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Brian Duensing | Relief Pitcher | #32

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (34) / 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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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. Mar 29 - 1:06 PM

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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.
Mar 12 - 4:34 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.
Mar 9 - 7:01 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.
Mar 9 - 5:49 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

Brian Duensing (elbow) won't be ready to come off the 60-day disabled list when first eligible.

That date is August 18 -- next Thursday. Duensing needed surgery in June to remove cartilage from his left elbow and is still in the early stages of his rehab.
Tue, Aug 9, 2016 09:01:00 PM

Orioles transferred LHP Brian Duensing from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Ariel Miranda. Duensin is out until at least August following surgery to remove cartilage from his left elbow.
Sun, Jul 3, 2016 03:03:00 PM

Orioles placed LHP Brian Duensing on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 20, with a left elbow injury.

Ashur Tolliver will take his spot in the bullpen. Duensing needs surgery to remove cartilage from his elbow and will likely be sidelined until early August.
Wed, Jun 22, 2016 03:06:00 PM

Brian Duensing is dealing with an elbow injury.

Dan Connolly of thinks it could be a disabled list thing, and Connolly suspects that Mike Wright will be called back up to take the vacant roster spot. Duensing has a 5.40 ERA in 6 2/3 innings with the Orioles since his June 2 promotion.
Tue, Jun 21, 2016 06:21:00 PM

Orioles purchased the contract of LHP Brian Duensing from Triple-A Norfolk.

Mike Wright was sent down in the corresponding roster move. Duensing hasn't allowed a run in three appearances for Norfolk this year. The Orioles signed Duensing last week after he opted out of his minor league deal with Kansas City. He'll be used as a lefty specialist out of the pen.
Thu, Jun 2, 2016 04:28:00 PM

Orioles signed LHP Brian Duensing to a minor league contract.

Duensing opted out of a minor league contract with the Royals last week after posting a 3.10 ERA over 12 outings with Triple-A Omaha. The 33-year-old will serve as minor league depth with his new organization.
Mon, May 23, 2016 05:03:00 PM

Brian Duensing has opted out of his minor league deal with the Royals.

Duensing exercised his opt-out clause after going 1-0 with a 3.10 ERA in 12 outings for Triple-A Omaha. The 33-year-old boasts 354 games of major league experience, all with Minnesota. Some bullpen-needy team will take a chance on him.
Mon, May 16, 2016 11:17:00 AM

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