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Jose Veras | Relief Pitcher

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (34) / 10/20/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 242
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Braves signed RHP Jose Veras to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Add him to the long list of non-roster invitees that will be vying for a bullpen spot. Veras, 34, has a good chance to land one given his experience and his 3.70 ERA and 9.8 K/9 rate over the last five seasons. The veteran reliever held a 4.50 ERA and 50/27 K/BB ratio over 46 frames for the Cubs and Astros in 2014. Feb 10 - 7:54 PM

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Jose Veras told Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle the Astros are among the teams interested in him.

Veras finished strong for Houston last season, posting a 2.84 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 25 1/3 innings after the All-Star break. The 31-year-old righty said Monday that he's in contact with about four clubs. He should be able to find a guaranteed roster spot as a middle reliever or setup man.
Feb 2 - 1:12 PM

Jose Veras earned his first save of the season, holding the Yankees scoreless in the ninth inning in the Astros' win on Wednesday.

As Chad Qualls was dealing with back stiffness, Veras was asked to preserve a three-run lead and was able to do so despite allowing two two-out base runners. The right-hander has performed better since joining the Astros in late June, sporting a 2.84 ERA in 19 innings. Save opportunities shouldn't come up very often for him going forward, however.
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 10:52:00 PM

Astros purchased the contract of RHP Jose Veras from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Veras signed a minor league contract with the Astros on June 15, five days after being released by the Cubs. He had an 8.10 ERA in 13 1/3 innings for Chicago.
Thu, Jun 26, 2014 10:41:00 AM

Astros signed RHP Jose Veras to a minor league contract.

Veras was released by the Cubs last week but has landed back with the club with which he had the most success. The veteran reliever put up an 8.10 ERA over just 13 1/3 innings this season for Chicago but could conceivably work his way back to being a late-inning option for the Astros. He'll report to the club's spring training complex first before eventually going to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Sun, Jun 15, 2014 11:35:00 AM

Cubs released RHP Jose Veras.

Veras was designated for assignment by the Cubs a week ago after posting an ugly 8.10 ERA over just 13 1/3 innings this season. The Cubs will be responsible for the remainder of his $3.85 million salary this season and the $150,000 buyout on his option for 2015. He should draw interest around MLB now that he's available at the league minimum.
Tue, Jun 10, 2014 03:22:00 PM

Cubs designated RHP Jose Veras for assignment.

Veras opened the 2014 season as the Cubs' primary closer, but he's now off their 40-man roster after posting an 8.10 ERA in 13 1/3 innings. The 33-year-old right-hander is earning a $4 million salary in 2014 and held a $5.5 million club option for the 2015 campaign.
Tue, Jun 3, 2014 04:25:00 PM

Cubs activated RHP Jose Veras from the 15-day disabled list.

Veras hasn't pitched since April 24 due to an oblique strain. He'll likely return as a setup man to Hector Rondon.
Wed, May 14, 2014 07:06:00 PM

Jose Veras (oblique) tossed a scoreless inning Tuesday in his first rehab appearance at Double-A Tennessee.

Veras retired all three batters he faced, throwing seven of his 11 pitches for strikes. He should return to the Cubs' bullpen next week and could quickly push himself back into the mix for save opportunities.
Tue, May 6, 2014 04:08:00 PM

Jose Veras (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Tennessee soon.

Veras was placed on the DL last weekend with a strained left oblique, but he's evidently feeling better already. He should rejoin the Cubs' bullpen in a couple weeks if all goes well.
Fri, May 2, 2014 12:13:00 PM

Cubs placed RHP Jose Veras on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.

Veras opened the 2014 season as the Cubs' closer, but he has allowed 10 earned runs in just 5 2/3 innings and will now probably be out for the next three weeks. Chicago is using a ninth-inning committee at the moment.
Sat, Apr 26, 2014 04:39:00 PM

Jose Veras is unavailable for Friday's game against the Brewers due to a sore left oblique.

He's considered day-to-day for the time being, but if he doesn't progress quickly there's a chance that he could be in line for a trip to the disabled list.
Fri, Apr 25, 2014 06:40:00 PM

Jose Veras yielded two runs in his inning of work versus the Diamondbacks on Thursday.

Veras has pitched just twice since losing his closer gig April 11 and has given up five runs in those two outings. Of course, expecting him to be consistent while working once a week is way too much for manager Rick Renteria to ask. The Cubs either need to get him more work or make up an injury for him so he can go on a rehab assignment.
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 06:02:00 PM

Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Sunday that he hopes Jose Veras can eventually return to ninth-inning duties.

Veras has been bumped from the Cubs' closer job temporarily as he works through some early-season kinks. "We certainly want to make sure we give Jose a chance to get back into the role and try to find situations we can allow him to work," said Renteria. "We're going to do our very best that he gets into a comfort level." Pedro Strop, Hector Rondon, and Justin Grimm are forming a ninth-inning committee for now.
Source: Cubs.mlb.com
Mon, Apr 21, 2014 09:40:00 AM

Cubs manager Rick Renteria announced Saturday that Jose Veras is "out for now" as the Cubs closer.

After giving the veteran right-hander the dreaded vote of confidence after Friday's blown save, this is merely a formality. Renteria added that he'll see who emerges as a ninth inning option, but Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon should be viewed as the favorites.
Sat, Apr 12, 2014 12:36:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Christian Bethancourt
2A.J. Pierzynski
3John Buck
4Jesus Flores
1B1Freddie Freeman
2Joey Terdoslavich
2B1Alberto Callaspo
2Phil Gosselin
3Jace Peterson
4Jose Peraza
SS1Andrelton Simmons
2Pedro Ciriaco
3B1Chris Johnson
2Kelly Johnson
LF1Zoilo Almonte
2Jonny Gomes
3Eric Young Jr.
CF1Melvin Upton
2Eury Perez
3Joe Benson
RF1Nick Markakis
2Dian Toscano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Minor
3Shelby Miller
4Alex Wood
5Michael Foltynewicz
6Wandy Rodriguez
7Eric Stults
8Manny Banuelos
9Chien-Ming Wang
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Jason Grilli
3James Russell
4Luis Avilan
5Jim Johnson
6Juan Jaime
7Arodys Vizcaino
8Michael Kohn
9Josh Outman
10Ian Thomas
11Donnie Veal
12Matt Capps
13Jose Veras
14Shae Simmons