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Top Joel Kuhnel News

  • Astros' Joel Kuhnel: Returns to Astros as NRI

    Kuhnel signed a minor-league contract with the Astros on Monday that includes an invitation to spring training, Chandler Rome of The Athletic reports.

    Kuhnel elected free agency after being jettisoned from the Astros' 40-man roster earlier this month, but he'll return on a non-guaranteed deal. The big right-hander has put up a 6.02 ERA and 71:24 K:BB over 83.2 innings during parts of four big-league seasons.

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  • Joel Kuhnel: Elects free agency

    Kuhnel elected free agency Jan. 13.

    Kuhnel was designated for assignment in early January and was outrighted to Triple-A Sugar Land shortly after. He'll now hit free agency seeking a new opportunity after posting a 5.54 ERA and 1.62 WHIP across 13 innings split between the Reds and Astros in 2023.

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  • Astros' Joel Kuhnel: Sent outright to Triple-A

    Kuhnel cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Sugar Land on Wednesday.

    Kuhnel is no longer on the Astros' 40-man roster but will remain in the organization. The big right-hander has posted a 6.02 ERA and 71:24 K:BB over 83.2 innings during parts of four major-league seasons.

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  • Astros' Joel Kuhnel: Designated for assignment

    Kuhnel was designated for assignment by the Astros on Thursday, Chandler Rome of The Athletic reports.

    The move was completed in order for Houston to free up a spot on the 40-man roster for waiver claim Declan Cronin. Kuhnel, who turns 29 next month, has posted an unsightly 6.02 ERA and 71:24 K:BB over 83.2 innings during parts of four major-league seasons.

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  • Astros' Joel Kuhnel: Sent down to Triple-A

    The Astros optioned Kuhnel to Triple-A Sugar Land on Friday.

    With the return of Ryne Stanek (ankle) from the 15-day injured list Friday, Kuhnel will be pushed off the major-league roster. The 28-year-old righty was impressive during his latest stint with the Astros, surrendering just one run over 7.2 innings, but he will likely remain in the minors for the rest of the year.

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  • Astros' Joel Kuhnel: Recalled to big-league bullpen

    Houston recalled Kuhnel from Triple-A Sugar Land on Friday, Chandler Rome of The Athletic reports.

    Kuhnel will give the Astros an extra bullpen arm as major-league rosters expand to 28. The right-hander has surrendered seven earned runs in 5.1 major-league innings this season between Cincinnati and Houston.

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  • Astros' Joel Kuhnel: Sent back to Triple-A

    The Astros optioned Kuhnel to Triple-A Sugar Land on Sunday, Matt Kawahara of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Houston will swap Kuhnel out of its bullpen for Parker Mushinski, who was called up from Sugar Land in a corresponding move. After being acquired from the Reds on June 17 before receiving a call-up July 8, Kuhnel gave up four earned runs over two innings in his first two appearances with the Astros.

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  • Astros' Joel Kuhnel: Recalled by Astros

    Kuhnel was called up by the Astros on Saturday, Chandler Rome of The Athletic reports.

    Kuhnel was acquired from the Reds for cash considerations in mid-June. In 74 career major-league innings, he owns a 6.20 ERA and 1.43 WHIP, so he's unlikely to get anywhere near high-leverage work. Ronel Blanco was optioned in a corresponding move.

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  • Astros' Joel Kuhnel: Traded to Houston

    Houston acquired Kuhnel from the Reds on Saturday for cash considerations and optioned him to Triple-A Sugar Land, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

    Kuhnel was designated for assignment by the Reds on Tuesday, and he'll now provide some organizational depth for the Houston bullpen. The right-hander made two relief appearances in 2023 while allowing three earned runs on six hits with two walks over 3.1 innings.

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  • Reds' Joel Kuhnel: Designated for assignment

    Kuhnel was designated for assignment by the Reds on Tuesday.

    Kuhnel has allowed three earned runs on six hits and two walks in 3.1 innings (two relief appearances) this season at the major-league level. Daniel Duarte is grabbing the open 40-man roster spot as he reports to the Reds' bullpen Tuesday in Kansas City.

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  • Reds' Joel Kuhnel: Optioned to Triple-A

    Kuhnel was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Saturday.

    He gave up a hit and a walk with zero strikeouts in 1.1 innings Friday after getting recalled and will head right back to Triple-A. Kevin Herget was recalled to take Kuhnel's low-leverage relief role.

