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Top Kevin Ginkel News

  • Diamondbacks' Kevin Ginkel: Throws bullpen session

    Ginkel (elbow) threw a bullpen session Tuesday, Alex Weiner of reports.

    Ginkel came into camp with some right elbow soreness, but the fact he was able to play catch over the weekend and now return to the bump is certainly an encouraging development. It's not clear when he might be cleared for game action, but Ginkel is trending in a positive direction.

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  • Diamondbacks' Kevin Ginkel: Plays catch Sunday

    Manager Torey Lovullo said Ginkel (elbow) played catch Sunday with no issues, Alex Weiner of reports.

    An elbow injury apparently cropped up in early February, but the right-hander's relatively quick return to throwing is an encouraging development. It'll probably be a little while before Ginkel is cleared for game action, but at this point Lovullo expects his setup man to be ready by Opening Day.

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  • Diamondbacks' Kevin Ginkel: Battling elbow soreness

    Ginkel is dealing with soreness in his right elbow, Theo Mackie of The Arizona Republic reports.

    Manager Torey Lovullo said the issue first appeared about a week ago, but nothing alarming showed up when Ginkel went in for imaging. While the D-backs don't expect Ginkel's elbow to become an problem, they will still postpone his ramp-up process as a precaution. The 29-year-old reliever logged a 2.48 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in 65.1 innings last season and figures to serve as Paul Sewald's primary setup man in 2024.

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  • Diamondbacks' Kevin Ginkel: Reaches deal with Arizona

    Ginkel signed a one-year contract with the Diamondbacks on Thursday to avoid arbitration.

    Ginkel has posted consecutive solid seasons, though 2023 marked an apparent breakout. He earned 12 saves and holds and posted a 70:23 K:BB across 65.1 innings. Paul Sewald should be locked into the closer role in Arizona, but Ginkel could be his primary setup man.

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  • Diamondbacks' Kevin Ginkel: Throws scoreless inning

    Ginkel struck out one over one inning in Friday's 2-1 loss to Houston.

    Ginkel made his first appearance since a blown save/loss Monday, when he told manager Torey Lovullo he was good to pitch after throwing 28 pitches the previous day. Following Monday's game, he admitted he wasn't "feeling great." Ginkel looked good Friday, setting the side down in order on nine pitches (seven strikes).

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  • Diamondbacks' Kevin Ginkel: Bypassed for eighth inning

    Ginkel was not used in the eighth inning of Wednesday's 3-0 win over the White Sox.

    Ginkel has been the go-to reliever for the eighth inning of close games, but manager Torey Lovullo went with Ryan Thompson to shepherd the lead to closer Paul Sewald. The decision to not use Ginkel could be related to the reliever's most recent outing Monday, when he told the manager he was ready to pitch after throwing 28 pitches the previous day, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. What ensued was a blown eighth-inning lead and a loss in the middle of a playoff chase. "I'll take accountability for it," Ginkel said. "I was wanting to pitch; there's no question about it. I wasn't feeling great, for sure. After [Sunday], I threw quite a few pitches, and then again [Monday]." Ginkel has been stellar over the second half -- that's why Lovullo entrusts him with the eighth inning -- and will likely continue to pitch in that role, but Thompson may have entered the picture as a trusted high-leverage arm.

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  • Diamondbacks' Kevin Ginkel: Doesn't have it in loss

    Ginkel (9-1) was tagged with a blown save and the loss against the Yankees on Monday, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks. He struck out one.

    Ginkel, who had thrown 28 pitches the day before, entered to begin the eighth inning with Arizona clinging to a 4-3 lead. That's normal terrain for Ginkel, who worked the same inning Sunday and has emerged as a reliable setup arm during the second half. Unfortunately for the Diamondbacks and their playoff hunt, he didn't have it Monday. The Yankees loaded the bases on two singles and a walk with one out, before Ginkel walked in the tying run and then allowed the winning run on a sacrifice fly. An additional run was charged to him when Everson Pereira greeted Miguel Castro with a single. Ginkel had not allowed a run in eight consecutive outings and sported a 1.82 ERA since the All-Star break entering Monday.

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  • Diamondbacks' Kevin Ginkel: Earns ninth win

    Ginkel (9-0) struck out two over a scoreless eighth inning to earn the win over the Mets on Monday.

    Ginkel has done his part to shore up a shaky back end of the bullpen. The right-handed setup reliever has a 2.10 ERA and 0.86 WHIP with four saves, seven holds and six wins over 24 games (25,2 innings) since the All-Star break.

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  • Diamondbacks' Kevin Ginkel: Snags fourth save

    Ginkel struck out both batters he faced to earn the save in Friday's 10-8 win over the Reds.

    A save situation wasn't expected to arise in Friday's game, but Justin Martinez allowed a grand slam while Arizona was ahead by six. With the game getting closer, Ginkel stepped in and stopped the bleeding to pick up his first save in a month. In that span, he recorded four wins and four holds while surrendering five runs (three earned) over 13.2 innings in a setup role ahead of Paul Sewald, who was presumably unavailable after pitching three of the last four days. Ginkel is up to four saves with a 2.19 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 53:17 K:BB over 53.1 innings this season, and he should continue to see high-leverage work.

