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Christopher Gregg Narveson (/ˈnɑːrvɪsən/; born December 20, 1981) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers, and Miami Marlins, and in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows.

Chris Narveson
Narveson with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2011
Born: (1981-12-20) December 20, 1981 (age 37)
Englewood, Colorado
Batted: Left Threw: Left
Professional debut
MLB: September 8, 2006, for the St. Louis Cardinals
NPB: April 8, 2014, for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows
Last appearance
NPB: 2014, for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows
MLB: April 19, 2016, for the Miami Marlins
MLB statistics
Win–loss record30–19
Earned run average4.71
NPB statistics
Win–loss record4–11
Earned run average4.53

Baseball careerEdit

St. Louis CardinalsEdit

Narveson was originally drafted out of T.C. Roberson High School by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2nd round of the 2000 MLB Draft. He remained in the Cardinals' farm system through 2004, including appearing in the 2003 All-Star Futures Game for the USA Team.[citation needed]

Colorado RockiesEdit

Narveson was traded by the Cardinals to the Colorado Rockies on August 11, 2004, along with Luis Martinez, to complete an early trade for Larry Walker.[citation needed] He made four starts in AA for the Tulsa Drillers.

Boston Red SoxEdit

On March 30, 2005, Narveson was traded by the Rockies to the Boston Red Sox, with Charles Johnson, for Byung-hyun Kim. He made 21 appearances (20 starts) for the AAA Pawtucket Red Sox, with an ERA of 4.77.[citation needed]

St. Louis CardinalsEdit

Narveson returned to the Cardinals on August 8, 2005, when they selected him off waivers from the Red Sox.[citation needed] He made 15 starts in 2006 for the AAA Memphis Redbirds with a 2.81 ERA and was called up to the big leagues for the first time when rosters expanded in September. He made his Major League debut by working 2 innings of relief on September 8, 2006 against the Arizona Diamondbacks, allowing two earned runs. Made his first start on September 22, 2006 against the Houston Astros but only lasted 4 innings. Overall, he made 5 appearances (with the 1 start) for the Cardinals in 2006 and had an ERA of 4.82 with no decisions. He only made 12 minor league starts in 2007 due to a left shoulder injury.

Milwaukee BrewersEdit

Narveson signed as a minor league free agent with the Milwaukee Brewers on December 4, 2007 and spent the 2008 season with the AAA Nashville Sounds, where he was 6-13 with a 5.43 ERA in 28 appearances (22 starts).[citation needed]

He was recalled by the Brewers from Nashville on June 14, 2009[1] and pitched in his first game with Milwaukee on June 15. He was outrighted to Nashville on July 13[2] after being designated for assignment. He was called up again on August 21[3] and appeared in a game the next day, earning his first major league win. He entered the Brewers starting rotation on September 13 making a spot start in place of Manny Parra[4] and gained his first major league win as a starter on September 23, striking out 10 in the process.

Narveson made the Brewers roster in 2010 with the intention of him being a long distance reliever and a spot starter. However, the struggles of Manny Parra gave Narveson the chance to start and he ended up being the Brewers 5th starter for the second half of the season. Narveson finished the season with a 12–9 record in 28 starts, a 4.99 ERA, and 137 strikeouts in 167.2 innings pitched.[citation needed]

Narveson was named the 5th starter on a revamped Brewers starting rotation for 2011. He started 28 games for the Brewers in 2011 and finished with an 11–8 record, with a 4.45 ERA and 126 strikeouts in 161 innings pitched. Narveson just missed starting 30 games on the season, but due to an injury on his left thumb caused by a pair of scissors, Narveson missed 2 of his scheduled starts.[citation needed]

Narveson missed almost all of the 2012 season due to an injury to, and surgery on his throwing arm's torn rotator cuff. He had a 1-1 record in 2 starts, with an ERA of 7.00. He was replaced as a starter by Marco Estrada.[citation needed] He became a free agent on October 1, 2013.[5]

Tokyo Yakult SwallowsEdit

Narveson pitched in the Tokyo league in 2014, finishing his first season in Japan with a 4-11 record in 24 starts.

Miami MarlinsEdit

On December 6, 2014, Narveson signed a minor league deal with the Miami Marlins.[6] He was designated for assignment on April 21, 2016.

Cleveland IndiansEdit

Narveson signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians on February 14, 2017 that includes an invitation to major league spring training.[7] He elected free agency on November 6, 2017.


  1. ^ Major League Baseball Transactions, June 2009; accessed 10/25/09
  2. ^ Major League Baseball Transactions, July 2009; accessed 1 0/25/09
  3. ^ Major League Baseball Transactions, August 2009; accessed 10/25/09
  4. ^ "Narveson ready for chance in spotlight", 9/13/09; accessed 10/25/09
  5. ^ October 2013 minor league transactions
  6. ^ Marlins sign Cole Gillespie, Chris Narveson to minor-league deals
  7. ^ "Indians invite LHP Chris Narveson to Major League Camp". Retrieved 14 February 2017.

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