The Giants aren’t sure if closer Mark Melancon will be ready for Opening Day as he’s still feeling something in his right arm, per Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area. Melancon underwent surgery last September to release pressure on the pronator muscle in his forearm.
Melancon has only pitched in five games this spring. Across 4 2/3 innings, the right-hander has allowed three runs on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Melancon is entering the second year of his four-year, $62 million contract.
If Melancon isn’t ready to begin the regular season, Sam Dyson will likely slide into the closer’s role.
Astros DH Evan Gattis unwittingly helped the Mariners complete a triple play in the fourth inning of Thursday afternoon’s game at Safeco Field. The Astros put runners on first and second on consecutive singles by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, bringing Gattis to the plate.
Gattis check-swung at a first-pitch curve from Marco Gonzales, hitting a grounder to third base. Kyle Seager stepped on the third base bag and then threw to second base for the second out. There was not nearly enough time for Robinson Cano to get the throw to first base to complete a triple play. Gattis ostensibly lost track of the number of outs in the inning, so he just circled back to the dugout and the Mariners completed their triple play since Gattis went out of the baseline.
That’s the first triple play of the 2018 season. It’s the Mariners’ first triple play since July 26, 2015 against the Blue Jays.