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Seth Maness | Relief Pitcher | #63

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/14/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: East Carolina
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 11 (0) / STL
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Royals signed RHP Seth Maness to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Maness drew scouts from 16 different teams to a showcase last week in St. Louis but wasn't able to secure a guaranteed major league deal after requiring elbow surgery last August. That procedure was somewhat experimental -- a possible alternative to Tommy John surgery -- so there will be many around baseball tracking his progress. The 28-year-old reliever is hoping to be fully recovered by Opening Day. Obviously that's no sure thing. Feb 13 - 9:41 AM

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According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, scouts from 16 teams including the Cubs, Nationals and Royals attended Seth Maness' showcase Monday in St. Louis.

Maness resumed mound work last month after undergoing elbow surgery back in August. The procedure, performed by St. Louis-based Dr. George Paletta, was considered an alternative to Tommy John surgery. The 28-year-old has been a reliable late-inning arm in the past, producing a 3.19 ERA over four major league seasons. He's a worthy flyer for bullpen-needy teams.
Feb 6 - 2:13 PM

Seth Maness (elbow) will have a showcase for interested teams on February 6.

Maness is coming back from a potentially game-changing alternative to Tommy John surgery that involved a much shorter rehab process, as he had the operation last August but it hoping to be ready for Opening Day. The sinkerballer held a sub-3.00 ERA in each of his first two big league seasons but held a 3.98 mark over his last two years.
Jan 23 - 5:53 PM

Seth Maness (elbow) is about a week away from returning to the mound.

It's a rapid turnaround. Maness underwent an alternative to Tommy John surgery last August called "primary repair," which involves "repair and buttressing" of the existing ligament at the bone, not reconstruction of the ligament. He's the first established major league pitcher to have the new procedure, which was performed by Dr. George Paletta. Tommy John surgery typically sidelines pitchers for at least one year, but Maness expects to be ready for Opening Day, which would leave him about seven and a half months removed from his surgery. He still has some hurdles to cross, but his success could have major ramifications within the game.
Jan 11 - 9:10 AM

Cardinals non-tendered RHP Seth Maness.

Maness boasts a career 3.19 ERA out of the Cardinals' bullpen, but he had elbow surgery in August and could get a late start to next season. He's now a free agent.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 05:23:00 PM

Cardinals activated RHP Seth Maness from the 60-day disabled list.

He'll be heading right back to the 60-day disabled list once the 2017 season begins as he recovers from Tommy John surgery. Maness is expected to miss the majority of the 2017 season.
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 10:12:00 AM

Cardinals transferred RHP Seth Maness from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move frees up a 40-man roster spot. Maness had Tommy John surgery last month.
Sun, Sep 4, 2016 10:27:00 AM

Seth Maness is scheduled to undergo Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Thursday.

Maness has been bothered by elbow problems all season, and now he can probably be ruled out through the entire 2017 campaign. The right-handed reliever owns a 3.19 ERA in 237 1/3 career major league innings. It's another big loss for this battered Cardinals club.
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 04:39:00 PM

Cardinals placed RHP Seth Maness on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 14, with a right elbow strain.

This is his second stint on the disabled list this year due to elbow issues. It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined. Sam Tuivailala will take his place in the Cardinals' bullpen.
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 11:24:00 AM

Cardinals activated RHP Seth Maness from the 15-day disabled list.

Maness missed just over a month of action with inflammation in his pitching elbow. He'll return to a middle relief role.
Sun, Jun 19, 2016 12:42:00 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Saturday that the club will likely make a decision on Seth Maness (elbow) "in the next few days."

Maness has allowed one run over five rehab innings. He posted a 6.39 ERA and 1.97 WHIP for the Cards before going down with an elbow injury and it's possible the team could send him to the minors rather than return him to the big league bullpen.
Sun, Jun 19, 2016 10:11:00 AM

Seth Maness (elbow) has shifted his minor league rehab assignment from Double-A Springfield to Triple-A Memphis.

Maness pitched three innings at the Double-A level, yielding one hit -- a home run -- and one walk. He also plunked two batters. The right-handed reliever has been on the disabled list since May 14 because of a right elbow injury. He was sporting a 6.39 ERA and 1.97 WHIP in 12 2/3 innings before going down.
Wed, Jun 15, 2016 11:03:00 AM

Cardinals placed RHP Seth Maness on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation.

This comes one day after Maness was optioned to Triple-A Memphis. Because Maness is still on the major league roster, he'll be allowed to go on a rehab assignment when he's ready to pitch again. Maness was diagnosed after meeting with team doctors on Friday. The 27-year-old has had a nightmare season so far. In 13 appearances, he holds a miserable 6.39 ERA to go with an equally disappointing 1.97 WHIP.
Sat, May 14, 2016 08:40:00 PM

Cardinals optioned RHP Seth Maness to Triple-A Memphis.

Maness had a disappointing 6.39 ERA in 12 2/3 innings this year and experienced a drop in both his fastball velocity and his strikeout rate. The ground-ball specialist had extended success in 2013 and 2014, so there's a solid chance that he irons things out in Memphis and returns to the majors in 2016.
Fri, May 13, 2016 07:42:00 PM

Cardinals and RHP Seth Maness avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.4 million contract.

It was Maness' first year of arbitration eligibility. A groundball machine, Maness posted a disappointing 4.26 ERA in 2015.
Fri, Jan 15, 2016 02:25:00 PM

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