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Mark Melancon | Relief Pitcher | #41

Team: San Francisco Giants
Age / DOB:  (32) / 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 (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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Mark Melancon (arm) is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut on Wednesday.

Melancon began facing hitters last week and isn't that far behind the rest of the relievers in Giants' camp. He is returning from a September surgery to repair the pronator muscle in his right forearm. He remains a high-risk, high-reward fantasy option heading into the 2018 season.
Mar 4 - 8:53 PM

Mark Melancon faced hitters Wednesday in Giants camp for the first time since his September forearm surgery.

According to beat writer John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, the veteran closer "looked fine" and "said he felt fine." Melancon is a high-risk, high-reward fantasy option for 2018 after struggling to a 4.50 ERA over 32 appearances during his injury-shortened debut campaign with the Giants.
Feb 28 - 1:11 PM

Mark Melancon (forearm) will be a full participant at the beginning of spring training.

Melancon had surgery in September to repair the pronator muscle in his right forearm, but he resumed throwing over a month ago and will enter spring training without any limitations. The veteran closer will be looking to bounce back in 2018 after posting a disappointing 4.50 ERA during an injury-shortened 2017.
Jan 19 - 3:04 PM

Mark Melancon (forearm) has been playing catch with no pain.

Melancon had surgery in September to repair the pronator muscle in his right forearm, but it sounds like he will enter spring training without any limitations. The closer posted a 4.50 ERA over just 32 appearances in his first year with the Giants, but he should bounce back in 2018 if he can stay healthy.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 06:37:00 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated Tuesday that Mark Melancon (forearm) will open the 2018 season as the team's closer.

Melancon posted a highly disappointing 4.50 ERA in 30 innings this season for San Francisco and he needed surgery last week to repair the pronator muscle in his right forearm, but the 32-year-old is aiming to begin throwing in mid-December and he should be close to 100 percent leading into spring training next February. Melancon signed a four-year, $62 million free agent contract with the Giants last winter.
Tue, Sep 19, 2017 07:40:00 PM

Mark Melancon underwent surgery Tuesday to repair the pronator muscle in his right forearm.

Melancon tried pitching through the injury but things weren't going well for him, so the last-place Giants decided to go ahead and get the procedure done before the end of the 2017 regular season. The rehab for this type of surgery only takes 6-8 weeks, meaning Melancon should be 100 percent healthy leading into spring training next February. Sam Dyson has taken over closer duties in San Francisco.
Tue, Sep 12, 2017 08:49:00 PM

Mark Melancon will undergo season-ending elbow surgery on Tuesday.

The recovery timetable for the procedure is 2-3 months, so he should be fully healthy and ready to go by the time that spring training rolls around. Sam Dyson is likely to occupy the ninth-inning role for the Giants for the remainder of the season.
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 06:31:00 PM

Mark Melancon revealed Monday that he's dealing with chronic exertional compartment syndrome in his right forearm.

It's a rare condition in which the sheath that covers the muscle does not allow it to expand when worked. Kyle Lohse is one notable player who dealt with the same injury. He was able to return and have success. Melancon will have surgery, but the only question is whether he'll be able to put it off until after the season. Surgery carries a timetable of 2-3 months, so he should be good to go for spring training. Melancon is still owed $38 million from 2018-2020.
Mon, Sep 4, 2017 03:00:00 PM

Mark Melancon (elbow) is expected to be shut down soon to undergo elbow surgery.

The procedure that he will undergo will correct an issue that has bothered him off and on since the 2012 season. The operation comes with a 6-8 week recovery time, so he'll have plenty of time to get ready before the start of spring training.
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 08:01:00 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that Mark Melancon will continue to work in a setup role for the time being.

Melancon has pitched well since returning from the disabled list on August 12, but Bochy doesn't want to remove fill-in closer Sam Dyson from the ninth-inning role quite yet. "I think he’s ready," Bochy said of Melancon. "He can pitch the ninth now. But he’s fine where he’s at. We’ve talked about it and he’s been a big help there (in the seventh). It’s a nice luxury to have your closer there."
Tue, Aug 22, 2017 09:10:00 PM

Mark Melancon admitted Friday that he has been contemplating surgery.

The right-hander claims that the ligament in his elbow is fine, but the surgery would correct a separate issue that has bothered him off and on since the 2012 season. Melancon has continued to have conversations with the Giants' training staff regarding the proper course of action and Giants' manage Bruce Bochy said he wouldn't put Melancon on the mound if it meant risking further injury. It doesn't sound like he's going to have much fantasy value over the final six weeks of the season.
Fri, Aug 18, 2017 08:06:00 PM

Mark Melancon on Tuesday pitched his second scoreless inning since coming off the disabled list.

Melancon allowed just a single in the seventh to earn his first hold of the year. He'd seem to be in line to resume closing duties next week or perhaps even this weekend.
Tue, Aug 15, 2017 11:07:00 PM

Giants activated RHP Mark Melancon from the 10-day disabled list.

Melancon wasn't overly sharp during his four-game rehab stint (9.82 ERA over 3 2/3 innings) but at least his elbow is no longer bothering him. Sam Dyson will shift to a setup role with Melancon back to resume closer duties. Melancon has labored through an injury-plagued first year in San Francisco, converting 11-of-15 save opportunities while generating an uncharacteristically sluggish 4.35 ERA over 22 appearances.
Sat, Aug 12, 2017 05:59:00 PM

Mark Melancon (elbow) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday, though he won't close immediately.

Melancon will likely make two or three appearances before getting his ninth-inning role back. Sam Dyson will continue to close for now.
Fri, Aug 11, 2017 05:33:00 PM

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