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  • Reds' Joel Kuhnel: Called up Friday

    Kuhnel was called up from Triple-A Louisville on Friday, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    Kuhnel will return to the big leagues after he was sent down to Louisville on April 5. The right-hander has made one appearance with the Reds this season, allowing three runs on five hits and a walk over two innings against the Cubs on April 4. He's struggled to a 7.13 ERA over 24 innings in Triple-A this year, so he'll likely operate exclusively in low-leverage situations with Cincinnati. Eduardo Salazar was sent down to Louisville in a corresponding move.

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  • Reds' Joel Kuhnel: Sent to Triple-A

    Kuhnel was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

    Kuhnel will head to Louisville after cracking the Reds' Opening Day roster last week. The right-hander appeared in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs, surrendering three runs on five hits and a walk over two frames. Considering the fact that he opened the season on the active roster, Kuhnel seems likely to get another shot in the majors before long. In his place, the Reds selected the contract of Kevin Herget.

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  • Reds' Joel Kuhnel: Likely to make Opening Day roster

    Kuhnel is likely to be on the Opening Day roster for the Reds, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.

    Kuhnel is likely the final bullpen option with Bennett Sousa being optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Monday by the Reds. The right-hander has posted a 2.53 ERA with a 1.41 WHIP over 10.2 innings of work in the Cactus League in 10 appearances. He'll likely be a bridge to Alexis Diaz in the middle innings to begin 2023.

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  • Reds' Joel Kuhnel: Blows save, takes loss

    Kuhnel (2-2) allowed two runs on two hits in Friday's loss to the Pirates. He was charged with a blown save and a loss while recording just one out.

    Kuhnel served up an RBI double to Kevin Newman and was charged with another run while Ross Detwiler was on the mound. The 27-year-old righty had allowed just two runs over his previous 9.2 innings but saw his ERA jump to 5.73 after Friday's short outing. He's blown two of his three save chances on the year. Alexis Diaz, who has two saves this month, recorded one out during the seventh inning.

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  • Reds' Joel Kuhnel: Snags first career save

    Kuhnel pitched a perfect inning to earn the save in Tuesday's 5-3 extra-innings win over the Diamondbacks.

    Tyler Mahle started with nine shutout innings, but the Reds' offense didn't support him well. Alexis Diaz and Luis Cessa each had chances to protect leads in the 10th and 11th frames, but both of them couldn't get the job done before Kuhnel made a two-run lead stick in the 12th. The right-hander now has a 3.31 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 17:3 K:BB across 16.1 innings after earning his first major-league save Tuesday. Despite his success in this contest, he's unlikely to see a significant spike in high-leverage chances.

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  • Reds' Joel Kuhnel: Reinstated from restricted list

    Kuhnel was reinstated from the restricted list Monday.

    Kuhnel was prevented from travelling to Canada for the Reds' last series versus the Blue Jays since he is unvaccinated, but he'll return to the team ahead of their four-game series against the Cubs. The reliever has pitched three innings this season, allowing one run on three hits and a walk while striking out four.

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  • Reds' Joel Kuhnel: Placed on restricted list

    Kuhnel (undisclosed) was placed on the restricted list ahead of Friday's series opener in Toronto.

    It appears Kuhnel is unvaccinated and unable to travel to Canada for the three-game set this weekend, resulting in his move to the restricted list. He should be back with the team for Monday's series opener versus the Cubs in Cincinnati.

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  • Reds' Joel Kuhnel: Contract selected by Cincy

    Kuhnel had his contract selected by the Reds on Sunday.

    Kuhnel was removed from the 40-man roster after the end of the 2020 campaign but will now receive another big-league chance with the Reds. He has a 4.97 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 12:5 K:BB over 12.2 innings during his major-league career.

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  • Reds' Joel Kuhnel: Outrighted to Triple-A

    Kuhnel cleared waivers Monday and was outrighted to Triple-A Louisville.

    Kuhnel pitched just three times this season, giving up a pair of runs in three innings of work. He's evidently not a significant part of the Reds' plans heading into 2021, though he could still wind up back on the roster to throw a handful of innings.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-5, 290 lbs
Birthplace: Goldsboro, NC
Age: 29
Experience: 1
Bats/Throws: R, R