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Brian Duensing | Relief Pitcher | #32

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (35) / 2/22/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Nebraska
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 3 (0) / MIN
Contract: view contract details

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Cubs placed LHP Brian Duensing on the bereavement list.
He can be away for 3-7 games. Rob Zastryzny has taken Duensing's spot in the bullpen. Jun 18 - 5:02 PM

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Brian Duensing pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Mets to pick up a save.

It's the first save of the season for Duensing, and just the third save of his career in 462 appearances. The southpaw took advantage of the left-handed portion of the lineup, and he allowed just one hit. Even with a 1.93 ERA, Duensing doesn't miss enough bats or get enough chances to close out games to have much fantasy value.
Jun 3 - 3:46 PM

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Brian Duensing turned down a larger contract from the Athletics before signing with the Cubs.

He reportedly turned down more than $3 million more before inking his two-year, $7 million pact with the Cubs. What this indicates, is that the A's are still in the market for bullpen help, preferably from the left side.
Jan 28 - 5:05 PM

Cubs re-signed LHP Brian Duensing to a two-year, $7 million contract.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported news of the signing last week and it's now official. The southpaw was a useful part of the Cubs' bullpen last season, compiling a 2.74 ERA and 61/18 K/BB ratio over 62 1/3 innings. He turns 35 in February.
Jan 22 - 12:06 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cubs have re-signed Brian Duensing to a two-year, $7 million contract.

It's a relatively inexpensive deal for a guy who registered a 2.74 ERA and 61/18 K/BB ratio over 62 1/3 innings of relief last season. Heyman says Duensing had more lucrative offers from other teams "but liked the Cubs experience so much he wanted to return." The 34-year-old will continue operating as a lefty specialist for the reigning National League Central champs.
Jan 17 - 9:47 AM

Cubs activated LHP Brian Duensing from the 10-day disabled list.

Duensing got a late start to the season because of back spasms. He's taking Carl Edwards Jr.'s (bereavement) spot in the bullpen.
Fri, Apr 14, 2017 11:17:00 AM

Cubs placed LHP Brian Duensing on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to March 30 with lower back spasms.

He dealt with back issues for the bulk of camp. Duensing could be ready sometime in April.
Sun, Apr 2, 2017 12:31:00 PM

Brian Duensing (back) will begin the season on the disabled list.

Duensing has been dealing with a back issue for a couple of weeks and will require some more time. The Cubs signed the southpaw to a one-year, $2 million deal over the winter.
Wed, Mar 29, 2017 01:06:00 PM

Brian Duensing (back) threw off flat ground for the second straight day on Sunday and said that he's now pain free.

He was forced to leave Thursday's outing due to tightness in his lower back but is now feeling much better. The veteran left-hander is expected to crack the club's Opening Day bullpen.
Sun, Mar 12, 2017 04:34:00 PM

Brian Duensing left Thursday's game against the Mariners with tightness in his lower back.

Duensing was charged with four earned runs on a walk, four singles, and a double in the top of the ninth inning. He got only one out. The veteran southpaw will be examined by the Cubs' medical staff on Friday morning.
Thu, Mar 9, 2017 07:01:00 PM

Brian Duensing left a Cactus League appearance Thursday versus the Mariners after suffering an apparent injury.

Duensing had allowed three runs on a walk, four singles, and a double in the top of the ninth inning before exiting stage right with a trainer. There should be an update from the Cubs after the game. The veteran southpaw signed a one-year, $2 million free agent contract with Chicago in early December.
Thu, Mar 9, 2017 05:49:00 PM

Cubs signed LHP Brian Duensing to a one-year, $2 million contract.

It's a little surprising he was able to land a major league contract, as Duensing hasn't been very good the last two seasons (4.21 ERA, 34/24 K/BB ratio over 62 relief innings) and last year had elbow issues. Nevertheless, he'll be part of the Cubs' left-handed relief corps in 2017.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 05:49:00 PM

Orioles activated RHP Brian Duensing from the 60-day disabled list.

Duensing will be available out of the O's bullpen on Monday afternoon against the Rays after missing the last few months with an elbow injury. The left-hander owns a 5.40 ERA in 6 2/3 innings this season at the MLB level.
Mon, Sep 5, 2016 11:05:00 AM

Brian Duensing (elbow) will be activated from the disabled list on Monday.

Duensing has been since mid-June with a sore pitching elbow, but he's allowed just one run over nine rehab innings to show the Orioles he's ready to go. The lefty is on the 60-day DL, so the O's will need to make a 40-man roster move in order to activate him.
Sun, Sep 4, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Brian Duensing (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League on Monday.

It's unclear how many rehab appearances he'll need before being activated. Duensing has been out since mid-June with a sore pitching elbow.
Fri, Aug 19, 2016 04:36:00 PM

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R1Brandon Morrow
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