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  • Chase De Jong: Enters free agency

    De Jong elected to become a free agent Wednesday.

    De Jong appeared in six games for the Pirates in 2023, giving up 17 runs over 11.1 frames. He found more success in the minors with a 3.73 ERA and 1.70 WHIP, but he's unlikely to get more than a minor-league deal elsewhere given his rough MLB stats.

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  • Pirates' Chase De Jong: Outrighted to Triple-A

    De Jong cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday.

    He has the ability to decline the outright assignment and elect free agency if he wants. De Jong holds a 13.50 ERA over six relief appearances with the big club this season.

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  • Pirates' Chase De Jong: Designated for assignment

    The Pirates designated De Jong for assignment Friday.

    Less than a week after selecting De Jong's contract from Triple-A Indianapolis, the Pirates will once again place the 29-year-old reliever on waivers. De Jong yielded six runs on five hits and a walk over two innings during his last appearance June 6. He will be replaced on the MLB roster by Canaan Smith-Njigba, who was recalled from Indianapolis on Friday.

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  • Pirates' Chase De Jong: Back with parent club

    The Pirates selected De Jong's contract from Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday.

    De Jong was added back to the 40-man roster and 26-man active roster following a two-week stint at Indianapolis after he was outrighted to the minors in May. Over his last five outings prior to his call-up, De Jong pitched to a 2.84 ERA, 1.89 WHIP and 7:5 K:BB in 6.1 innings for Indianapolis. He'll likely see most of his usage in lower-leverage spots while he's up with Pittsburgh.

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  • Pirates' Chase De Jong: Clears waivers

    De Jong cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday.

    De Jong was designated for assignment Tuesday and subsequently went unclaimed on waivers. He'll have the option to elect free agency or accept the outright assignment to Indianapolis.

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  • Pirates' Chase De Jong: Dropped from 40-man roster

    The Pirates designated De Jong for assignment on Tuesday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Outfielder Josh Palacios was called up from Triple-A Indianapolis in a corresponding move. De Jong, 29, had allowed 11 earned runs on 13 hits and five walks through 9.1 innings this season out of the Bucs bullpen.

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  • Pirates' Chase De Jong: Activated from injured list

    De Jong was activated from the 15-day injured list by the Pirates on Friday.

    De Jong has been out of commission for the last three weeks with a back injury but is ready to go after three scoreless rehab appearances. He'll be used in middle relief.

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  • Pirates' Chase De Jong: Beginning rehab assignment

    De Jong (back) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Indianapolis, Justice delos Santos of MLB.com reports.

    De Jong should be on track to return from the 15-day injured list by the early part of next week. He was placed on the injured list April 13 with a lumbar spine muscle strain.

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  • Pirates' Chase De Jong: Slated for live BP

    De Jong (back) will throw live batting practice this weekend, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    De Jong is a little less than a week removed from being diagnosed with a lumbar spine muscle strain. He'll probably need some rehab appearances before being activated.

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  • Pirates' Chase De Jong: Diagnosed with lumbar strain

    De Jong has been diagnosed with a lumbar spine muscle strain, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.

    De Jong was placed on the 15-day injured list by the Pirates on Friday with no initial specifics. It sounds like the type of injury that will cost him more than 15 days. Robert Stephenson (elbow) was activated in a corresponding roster move.

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  • Pirates' Chase De Jong: Placed on 15-day IL

    De Jong (undisclosed) was placed on the 15-day injured list Friday, retroactive to April 13.

    There is no injury description in the Pirates' initial announcement of this move. Robert Stephenson (elbow) will come off the IL in a corresponding roster move to fill the bullpen vacancy.

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  • Pirates' Chase De Jong: Blows save chance

    De Jong allowed three earned runs on four hits to blow the save Wednesday against the Reds.

