Seth Maness

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 13:  Seth Maness #43 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Chicago Cubs
at Wrigley Field on August 13, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cardinals defeated the Cubs 8-4.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Seth Maness: the test case in short-circuiting Tommy John surgery

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Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Disptach has a must-read today about the comeback of former Cardinals pitcher Seth Maness.

Maness injured his UCL last year and went under the knife. But rather than Tommy John surgery, he underwent a potential replacement for that familiar procedure called “primary repair.” Rather than reconstructing the entire ligament it reinforces it at the bone. The key: if it works, it can cut at least five months off of the typical Tommy John recovery time. His surgery was August 18. Goold said he’s poised to pitch from a mound as early as next week.

Maness is the first big league pitcher to try it, so he’s worth watching. That is, if he gets the chance. The Cards non-tendered him last fall, so he’s a free agent. But he’s rehabbing. He may or may not pitch in a big league game in 2017, but if he does, he may blaze a new trail.

Adams homers in 16th to lift Cardinals over Dodgers 4-3

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ST. LOUIS — Matt Adams homered in the 16th inning to lead the Cardinals to a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night for St. Louis’ season-best fifth straight victory.

It was the second consecutive game that the Cardinals won in their final at-bat. They beat the Padres on Thursday after scoring a run in the ninth inning.

Adams homer came with one out off Bud Norris (5-9), who gave up six runs as a starter in an 8-1 loss at Washington on Wednesday.

Seth Maness (1-2) picked up the win with a scoreless inning of relief for St. Louis, which was playing its longest game of the season.

Jedd Gyorko hit a two-out homer off closer Kenley Jansen in the ninth to tie the game 3-3.

Justin Turner and Howie Kendrick homered for the Dodgers. Los Angeles has lost four of six. The red-hot Turner has seven homers and 17 RBI this month. He hit two homers in a 6-3 win over Washington on Thursday.

Turner blasted his career-high 18th homer of the season off Seung Hwan Oh in the ninth to break a 2-2 tie.

Corey Seager had four hits and drove in the first run of the game. He had hit in seven successive at-bats before flying out in the ninth.

Kendrick’s solo shot in the sixth tied the game 2-2. He has hit in 14 successive games trying Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon for the longest current streak in the majors.

Los Angeles starter Brandon McCarthy allowed one hit and two runs over 6 1-3 innings, the longest of his four starts this season. He left with leg cramps. McCarthy struck out four and walked three.

St. Louis starter Michael Wacha allowed two runs on 10 hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked one.

Dodgers reliever Adam Liberatore recorded his 28th successive scoreless outing by retiring two of four batters in the seventh. He has not allowed a run in 41 of 42 appearances this season.

A summary of the action ahead of Friday’s arbitration submission deadline

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We already went over the 34 players who remain unsigned after Friday afternoon’s deadline for players and teams to submit arbitration figures. Here are the 121 players who did agree to deals with their respective teams.

The data below includes the players’ salaries as well as their arbitration eligibility information. The first number in the “Arb Yr” column denotes which year of eligibility a player is in and the second number is the total number of arbitration-eligible years for the player. Clicking “Link” will take you to the source of the information for that particular row.

