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Michael Kirkman | Relief Pitcher

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/18/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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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

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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

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.
Source: MLBlogs.com
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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Robinson Chirinos
2Carlos Corporan
3Chris Gimenez
4Tomas Telis
5Jorge Alfaro
1B1Prince Fielder
2B1Rougned Odor
2Jurickson Profar
3Tommy Field
4Elliot Johnson
SS1Elvis Andrus
2Hanser Alberto
3B1Adrian Beltre
2Ed Lucas
LF1Nate Schierholtz
2Ryan Rua
3Jake Smolinski
4Ryan Ludwick
5Michael Choice
CF1Leonys Martin
2Delino DeShields Jr.
3Antoan Richardson
RF1Shin-Soo Choo
2Carlos Peguero
DH1Mitch Moreland
2Kyle Blanks
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yu Darvish
2Derek Holland
3Yovani Gallardo
4Colby Lewis
5Ross Detwiler
6Nick Martinez
7Nick Tepesch
8Matt Harrison
9Martin Perez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Neftali Feliz
2Shawn Tolleson
3Tanner Scheppers
4Kyuji Fujikawa
5Juan Carlos Oviedo
6Michael Kirkman
7Phil Klein
8Alexander Claudio
9Roman Mendez
10Anthony Bass
11Edgar Olmos
12Lisalverto Bonilla
13Spencer Patton
14Jamey Wright