Doug Davis set to audition for teams next week

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Doug Davis was limited to just eight starts last season with the Brewers due to a heart problem and an elbow injury which eventually required surgery. The good news is that he’s now back to full health and ready to put himself back out there for MLB teams.

Steve Canter, the agent for Davis, tells Jerry Crasnick of that the 35-year-old southpaw will audition for teams in Tempe, Arizona next Thursday.

Davis is currently working his way back from surgery  last October to repair a small tear in his flexor tendon. Canter tells Crasnick that Davis is “feeling great” and has already been throwing for about two and a half months.

It’s nice to hear Davis is healthy again, as I have always found him a pretty easy guy to root for, but just how useful he can be to an MLB team is up for debate. Never known for his command (4.4 BB/9 for his career), you could usually mark him down for around 200 innings per season in the past. Not sure you can do that at this point.

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.