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Mark Hamburger | Relief Pitcher

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/5/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 195
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Mark Hamburger has excelled through his first three outings of the Venezuelan Winter League season, tossing six scoreless innings while allowing just one hit.
Hamburger has also walked four and punched out four. He pitched very well for the independent league St. Paul Saints in 2013, but will have to serve a 50 game suspension for testing positive for a drug of abuse before he's able to contribute to the Twins. Sat, Oct 19, 2013 01:49:00 PM

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Twins signed RHP Mark Hamburger to a minor league contract.

In February, Hamburger was suspended for 50 games for testing positive for a drug of abuse. The Astros released him and he didn't latch on with a team until now, so Hamburger will now serve his sentence. "You have a choice: You either take him at his word or not," Brad Steil, the Twins' director of minor league operations, said. "I know he's made some changes in his life and he's looking forward to getting back with an affiliated club. I think he's earned a second chance, so to speak." The 6-foot-4, 195-pounder had been hitting 95 on the gun with the independent St. Paul Saints.
Wed, Sep 4, 2013 09:05:00 AM

Mark Hamburger has been suspended for 50 games for testing positive for a drug of abuse.

The suspension was not related to performance-enhancing drugs. Hamburger, a 26-year-old right-hander, was released by the Astros earlier this month.
Mon, Feb 25, 2013 04:32:00 PM

Astros released RHP Mark Hamburger.

Hamburger spent all of 2012 at Triple-A with three different organizations, posting an ugly 6.20 ERA over 43 appearances. He'll now look to catch on elsewhere.
Sun, Feb 17, 2013 01:27:00 PM

Astros sent RHP Mark Hamburger outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Hamburger passed through waivers last week. The 25-year-old has a 4.17 ERA this season at the Triple-A level.
Mon, Sep 3, 2012 01:57:00 PM

Astros claimed RHP Mark Hamburger off waivers from the Padres; assigned him to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

It's the second time Hamburger has been twice claimed off waivers. He'll continue to serve as organizational pitching depth.
Sat, Jul 21, 2012 04:05:00 PM

Padres designated RHP Mark Hamburger for assignment.

The Padres activated outfielder Jeremy Hermida from the 60-day disabled list on Thursday and optioned him to Triple-A Tucson, so Hamburger was cleared to make room on the 40-man roster. The 25-year-old right-hander was claimed off waivers from the Rangers late last month posted an ugly 7.50 ERA in five appearances with the Padres' Triple-A affiliate. There's a chance he could stick around.
Thu, Jul 19, 2012 07:40:00 PM

Padres claimed RHP Mark Hamburger off waivers from the Rangers; optioned him to Triple-A Tucson.

Hamburger was designated for assignment by the Rangers over the weekend to clear a 40-man roster spot for Roy Oswalt. The 25-year-old right-hander had a rough 6.55 ERA in 45 1/3 innings this year at Triple-A Round Rock.
Mon, Jun 25, 2012 03:47:00 PM

Rangers designated RHP Mark Hamburger for assignment.

He was cleared in order to make room for Roy Oswalt on the 40-man roster. Hamburger has an ugly 6.55 ERA and 37/21 K/BB ratio over 45 1/3 innings this season with Triple-A Round Rock. There's a decent chance he'll pass through waivers unclaimed.
Fri, Jun 22, 2012 04:49:00 PM

Rangers optioned RHP Mark Hamburger to Triple-A Round Rock.

The Rangers also reassigned right-hander Sean Green to minor league camp. Hamburger posted a 4.50 ERA and an ugly 1/6 K/BB ratio over 10 innings this spring. He'll continue to serve as relief depth in the minor leagues.
Mon, Mar 26, 2012 08:15:00 PM

Mark Hamburger and Michael Kirkman will not be on the ALDS roster against the Rays.

This means at least one of Yoshinori Tateyama, Scott Feldman and Darren O'Day will make the roster. Hamburger and Kirkman are being sent to the instructional league to stay sharp, so they could return if the Rangers advance to the ALCS.

Rangers purchased the contract of RHP Mark Hamburger from Triple-A Round Rock.

The Rangers still have to clear a spot for him on the 40-man roster. Hamburger, who was originally acquired from the Twins in the Eddie Guardado deal in 2008, posted a 3.39 ERA and 70/25 K/BB ratio over 82 1/3 innings this season between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock. He'll pitch in a middle relief role.
Tue, Aug 30, 2011 04:50:00 PM

Rangers acquired RHP Mark Hamburger from the Twins in exchange for LHP Eddie Guardado.

The 21-year-old was originally signed by the Twins at an open tryout, and has had been in the rookie Appalachian League, where he was 1-2 with a 4.17 ERA and 13 saves this season. He was named the league's closer of the year. To maintain some perspective: Hamburger spent the offseason working as a server at Champps, a hamburger joint.
Mon, Aug 25, 2008 03:57:00 PM

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