Gary Sheffield's delusions continue

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Yesterday Aaron called Gary Sheffield’s belief that he could hang around and get 3000 hits his “Delusion of the Day.” I think Gary is trying to start a streak:

Gary Sheffield wants to stay in New York despite the Mets’ struggles. “My preference is to stay here,” Sheffield said Monday night before the Mets played the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was out of the lineup because of a balky hamstring. “I don’t want to talk about” a trade . . . “If there ever was a time I thought I couldn’t play, that would be a time I would walk away,” he said. “But I still can hit 30 home runs. I can still hit in the middle of the order for a contending ball club.”

Really, is there a team out there seriously interested in trading for Gary Sheffield? The only contending ballclub whose order I could conceivably see him in is the Giants’, and that’s only if you work around the small matter of him not having the wheels to play the outfield in AT&T Park. And stay healthy. And contribute to a positive clubhouse atmosphere on a winning team.

Other than that, sure.

David Phelps to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.

Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.

As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.