Kelvim Escobar
Kelvim Escobar
42-Year-Old PitcherRP
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$Agreed to a minor league deal with the Dodgers in January 2013.
PFree Agent  
March 10, 2013
Escobar was released by the Brewers on Sunday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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The veteran reliever was competing for a bullpen role but only received one appearance, in which he had control issues stemming from a pinched nerve in his throwing hand. The Brewers expressed further concern after an MRI on Escobar's shoulder prior to his signing created some skepticism about his health. As a result of those worries, don't expect another major league team to offer Escobar more than a low-cost minor league deal in his return bid.
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With one start in two seasons thanks to a torn labrum, Escobar is basically a wild card. There's some track record of pitchers missing that kind of time and coming back � Chris Carpenter, for instance � but really, there's just no telling. He'll need to show he's healthy after signing with the Mets and it's not clear if he'll return to the rotation or the bullpen as a setup man.
Escobar missed the entire 2008 season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He underwent surgery in late July and is expected to be out from nine months to a year while he rehabilitates the injured shoulder. Escobar could be a popular late-round flyer due to the success he has experienced in the past, but he will likely miss the first few months and fantasy owners should not expect to get much from him until the summer months roll around.
Escobar had the best season of his career in 2007, winning 18 games and sporting a 3.40 ERA that held steady under 3.00 until early September. He allowed fewer home runs last season than the year before and had the second highest strikeout total of his career. Escobar is only 30, and as long as he doesn’t feel any effects from a knee injury he suffered late last year, Escobar should be primed to put up solid numbers once again.
Escobar's stats after coming off the DL (shoulder) July 22: 13 starts, 82 2/3 IP, 68 K, 18 BB, 5 HR. He's a bit less valuable than his rates because he tends to miss five starts a year, but the guy can pitch, and he's better now than he's ever been before. Grab him.
Escobar should be fine after missing all of July and August in 2005 while recovering from minor surgery to remove a bone spur. He was solid in nine relief appearances in September posting a 1.89 ERA and a .169 Opponents' Batting Average. Overall, Escobar lowered his season ERA for the second straight year. He should be one of the top No. 3 starters in the AL in 2006.
Escobar continues to look like the staff ace of the Angels for 2005, however, he was a bit inconsistent in 2004. It’s also less than thrilling to know that he averaged 3.45 BB/9 over the past two seasons. Thankfully that won’t count against you much in most leagues. Escobar is a solid fantasy pitcher and not a bad middle round pick.
Escobar moved from the closer job to the rotation early last season and it proved to be a success. He had a 3.92 ERA as a starter with 162 hits allowed in 163 innings. He signed with the Angels in the offseason, and could be a nice sleeper this season.
He's too wild and gives up too many home runs to be considered among the elite fantasy closers. There's value in his saves and solid strikeout total for a reliever, but there's also the possibility of a trade for younger pitching for those in AL-only leagues. He's a solid choice among the second tier of fantasy closers, but don't expect him to help you in ERA and WHIP.
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PMilwaukee Brewers  
March 8, 2013
Escobar (hand) threw a bullpen session Thursday without issue, MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports.
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Elbow
March 5, 2013
Escobar was diagnosed with a nerve impingement in his arm Tuesday, MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports.
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Elbow
March 5, 2013
Escobar (elbow) is expected to meet with a doctor Tuesday morning, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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Elbow
March 3, 2013
Escobar, who hasn't pitched in three years, left Sunday's spring training game in the first inning with a sore elbow, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt reports.
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PMilwaukee Brewers  
February 28, 2013
Escobar will make his spring training debut against the Cubs on Sunday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt reports.
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