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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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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. Sep 19 - 7:40 PM

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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.
Sep 12 - 8:49 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.
Sep 8 - 6:31 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.
Sep 4 - 3:00 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.
Sep 1 - 8:01 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."
Aug 22 - 9:10 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.
Aug 18 - 8:06 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.
Aug 15 - 11:07 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.
Aug 12 - 5:59 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.
Aug 11 - 5:33 PM

Mark Melancon (elbow) will travel with the Giants on their road trip that begins Friday and could be activated as soon as this weekend.

The Giants had Melancon make another rehab appearance Tuesday after he was roughed up in his previous one, and he responded with a scoreless frame with a couple strikeouts. He would figure to go right back into the closer role, although Sam Dyson owners might be smart to hang on to him for now given Melancon's recurring elbow issues.
Aug 9 - 2:58 PM

Mark Melancon (elbow) could make another rehab appearance on Tuesday.

Melancon got knocked around for four runs over two-thirds of an inning in his last appearance for High-A San Jose, so he could probably use another tune-up. Sam Dyson will continue to close for the Giants until Melancon is ready.
Aug 6 - 3:10 PM

Mark Melancon (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday.

Johnny Cueto (blisters) is also set to begin a rehab assignment Monday at High-A San Jose. It's taken Melancon about a month to recover from a right pronator strain. He shouldn't need more than a game or two to dust off the cobwebs. Melancon will regain the closer role upon his return with Sam Dyson moving back into setup duty.
Jul 29 - 8:43 PM

Mark Melancon (elbow) could face hitters as soon as this weekend.

Melancon will throw another bullpen session Tuesday before possibly being cleared to face hitters. The Giants hope he'll be ready to resume his closing duties in a couple weeks.
Jul 24 - 8:06 PM

Mark Melancon (elbow) threw another bullpen session Sunday.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy was encouraged by how the reliever looked and felt and is hoping Melancon can return in the next couple weeks. The skipper admitted that they've been slow-playing the closer's return because of where they are in the standings. Sam Dyson has been handling the ninth inning in Melancon's absence and has done a nice job.
Jul 23 - 3:15 PM

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S1Madison Bumgarner
2Johnny Cueto
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2Mark Melancon
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