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Joe Thatcher | Relief Pitcher

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (33) / 10/4/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 230
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Astros signed LHP Joe Thatcher to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
He'll earn $1 million if he makes the roster (which shouldn't be an issue as long as he's healthy) with an addition $1.3 million available in incentives. Thatcher is a prototypical LOOGY, as he's pitched under 40 innings each of the last five seasons. He's good at what he does, though, boasting a career 3.40 ERA and 244/79 K/BB ratio over 238 innings while holding lefties to a .230/.289/.351 batting line. Feb 13 - 12:38 PM

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One source told Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle that they believe the Astros will sign Joe Thatcher to a minor league contract.

However, another source was more "cautious" about predicting Thatcher would sign with Houston. It's hard to believe the lefty reliever would have to settle for a minor league deal, as Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reported earlier Thursday that Thatcher was in talks with 10-plus teams. He held a 3.86 ERA and 27/4 K/BB ratio in 30 1/3 innings last season.
Feb 12 - 9:31 PM

According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, free agent Joe Thatcher is in talks with 10-plus clubs, including the Mets, Astros, Athletics, and Rangers.

Thatcher is expected to settle with a team soon. The 33-year-old left-hander posted a cool 3.86 ERA and 27/4 K/BB ratio in 30 1/3 innings last season between the Diamondbacks and Angels. With so much interest, he shouldn't have to settle for a minor league contract.
Feb 12 - 2:44 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that five-plus teams are in on Joe Thatcher.

Cotillo adds that while there's plenty of interest, "no signing is imminent." Thatcher is coming off a fine season, having put up a 3.86 ERA and 27/4 K/BB ratio across 30 1/3 innings. The 33-year-old is likely to require only a one-year contract.
Jan 30 - 5:59 PM

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.
Thu, Oct 2, 2014 01:48:00 PM

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.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 07:58:00 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.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 05:45:00 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.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 11:09:00 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.
Sat, Sep 6, 2014 05:46:00 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.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 06:31:00 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."
Fri, Aug 29, 2014 10:32:00 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.
Mon, Aug 25, 2014 06:48:00 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.
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 09:08:00 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.
Mon, Aug 4, 2014 07:02:00 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.
Sun, Aug 3, 2014 11:01:00 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jason Castro
2Hank Conger
3Max Stassi
1B1Chris Carter
2Jon Singleton
3Dan Johnson
2B1Jose Altuve
2Ronald Torreyes
SS1Jed Lowrie
2Marwin Gonzalez
3Jonathan Villar
4Gregorio Petit
3B1Luis Valbuena
2Matt Dominguez
LF1Jake Marisnick
2L.J. Hoes
CF1Colby Rasmus
2Alex Presley
RF1George Springer
2Robbie Grossman
DH1Evan Gattis
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Scott Feldman
2Dallas Keuchel
3Collin McHugh
4Brett Oberholtzer
5Dan Straily
6Brad Peacock
7Roberto Hernandez
8Vince Velasquez
9Michael Feliz
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Luke Gregerson
2Pat Neshek
3Chad Qualls
4Josh Fields
5Tony Sipp
6Will Harris
7Samuel Deduno
8Kevin Chapman
9Joe Thatcher
10Darin Downs
11James Hoyt
12Jason Stoffel