    De Jong entered the game with a three-run lead, but he served up back-to-back homers to blow the save chance. He's been effective for long stretches of the season but has a 5.27 ERA and 1.61 WHIP across 13.2 innings in September. He isn't likely to see save additional save chances with David Bednar back from the injured list.

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  • Pirates' Chase De Jong: First career save

    De Jong allowed two hits with no strikeouts or walks across 1.2 innings to earn the save Tuesday against the Brewers.

    De Jong was shaky in the final frame, allowing a double and a single to the first two batters he faced. However, he induced a double play to escape the jam, end the game and tally his first career save. Wil Crowe is still the likeliest reliever to pick up save chances while David Bednar (back) is sidelined, but Crowe took the loss after serving up two homers Monday so was likely unavailable. De Jong has only a 46:20 K:BB across 55.1 innings for the season, but he has maintained a 1.95 ERA and 0.96 WHIP.

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  • Pirates' Chase De Jong: Four hitless innings in relief

    De Jong allowed just one walk while striking out one over four hitless, scoreless innings in Tuesday's 5-3 loss against the Red Sox.

    De Jong entered Tuesday's game after Mitch Keller left after the second inning due to shoulder fatigue. The 28-year-old held Boston hitless through four innings and only surrendered one free pass. The strong effort is in line with his season-long performance as he maintains a 2.33 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in 46.1 innings. It is unlikely Pittsburgh moves him back into the rotation given his success thus far in the bullpen, but the situation is worth monitoring if Keller is forced to the IL.

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  • Pirates' Chase De Jong: Activated from injured list

    De Jong (knee) was activated from the injured list Tuesday.

    De Jong wound up missing only one more day than the minimum 15 days he was required to sit out, and he will be available moving forward. De Jong is having easily the best season of his career, posting a 2.06 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 35.0 innings over 21 appearances out of Pittsburgh's bullpen.

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  • Pirates' Chase De Jong: Could return after minimal IL stint

    Pirates director of sports medicine said Thursday that De Jong (knee) could return following a minimal stay on the 15-day IL, Mike Persak of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    De Jong landed on the injured list with left knee tendinitis July 17 but is slated to throw live BP in the coming days. Assuming he feels good after facing hitters, the Pirates hope the right-hander will be able to return to action early next week.

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  • Pirates' Chase De Jong: Sidelined with knee tendinitis

    The Pirates placed De Jong on the 15-day injured list Sunday with left knee tendinitis, Mike Persak of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    De Jong is experiencing discomfort in the same knee that he had surgically repaired last July, so he could be at risk of spending more than the minimum amount of time on the IL. The Pirates called up their starting pitcher for Sunday's game against the Rockies, Bryse Wilson, from Triple-A Indianapolis to take over the active roster spot of De Jong, who has submitted a 2.06 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 28:12 K:BB across 35 innings out of the Pittsburgh bullpen this season.

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  • Pirates' Chase De Jong: Contract selected by Pirates

    De Jong's contract was selected by the Pirates on Thursday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    De Jong missed the end of the 2021 season after undergoing knee surgery, but he was healthy for most of spring training. He's made three appearances (two starts) at Triple-A Indianapolis this year and has posted a 2.08 ERA, 19:5 K:BB and 0.92 WHIP in 13 innings and will be rewarded with a major-league roster spot after Roansy Contreras was sent down Thursday.

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  • Pirates' Chase De Jong: Cleared for spring debut

    De Jong (knee) is scheduled to pitch in relief in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles, Justice delos Santos of MLB.com reports.

    De Jong, who elected free agency in the offseason only to re-sign with the Pirates on a minor-league deal last week, appears to be back to full health at spring training after finishing the 2021 campaign on the 60-day injured list after undergoing left knee surgery in July. He'll be attending big-league camp as a non-roster invitee and will get the chance to compete for a rotation spot or long-relief role with the big club, though it's more likely he opens the campaign at Triple-A Indianapolis.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 230 lbs
Birthplace: Long Beach, CA
Age: 30
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: L, R