Matt Kemp: “I’m definitely not going on the DL”


Matt Kemp aggravated his troublesome hamstring yesterday and he was frustrated about it.  He’s going to have an MRI today to see how bad it is.  While Don Mattingly says that the DL is a possibility, Kemp doesn’t seem to think it’s that bad:

“I’m definitely not going on the DL; that’s not going to happen. The team needs me. I don’t think this is a 15-day thing; I think this is maybe one, two, three days.”

Need may not have anything to do with it. And, if it’s borderline, is it better for him to go on a DL stint now or to suffer through nagging garbage all year?  Those are the assessments team physicians are paid to make, the athlete’s determination notwithstanding.

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.