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John Lamb | Starting Pitcher | #49

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (27) / 7/10/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 5 (0) / KC
Contract: view contract details

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Angels re-signed LHP John Lamb to a minor league contract.
Lamb had a 5.37 ERA in 13 starts with the Angels' Triple-A affiliate last season and also served a 50-game suspension for a drug of abuse. The 27-year-old will serve as rotation depth in the minors once again. Jan 23 - 9:56 AM

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John Lamb has been suspended 50 games following a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

Lamb signed a minor league contract with the Angels in December after requiring major back surgery last October. The 26-year-old former top prospect has a 6.17 career ERA at the major league level.
Tue, May 9, 2017 05:45:00 PM

John Lamb (back) has been cleared to begin a throwing program.

Lamb underwent another back surgery last October and isn't expected to be game-ready until around the All-Star break. He was re-assigned to minor league camp over the weekend.
Mon, Mar 20, 2017 05:54:00 PM

Angels reassigned LHP John Lamb to minor league camp.

Lamb is still in the process of recovering from a pair of back surgeries. He isn't expected to be ready for game action until around the All-Star break.
Sun, Mar 19, 2017 09:51:00 PM

John Lamb (back) said he's hoping to be able to pitch by the All-Star break.

The former top prospect signed a minor league contract with the Angels in December after missing large portions of the 2016 season due to dual back surgeries. "I have communicated that with the front office and training staff, and they are all on board with what’s best for me," Lamb told reporters in Angels camp Thursday. "Coming back earlier would be great, but I’m certainly not going to push myself."
Thu, Feb 16, 2017 03:16:00 PM

Angels signed LHP John Lamb to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The Rays traded for but then released Lamb last month. He had back surgery in October and will get a late start to next season, but he's a nice no-risk move for a team like the Angels.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 05:31:00 PM

Rays released LHP John Lamb.

The Rays acquired the 26-year-old southpaw from the Reds for cash considerations earlier in the month. He'll be unavailable for the start of the 2017 season as he continues to recover from surgery to repair a lumbar disc herniation. The Rays needed the spot on the 40-man roster and could look to re-sign Lamb to a minor league contract.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 07:13:00 PM

Rays acquired LHP John Lamb from the Reds for cash considerations.

Lamb is not expected to be available at the start of the 2017 season, as he underwent surgery to repair a lumbar disc herniation in late October. The Reds opted to designate the 26-year-old left-hander for assignment on October 27. He struggled in 2016, pitching to a 6.43 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, and 58/31 K/BB ratio over 70 innings (14 starts).
Wed, Nov 2, 2016 05:30:00 PM

MLB Trade Rumors' Zach Links reports that the Reds have traded John Lamb to the Rays.

No official word from the team as of yet, but that figures to be coming along shortly. FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman is further reporting that the Reds will be receiving cash considerations in return for Lamb. The 26-year-old southpaw underwent lumbar disc herniation surgery near the end of October, after which the Reds designated him for assignment. It is not believed that he will be physically ready for the start of the 2017 season. In 70 innings last season, Lamb held a bloated 6.43 ERA and 1.64 WHIP. He also walked 31.
Wed, Nov 2, 2016 05:15:00 PM

Reds designated LHP John Lamb for assignment.

Lamb underwent surgery to repair a lumbar disc herniation earlier this week and will still be in rehab mode when the 2017 season begins. It was his second major back surgery in the last 10 months. There's still some intriguing raw ability here, however, and the 26-year-old southpaw figures to get scooped up by another team on waivers. Lamb was part of the Johnny Cueto trade package from the Royals in 2015.
Thu, Oct 27, 2016 03:32:00 PM

John Lamb will begin next season on the disabled list after undergoing surgery to repair a lumbar disc herniation.

It will be the second straight season where Lamb has gotten a late start while rehabbing from back surgery. That's in addition to the left-hander seeing this past season end prematurely due to a flexor mass strain. Lamb also posted a 6.43 ERA across 14 starts for the Reds in 2016, so it's been a rough stretch for him.
Mon, Oct 24, 2016 04:33:00 PM

John Lamb (elbow) is not close to resuming a throwing program.

Lamb has been on Triple-A Louisville's disabled list for over a month with a flexor mass strain. He's set to undergo more tests, although the Reds are optimistic that he won't need surgery. "We’re doing some further investigative stuff to make sure there’s nothing more physically wrong with him that what we’ve defined to this point," manager Bryan Price said. "So he’s not currently doing any throwing. He’s just doing rehab/maintenance stuff."
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 10:17:00 AM

John Lamb is dealing with a flexor mass tendon injury in his left arm.

The injury must have occurred in early August, as Lamb's last appearance for Triple-A Louisville was on August 2. Flexor mass tendon injuries have been precursors to Tommy John surgery in the past, and Lamb already had the procedure back in 2011. It's unclear at this point how long the Reds expect him to be sidelined.
Fri, Sep 9, 2016 03:28:00 PM

Reds optioned LHP John Lamb to Triple-A Louisville.

Lamb earned the demotion after getting obliterated for nine runs over two innings Saturday. The left-hander has some upside but obviously has some things to work through before reaching his potential Homer Bailey (elbow) is poised to take Lamb's rotation spot.
Sun, Jul 17, 2016 10:29:00 AM

John Lamb got pummeled into oblivion by the Brewers on Saturday, giving up nine earned runs in only two innings.

The tattooed left-hander gave up four runs in the first inning then pitched a scoreless second. In the third inning he gave up five more runs without retiring a batter before being yanked. Lamb's record falls to 1-7 as his ERA swells to 6.43 in 70 ugly innings this season.
Sat, Jul 16, 2016 10:53:00 PM

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