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Brewers sign left-hander Michael Kirkman


Milwaukee has signed left-hander Michael Kirkman, who was released by Texas at the end of spring training.

It’s a minor-league contract, so he’ll head to Triple-A and try to show that he’s healthy after dealing with shoulder problems all spring.

Kirkman throws hard and has 103 strikeouts in 107 innings as a big leaguer, so if healthy the 28-year-old can be an effective middle relief option despite shaky control.

Rangers release left-hander Michael Kirkman

Michael Kirkman

Back in December the Rangers non-tendered Michael Kirkman and then re-signed him to a minor-league contract, but now they’re released the 28-year-old left-hander.

Kirkman has generally been an effective middle reliever, pitching parts of five seasons for the Rangers, but he spent most of last year in the minors and has struggled with shoulder problems all spring.

As a lefty with a mid-90s fastball and 103 strikeouts in 107 career innings he should be able to latch on somewhere else pretty quickly, but Kirkman’s health and poor control are holding him back.

2014 Non-tender Tracker

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We’ll be compiling the non-tenders as they come in prior to Tuesday’s midnight deadline. These players immediately become free agents.


Angels – INF Gordon Beckham, RP Yoslan Herrera, SP Wade LeBlanc

Astros – none

Athletics – 1B-OF Kyle Blanks, OF Andrew Brown

Blue Jays – OF Andy Dirks, OF John Mayberry Jr., 1B Justin Smoak

Indians – none

Mariners – INF Carlos Rivero

Orioles – none

Rangers – RP Michael Kirkman, RP Alexi Ogando, INF Adam Rosales

Rays – none

Red Sox – 1B-3B Juan Francisco

Royals – RP Francisley Bueno

Tigers – none

Twins – none

White Sox – SP Scott Carroll, RP Scott Snodgress

Yankees – SP Jose Campos, OF Slade Heathcott, RP David Huff


Braves – SP Brandon Beachy, SP Kris Medlen, SP Gus Schlosser

Brewers – none

Cardinals – INF Daniel Descalso

Cubs – C John Baker, RP Wesley Wright

Diamondbacks – none

Dodgers – none

Giants – none

Marlins – none

Mets – OF Eric Young Jr.

Nationals – none

Padres – SS Everth Cabrera

Phillies – none

Pirates – 1B Gaby Sanchez, RP Chaz Roe

Reds – RP Logan Ondrusek, RP Curtis Partch

Rockies – RP Kraig Sitton

Michael Kirkman diagnosed with recurrence of skin cancer

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Almost exactly one year ago Rangers left-hander Michael Kirkman completed treatment for skin cancer, but the team announced yesterday that he’s been diagnosed with a recurrence of cutaneous lymphoma on his right triceps following a recent screening.

Chris Toman of MLB.com reports that Kirkman will undergo radiation treatment and has been placed on the disabled list, with the hope that he’ll be able to continue throwing and potentially rejoin the team in just a few weeks.

Kirkman, who’s been struggling on the mound and asked to take some time off after the diagnosis, said:

It’s just kind of one of those things. It’s kind of a blessing in disguise. I can take a step back, take a mental break and work some bugs out.

That’s a pretty amazing attitude to have in the face of such adversity.

Ron Washington “couldn’t have lived” with Dustin Pedroia beating him

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The Red Sox defeated the Rangers 6-3 last night on a walk-off three-run homer by David Ortiz in the bottom of the ninth inning.

The game-winner came after Jonny Gomes doubled off left-hander Michael Kirkman to begin the inning and Rangers manager Ron Washington elected to intentionally walk Dustin Pedroia in order to face Ortiz. You don’t see that very often. Ortiz then deposited an inside fastball into the right field bullpen to end it.

After the decision blew up in Washington’s face, he explained his thinking as follows:

Say what now? I’m honestly not sure who Washington is trying to compliment here. Repeated readings of this quote are making my head hurt.

While it appears that Washington preferred the lefty-lefty matchup, Ortiz didn’t agree with the intentional walk, telling Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald that “you don’t wake up a monster like that.”