Player Pos Team Salary Arb Yr Source
Daniel Hudson RP ARI $2.700 3/3 Link
Patrick Corbin SP ARI $2.525 1/3 Link
Randall Delgado RP ARI $1.275 1/3 Link
Rubby De La Rosa SP ARI $2.350 1/3 Link
Shelby Miller SP ARI $4.350 1/3 Link
Welington Castillo C ARI $3.700 2/3 Link
Arodys Vizcaino RP ATL $0.898 1/3 Link
Chris Withrow RP ATL $0.610 1/4 Link
Brad Brach RP BAL $1.250 1/3 Link
Chris Tillman SP BAL $6.225 2/3 Link
Manny Machado 3B BAL $5.000 1/3 Link
Mark Trumbo 1B/OF BAL $9.150 3/3 Link
Miguel Gonzalez SP BAL $5.100 2/3 Link
Nolan Reimold OF BAL $1.300 3/3 Link
Ryan Flaherty INF BAL $1.500 2/3 Link
Joe Kelly SP BOS $2.600 1/3 Link
Adam Warren RP CHC $1.700 1/3 Link
Chris Coghlan OF CHC $4.800 3/3 Link
Hector Rondon RP CHC $4.200 1/3 Link
Justin Grimm RP CHC $1.275 1/4 Link
Pedro Strop RP CHC $4.400 3/4 Link
Travis Wood RP CHC $6.170 3/3 Link
Avisail Garcia OF CHW $2.100 1/4 Link
Brett Lawrie 3B CHW $4.125 2/3 Link
Dan Jennings RP CHW $0.810 1/4 Link
Zach Putnam RP CHW $0.975 1/4 Link
Zack Cozart SS CIN 2/3 Link
Bryan Shaw RP CLE $2.750 2/3 Link
Cody Allen RP CLE $4.150 1/3 Link
Jeff Manship RP CLE $0.760 1/4 Link
Josh Tomlin SP CLE $2.250 3/3 Link
Lonnie Chisenhall 3B CLE $2.725 2/3 Link
Nolan Arenado 3B COL $5.000 1/4 Link
Andrew Romine C DET $0.900 1/3 Link
Jose Iglesias SS DET $2.100 1/3 Link
Justin Wilson RP DET $1.525 1/3 Link
Dallas Keuchel SP HOU $7.250 1/3 Link
Josh Fields RP HOU $0.900 1/3 Link
Luis Valbuena 3B HOU $6.125 4/4 Link
Marwin Gonzalez INF/OF HOU $2.000 2/4 Link
Danny Duffy SP KC $4.225 2/3 Link
Drew Butera C KC $1.163 3/3 Link
Jarrod Dyson OF KC $1.725 2/3 Link
Louis Coleman RP KC $0.725 1/3 Link
Tony Cruz C KC $0.975 2/3 Link
Fernando Salas RP LAA $2.400 3/3 Link
A.J. Ellis C LAD $4.500 4/4 Link
Chris Hatcher RP LAD $1.065 1/4 Link
Justin Turner 3B LAD $5.100 3/3 Link
Kenley Jansen RP LAD $10.650 3/3 Link
Luis Avilan RP LAD $1.390 1/3 Link
Slyke Scott Van OF LAD $1.225 1/4 Link
Yasmani Grandal C LAD $2.800 1/3 Link
A.J. Ramos RP MIA $3.400 1/3 Link
Adeiny Hechavarria SS MIA $2.625 1/3 Link
Bryan Morris RP MIA $1.350 1/3 Link
Carter Capps RP MIA 1/3 Link
David Phelps RP MIA $2.500 2/4 Link
Jose Fernandez SP MIA $2.800 1/3 Link
Tom Koehler SP MIA $3.500 1/3 Link
Jean Segura SS MIL $2.600 1/3 Link
Will Smith RP MIL $1.475 1/3 Link
Wily Peralta SP MIL $2.800 1/3 Link
Casey Fien RP MIN $2.275 2/4 Link
Eduardo Escobar INF/OF MIN $2.150 1/3 Link
Eduardo Nunez INF MIN $1.475 2/3 Link
Tommy Milone SP MIN $4.500 2/4 Link
Addison Reed RP NYM $5.300 2/3 Link
Carlos Torres RP NYM $1.050 1/3 Link
Josh Edgin RP NYM $0.625 1/3 Link
Matt Harvey SP NYM $4.325 1/3 Link
Ruben Tejada SS NYM $3.000 3/4 Link
Dustin Ackley INF/OF NYY $3.200 2/3 Link
Michael Pineda SP NYY $4.300 2/3 Link
Danny Valencia 3B OAK $3.150 2/3 Link
Fernando Rodriguez RP OAK $1.050 2/3 Link
Josh Reddick OF OAK $6.575 3/3 Link
Yonder Alonso 1B OAK $2.650 2/3 Link
Freddy Galvis SS PHI $2.000 1/3 Link
Jeanmar Gomez RP PHI $1.400 2/3 Link
Jeremy Hellickson SP PHI $7.000 3/3 Link
Francisco Cervelli C PIT $3.500 3/3 Link
Jared Hughes RP PIT $2.175 2/4 Link
Jeff Locke SP PIT $3.025 1/3 Link
Jordy Mercer SS PIT $2.075 1/3 Link
Mark Melancon RP PIT $9.650 3/3 Link
Tony Watson RP PIT $3.450 2/3 Link
Andrew Cashner SP SD $7.150 3/3 Link
Derek Norris C SD $2.925 1/3 Link
Drew Pomeranz RP SD $1.350 1/3 Link
Tyson Ross SP SD $9.625 3/4 Link
Charlie Furbush RP SEA  $1.600 2/3 Link
Evan Scribner RP SEA  $0.807 1/4 Link
Leonys Martin OF SEA $4.150 1/3 Link
Brandon Moss 1B/OF STL $8.250 4/4 Link
Matt Adams 1B STL $1.650 1/3 Link
Seth Maness RP STL $1.400 1/3 Link
Trevor Rosenthal RP STL $5.600 1/3 Link
Alex Cobb SP TB $4.000 2/3 Link
Brandon Guyer OF TB $1.185 1/3 Link
Desmond Jennings OF TB $3.300 2/3 Link
Erasmo Ramirez SP TB $2.375 1/4 Link
Hank Conger C TB $1.500 2/3 Link
Jake McGee RP TB $4.800 3/4 Link
Logan Morrison 1B/DH TB $4.200 3/3 Link
Rene Rivera C TB $1.700 2/3 Link
Jurickson Profar SS TEX $0.605 1/4 Link
Robinson Chirinos C TEX $1.550 1/3 Link
Tanner Scheppers RP TEX $0.900 1/3 Link
Tom Wilhelmsen RP TEX $3.100 2/3 Link
Aaron Loup RP TOR $1.050 1/3 Link
Brett Cecil RP TOR $3.800 3/3 Link
Drew Hutchison SP TOR $2.200 1/3 Link
Drew Storen RP TOR $8.375 4/4 Link
Michael Saunders OF TOR $2.900 3/3 Link
Steve Delabar RP TOR $0.835 1/3 Link
Anthony Rendon 3B WAS $2.800 1/4 Link
Ben Revere OF WAS $6.250 3/4 Link
Danny Espinosa INF WAS $2.875 2/3 Link
Stephen Strasburg SP WAS $10.400 3/3 Link
Wilson Ramos C WAS $5.350 3/3 Link

The biggest determining factor in a player’s salary is his service time. Player A may be significantly more valuable than Player B, but if Player B is in his fourth year of arbitration eligibility to Player’A first year, then Player B will almost always earn more money. The Orioles’ Mark Trumbo is a great example, as he is earning $9.15 million despite posting only 1.6 Wins Above Replacement this past season, according to Baseball Reference. Arbitration salaries are only partially a reflection of a player’s actual skill.