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The Milwaukee Brewers are taking a chance on a veteran pitcher making a comeback and have avoided salary arbitration with left-hander Chris Narveson, the club announced Thursday.
Veteran right-hander Kelvim Escobar who has thrown just five innings in the big leagues since 2009 due to lingering shoulder issues has decided to make a comeback attempt with the Brewers, signing a minor league deal with an invitation to big league camp.
After going 18-7 with a 3.40 ERA in 30 starts for the Angels in 2007, Escobar injured his right shoulder the following March and didn't pitch at all in 2008.
Escobar, now 36, returned to the mound for the Angels on June 6, 2009 and pitched five innings but injured his shoulder again and hasn't appeared in a major league game since.
He tried to make a comeback with the New York Mets in 2010 but tore the capsule in his shoulder during spring training.
After sitting out for some time, Escobar went to the Venezuelan Winter League this winter and impressed scouts by posting a 1.64 ERA in 11 innings for Lara.
The Brewers intend to give Escobar a chance to make their bullpen in spring training. During his 12-year career, Escobar is 101-91 with a 4.15 ERA in 411 games. He has made 202 career starts but did save 38 games for Toronto in 2002.
Narveson, who missed most of last season with a torn rotator cuff, avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal with Milwaukee. In 2011, Naverson went 11-8 with a 4.45 ERA for the Brewers and is expected to compete for a spot in the rotation this season.
With Narveson signed, closer John Axford, reliever Burke Badenhop, right-hander Marco Estrada and center fielder Carlos Gomez are the only four Brewers who remain arbitration-eligible.
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Kelvim Escobar has not thrown a pitch in the Major Leagues since 2009. Escobar's right shoulder has had tears on at least two occasions. The Brewers, however, have signed the veteran righty to a minor league contract, and invited him to spring training.
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Kelvim Escobar will attempt to win a spot in the bullpen of the Milwaukee Brewers. The 36-year-old right hander signed a minor league deal with the Brewers on Thurdsday. As part of the deal he will be invited to spring training.
The last time Escobar pitched in the major leagues was 2009 as a member of the Los Angeles Angels. There had been talk about Escobar attempting a come back...
The Milwaukee Brewers decided to take a chance on a blast from the past when they signed right-hander Kelvim Escobar to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Escobar, who will be 37 in April, has pitched in just one major league game since 2007 and none since 2009. He resurfaced this winter in Venezuela and was throwing the ball well again, so the Brewers decided...
Right handed pitcher Kelvim Escobar, who who hasn't pitched in the Majors since 2009, signed a Major League deal with the Milwaukee Brewers he announced through his Twitter account.
Back in May, Escobar announced that he was planning to make a comeback and has been playing in the Venezuelan Winter League for the first time since 2009. In 11 innings for his team in Venezuela,...
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Left-hander Chris Narveson and the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to an $840,000, one-year contract.
Narveson was 1-1 with a 7.00 ERA in two starts last April, then had season-ending surgery on his left rotator cuff. He made $500,000.
Four Brewers remain eligible for arbitration: right-handers John Axford, Burke Badenhop and Marco Estrada, and outfielder Carlos Gomez.
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Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
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Chris Narveson missed almost the entire 2012 season after undergoing shoulder surgery early in the year. He made only two starts last season, but he will be fighting for a starting role this upcoming season, and he is expected to be healthy come spring training. Narveson was arbitration-eligible this year, but the Milwaukee Brewers avoided the arbitration process by reaching...
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