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  • Diamondbacks' Kevin Ginkel: Not available Thursday

    Ginkel was unavailable to pitch Thursday when Justin Martinez picked up the save in a 3-1 win over the Padres.

    Ginkel and closer Paul Sewald each were unavailable after pitching four times in the last five days. Ginkel has been scored upon in only one of seven appearances in August, collecting two holds and a win with a 1.17 ERA, 0.65 WHIP and 9:3 K:BB through 7.2 innings.

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  • Diamondbacks' Kevin Ginkel: Earns win

    Ginkel (4-0) struck out three over 1.1 scoreless innings to earn the win over Seattle on Saturday.

    Ginkel entered a tie game to begin the eighth inning and struck out the side before the Diamondbacks took the lead in the bottom of the frame. It looked like he'd finish the game, but manager Torey Lovullo pulled Ginkel after he quickly retired the first batter in the ninth. Andrew Chafin was brought in to nail down the save, but he allowed a triple and a walk before Scott McGough recorded the final out. After the game, Lovullo lamented to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic what he termed "overmanaging" in using more relievers than was necessary. "I'm trying to get everybody involved, get people in a game and get them on a roll," he said. With several members of the bullpen struggling of late -- including Chafin and McGough -- Ginkel has been rolling and has emerged as Lovullo's go-to late-inning arm.

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  • Diamondbacks' Kevin Ginkel: Collects third save

    Ginkel allowed a hit in a scoreless inning to earn the save in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Cardinals.

    Ginkel erased his lone mistake with a double play to earn his third save of the season. All of those saves have come within his last four outings as he establishes himself in the closer conversation. The 29-year-old has limited high-leverage experience with 19 holds and four saves over the previous four seasons, and he picked up just one hold in 2023 prior to his recent run of late-inning work. Ginkel has pitched well enough to earn the more prevalent role, posting a 2.31 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 34:11 K:BB through a career-high 39 innings this season.

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  • Diamondbacks' Kevin Ginkel: May be emerging as closer

    Ginkel earned a save against Atlanta on Wednesday, allowing one run on one hit and one walk over one inning.

    Ginkel's second save in as many days didn't come easily, as he faced the top of Atlanta's order and gave up a run on a double, a walk and a wild pitch. However, he was allowed to close out the victory despite seeing the tying run to come to the plate, which speaks to manager Torey Lovullo's trust in him. Ginkel has earned that trust with a 2.39 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 34:11 K:BB over 37.2 innings on the campaign. It may be premature to anoint him the Diamondbacks' full-time closer, but with Scott McGough having given up six runs over 1.1 frames since the All-Star break and having not recorded a save since July 1, Ginkel is likely the best Arizona bullpen option for fantasy managers chasing saves.

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  • Diamondbacks' Kevin Ginkel: Notches first save of season

    Ginkel struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning Tuesday to record his first save of the season in a 16-13 win over Atlanta.

    The right-hander faced the heart of the order for the NL East leaders and didn't flinch, getting Austin Riley, Matt Olson and Sean Murphy to all chase two-strike sliders. Scott McGough gave up six runs in 1.1 innings over his first two appearances after the All-Star break, so Arizona's closer role could once again be up for grabs, and Ginkel -- who has a 0.00 ERA, 0.32 WHIP and 12:2 K:BB through 12.1 innings since the beginning of June -- appears to be the next man up.

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  • Diamondbacks' Kevin Ginkel: Called up Tuesday

    Ginkel was called up from Triple-A Reno on Tuesday.

    Ginkel will return to the majors after he was sent down June 12, helping replace Merrill Kelly (calf) on the big-league roster after the latter was placed on the 15-day injured list Tuesday. Ginkel has appeared in 25 games with the Diamondbacks this season, producing a 2.76 ERA and 1.12 WHIP with 26 strikeouts over 29.1 frames.

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  • Diamondbacks' Kevin Ginkel: Throws scoreless frame in return

    Ginkel struck one over one inning in Tuesday's 8-4 win over the Rays.

    Ginkel was recalled from Triple-A Reno on Tuesday and pitched a clean eighth inning. He had pitched well for the Diamondbacks prior to being sent down June 12, but the organization needed a roster spot for Joe Mantiply's return from the injured list. The same two were involved in Tuesday's transaction, as Mantiply was optioned after allowing eight earned runs over eight innings. Ginkel will work middle relief.

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  • Diamondbacks' Kevin Ginkel: Sent down to Reno

    The Diamondbacks optioned Ginkel to Triple-A Reno on Monday.

    Ginkel's demotion clears room in the bullpen for lefty Joe Mantiply (hamstring), who was reinstated from the 15-day injured list. After winning a spot in Arizona's Opening Day bullpen, Ginkel scooped up three wins and one hold while pitching to a 2.76 ERA and 1.13 WHIP across 29.1 innings. He should rank near the top of the list for a promotion the next time Arizona is in need of an extra relief arm.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 235 lbs
Birthplace: San Diego, CA
Age: 29
School: Arizona
Experience: 3
Bats/Throws: L, R