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Jake Diekman | Relief Pitcher | #41

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 1/21/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Cloud County (KS) CC
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 30 (0) / PHI
Contract: view contract details

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Jake Diekman allowed one earned run and two hits with a strikeout while nailing down his second save Wednesday in Kansas City.
Diekman served up a solo homer to Mike Moustakas to make things interesting, but he worked around the mistake to bring it home for Texas. Keone Kela was not called upon after closing out both games Monday and Tuesday, while working three of the past four days and logging 46 pitches. Since Opening Day 2016, Diekman has a combination of 45 saves or holds in 48 chances for a 93.9 percent success rate. In contrast, Cleveland's Andrew Miller is 72-of-80 for a 90.0 percent rate. The Rangers are expected to be sellers at the non-waiver trade deadline and Diekman is likely to draw a lot of interest from contenders looking to bolster their bullpens. Jun 20 - 11:43 PM

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Jake Diekman locked down his first save of the season on Sunday, working a scoreless 10th inning against the Astros.

Rangers' manager Jeff Bannister opted to use closer Keone Kela in a tied game in the ninth inning, and it paid off as Kela earned his second straight victory in relief. Diekman is no threat to steal the ninth inning gig in Texas.
Apr 15 - 11:16 PM

Jake Diekman surrendered four runs (two earned) over two-thirds of an inning Friday against the Indians.

Diekman should have gotten out of the inning, but shortstop Michael De Leon botched a potential double-play grounder, setting the stage for a go-ahead three-run homer by Jason Kipnis. Jose Ramirez followed with a single and eventually came around to score after Diekman was removed from the game. The Rangers’ closer role is wide open this spring, with Diekman being considered along with a host of candidates. Alex Claudio saw the majority of chances down the stretch last year, but Keone Kela (who threw a scoreless inning on Friday) remains a threat and the club could reportedly give Tim Lincecum a chance once his deal becomes official.
Mar 2 - 6:36 PM

Rangers and LHP Jake Diekman avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.7125 million contract.

The reliever was arbitration-eligible for the third time. Diekman missed most of 2017 while recovering from three different surgeries to rebuild his colon.
Jan 12 - 1:52 PM

Jake Diekman slammed the door on the Angels on Sunday, allowing just one walk over 1 2/3 innings of work.

Diekman got the final five outs to protect a two-run lead against the Angels, earning his first save of the season in the process. The 30-year-old southpaw owns a 3.68 ERA and 0.95 WHIP across his 7 1/3 innings with the Rangers.
Sun, Sep 17, 2017 07:09:00 PM

Rangers activated LHP Jake Diekman from the 60-day disabled list.

Diekman has been out all season following three different surgeries to rebuild his colon, but he's completed a rehab assignment and is ready to roll. The Rangers will ease him into high-leverage situations.
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 03:58:00 PM

Jake Diekman (colon) will make a rehab appearance for Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday.

His outing will be capped at 15 pitches. Diekman has yet to pitch in the majors this year after undergoing surgery to rebuild his colon. The hard-throwing 30-year-old will serve as a left-handed specialist when healthy.
Wed, Aug 16, 2017 05:46:00 PM

Jake Diekman (colon) will throw another live batting practice session before beginning a rehab assignment.

The feeling had been that Diekman would start a rehab assignment early this week, but he'll face hitters in a controlled setting once more. The lefty reliever has been out all season following three different surgeries to rebuild his colon but is poised to return within the next few weeks.
Sun, Aug 6, 2017 01:08:00 PM

Jake Diekman (colon) threw live BP and took pitchers fielding practice on Saturday.

Diekman should now be cleared to head out on a minor league rehab assignment, though Rangers pitching coach Doug Brocail cautioned that it might be a while before we see the left-hander on a major league mound. "I’m not going to put a timeline on it," said Brocail. "This is his spring training. At some point I need that arm to get tired. I think he’s starting to have that tired phase." Diekman has been out all season following three different surgeries to rebuild his colon.
Sat, Aug 5, 2017 06:53:00 PM

Jake Diekman (colon) threw a successful 21-pitch bullpen session on Thursday.

It was his first time on a mound since last October. Diekman has required three different surgeries to remove and rebuild his colon, but he is aiming to return to the Rangers' bullpen before the end of the 2017 season.
Thu, Jul 20, 2017 03:49:00 PM

Jake Diekman (colon) will throw a bullpen session Thursday.

It will be the first time he's thrown off a mound since last October, as Diekman has undergone three surgeries to remove and rebuild his colon. He's hoping to pitch out of the Rangers' bullpen before the end of the season.
Sun, Jul 16, 2017 11:56:00 AM

Jake Diekman (colon) threw from 110 feet out on Wednesday.

" I can't really torque my torso that much, but it is fun to actually be around and throw a baseball again," Diekman said. "I feel like when I start throwing off a mound, then I'll be good." He has undergone three surgeries to remove and rebuild his colon, the most recent of which came on June 9. While he is making progress and could potentially rejoin the Rangers at some point in the second half, Diekman remains a ways off from returning.
Wed, Jul 5, 2017 08:48:00 PM

Jake Diekman recently underwent the second of three ulcerative colitis surgeries to remove and rebuild his colon.

Diekman lost about 10 pounds as a result of the procedure. He'll have the third and final surgery on June 9 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The hope is that Diekman will resume a throwing program in late June and rejoin the Rangers' bullpen sometime in the second half.
Fri, Apr 21, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Rangers placed LHP Jake Diekman on the 60-day disabled list.

Diekman underwent colon surgery in January and has two more procedures scheduled for April and June. The left-hander is hoping to be able to contribute shortly after the All-Star break.
Tue, Feb 14, 2017 04:57:00 PM

Jake Diekman (colon surgery) said Tuesday that he expects to be pitching by the All-Star break.

Diekman underwent surgery in January to remove his colon, but he's present for the start of Rangers' camp this week. He still has two more surgeries ahead of him in April and June, but he's still planning to contribute out of the Rangers' bullpen this season. It would be quite the comeback.
Tue, Feb 14, 2017 02:31:00 PM

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C1Robinson Chirinos
2Carlos Perez
1B1Ronald Guzman
2B1Rougned Odor
2Jurickson Profar
SS1Elvis Andrus
3B1Adrian Beltre
2Isiah Kiner-Falefa
LF1Joey Gallo
CF1Delino DeShields
2Carlos Tocci
RF1Nomar Mazara
DH1Shin-Soo Choo
Starting Pitcher
S1Cole Hamels
2Mike Minor
3Martin Perez
4Matt Moore
5Doug Fister
6Bartolo Colon
7Austin Bibens-Dirkx
8Yovani Gallardo
9Joe Palumbo
Relief Pitcher
R1Keone Kela
2Matt Bush
3Alex Claudio
4Jake Diekman
5Tony Barnette
6Chris Martin
7Jesse Chavez
8Ronald Herrera
9Jose Leclerc
10Ricardo Rodriguez