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Al Alburquerque | Relief Pitcher | #62

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (30) / 6/10/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 195
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2003 / UDFA / CHC
Contract: view contract details

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Angels optioned RHP Al Albuquerque to Triple-A Salt Lake.
The right-hander was with the club for just a couple of days as an extra bullpen arm, allowing one run in two innings of work. He'll assuredly get another opportunity with the big league club this summer. Jun 17 - 6:33 PM

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Angels purchased the contract of RHP Al Alburquerque from Triple-A Salt Lake.

Mike Francesa's favorite reliever is back in the big leagues. Alburquerque has pitched exclusively at the Triple-A level this season, posting a 2.49 ERA and 25/10 K/BB ratio over 21 2/3 innings.
Jun 13 - 7:37 PM

Angels sent RHP Al Alburquerque outright to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Alburquerque was designated for assignment by the Angels on Saturday and passed through waivers unclaimed. He's spent the entire year at the Triple-A level.
May 24 - 5:35 PM

Angels designated RHP Al Alburquerque for assignment.

Alburquerque had been pitching for the Angels' Triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake, logging a 2.40 ERA over 15 innings of work. The 29-year-old made 67 appearances for the Tigers last season and shouldn't have trouble finding a new team.
May 21 - 9:31 PM

Angels optioned RHP Al Alburquerque to Triple-A Salt Lake.

The Angels are expected to choose between Greg Mahle and Cam Bedrosian for the final bullpen spot. Alburquerque landed a one-year, $1.1 million deal with the Angels over the winter, but he'll serve as bullpen depth in the minors.
Mar 29 - 12:40 PM

Al Alburquerque revealed Thursday that he didn't feel 100 percent until June last season after contracting the Chikungunya virus last January.

"All of my joints hurt, and I couldn't prepare myself properly for the season," Alburquerque said in Spanish. "I didn't start to feel ready until we were two months into the regular season." Albuquerque's ERA in 2015 was actually better through the end of May (3.98) than it was for the rest of the season (4.32), although his strikeout rate was a tick better from June on. Either way, it's obviously good news that Alburquerque is feeling 100 percent now and he could be a nice piece for the Angels' bullpen if he can get his strikeouts back up.
Mar 10 - 7:51 PM

Angels signed RHP Al Alburquerque to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.

The deal was reportedly last week and has now been officially announced. Alburquerque held a 4.21 ERA and 58/33 K/BB ratio over 62 innings for the Tigers last season. While he can miss plenty of bats, the reliever can be erratic at times.
Jan 19 - 5:55 PM

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that the Angels have agreed to terms with Al Alburquerque on a major league contract, pending a physical.

The deal is reportedly worth $1.1 million. The Tigers non-tendered Alburquerque last month, as they didn't feel he was worth a raise in his second year of arbitration eligibility. The 29-year-old has a career 11.0 K/9 rate, although it fell to a career-low 8.4 last season. Alburquerque should still miss plenty of bats in Anaheim, but his poor control and lack of consistency make him a risky investment.
Jan 15 - 8:19 AM

Tigers non-tendered RHP Al Alburquerque.

Alburquerque earned $1.725 million this past season while posting a 4.21 ERA and 58/33 K/BB ratio over 62 innings. The Tigers didn't think he was worth a raise via arbitration, but he should draw plenty of interest on the open market.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 03:09:00 PM

Al Alburquerque (hip) yielded four runs while retiring just one batter in his return to action Thursday.

He allowed two hits and two walks to the Royals. Alburquerque had been unavailable for over a week with discomfort in his right hip, so hopefully it's not still an issue for him.
Fri, Sep 4, 2015 08:37:00 AM

Al Alburquerque (hip) threw 10 pitches in a bullpen session Thursday.

Alburquerque hasn't pitched since August 24 due to discomfort in his right hip, but he felt fine during Thursday's bullpen. He could return to action as soon as Friday.
Thu, Sep 3, 2015 05:37:00 PM

Al Alburquerque underwent an MRI on his right hip Wednesday.

Alburquerque hasn't pitched since August 24 as he manages pain in the hip. More should be known about his condition after the results of the MRI are returned.
Wed, Sep 2, 2015 06:33:00 PM

Al Alburquerque acknowledged Wednesday that he's been dealing with some soreness in his upper right leg.

The discomfort is near his hip, but Alburquerque hopes to be available out of the Tigers' bullpen on Wednesday night against the Royals. The 29-year-old right-hander holds a 3.52 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and 50/28 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings this season for Detroit.
Wed, Sep 2, 2015 05:19:00 PM

Al Alburquerque gave up three runs in his inning of relief Wednesday against the Yankees.

Albuquerque's velocity is well down and he's walked five batters in 4 1/3 innings, which just isn't a very good combination. At this point, it might actually be good news if he's hurt, because he's simply dreadful right now.
Wed, Apr 22, 2015 11:35:00 PM

Al Alburquerque retired just one of eight batters he faced Friday against the Rays.

He allowed five hits, walked two and as charged with six earned runs. Alburquerque was having a fine spring before this, amassing a 10/1 K/BB ratio in eight innings. Still, this is probably all of the excuse that Brad Ausmus needs to keep him out of setup role in the early going.
Fri, Apr 3, 2015 04:41:00 PM

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