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Rick Ankiel    \an-KEE-uhl\

Richard Alexander Ankiel

Positions: Centerfielder and Pitcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 210 lb.

Born: July 19, 1979 in Fort Pierce, FL
High School: Port St. Lucie HS (Port St. Lucie, FL)
Drafted
by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2nd round of the 1997 amateur draft.
Signed August 28, 1997. (All Transactions)
Debut: August 23, 1999 (Age 20.035, 15,154th in MLB history)   vs. MON 5.0 IP, 5 H, 6 SO, 2 BB, 3 ER
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 2000 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cardinals/Nationals/Braves/Royals/Astros/... 1999-2013
Agents: Scott Boras [*]
Last Game: June 8, 2013 (Age 33.324)   vs. MIA 4 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
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  • 5/31 KFFL.com Hot off the Wire: Nationals | Rick Ankiel, Laynce Nix sitting: Washington Nationals OFs Rick Ankiel and Laynce Nix are both on the bench against a left-handed pitcher Tuesday, May 31. C Ivan...[+]
  • 5/26 B-R Blog: Wilson Valdez and non-pitchers getting the win: Wilson Valdez of the Phillies started last night's game at his customary position of second base, but in the 19th inning took...
  • 5/24 MLBTradeRumors: Nationals Rumors: LaRoche, Ramirez, Bernadina: Livan Hernandez threw out the first pitch in Washington Nationals history, and tonight he's taking on the Brewers in his 456th...
  • 5/24 KFFL.com Hot off the Wire: Nationals | Rick Ankiel activatedThe Washington Nationals activated OF Rick Ankiel (wrist) from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, May 24....[+]
  • 5/23 KFFL.com Hot off the Wire: Nationals | Have options at first base: Washington Nationals OF Mike Morse is likely to see the most time at first base with 1B Adam LaRoche (shoulder) on the disabled...[+]
  • 5/23 KFFL.com Hot off the Wire: Nationals | Adam LaRoche to DL: The Washington Nationals placed 1B Adam LaRoche (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list Monday, May 23. No corresponding move has...[+]
  • 5/23 KFFL.com Hot off the Wire: Nationals | Rick Ankiel to begin rehab assignment: Washington Nationals OF Rick Ankiel (wrist) will start his rehab assignment with Double-A Harrisburg Monday, May 23, and could...[+]
  • 5/23 Through The Fence Baseball: Pain, pain go away …: As I watched Nate McLouth injure himself on a check swing and heard the news of Jason Heyward heading to the disabled list this...
  • 5/19 KFFL.com Hot off the Wire: Nationals | Rick Ankiel might return in a week: Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals OF Rick Ankiel (wrist) is close to beginning a minor league rehab assignment....[+]
  • 5/18 KFFL.com Hot off the Wire: Nationals | Rick Ankiel to begin baseball activities : Washington Nationals OF Rick Ankiel (wrist) will take batting practice and participate in conditioning drills 'within a few days.'...[+]
  • 5/18 The Cardinal Nation Blog: Saying goodbye to another old ballparkThe seats from long-time home of the Arkansas Travelers, Ray Winder Field, were given away last weekend....
  • 5/16 KFFL.com Hot off the Wire: Nationals | Rick Ankiel takes BP: Washington Nationals OF Rick Ankiel (wrist) took batting practice for the first time Monday, May 16, since being injured and did...[+]
  • 5/16 KFFL.com Hot off the Wire: Nationals | Rick Ankiel takes batting practice : Washington Nationals OF Rick Ankiel (wrist) took part in batting practice before the team's game Monday, May 16. He will take...[+]
  • 5/13 MLBTradeRumors: Nationals Overloaded In The Outfield: Nats centerfielder Rick Ankiel may not be able to return to action when he's able to come off the disabled list next week.  From...
  • 5/13 KFFL.com Hot off the Wire: Nationals | Rick Ankiel healing slowly: Washington Nationals OF Rick Ankiel (wrist) is recovering slowly from his right wrist injury and he is not expected to come off...[+]
  • 5/12 Baseball Press: Under the Radar - AL/NL Only Leagues: J.J. Hardy is healthy and returned to the Orioles this week. (Getty)Each week, Baseball Press will be providing some "under...
  • 5/9 Fanspeak.com: Nationals Make a Minor Deal; Add Blanco From KC
  • 5/8 MLBTradeRumors: Nationals Acquire Gregor Blanco: The Nationals acquired Gregor Blanco from the Royals for a player to be named later, according to the team's Twitter account. Blanco,...
  • 5/7 KFFL.com Hot off the Wire: Nationals | Rick Ankiel placed on 15-day DL: The Washington Nationals placed OF Rick Ankiel (wrist) on the 15-day disabled list Friday, May 6, due to his sprained right wrist....[+]
  • 5/6 KFFL.com Hot off the Wire: Nationals | Rick Ankiel still nursing wrist injury: Washington Nationals OF Rick Ankiel (wrist) had an MRI Friday, May 6, and it came back negative. He continues to miss time due...[+]
  • 5/6 KFFL.com Hot off the Wire: Nationals | More on Rick AnkielWashington Nationals OF Rick Ankiel (hand) had an MRI Friday, May 6, and should avoid a trip to the disabled list....[+]
  • 5/6 KFFL.com Hot off the Wire: Nationals | Rick Ankiel, Mike Morse see doctor: Washington Nationals OFs Rick Ankiel (hand) and Mike Morse (knee) paid visits to the doctor Friday, May 6. Morse underwent an...[+]
  • 5/6 KFFL.com Hot off the Wire: Nationals | Lineup notes: As expected, Washington Nationals OF Rick Ankiel (hand) is not playing Friday, May 6. OF Laynce Nix is batting cleanup, SS Alex...[+]
  • 5/5 KFFL.com Hot off the Wire: Nationals | Rick Ankiel may miss two more games: Washington Nationals OF Rick Ankiel (hand) is not yet participating in batting practice and will miss at least one more game,...[+]
  • 5/5 KFFL.com Hot off the Wire: Nationals | Rick Ankiel, Mike Morse not playing: Washington Nationals OFs Rick Ankiel (hand) and Mike Morse (knee) are not in the lineup Thursday, May 5. OF Jerry Hairston Jr....[+]
  • 5/4 KFFL.com Hot off the Wire: Nationals | Rick Ankiel out again: Washington Nationals OF Rick Ankiel (hand) is out again Wednesday, May 4. SS Jerry Hairston Jr. will play center field, while...[+]
  • 5/3 KFFL.com Hot off the Wire: Nationals | Rick Ankiel sitting : Washington Nationals OF Rick Ankiel (hand) is out of the starting lineup Tuesday, May 3, with SS Ian Desmond taking over the No....[+]
  • 5/3 KFFL.com Hot off the Wire: Nationals | Rick Ankiel banged up: Washington Nationals OF Rick Ankiel (hand) had his right hand wrapped with an ice pack in the clubhouse Monday, May 2, after landing...[+]
  • 5/1 22gigantes.com: Whiteside's HR helps Giants slip past Nats 2-1: Eli Whiteside goes yard. Pinch hitter Aubrey Huff drew a bases-loaded walk to plate the eventual game-winning run in the...

