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Joe Thatcher | Relief Pitcher

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (33) / 10/4/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 229
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Joe Thatcher is not on the Angels' ALDS roster.
Vinnie Pestano will get the final bullpen spot instead. Thatcher allowed 13 hits and six earned runs in 6 1/3 innings this season for the Angels after being acquired in July from the Diamondbacks. Oct 2 - 1:48 PM

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Angels activated LHP Joe Thatcher from the 15-day disabled list.

Thatcher returns to join an incredibly deep and talented Angels bullpen. He provides another strong option from the left side.
Sep 12 - 7:58 PM

Joe Thatcher (ankle) is expected to return from the disabled list this weekend.

Thatcher met up with the Angels on Tuesday in Arlington, Texas and is scheduled to make a simulated appearance Wednesday. If that goes well, he could be activated on Friday. The left-hander has been on the shelf since August 3 because of a sprained ankle.
Sep 9 - 5:45 PM

Joe Thatcher (ankle) will meet up with the Angels on Tuesday in Arlington, Texas.

Thatcher is going to be evaluated by team doctors and will then either be activated or asked to throw a simulated game. The lefty has been on the disabled list since August 3 with a sprained ankle. He struggled in a rehab appearance Saturday at Double-A Arkansas.
Sep 8 - 11:09 AM

Joe Thatcher (ankle) will make a rehab appearance for Double-A Arkansas on Saturday night.

Thatcher has been on the disabled list since August 3 because of a sprained left ankle. He should be back in the Angels' bullpen at some point next week.
Sep 6 - 5:46 PM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday that Joe Thatcher (ankle) could be 7-10 days away from a return.

Thatcher had a setback last week when throwing off a mound, but the hope is that he's not far off. The left-hander has been on the shelf since early August with a sprained left ankle.
Sep 2 - 6:31 PM

Joe Thatcher (ankle) recently tried to throw off a mound but said "it didn’t go well."

Despite the setback, the veteran left-hander is still hoping to return in mid-September. He's been out since early August with a sprained left ankle. "My arm is in shape," he said, "so as soon as my ankle is ready, I’ll be ready to go. There’s no build-up process."
Aug 29 - 10:32 AM

Joe Thatcher (ankle) has begun running and hopes to throw a bullpen session on Saturday.

It's good news, though he's still at least a couple weeks away from a return. Thatcher has been sidelined since early August with a sprained left ankle.
Aug 25 - 6:48 PM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Monday that Joe Thatcher (ankle) is "still a ways away."

The lefty had been hoping to be activated for the start of this weekend's big series against the A's, but Scioscia said "that may be a little too aggressive." Thatcher has yet to throw off a mound since landing on the DL and it's sounding like the Halos might hold him back until rosters expand.
Aug 18 - 9:08 PM

Joe Thatcher (ankle) is expected to be sidelined 3-4 weeks.

An MRI confirmed that the left-hander has a ligament sprain in his left ankle. He'll probably be added when rosters expand in September.
Aug 4 - 7:02 PM

Angels placed LHP Joe Thatcher on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left ankle.

Thatcher suffered the injury during Saturday's game. He seems likely to be ready to go when his 15 days are up or shortly after.
Aug 3 - 11:01 AM

Angels skipper Mike Scioscia said reliever Joe Thatcher will hit the disabled list with an ankle sprain.

Thatcher left Saturday's game early after jamming the limb. The corresponding roster move won't be announced until tomorrow.
Aug 2 - 11:35 PM

Joe Thatcher left Saturday's game against the Angels with an ankle sprain.

The Angels acquired Thatcher at the beginning of July in their efforts to rework their bullpen. He allowed two singles before exiting the game in the fourth. For now, consider him day-to-day, though there's speculation on Twitter that the injury might lead to a DL stint.
Aug 2 - 10:13 PM

Angels acquired LHP Joe Thatcher and OF Tony Campana from the Diamondbacks for OF Zach Borenstein and RHP Joey Krehbiel.

The veteran southpaw makes for a nice addition to the Angels bullpen which was lacking in quality left-handed arms. He has done a nice job for the D’Backs this season, posting a 2.63 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 25/3 K/BB ratio over his 24 innings of work. Despite adding Thatcher and Jason Grilli this week, the Angels are rumored to still be in the market for further bullpen upgrades.
Jul 5 - 12:15 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Angels have agreed to a deal to acquire Joe Thatcher and Tony Campana from the Diamondbacks.

No word yet on the potential return package that the Diamondbacks would be receiving in the trade. There were rumblings late Friday that the Angels were interested in the veteran southpaw, and it appears as though they worked things out quickly. He'll add a much-needed left-handed weapon to manager Mike Scioscia's bullpen.
Jul 5 - 9:58 AM