The Braves just announced that Jason Heyward has been activated and will, in all likelihood, be in the lineup against the Mets tonight.
Heyward’s bat is much needed. His ugly batting line — .214/.317/.407 — represents a lot of play when he was injured but when, for some reason or another, no one took him out of the lineup. When healthy — which ain’t often, but hopefully applies now — Heyward is a serious threat. And considering that the Braves rank 12th in offense in the National League, his return will be welcome indeed.
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.