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Clayton Richard | Relief Pitcher | #27

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (32) / 9/12/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 240
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Michigan
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 8 (0) / CWS
Contract: view contract details
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Clayton Richard held the Diamondbacks to two hits and two unearned runs but still got hit with a loss on Saturday.
Maybe he deserved a better fate, but both unearned runs scored due to his own throwing errors. He issued three free passes and punched out five in the game. His record falls to 0-3 with a 4.44 ERA. This was his second start after pitching 27 games in relief this year. He has a scary 18/15 K/BB ratio in 26 1/3 innings. Aug 21 - 12:09 AM

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Clayton Richard turned in a serviceable effort in Sunday's loss to the Mets, yielding two solo home runs over five innings.

Richard -- whom the Padres signed to a major league contract earlier in August after the Cubs designated him for assignment -- was making his first MLB start since August of 2015 (he has worked exclusively out of the bullpen this season). Against the Mets, he struck out two and walked three, surrendering three hits along the way. Two of those left the yard, courtesy of solo home runs by Wilmer Flores and Neil Walker in the second and fourth innings, respectively. Richard holds a 5.75 ERA and 1.97 WHIP in 20 1/3 innings and is not worth true fantasy attention. Up next on the docket, a home date with the Diamondbacks.
Aug 14 - 4:05 PM

Clayton Richard will start for the Padres on Sunday against the Mets.

San Diego is going to roll with a six-man rotation as a way to limit the innings of Luis Perdomo and Christian Friedrich. Richard was signed to a major league contract last week after getting pushed off the Cubs' 40-man roster. He owns a 6.46 ERA this season and hasn't started a game at the major league level since last August, so it might be wise to ignore the 32-year-old left-hander in fantasy leagues.
Aug 11 - 11:14 AM

Padres signed LHP Clayton Richard.

It's a major league contract. The Padres made room for Richard by designating left-handed reliever Matt Thornton for assignment. The Cubs released Richard last month after he posted a 6.43 ERA over 25 relief appearances. Before joining the Cubs, Richard spent five seasons with the Padres from 2009-2013.
Aug 6 - 5:56 PM

Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that the Padres have agreed to sign free agent left-hander Clayton Richard.

The veteran southpaw was released by the Cubs after being designated for assignment early in the week. It's unclear if he'll immediately join the big league club, or will spend time at Triple-A, but he'll certainly add depth to a depleted pitching staff, whether it be as a starter or reliever.
Aug 6 - 12:15 AM

Cubs designated LHP Clayton Richard for assignment.

The move clears a roster spot for Aroldis Chapman, who officially joined the Cubs on Tuesday. Richard had a 6.43 ERA in 25 appearances this season with Chicago.
Jul 26 - 4:29 PM

Cubs activated LHP Clayton Richard from the 15-day disabled list.

Richard wound up missing nearly four weeks because of a blister on his left middle finger. The lefty reliever returns Friday to an ugly 7.30 ERA and 2.19 WHIP.
Jul 15 - 11:09 AM

Clayton Richard (blister) struck out two batters in a scoreless inning Tuesday in a minor league rehab appearance with Triple-A Iowa.

It was his first appearance since being placed on the disabled list with a blister last week. It's unclear when he'll rejoin the Cubs. The southpaw has an ugly 7.30 ERA in 22 appearances this season.
Jun 29 - 9:00 AM

Clayton Richard (blister) has resumed a throwing program.

The blister on his left middle finger is no longer an issue and he's ready to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Iowa. Richard should be ready to return when his 15 days are up early next month. He's posted a 7.30 ERA and 2.19 WHIP in 22 appearances this season.
Jun 26 - 9:01 AM

Cubs placed LHP Clayton Richard on the 15-day disabled list with a blister.

Richard has a rough 7.30 ERA and 2.19 WHIP in 22 appearances this season out of the Cubs' bullpen. Maybe some time off and a rehab assignment will do him good.
Jun 21 - 5:27 PM

Clayton Richard retired Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the bottom of the 13th inning to secure his first save of the year in Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Brewers.

Nieuwenhuis was a career .174/.276/.228 hitter against lefties coming into Wednesday's contest, so Richard was the obvious choice in the 13th inning when the Brewers had two men on base with two outs. The southpaw worked the count full before getting Nieuwenhuis to ground out to second base, securing the one-run victory for the Cubs and his first career save. Richard has compiled a 6.00 ERA in six innings with a 4/3 K/BB ratio, so this will probably turn out to be his only moment of fantasy relevance in 2016.
May 19 - 1:23 AM

Cubs and LHP Clayton Richard avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2 million contract.

Richard had been inked on a minor league contract with the Cubs in August. They've re-upped with him for another year with a nice little raise. In 42 1/3 major league innings in 2015, the 32-year-old southpaw held a 3.83 ERA with a 1.27 WHIP and 22/7 K/BB ratio.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 08:57:00 PM

Cubs re-signed LHP Clayton Richard to a minor league contract; purchased his contract from Triple-A Iowa.

Richard elected free agency after being designated for assignment earlier this week, but he re-signed after Rafael Soriano (shoulder) went down. He'll work in long relief.
Wed, Aug 5, 2015 04:07:00 PM

Cubs designated LHP Clayton Richard for assignment.

Richard gets the pink slip despite tossing six innings of one-run ball in a spot start Sunday. The reality is that the Cubs just don't have room for him following the acquisition of Dan Haren. He's earned his spot as a depth option, though, assuming he clears waivers.
Mon, Aug 3, 2015 05:34:00 PM

Making a spot start against the Brewers on Sunday, Clayton Richard fired six innings of one-run ball.

Richard is only up for this start, as the Cubs needed a warm body in the rotation as they await the arrival of the recently acquired Dan Haren. He made the most of the opportunity, with the only run against him scoring on a Hernan Perez RBI ground out in the second inning. A return to Triple-A Iowa is imminent, but Richard could see additional spot duty depending on the future state of the Cub rotation. He holds a 4.29 ERA in 21 innings at the big league level this season.
Sun, Aug 2, 2015 05:41:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Derek Norris
2Christian Bethancourt
1B1Wil Myers
2B1Ryan Schimpf
2Adam Rosales
3Cory Spangenberg
4Jemile Weeks
SS1Alexei Ramirez
2Luis Sardinas
3B1Yangervis Solarte
2Brett Wallace
3Alexi Amarista
LF1Alex Dickerson
2Patrick Kivlehan
CF1Travis Jankowski
2Jon Jay
RF1Jabari Blash
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Tyson Ross
2Christian Friedrich
3Luis Perdomo
4Jarred Cosart
5Edwin Jackson
6Paul Clemens
7Erik Johnson
8Robbie Erlin
9Colin Rea
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brandon Maurer
2Brad Hand
3Carlos Villanueva
4Keith Hessler
5Jon Edwards
6Jose Dominguez
7Brandon Morrow
8Kevin Quackenbush
9Buddy Baumann
10Carter Capps