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Felipe Rivero | Relief Pitcher | #73

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/5/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 209
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2008 / UDFA / TB
Contract: view contract details

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Felipe Rivero (neck) threw a scoreless eighth inning in his return to action Wednesday.
Rivero worked a 1-2-3 frame on just eight pitches as the Pirates went on to beat the Nationals 6-1. Rivero had been unavailable for the last four days due to a minor neck issue. The 25-year-old left-hander has some of the best stuff in the majors and could work his way into the mix for saves in Pittsburgh at some point this season. May 18 - 8:50 AM

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Pirates' manager Clint Hurdle said Felipe Rivero was unavailable on Sunday due to a neck issue.

It doesn't sound like a major issue, but is something to monitor going forward. The 25-year-old southpaw has been outstanding this season, compiling a 0.87 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 22/4 K/BB ratio across 20 2/3 innings.
May 14 - 9:04 PM

Felipe Rivero walked a batter but turned in a scoreless inning in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs.

Rivero struck out Kyle Schwarber before issuing a walk to Kris Bryant. He then got a groundout and flyout to hold the Cubs at bay. Tony Watson has done a fine job as the Pirates' closer and Daniel Hudson might be next in line for saves, but Rivero has been the Pirates' best reliever. He's allowed one earned run with an 11/2 K/BB ratio over 12 2/3 innings.
Apr 25 - 10:04 PM

Felipe Rivero struck out three in two perfect innings of relief Friday against the Orioles.

Rivero is a long shot for saves, but he could be one of the NL's best left-handed relievers this year. He had a 3.29 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings for Pittsburgh last year after coming over from the Nationals in the Mark Melancon trade. He's allowed just one hit in five scoreless innings this spring.
Mar 17 - 4:56 PM

Pirates acquired LHP Felipe Rivero and LHP Taylor Hearn from the Nationals for RHP Mark Melancon.

Rivero, a hard-throwing, high-strikeout left-hander could quickly work himself into a setup capacity in the Pirates bullpen with the expectation that Tony Watson will step into the closer's role. He makes for a nice return for the Pirates on the expiring contract of Mark Melancon.
Sat, Jul 30, 2016 03:39:00 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Felipe Rivero will head to the Pirates as part of the Mark Melancon trade.

Rivero, a 25-year-old southpaw, owns a 4.53 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 53/15 K/BB ratio over 49 2/3 innings out of the Washington bullpen this season. He'll likely slot right into a middle relief role in the Pirates bullpen and could emerge as a late-game option there with his high-strikeout and low-walk rates.
Sat, Jul 30, 2016 03:07:00 PM

Felipe Rivero was blasted for six runs -- five earned -- without retiring a batter on Saturday versus the Padres.

The error that allowed the unearned run was his own. He fielded a bases-loaded comebacker and threw wide of home to spoil what should have been a double play ball. Rivero had a 5.34 ERA coming into the game and saw that balloon into a 6.82 ERA in a split second. The 24-year-old lefty reliever has a great 11.27 K/9 and doesn't walk an excessive number of batters either. He had a 2.79 ERA last year in his rookie season. He has been bad this year but there are good reasons to expect much better performance in the future.
Sun, Jun 19, 2016 01:59:00 AM

With closer Jonathan Papelbon unavailable, Felipe Rivero recorded the last out of the night to notch a save in Tuesday's win over the Braves.

It wasn't without a little drama. Blake Treinen began the ninth after finishing the eighth inning and issued a two-out walk after a couple strikeouts. Rivero then gave up an RBI double to Kelly Johnson, but he got Mallex Smith on a check-swing third strike to end it. Saves for Rivero this season will surely be few and far between, but he's the club's top left-handed setup man.
Tue, Apr 12, 2016 10:16:00 PM

Felipe Rivero tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning Saturday against the Mets for his second save of the season.

Rivero struck out the side on 11 pitches. The southpaw is filling in at closer with Jonathan Papelbon suspended and he's proving that he deserves a bigger responsibility in 2016.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 04:18:00 PM

Felipe Rivero recorded his first major league save with two perfect innings Thursday against the Braves.

Rivero has alternated between serving as a specialist and pitching in middle relief this year, with decent results in both roles. We wouldn't count on him getting another save this weekend, but who can really tell with Jonathan Papelbon and Drew Storen out?
Thu, Oct 1, 2015 11:35:00 PM

Nationals recalled LHP Felipe Rivero from Triple-A Syracuse.

Rivero is recovered from his battle with gastrointestinal bleeding and will give the Nationals a fresh left-handed reliever. The 23-year-old southpaw has made just one career appearance at the major league level.
Mon, Jun 1, 2015 03:00:00 PM

Nationals activated LHP Felipe Rivero from the 15-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Buffalo.

Rivero was placed on the disabled list about a month ago due to gastrointestinal bleeding. The 23-year-old struggled in his lone appearance with Triple-A Buffalo during a minor league rehab assignment and will continue to refine his game.
Thu, May 21, 2015 04:45:00 PM

Felipe Rivero (stomach) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Syracuse.

Rivero was placed on the disabled list April 22 with gastrointestinal bleeding. That issue is now solved and he could be an option for the Nationals' bullpen by the end of this week. The 23-year-old right-hander allowed a run on three hits in a one-inning relief appearance with Washington earlier this season. That's still his only career appearance at the major league level.
Mon, May 18, 2015 02:41:00 PM

Felipe Rivero's (stomach) blood levels are back to normal following a procedure nearly three weeks ago to repair a burst ulcer.

Rivero, who dealt with some gastrointestinal bleeding, has resumed a throwing program and will eventually begin a rehab assignment. "Good thing is that he’s healthy and feels good," Nationals manager Matt Williams said.
Fri, May 15, 2015 10:18:00 AM

Nationals placed LHP Felipe Rivero on the 15-day disabled list due to gastrointestinal bleeding.

That's a scary diagnosis for the 23-year-old, who made his major league debut on April 17. The team didn't give an estimate on how long Rivero might be out with the issue. Matt Grace was recalled to take his spot on the roster.
Wed, Apr 22, 2015 06:36:00 PM

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