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Mark Melancon to be shut down for elbow surgery


Giants’ right-hander Mark Melancon might be shut down from throwing soon, per comments by club manager Bruce Bochy on Friday. The closer is due for elbow surgery to correct an issue that has caused lingering discomfort since the 2012 season. No definite timeline has been put on the procedure just yet, but the recovery period is expected to take six to eight weeks and should give him ample time to work his way back by the start of spring training.

Melancon, 32, resumed his post in the Giants’ bullpen after initial reports of the injury surfaced in mid-August, and finished the month with a 3.95 ERA, 1.6 BB/9 and 8.6 SO/9 through 27 1/3 innings. He served two stints on the disabled list with a strained pronator muscle in his right forearm, but rebounded in August with six consecutive scoreless outings and five holds to bring his ERA under 4.00.

While it doesn’t look like Melancon’s forearm issues have resurfaced over the last several weeks, the Giants will err on the side of caution as the regular season winds down. Fellow right-hander Sam Dyson assumed the closer role during Melancon’s second trip to the DL and has regularly excelled in the ninth inning spot, posting 12 saves and a 2.22 ERA over 28 1/3 innings for the Giants this year.

Aaron Boone interviewed for the Yankees manager job today

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4 Comments’s Bryan Hoch reports that ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone interviewed for the Yankees’ manager job today. No word as to whether he hit a big home run.

Boone, an ESPN analyst, obviously has some history with the Yankees, but he has no coaching experience at any level. Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote earlier this week of Boone that the Yankees “are intrigued if his charisma and passion can compensate for inexperience.” I’d say the answer to that question, whenever asked and in whatever context, is always “no,” but I suppose there’s a first time for everything.

So far the Yankees have interviewed Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge and Hensley Meulens. Yesterday Brian Cashman said there was no rush to fill the job, and that the Winter Meetings are not a deadline for the team in doing so.