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Mark Melancon | Relief Pitcher | #41

Team: San Francisco Giants
Age / DOB:  (33) / 3/28/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Arizona
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 9 (0) / NYY
Contract: view contract details

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Mark Melancon (forearm) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Sacramento on Monday.
He's going to need around two weeks before he's ready to rejoin the Giants' bullpen. With as well as Hunter Strickland has pitched in the closer's role, it would be surprising if Melancon works in the ninth inning immediately upon his return. May 19 - 2:59 PM

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Mark Melancon (forearm) threw 20 pitches during Thursday's live batting practice.

Melancon is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Sunday. He'll need about two weeks in the minors before he's ready to rejoin the Giants' bullpen. It's unclear if Melancon will regain the closer's role upon his return or if he'll cede ninth-inning duties to Hunter Strickland, who has pitched to an impressive 2.41 ERA with nine saves in the early going.
May 17 - 8:19 PM

Mark Melancon (forearm) could begin a minor league rehab assignment by early next week.

Melancon has been throwing bullpen sessions with some regularity since the first week of May and he is scheduled to face live hitters Thursday for the first time since landing on the disabled list just before Opening Day with inflammation in his right flexor tendon. The veteran reliever is hoping to join the Giants' bullpen before the end of this month. Hunter Strickland has done well as a fill-in closer for San Francisco and should keep the job until Melancon proves that he's capable of retiring MLB hitters.
May 15 - 7:52 PM

Mark Melancon (forearm) threw a 20-pitch bullpen session Saturday.

It was his first since hitting the disabled list in late March with the forearm injury, and he told San Francisco Chronicle reporter Henry Schulman that he's "100 percent." Despite there being no timetable for his next step, Melancon said he's hoping to return when first eligible on May 25. He hasn't thrown a pitch for the Giants yet this year, and even when he does return there's a good chance Hunter Strickland will retain the closer job if he's still pitching effectively.
May 5 - 4:56 PM

Mark Melancon (forearm) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session this weekend.

It'll be his first mound workout since he was diagnosed with inflammation in the flexor tendon of his right forearm just before Opening Day. Melancon will aim to join the Giants' bullpen in about a month, but he has a lot of hurdles to clear. Hunter Strickland is filling in as the Giants' closer and has been terrific thus far, with a 1.32 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, 15/3 K/BB ratio, and seven saves in 13 2/3 innings.
May 1 - 7:53 PM

Giants transferred RHP Mark Melancon to the 60-day disabled list.

Nothing has changed in his prognosis or recovery, this was merely done as a procedural move to free up a spot on the 40-man roster. Hunter Strickland will continue to fill in as the Giants' closer while Melancon is on the mend.
Apr 28 - 2:46 PM

Mark Melancon (forearm) will play catch Thursday.

It will be the first time he's done any throwing since he was diagnosed with inflammation in his flexor tendon just before Opening Day. The Giants will have no idea on a timetable for Melancon until they see how he progresses. The veteran reliever should get his closer job back eventually when he's physically ready, but when/if that happens is up in the air. Hunter Strickland has been handling the ninth inning for San Francisco with Melancon out.
Apr 23 - 7:50 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Mark Melancon (forearm) is a week away from playing catch.

This is consistent with the timetable Melancon was given last week when he underwent a stem cell injection in his injured forearm. Melancon can resume throwing next week but he's still a ways off from rejoining the Giants' bullpen. Hunter Strickland will continue to handle save chances in Melancon's absence.
Apr 19 - 8:10 PM

Mark Melancon underwent a stem cell injection in his right pronator on Thursday.

Melancon also paid a visit to Dr. James Andrews, who confirmed that his ligaments are fine. Unfortunately it's going to be at least another two weeks before Melancon is ready to resume throwing. Hunter Strickland has been filling in at closer for the Giants.
Apr 12 - 8:41 PM

Mark Melancon (forearm) hasn't resumed throwing.

In fact, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area writes that there's "no timetable for him to even play catch." Giants manager Bruce Bochy initially hoped that Melancon would be back "within a couple of weeks," but that's obviously not happening. The Giants' closer had pronator muscle surgery last September and was forced to begin the year on the disabled list with inflammation in his right flexor tendon. Hunter Strickland is filling at closer.
Apr 10 - 8:03 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he hopes to have Mark Melancon (forearm) back "within a couple weeks."

"I think that’s realistic," said Bochy. "But until he starts throwing, that’s a hard one to answer." Melancon battled injuries for a good chunk of last season and will begin the year on the disabled list while he works back from inflammation in his right flexor tendon. Bochy announced Thursday that Hunter Strickland will handle closer duties in Melancon's absence.
Mar 29 - 5:28 PM

An MRI on Mark Melancon's right forearm showed inflammation in his flexor tendon.

Melancon was placed on the disabled list Thursday morning and acknowledged to reporters on Thursday afternoon that he felt pain in his surgically-repaired arm all spring. This sounds like it could be an extended absence for the veteran closer. He said even "throwing at 30 feet is tough." Sam Dyson, Hunter Strickland, and Tony Watson are all in the mix for saves in San Francisco.

Giants placed RHP Mark Melancon on the 10-day disabled list with a right forearm injury.

Melancon has struggled in his rehab from pronator muscle surgery and it's unclear when he might be ready to join the San Francisco bullpen. Tony Watson, Hunter Strickland, and Sam Dyson could share saves in the early going.
Mar 29 - 12:01 PM

Mark Melancon is still "feeling something" in his right arm, per Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area.

Pavlovic notes that the Giants are "unsure if he'll be ready for Opening Day." Melancon needed surgery last September to release pressure on the pronator muscle in his forearm and he hasn't felt right all spring. It looks like Sam Dyson may return to the closer role for San Francisco to kick off the 2018 campaign, though Tony Watson and Hunter Strickland might be in the mix too. There should be more information on this situation Wednesday.
Mar 27 - 6:52 PM

Mark Melancon (arm) told reporters after his spring training debut on Wednesday that he's still not feeling 100 percent.

"It’s progressing," Melancon said. "I don’t think we expected it to be perfect from day one. Part of having surgery is going through that." Melancon pitched in a game on Wednesday for the first time since undergoing an operation to release pressure on the pronator muscle of his right forearm in September. It sounds like the 32-year-old reliever will be dealing with discomfort for a while, but he's still expected to be the closer for the Giants come Opening Day.
Mar 7 - 8:12 PM

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2Alen Hanson
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SS1Brandon Crawford
3B1Evan Longoria
2Pablo Sandoval
LF1Hunter Pence
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S1Madison Bumgarner
2Johnny Cueto
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5Ty Blach
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Relief Pitcher
R1Mark Melancon
2Hunter Strickland
3Tony Watson
4Cory Gearrin
5Sam Dyson
6Will Smith
7Reyes Moronta
8Pierce Johnson
9Jose Valdez
10Julian Fernandez