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Tommy Hunter | Relief Pitcher | #40

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (31) / 7/3/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 250
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Alabama
Drafted: 2007 / Supplemental (Rd. 1) / TEX
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Phillies activated RHP Tommy Hunter from the 10-day disabled list.
Hunter has been out all season with a strained right hamstring, but he made a couple scoreless rehab appearances and is ready to roll. The veteran reliever will help set up. Apr 22 - 10:04 AM

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Tommy Hunter (hamstring) threw 1 1/3 innings in his minor league rehab debut Tuesday with High-A Clearwater.

Hunter allowed a hit and a walk but no runs, exiting after 21 pitches. He is expected to make one or two more rehab appearances before joining the Phillies' bullpen. The 31-year-old setup man signed a two-year, $18 million contract with Philly in December after posting a 2.61 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 64/14 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings last season with the Rays.
Apr 17 - 8:45 PM

Tommy Hunter (hamstring) is scheduled to make a rehab appearance Tuesday night with High-A Clearwater.

Hunter made it through an extended spring training appearance this weekend without issue. It sounds like he could join the Phillies' bullpen after two or three outings on the farm. The 31-year-old right-hander signed a two-year, $18 million free agent contract with Philadelphia in December after posting a 2.61 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 64/14 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings last season with the Rays.
Apr 17 - 6:32 PM

Tommy Hunter (hamstring) will pitch in an extended spring training game Saturday.

He should be ready for an official rehab assignment after that if all goes well. Hunter has been out all season with a strained right hamstring.
Apr 13 - 4:58 PM

Tommy Hunter (hamstring) was able to go through pitchers fielding practice on Wednesday.

It's a positive sign that the 31-year-old reliever will be able to begin his rehab assignment soon. He suffered the injury near the end of spring training, so he shouldn't need too much rehab time before he's back in the Philadelphia bullpen.
Apr 11 - 4:05 PM

Phillies placed RHP Tommy Hunter on the 10-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain.

Hunter suffered the hamstring strain near the end of camp. It's thought to be fairly minor, so he could be ready to join the Philadelphia bullpen sometime during the second week of the regular season. The 31-year-old right-hander signed a two-year, $18 million free agent contract with the Phils in December.
Mar 29 - 9:26 AM

Tommy Hunter will begin the season on the disabled list due to a mild hamstring strain.

It doesn't sound like a long-term issue, but the Phillies want to play it safe early in the season. Hunter joined the Phillies over the winter on a two-year, $18 million deal. He should pitch in a set-up capacity once he's ready.
Mar 26 - 4:46 PM

Phillies signed RHP Tommy Hunter to a two-year, $18 million contract.

The deal was first reported Tuesday and is now official. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick says a "significant portion" of the $18 million Hunter will receive comes in the form of a signing bonus. The veteran reliever had a nice bounce-back 2017 season, posting a 2.61 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 64/14 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings with the Rays. He'll help set up for Hector Neris.
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 12:50:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic hears that Tommy Hunter's new two-year deal with the Phillies will be in the $18 million range.

It's just a little bit more than the Phillies have reportedly committed to Pat Neshek. Hunter registered a strong 2.61 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 64/14 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings with the Rays in 2017. He carries some durability concerns, but the 31-year-old right-hander has been a very effective reliever when healthy.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 10:29:00 PM

Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Phillies are moving toward an agreement with free agent reliever Tommy Hunter.

Gelb adds that the Phillies do not have a deal in place with Addison Reed, contrary to multiple reports. It sounds like their primary target was Hunter all along. The 31-year-old right-hander registered an excellent 2.61 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 64/14 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings with the Rays in 2017. Joel Sherman of the New York Post says it'll be a two-year deal.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 08:32:00 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times is hearing that Tommy Hunter has either signed with the Astros or Dodgers.

Topkin received that information from a source with a "non-involved" team. Hunter, 31, posted a strong 2.61 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 64/14 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings with the Rays in 2017, holding opposing hitters to a stingy .202/.254/.333 batting line. There should be something official soon.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 07:30:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Tommy Hunter is on the Mets' radar.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post first connected Hunter to the Mets earlier Monday and Newsday's Marc Carig has said the reliever is a "prime target" for the team. It sounds like something could come together quickly between the two sides. Hunter had a nice bounce-back season with the Rays in 2017, posting a 2.61 ERA and 64/14 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 08:29:00 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets are more likely to target relievers like Tommy Hunter, Steve Cishek, and Anthony Swarzak.

In other words, the Mets don't want to give a three-year deal to the top-of-the-market options like Addison Reed and Bryan Shaw. Instead, Sherman hears that the Mets would prefer to follow what the Cubs did with Brandon Morrow and give two years with a higher annual average value. Hunter, Cishek, and Swarzak aren't big names, but they are all coming off excellent seasons.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 11:21:00 AM

Rays activated RHP Tommy Hunter from the 10-day disabled list.

Hunter will be available out of the Rays' bullpen for Thursday afternoon's series finale against the Angels after missing a full month with a right calf strain. The right-hander had a 1.08 ERA over his first 10 relief appearances this season for Tampa Bay.
Thu, May 25, 2017 09:48:00 AM

Tommy Hunter (calf) allowed two runs on three hits in a one-inning rehab appearance Tuesday with High-A Charlotte.

Not the greatest results, but Hunter reported feeling fine and if he pitches a little better in his next rehab outing the Rays could go ahead and activate him. The right-hander had a 1.08 ERA in 10 relief appearances for Tampa Bay before straining his right calf in late April while rushing to cover first base.
Tue, May 23, 2017 07:14:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jorge Alfaro
2Andrew Knapp
1B1Carlos Santana
2B1Cesar Hernandez
2Jesmuel Valentin
SS1J.P. Crawford
2Scott Kingery
3Pedro Florimon
3B1Maikel Franco
LF1Rhys Hoskins
CF1Odubel Herrera
RF1Aaron Altherr
2Nick Williams
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Aaron Nola
2Jake Arrieta
3Jerad Eickhoff
4Vince Velasquez
5Nick Pivetta
6Zach Eflin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Neris
2Tommy Hunter
3Pat Neshek
4Luis Garcia
5Adam Morgan
6Edubray Ramos
7Victor Arano
8Drew Hutchison
9Seranthony Dominguez
10Jake Thompson