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Michael Kirkman | Relief Pitcher

Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/18/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Brewers signed LHP Michael Kirkman to a minor league contract.
Kirkman was unable to make the Rangers' Opening Day roster after dealing with some shoulder issues in spring training. He appears to be healthy now and will give the Brewers some left-handed relief depth in the minors. Apr 22 - 12:02 PM

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Rangers released LHP Michael Kirkman.

Kirkman, a non-roster invitee this spring, dealt with some shoulder soreness early on in camp and made two appearances in Cactus League action. The 28-year-old spent most of last season in Triple-A and will attempt to late on elsewhere.
Mar 17 - 11:04 AM

Michael Kirkman (shoulder) felt only normal soreness during a bullpen session Wednesday.

It's not clear when Kirkman will be ready for game action, but it appears he's nearly back on track after missing some time with shoulder soreness. He's in camp with the Rangers as a non-roster invitee.
Mar 6 - 10:02 AM

Michael Kirkman (shoulder) is scheduled to throw his first bullpen session of the spring on Wednesday.

Good news for Kirkman, who has fallen behind the other pitchers in camp due to an impingement in the back of his left shoulder. The 28-year-old southpaw was non-tendered by the Rangers in December, but he's in camp this spring as a non-roster invitee.
Mar 4 - 10:04 AM

Michael Kirkman (shoulder) is not yet symptom-free and remains limited to flat-ground work.

Kirkman is dealing with an impingement in his left shoulder. That he's able to do any throwing at all is obviously positive, but the Rangers will feel better about his status once he's able to throw from the bump again with no problems.
Mar 2 - 6:27 PM

Michael Kirkman (shoulder) will play catch Wednesday.

Kirkman was shut down last week due to an impingement in the back of his left shoulder, but he's making progress. The 28-year-old southpaw was non-tendered by the Rangers in December, but he's in camp this spring as a non-roster invitee and will attempt to win a bullpen job if healthy.
Feb 25 - 11:31 AM

Michael Kirkman (shoulder) continues to feel improvement.

Kirkman was shut down last week due to an impingement in the back of his left shoulder, but he could be able to throw as soon as Wednesday or Thursday. The 28-year-old is in camp with the Rangers on a minor league deal and hopes to win a bullpen job this spring.
Feb 24 - 11:16 AM

Michael Kirkman (shoulder) is aiming to resume his spring throwing program in a couple of days.

Kirkman was shut down last week due to an impingement in the back of his left shoulder. He showed significant improvement Monday. "My range of motion is a lot better than a few days ago," said the right-hander. "It's almost back to normal. It may be normal." Kirkman, 28, is hoping to win a spot in the Rangers' Opening Day bullpen.
Feb 23 - 3:41 PM

Michael Kirkman won't throw for the next week due to a sore left shoulder.

It sounds like it's probably just some typical early-spring soreness, but the Rangers want to be safe. Kirkman re-signed with the Rangers on a minor league deal this winter after being non-tendered.
Feb 22 - 11:35 AM

Rangers re-signed LHP Michael Kirkman to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Kirkman was non-tendered earlier this week. Control has been an issue for the 28-year-old, but he has good velocity from the left side and has struck out nearly a batter per inning in his major league career.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 12:04:00 PM

Rangers non-tendered LHP Michael Kirkman.

The Rangers never developed trust in Kirkman even though he's a lefty who throws in the mid-90s and who has struck out a batter per inning during his career. Control has often been an issue, and he holds a 4.98 ERA over 94 appearances, but someone will take a shot on the 28-year-old.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 10:42:00 PM

Rangers purchased the contract of LHP Michael Kirkman from Triple-A Round Rock.

Kirkman was booted off the Rangers' 40-man roster at the end of March, but he's back after posting a 4.47 ERA with 62 strikeouts and 29 walks over 54 1/3 innings this season in Triple-A. He figures to pitch in middle relief.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 02:25:00 PM

Rangers sent LHP Michael Kirkman outright to Triple-A Round Rock.

Kirkman was designated for assignment last Friday and cleared waivers without being claimed. The 27-year-old owns a 5.17 ERA and 1.48 WHIP across 82 appearances at the major league level and will serve as pitching depth in the minors.
Tue, Apr 1, 2014 02:43:00 PM

Rangers designated LHP Michael Kirkman for assignment.

The move was made in order to clear room on the 40-man roster for Chris Gimenez. Kirkman was once a pretty nice prospect but holds a career 5.17 ERA and 1.48 WHIP across 82 appearances at the big league level. However, he's also struck out a batter per inning and as a lefty that can throw in the mid-90s, he'll get a shot somewhere.
Fri, Mar 28, 2014 03:09:00 PM

Rangers activated LHP Michael Kirkman from the 60-day disabled list.

Kirkman has been sidelined since early June after he experienced a recurrence of cancer near his right triceps muscle. The 26-year-old lefty posted an 8.18 ERA, 2.32 WHIP and 25/15 K/BB ratio over 22 innings with the Rangers before hitting the DL.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 12:27:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
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2Martin Maldonado
1B1Adam Lind
2B1Scooter Gennett
2Hector Gomez
3Hernan Perez
SS1Jean Segura
LF1Khris Davis
RF1Ryan Braun
2Shane Peterson
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PosRoleName
S1Kyle Lohse
2Matt Garza
3Wily Peralta
4Jimmy Nelson
5Taylor Jungmann
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Jeremy Jeffress
3Will Smith
4Michael Blazek
5Neal Cotts
6Corey Knebel
7Tyler Thornburg
8Preston Guilmet
9Brandon Kintzler