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Jordan Schafer | Relief Pitcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/4/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1 / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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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. Jul 14 - 9:53 AM

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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.
Mar 17 - 12:57 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.
Mar 14 - 3:55 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.
Mar 12 - 5:13 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.
Mar 2 - 4:16 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

Dr. James Andrews confirmed Saturday that Jordan Schafer will not require surgery on his injured right knee.

It's good news for Schafer and for the Twins, who should have the speedy outfielder back in the fold at some point in June. In the meantime, Aaron Hicks will continue to see the bulk of playing time in center field.
Sat, May 23, 2015 11:24:00 AM

Twins placed OF Jordan Schafer on the 15-day disabled list with an MCL sprain in his right knee.

The injury isn't believed to require surgery, but it's unclear when he will return. Aaron Hicks appears to be the most likely beneficiary, as he will remain with the team for another few weeks.
Sat, May 16, 2015 11:35:00 AM

Jordan Schafer walked and scored a run on Saturday in his return to action.

It was the only time he reached in four trips to the plate. Schafer had been out of commission for a couple days while battling a mild right MCL sprain, but it appears he'll be fine.
Sun, May 3, 2015 08:15:00 AM

Jordan Schafer is dealing with a mild right MCL sprain.

Schafer suffered the injury while rounding first base during Wednesday's game against the Tigers. The Twins are calling him day-to-day for now, but it would certainly seem like an injury that could send him to the disabled list.
Wed, Apr 29, 2015 04:00:00 PM

Jordan Schafer exited Wednesday's game against the Tigers with an apparent leg injury.

Schafer beat out a bunt single in the sixth inning but appeared to tweak something after rounding first base. The Twins should have an update on his status before long.
Wed, Apr 29, 2015 03:38:00 PM

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