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Michael Kirkman | Relief Pitcher

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/18/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
Contract: view contract details

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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. Sep 2 - 2:25 PM

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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.
Apr 1 - 2:43 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.
Mar 28 - 3:09 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

Rangers transferred LHP Michael Kirkman from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disables list.

Kirkman has experienced a recurrence of the cancer near his right triceps muscle and is sidelined indefinitely.
Wed, Jun 12, 2013 04:18:00 PM

Rangers placed LHP Michael Kirkman on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 7, with cutaneous lymphoma.

It's a recurrence of cancer in his right triceps area that he was originally diagnosed with last January. Kirkman should ultimately be fine, but he figures to be sidelined for a while in order to receive treatment. Kyle McClellan took his spot on the roster.
Sun, Jun 9, 2013 10:23:00 AM

Michael Kirkman will start against the Angels in Wednesday's Cactus League game.

Meanwhile, Nick Tepesch will pitch on the minor league side. The Rangers haven't made a decision about who will be their fifth starter, but it's clear that they haven't given up on Kirkman as a possibility. They are also scouting Dodgers' pitchers Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang, but the expectation is that they'll settle on an internal candidate.
Tue, Mar 26, 2013 12:08:00 PM

Rangers GM Jon Daniels said that Michael Kirkman is a "possibility" to open the season in the starting rotation.

Kirkman hasn't allowed a run in five Cactus League appearances and could join Robbie Ross, Justin Grimm and Nick Tepesch as a candidate for the final spot in the Rangers' rotation. He pitched three perfect innings in a loss to the Mariners on Sunday and has retired 26 of 29 batters he's faced this spring.
Sun, Mar 17, 2013 11:17:00 PM

Michael Kirkman tossed 2/3 of a scoreless inning in his return to the mound Saturday.

Kirkman left his last appearance before the All-star break with a strained quad, but it's no longer an issue.
Sun, Jul 15, 2012 04:22:00 AM

Michael Kirkman left Sunday's game against the Twins in the 10th inning with a mild strain of his left quadriceps.

He injured himself while running to cover first base. The 25-year-old right-hander will have several days to rest with the All-Star break upon us.
Sun, Jul 8, 2012 11:24:00 PM

Michael Kirkman will not require any more treatments for skin cancer.

Good news. Kirkman was diagnosed with a form of skin cancer in January, but he received his last treatment on Thursday. The 25-year-old right-hander has two shutout frames with the Rangers since being recalled from the minors 10 days ago.
Fri, Jun 22, 2012 05:45:00 PM

Rangers recalled LHP Michael Kirkman from Triple-A Round Rock.

He'll replace the injured Alexi Ogando (groin) on the active roster. Kirkman, 25, has a 5.25 ERA in eight starts and seven relief appearances at the Triple-A level this year. He was diagnosed with a form of skin cancer in January, but is expected to make a full recovery.
Tue, Jun 12, 2012 12:16:00 PM

Michael Kirkman was diagnosed with a form of skin cancer in January.

Kirkman is allowed to participate in full baseball activity while undergoing treatment and is expected to make a full recovery. The 25-year-old left-hander has made 29 appearances in the majors over the past two seasons and has a 6.68 ERA and 33/24 K/BB ratio over 31 innings as a starter and reliever this year with Triple-A Round Rock.
Mon, May 21, 2012 05:44:00 PM

Rangers optioned LHP Michael Kirkman to Triple-A Round Rock.

Kirkman yielded 18 hits and 13 runs in 13 1/3 innings this spring, pitching his way out of an Opening Day bullpen job. But he should be up at some point this summer.
Sat, Mar 31, 2012 06:56:00 PM

Michael Kirkman continued to struggle this spring, surrendering four runs (three earned) on five hits in 1 1/3 innings Sunday against the Angels.

The reliever gave up the lead in the eighth inning, and then gave up another lead in the ninth to lose the game. "Today he just wasn't very good," said Rangers manager Ron Washington. "He left too many balls up ... He's been on-and-off [in spring training]." Kirkman pitched poorly after a September call-up last season, and now sports an 8.71 ERA and 1.74 WHIP through 10 1/3 spring frames.
Mon, Mar 26, 2012 06:24:00 AM

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