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Junichi Tazawa | Relief Pitcher | #25

Team: Miami Marlins
Age / DOB:  (31) / 6/6/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 208
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2008 / UDFA / BOS
Contract: view contract details

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Marlins activated RHP Junichi Tazawa from the 10-day disabled list.
Tazawa will return to the Marlins' bullpen Thursday after missing five weeks with rib cage inflammation. The 31-year-old right-hander has posted a disappointing 6.60 ERA in 16 relief appearances this season for Miami. Thu, Jun 22, 2017 02:20:00 PM

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Junichi Tazawa (ribs) allowed four earned runs on five hits while recording only two outs Tuesday in a rehab appearance with Double-A Jacksonville.

Tazawa pitched well Friday in his rehab debut at High-A Jupiter, but the wheels fell off for him on Tuesday at Double-A. The 31-year-old reliever will probably have to work on back-to-back days (with far better results) before the Marlins consider activating him. He had a brutal 6.60 ERA over his first 16 appearances this season with Miami.
Tue, Jun 13, 2017 09:49:00 PM

Junichi Tazawa (ribs) threw two scoreless innings Friday in a rehab appearance for High-A Jupiter.

He finished with two strikeouts while allowing just one hit. Tazawa has spent the past month battling a rib injury but could return to the Marlins' bullpen any day now. The 31-year-old has struggled this year, compiling a lethargic 6.60 ERA over 16 relief outings.
Fri, Jun 9, 2017 09:22:00 PM

Junichi Tazawa (rib cartilage inflammation) threw a bullpen session Monday.

Tazawa said through interpreter Allen Turner that he feels "great" and could begin a minor league rehab assignment at any time. Interestingly, Tazawa won't be able to begin a rehab stint until he finds a new interpreter, as Turner works with Ichiro Suzuki. Tazawa struggled to the tune of a 6.60 ERA through 16 appearances prior to hitting the DL with rib cartilage inflammation earlier this month.
Tue, May 30, 2017 12:43:00 PM

Marlins placed RHP Junichi Tazawa on the 10-day disabled list with rib cartilage inflammation.

Tazawa allowed a grand slam to Yulieski Gurriel in his last appearance out of the Marlins' bullpen, pushing his season ERA to 6.60. Maybe a bit of time off can act as a reset for the veteran setup man, who inked a two-year, $12 million free agent contract with Miami over the winter.
Wed, May 17, 2017 09:54:00 AM

Junichi Tazawa is headed to the 10-day disabled list, per's Joe Frisaro.

The exact injury is unknown, though Tazawa battled shoulder problems with the Red Sox in 2016. The veteran right-hander owns a brutal 6.60 ERA in 16 appearances this season out of the Marlins' bullpen. Bryan Ellington will be called up from Triple-A New Orleans in a corresponding 25-man roster move.
Tue, May 16, 2017 10:59:00 PM

Junichi Tazawa gave up a grand slam in the sixth inning Monday versus the Astros.

It was Yuli Gurriel who took him deep. Tazawa loaded the bases with a double, a walk, and a hit-by-pitch. The veteran right-hander holds a rough 6.60 ERA on the season.
Mon, May 15, 2017 10:16:00 PM

Marlins signed RHP Junichi Tazawa to a two-year, $12 million contract.

The deal was first reported Thursday and was officially announced Friday. The Marlins whiffed on luring a big-name free agent closer, so they've pivoted and are now targeting setup types like Tazawa. He's put up a 4.15 ERA over the last two seasons but boasts a 110/27 K/BB ratio over 108 1/3 innings during that time. The righty will help set up for A.J. Ramos.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 05:27:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins have signed free agent reliever Junichi Tazawa to a two-year contract.

The deal is worth $12 million total, per Rosenthal. The Marlins aimed high in free agency in hopes of building a "super bullpen," but they have pivoted in their approach now that Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen are off the board. Tazawa owns a 4.15 ERA over the last two season, but he has compiled 110 strikeouts with 27 walks in 108 1/3 innings during that time. He figures to operate as part of the bridge to closer A.J. Ramos with his new club.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 07:34:00 PM

Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday that the club is considering Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa.

We've heard about Uehara before, but Tazawa is a new name in regard to the Marlins. Ultimately, it's not surprising to hear he's in the mix, as the Marlins are targeting pitchers at all levels in the market. Tazawa, 30, posted a 4.17 ERA and 54/14 K/BB ratio over 49 2/3 innings this past season with Boston.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 10:06:00 AM

Red Sox activated RHP Junichi Tazawa from the 15-day disabled list.

Tazawa missed just a few days over the minimum with a right shoulder impingement. He'll return to a setup role for now but could potentially get some save chances while Craig Kimbrel (knee) and Koji Uehara (pectoral) are out if Brad Ziegler struggles.
Fri, Jul 22, 2016 12:26:00 PM

Junichi Tazawa (shoulder) hopes to be activated from the disabled list this Friday.

Tazawa made it through a simulated game Tuesday without issue and should get clearance to return Friday as long as he wakes up Wednesday with no abnormal discomfort. The veteran reliever has been on the disabled list since July 4 because of a shoulder impingement.
Tue, Jul 19, 2016 04:39:00 PM

Junichi Tazawa (shoulder) tossed a successful bullpen session on Friday afternoon.

Tazawa threw 25 pitches, all fastballs, and reported feeling good. Out since July 4 with a shoulder impingement, he is aiming to return to the Red Sox next week.
Fri, Jul 15, 2016 03:52:00 PM

Red Sox placed RHP Junichi Tazawa on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder impingement.

The move is retroactive to July 4, so Tazawa could return as early as Tuesday. Tazawa has had a so-so year out of the Red Sox pen, contributing a 3.62 ERA over 35 appearances. It's been a tough couple weeks for Red Sox relievers with Tazawa hurt and Craig Kimbrel out with a torn meniscus.
Thu, Jul 14, 2016 06:37:00 PM

Junichi Tazawa was unavailable on Friday due to shoulder discomfort.

The Red Sox were also without Craig Kimbrel who is dealing with a knee injury. Tazawa isn't scheduled to undergo an MRI at this time, so he should be considered day-to-day.
Fri, Jul 8, 2016 10:58:00 PM

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