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Clayton Richard | Relief Pitcher

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (32) / 9/12/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 240
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Michigan
Contract: view contract details

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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. Aug 5 - 4:07 PM

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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.
Aug 3 - 5:34 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.
Aug 2 - 5:41 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.
Aug 2 - 11:13 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.
Aug 1 - 4:30 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.
Jul 24 - 8:49 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.
Jul 22 - 10:36 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.
Jul 20 - 11:01 PM

Clayton Richard pitched well with a big lead in Saturday's win over the Marlins, tossing 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball.

Richard did surrender eight hits, but only two runs came in to score--one of which came on a Kris Bryant error in the fourth inning. It certainly helped that the Cubs jumped out to a 7-0 lead after two innings. Overall, he struck out four and walked one while picking up his first win with the Cubs since coming over from the Pirates' minor league system on July 3. Richard last pitched in the bigs back in 2013.
Jul 4 - 9:59 PM

Cubs acquired LHP Clayton Richard from the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations; purchased his contract from Triple-A Iowa.

Richard could have opted out of his deal, but instead the Pirates will get a little money to move him elsewhere. The veteran left-hander will start on Saturday versus the Marlins, as the Cubs have sent down Donn Roach. Richard hasn't pitched in the majors since 2013 but has had a nice year at Triple-A Indianapolis, posting a 2.09 ERA over nine starts. He struck out just 25 over 56 innings.
Jul 3 - 5:37 PM

Pirates signed LHP Clayton Richard to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Richard has dealt with a myriad of injuries over the last few seasons, having undergone AC joint surgery in the summer of 2013 and thoracic outlet surgery last offseason. He did not play in 2014. For his career, he has posted a 4.33 ERA and 480/266 K/BB ratio over 773+ innings.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Diamondbacks signed LHP Clayton Richard to a minor league contract.

He'll make a start for the Arizona League Diamondbacks this weekend. Richard underwent AC joint surgery last summer and thoracic outlet surgery over the offseason but is finally ready for game action again after a long rehab. He could possibly come up with the D'Backs in September if he looks good in the minors.
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 01:54:00 PM

Clayton Richard has elected free agency.

Richard had been outrighted off the Padres' 40-man roster. He was going to be non-tendered eventually, so it's just a matter of him hitting free agency sooner. The left-hander posted a 7.01 ERA over 52 2/3 innings this season before undergoing surgery to shave down part of his left clavicle. He's expected to be fine for spring training and should land in someone's rotation.
Mon, Oct 28, 2013 05:49:00 PM

Clayton Richard underwent successful left shoulder surgery on July 15.

Richard is expected to begin a throwing program in three months. The 29-year-old left-hander is entering his final year of arbitration and will likely be a non-tender candidate this offseason.
Sat, Jul 20, 2013 09:19:00 AM

Clayton Richard will undergo season-ending surgery to shave down part of his left clavicle.

The procedure is being done so that he doesn't encounter future problems with his acromioclavicular joint. The good news is that an MRI showed no damage to the AC joint in Richard's shoulder, and he should be fine for spring training next year. The left-hander is entering his final year of arbitration this winter and is probably a non-tender candidate.
Thu, Jul 11, 2013 11:54:00 PM