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Clayton Richard | Relief Pitcher | #33

Team: Chicago Cubs
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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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

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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

Cubs recalled LHP Clayton Richard from Triple-A Iowa.

He'll make a spot start Sunday before Dan Haren joins the rotation later this week. Richard holds a 5.40 ERA over 15 innings with the Cubs.
Sun, Aug 2, 2015 11:13:00 AM

Clayton Richard will start Sunday's game against the Brewers.

Richard won't be in the majors long as the Cubs are likely to option him back to Triple-A Iowa when Dan Haren joins the rotation sometime next week. Richard is 1-0 in three appearances for the Cubs this year with a disappointing 5.40 ERA.
Sat, Aug 1, 2015 04:30:00 PM

Cubs optioned LHP Clayton Richard to Triple-A Iowa.

Richard had to be designated for assignment earlier this week given his major league service time, but he had an option left so the Cubs are now using it after he cleared waivers. He'll stick around as depth.
Fri, Jul 24, 2015 08:49:00 AM

Cubs designated LHP Clayton Richard for assignment.

Richard allowed nine runs over 15 innings across three appearances -- two starts -- for the Cubs. They needed a fresh bullpen arm and have summoned Yoervis Medina in Richard's place.
Wed, Jul 22, 2015 10:36:00 AM

Clayton Richard gave up three runs in 5 2/3 innings, taking a no-decision in Monday's loss to the Reds.

Two of the runs came on solo home runs to Todd Frazier and Marlon Byrd, while the other scored on a wild pitch. Richard allowed four hits and a walk overall, but struck out only one batter. Despite solid results in two of three starts, Richard isn't a fantasy option considering how rarely he's able to miss bats. He starts versus the Phillies at home next.
Mon, Jul 20, 2015 11:01:00 PM

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