relief pitcher


Definition of relief pitcher 

: a baseball pitcher who takes over for another during a game

Examples of relief pitcher in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

More Detroit Tigers: The AL is stacked in the outfield, and an additional relief pitcher will better suit Astros manager A.J. Hinch in the glorified exhibition game. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Nick Castellanos is an All-Star snub. Who's to blame?," 9 July 2018 For a couple of seconds, Reds relief pitcher Austin Brice stood with his hands on his hips while looking out toward left field. Bobby Nightengale,, "Home runs hurt Luis Castillo, Cincinnati Reds in 6-2 loss to Pittsburgh Pirates," 16 June 2018 Neither catcher shows consistent hitting ability to make up for lapses on defense and failure to instill confidence in starting and relief pitchers. Bob Brookover,, "Cesar Hernandez clears bases with a single | Extra Innings," 20 Apr. 2018 In addition, relief pitcher Chase Lambert (3.27, 2 saves) is out this weekend while battling kidney stones. Creg Stephenson,, "South Alabama baseball hits road for key series vs. first-place Coastal Carolina," 6 Apr. 2018 Former Phillies relief pitcher Ken Giles was optioned by the Astros to triple-A Fresno on Wednesday. Ej Smith,, "Astros send former Phillie Ken Giles down to minor leagues as his lackluster season continues," 11 July 2018 Only one relief pitcher in Diamondbacks’ history has ever tossed four or more innings in a game more than McFarland already has. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks' Archie Bradley on T.J. McFarland: 'He's the MVP of the pitching staff'," 11 May 2018 Nine-hole hitter Landon Keller then hit a ground ball to relief pitcher Nick Talamo, who threw home to catcher Cole Jackson for the first out. Bob Warren,, "Turkish company eyes multi-million-dollar terminal at Port of Gulfport: report," 20 Apr. 2018 Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Danny Farquhar was taken to a nearby Chicago hospital after fainting in the dugout during the White Sox's game against the Astros at Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday. Casey L Moore, USA TODAY, "White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar faints in dugout during game against Astros," 20 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'relief pitcher.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of relief pitcher

1884, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about relief pitcher

Share relief pitcher

Statistics for relief pitcher

Last Updated

4 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for relief pitcher

The first known use of relief pitcher was in 1884

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for relief pitcher

relief pitcher


English Language Learners Definition of relief pitcher

baseball : a pitcher who comes into a game when another pitcher is removed from the game

More from Merriam-Webster on relief pitcher Encyclopedia article about relief pitcher

Comments on relief pitcher

What made you want to look up relief pitcher? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to reject or criticize sharply

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!