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  • 3/30 The Helmholtz Way: Nyjer Morgan to Brewers: Nyjer Morgan Traded To Milwaukee Brewers For Minor-League Prospect – SBNation.com. I am a bit surprised at this move. The...
  • 3/29 KFFL.com Hot off the Wire: Nationals | Opening Day lineup on display Tuesday: Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman displayed his Opening Day lineup in the team's spring game Tuesday, March 29, according...[+]
  • 3/28 PaulLebowitz.com: Yellowcake From Nyjer: Because of his on-field brawls, confrontations with fans and suspensions late last season, Nyjer Morgan‘s re**** has become...
  • 3/27 KFFL.com Hot off the Wire: Nationals | Rick Ankiel to start on Opening Day: Washington Nationals OF Rick Ankiel will be the team's starting center fielder on Opening Day, reports Bill Ladson, of MLB.com....[+]
  • 3/25 KFFL.com Hot off the Wire: Nationals | Two expected to platoon at CF: Washington Nationals OFs Rick Ankiel and Jerry Hairston Jr. are expected to share time at center field at the start of the season,...[+]
  • 3/24 MLBTradeRumors: Quick Hits: Indians, Boras, Quade, Pirates: Links for Thursday as the Braves name Brandon Beachy their No. 5 starter... Stop by at 2pm CDT for this week's chat. Indians...
  • 3/23 KFFL.com Hot off the Wire: Nationals | Rick Ankiel ticketed to start: Updating a previous item, Washington Nationals OF Rick Ankiel is expected to be named the starting center fielder over OF Nyjer...[+]
  • 3/23 MLBTradeRumors: Nationals To Sign Oliver Perez: The Nationals have agreed to sign Oliver Perez to a minor league deal, according to Yahoo's Tim Brown (on Twitter). ...
  • 3/23 MLBTradeRumors: Nationals In Talks With Oliver Perez: The Nationals are in talks with free agent left-hander Oliver Perez, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com (Twitter links). The...
  • 3/23 MLB Fantasy Recon: 2011 Fantasy Baseball Keeper Special - Bryce Harper: We can't seem to get enough Bryce Harper, so I wanted to share a nice rundown on the prospect from The Golden Sombrero. ...
  • 3/23 Through The Fence Baseball: 2011 MLB Pre-Season Preview: NL East – Washington Nationals: Washington Nationals (2010 record: 69-93) The addition of free agent Jayson Werth speaks volumes about the Nationals’ growth...
  • 3/22 KFFL.com Hot off the Wire: Nationals | Center field job down to two?: An inside source believes the Washington Nationals' competition in center field is down to OFs Rick Ankiel and Nyjer Morgan, according...[+]
  • 3/22 MLBTradeRumors: Average Free Agent Prices By Position: 131 free agents signed Major League deals this offseason, ranging from Scott Olsen at $550K to Carl Crawford at $142MM.  The...
  • 3/19 KFFL.com Hot off the Wire: Nationals | Rick Ankiel is frontrunner for CF job: Washington Nationals OF Rick Ankiel is the frontrunner for the starting center fielder job, reports Bill Ladson, of MLB.com. Ankiel...[+]
  • 3/18 C70 At The Bat: Playing Pepper 2011: Washington Nationals: Two years ago, I started a series I called Playing Pepper, where I asked questions of bloggers of each major league team about...
  • 3/16 Mastersball.com: Cactus League Notes (3/16): Alex Gordon Redux: Long past the “post hype” period, young (still only 27) Royal Alex Gordon is one of the hottest hitters in Arizona He may...
  • 3/16 MLBTradeRumors: Midseason Trade Candidates: National League: We outlined our American League trade candidates here; let's head over to the National League. The Mets and Pirates strike me...
  • 3/15 MLBTradeRumors: Offseason In Review: Atlanta Braves: The Braves are next in our Offseason In Review series. Major League/International Signings Alex Gonzalez, SS: one year,...
  • 3/15 PaulLebowitz.com: Not Ready For CenterStage: Despite all the hype and lusty predictions regarding Yankees prospect Manny Banuelos, he’s not ready for the big leagues...
  • 3/14 KFFL.com Hot off the Wire: Nationals | Platoon situation in center: Washington Nationals OFs Nyjer Morgan, Rick Ankiel and Roger Bernadina are battling for the center field job in camp, MLB.com's...[+]
  • 3/11 KFFL.com Hot off the Wire: Nationals | Outfield still a question mark: The Washington Nationals are sorting out who will start in left and center field as spring camp continues, according to MLB.com's...[+]
  • 3/1 The Writer's Journey: 2011 Reds (’92 Style): Jerry Gil: Babe Ruth started his career as a pitcher before becoming one of the greatest home run hitters of all-time. Rick Ankiel had a...
  • 3/1 Call to the Pen: The Arizona Diamondbacks SystemIn the antepenultimate edition of my system reviews, we're going to be looking at the Arizona Diamondbacks system....

