As the injuries continue to pile up in St. Louis the Cardinals got a bit of good news on the health front, as doctors believe reliever Kyle McClellan’s partially torn elbow ligament won’t require surgery.
McClellan got a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews and for once that wasn’t a precursor to going under the knife, with Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reporting that he’s been told to “treat the injury with 6-8 weeks of rest” and “also had a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right arm.”
The official diagnosis is a flexor pronator strain and a mild tear of his ulnar collateral ligament. McClellan previously had Tommy John surgery in 2005 and certainly isn’t totally out of the woods yet when it comes to potentially needing it again, but Andrews apparently left him with some hope about returning in August and September.
McClellan has a 3.69 ERA in 378 career innings, making 17 starts and 233 relief appearances through age 27.
The Blue Jays have signed outfielder Michael Saunders to a minor-league deal, per a club announcement.
Saunders, of course, played for the Blue Jays in 2015 and 2016, putting up a line of .250/.336/.461 in 594 plate appearances. It was his good play in the first half of 2016, in fact, which earned him an All-Star spot and, presumably, made the Phillies think he was worth the $9 million deal they gave him over the offseason. That didn’t work out, as he hit .205/.257/.360 over 61 games and was released last week.
The Phillies will pay the rest of that $9 million. The Jays will see if he has anything in the tank to help them out.
The Giants have placed closer Mark Melancon on the 10-day disabled list with a right pronator strain.
This is the same injury that sent him to the disabled list last month. He came back from that quickly, but it can’t be great that this is happening again. You have to assume he’ll miss more time given the recurrence of trouble. He’s going to get an MRI too. Sam Dyson is expected to serve as the Giants’ closer while Melancon is sidelined.
Melancon has a 4.35 ERA and 11 saves in 22 appearances this year. He signed a four-year, $62 million deal with San Francisco last December.