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Duke Welker | Relief Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (28) / 2/10/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Pirates released RHP Duke Welker.
He had been designated for assignment last week and is now out of the organization. Welker, 28, had Tommy John surgery in June. Jul 14 - 7:29 PM

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Pirates designated RHP Duke Welker for assignment.

Welker had Tommy John surgery in June, and the Pirates needed the 40-man roster spot for Matt Hague. Welker will likely remain with the organization, and he should be back on the mound by the middle of 2015.
Jul 9 - 8:53 PM

Duke Welker underwent Tommy John surgery Thursday.

Welker had posted a 4.91 ERA over nine relief appearances this season at Triple-A Indianapolis. He'll be sidelined until around midseason next year.
Jun 6 - 1:32 PM

Pirates optioned RHP Duke Welker to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Welker was roughed up for six runs over 5 1/3 frames this spring. He'll provide depth in the minors.
Mar 14 - 8:39 AM

Pirates acquired RHP Duke Welker from the Twins in exchange for LHP Kris Johnson.

Pittsburgh shipped Welker to Minnesota in September as part of the Justin Morneau trade, but now the 27-year-old right-hander is back with the team that selected him in the second round of the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft. Welker had a 3.57 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 63 innings this past summer at Triple-A. He's a decent relief prospect.
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 05:05:00 PM

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Twins have returned Duke Welker to the Pirates.

Welker was acquired by Minnesota in September to complete the Justin Morneau trade, but now he's headed back to Pittsburgh. Passan says it's unclear at this point what the Twins will receive in return. Welker, 27, posted a 3.57 ERA and 65/31 K/BB ratio in 63 innings this past summer for the Pirates' Triple-A affiliate.
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 04:56:00 PM

Twins acquired RHP Duke Welker from the Pirates to complete the Justin Morneau trade.

Welker made two scoreless appearances for the Pirates earlier this season and put up a 3.48 ERA with over a strikeout per inning at the Triple-A level. He could carve out a role as a middle reliever in Minnesota.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 11:35:00 AM

Pirates optioned RHP Duke Welker to Triple-A Indianapolis.

He was sent down to make room for Jeanmar Gomez's return from the disabled list. Welker tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings over two appearances during his brief stint with the big club.
Wed, Jun 26, 2013 12:12:00 PM

Pirates recalled RHP Duke Welker from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Welker spent three days in the majors earlier this season but did not make an appearance. The right-hander will serve as middle relief depth for the Pirates.
Thu, Jun 20, 2013 11:20:00 AM

Pirates optioned RHP Duke Welker to Triple-A Indianapolis.

The Pirates had to clear a roster spot for Francisco Liriano's return from the DL, so Welker will be sent down. He failed to appear in a game during his brief callup.
Sat, May 11, 2013 10:21:00 AM

Pirates recalled RHP Duke Welker from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Welker has allowed just one unearned run over 16 innings of work this season while posting a 16/8 K/BB ratio. He'll provide a fresh arm for the bullpen.
Wed, May 8, 2013 10:06:00 AM

Pirates recalled RHP Duke Welker from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Welker put together a nice year between Double- and Triple-A this season, posting a 2.29 ERA over 41 appearances. He'll have a shot at a bullpen spot next spring.
Fri, Oct 5, 2012 09:08:00 AM

Pirates optioned RHP Duke Welker to Double-A Altoona.

Welker tossed one scoreless inning in his only appearance this spring. The 26-year-old right-hander was added to the 40-man roster in November after posting a 2.76 ERA and 50/26 K/BB ratio over 62 innings as a reliever last season between High-A Bradenton and Double-A Altoona. Baseball America did not include him among the organization's Top 30 prospects over the winter.
Thu, Mar 15, 2012 09:02:00 AM

Pirates purchased the contract of RHP Duke Welker from Double-A Altoona.

Welker, who turns 26 in February, compiled a 2.76 ERA and 50/26 K/BB ratio over 62 innings as a reliever this season between High-A Bradenton and Double-A Altoona. The 2007 second-round pick has made some encouraging strides with his command, so the Pirates are hoping he has finally turned a corner.
Sat, Nov 19, 2011 01:26:00 AM

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