Deep Thoughts: adjusting to the major leagues edition

  • Manny Machado’s first four games: 6 for 16, 3 HR, 7 RBI
  • Manny Machado’s next seven games: 4 for 24, 0 HR, 0 RBI

He has walked one time in 41 plate appearances.

The lesson isn’t that Manny Machado is no good. The lesson is that every rookie is going to get fastballs in the zone when he first comes up because the opposition likes to see what they got. Then, they adjust to the rookie way faster than the rookie adjusts to them and they get humbled. Unless their name is Mike Trout anyway.

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.