case. Had he had some success on the mound this spring, he could have provided the club with some nice versatility with their Opening Day roster with his ability to work out of the bullpen and serve as an extra outfielder.
Mar 4 - 9:04 PM

Jordan Schafer gave up five runs in one-third of an inning Friday in a relief appearance against the Marlins.

Schafer converted to the mound a year ago, only to hurt his elbow in the spring and miss the entire season. The Cardinals seemed impressed with his stuff as he returned to the mound this spring, but nothing worked for him today. He's destined for some minor league time at the start of the year.
Feb 23 - 4:34 PM

Jordan Schafer (elbow) has already been throwing off of a mound and is fully recovered from last spring's surgery to repair a ligament in his elbow.

Schafer will be in spring camp with the big league club, attempting to latch on as a two-way player. If successful, he'd provide extra depth in the bullpen while also functioning as an extra outfielder.
Feb 10 - 10:28 AM

Jordan Schafer (elbow) is hoping to begin playing in games as an outfielder by August.

Schafer was trying to make the Cardinals' Opening Day roster as a reliever/outfielder hybrid during spring training but tore his UCL and had a "primary repair." He won't pitch again this year but could be an option for the Cards come September as a pinch-runner and defensive replacement.
Fri, Jul 14, 2017 09:53:00 AM

Jordan Schafer underwent the "primary repair" surgery on his UCL and is expected to miss the season.

Schafer avoided Tommy John, which probably would have prevented him from opening 2018 on time. The alternative surgery, now tried by three members of the Cardinals, has a shorter rehab of 6-8 months. It's still a huge setback for a 30-year-old who had been trying to make the team as a reliever/reserve outfielder.
Fri, Mar 17, 2017 12:57:00 PM

Jordan Schafer will undergo elbow surgery on Friday.

That's too bad. Schafer, who was in camp with the Cardinals as both a pitcher and outfielder, was forced to exit Sunday's game due to tightness in his forearm. It turns out he's dealing with a significant injury. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, it will be determined at the time of the procedure whether he needs Tommy John surgery or the alternative primary repair surgery. Either way, it will be a while before he gets another chance to make it in a hybrid role.
Tue, Mar 14, 2017 03:55:00 PM

Jordan Schafer was forced to leave Sunday's Grapefruit League game with tightness in his left forearm.

Schafer is trying to crack the team's Opening Day roster in a hybrid role as a left-handed reliever and reserve outfielder. Schafer owns a 6.00 ERA and 2.67 WHIP while striking out five in three innings during spring play. He isn't expected to be sidelined for long.
Sun, Mar 12, 2017 05:13:00 PM

Jordan Schafer struck out three of the four Braves he faced in his relief appearance Thursday.

Schafer is going to play some outfield, too, but his chances of making the Cardinals hinge on his mound performance. If he looks capable there, he'd be an intriguing 25th man. It helps that he's still a fine defender and pinch-running option.
Thu, Mar 2, 2017 04:16:00 PM

Cardinals signed LHP/OF Jordan Schafer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The Cards say he'll come to spring training as both a pitcher and outfielder. Schafer tried pitching for the first time last season in the minors for the Dodgers and fared well, posting a 3.38 ERA with 59 strikeouts over 49 1/3 innings. He probably has a better shot at winning a roster spot as an outfielder, though, as St. Louis could use a fifth outfielder. Schafer is a career .228/.308/.307 hitter but can really run and plays all three outfield spots.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 04:26:00 PM

According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Dodgers plan to try Jordan Schafer as a pitcher.

Schafer was a big-time pitching prospect in high school and he currently owns a .228/.308/.307 career major league batting line as an outfielder, so it's worth a shot. The 28-year-old left-handed thrower figures to begin this experiment on the minor league fields at Dodgers camp. If that goes smoothly, maybe we'll see him take the mound in a couple of Cactus League games.
Thu, Jan 14, 2016 09:46:00 AM

Dodgers signed OF Jordan Schafer to a minor league contract.

Schafer had himself a tough 2015, spraining his right MCL in April before being released by the Twins in June. He did see 69 at-bats with the club prior to his release, but managed just a .217/.250/.261 triple-slash. The 28-year-old's most consistent attribute would be his speed, as he has five seasons with double-digit steals. He doesn't bring a whole lot else to the table.
Wed, Jan 13, 2016 05:18:00 PM

Twins released OF Jordan Schafer.

Schafer has been on the disabled list since mid-May with an MCL sprain in his right knee. Perhaps he had been ready to rejoin the club but there was simply no room for him in the outfield, but Schafer will now have to look for work elsewhere. The 28-year-old hit .217/.250/.261 in 69 at-bats with the Twins this season.
Thu, Jun 18, 2015 10:07:00 PM

Jordan Schafer (knee) has begun shagging flies.

It's a nice step, but Schafer is being eased back into baseball activities and is not close to a return. He's been out the last few weeks with an MCL sprain in his right knee.
Sun, Jun 7, 2015 09:47:00 AM

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3B1Evan Longoria
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CF1Austin Jackson
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7Josh Osich
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