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  • 5/18 KFFL.com Hot off the Wire: Royals | Rick Ankiel to go on rehab assignment: Kansas City Royals OF Rick Ankiel (quadriceps) will go on a minor league rehab assignment when he is ready, according to The Kansas...[+]
  • 5/12 KFFL.com Hot off the Wire: Royals | Rick Ankiel improving: Kansas City Royals OF Rick Ankiel (quadriceps) has been improving, and the team is hopeful he can return when he is eligible Tuesday,...[+]
  • 5/5 MLBTradeRumors: 2011 Contract Issues: Kansas City Royals: The Royals face four contractual options after the season: Right fielder David DeJesus has a $6MM club option with a $500K...
  • 5/4 KFFL.com Hot off the Wire: Royals | Rick Ankiel placed on DL: Kansas City Royals OF Rick Ankiel (quadriceps) has been placed on the disabled list because of a strained right quadriceps muscle,...[+]

News -- April 2010

  • 4/30 KFFL.com Hot off the Wire: Royals | Rick Ankiel likely out all weekend: Kansas City Royals OF Rick Ankiel (quadriceps) is likely to be out all weekend due to his strained right quadriceps, according...[+]
  • 4/30 KFFL.com Hot off the Wire: Royals | Rick Ankiel misses game Thursday: Kansas City Royals OF Rick Ankiel (quadriceps) missed his fifth straight game Thursday, April 29, with a strained right quadriceps,...[+]
  • 4/28 KFFL.com Hot off the Wire: Royals | Rick Ankiel, Alex Gordon sitting Wednesday: Kansas City Royals OF Rick Ankiel (quadriceps) and 3B Alex Gordon are both out of the starting lineup Wednesday, April 28, according...[+]
  • 4/26 KFFL.com Hot off the Wire: Royals | Rick Ankiel uncertain for Monday: Kansas City Royals OF Rick Ankiel's (quadriceps) availability for the game Monday, April 26, is uncertain after he mildly strained...[+]
  • 4/25 KFFL.com Hot off the Wire: Royals | Rick Ankiel has right quad strain: Kansas City Royals OF Rick Ankiel (quadriceps) left the game against the Minnesota Twins Saturday, April 24, in the fifth inning,...[+]
  • 4/22 MLBTradeRumors: Stark On Padres, Jose Guillen, Derrek Lee: ESPN's Jayson Stark kicks off today's column with a look at which teams' starts he considers reality and illusion.  Beyond...