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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 re-signed LHP Michael Kirman 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. Dec 4 - 12:04 PM

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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.
Dec 2 - 10:42 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.
Sep 2 - 2:25 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.
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

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