Carter Capps has quietly been one of the game’s most dominant relievers this season, but his breakout has been put on hold, as the Marlins placed him on the disabled list Monday with a right elbow strain.
Capps left Sunday’s game against the Padres due to stiffness, but Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that an MRI showed no damage. He’s slated to resume throwing in three or four days and the hope is that he’ll be ready when he’s eligible in two weeks.
Known for his triple-digit fastball and unconventional hop-style delivery, Capps has a brilliant 1.16 ERA with 58 strikeouts and just seven walks over 31 innings this season. He leads all major league relievers with 16.84 K/9.
Marlins reliever Carter Capps landed on the disabled list earlier this week with a right elbow sprain and Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that he’ll see Dr. James Andrews next Wednesday.
Capps, who was acquired from the Mariners in the Logan Morrison deal, allowed three runs in 12 innings with a 15/3 K/BB ratio after being called up from Triple-A New Orleans last month. A “sprain” is a “tear” by definition, but the Marlins haven’t said whether he has any damage to his ulnar collateral ligament.
The hard-throwing Capps has been shut down for four weeks, but there should be more clarity on his status after he sees Dr. Andrews. Either way, a return to the Marlins’ bullpen doesn’t appear imminent.
Carter Capps, who racked up 15 strikeouts in 10 innings for the Marlins since they called him up from Triple-A last month, is now headed to the disabled list with a sprained right elbow.
Capps was acquired from the Mariners for Logan Morrison this offseason and the 23-year-old right-hander has excellent raw stuff, recording 109 strikeouts in 96 career innings as a big leaguer. However, he’s also struggled to throw strikes with 3.5 walks per nine innings and has served up 13 homers.
Capps has the potential to be an impact late-inning reliever at some point and averaged 97.8 miles per hour with his fastball this year before being shut down.
Not satisfied with adding Corey Hart to the lineup today the Mariners have also acquired Logan Morrison from the Marlins for right-hander Carter Capps, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.
Morrison has been mostly injured and ineffective for the past two seasons, hitting just .236 with a .708 OPS in 178 total games, but he has good plate discipline and 25-homer power from the left side of the plate and is still just 26 years old.
Hart and Morrison both have plenty of previous outfield experience, so the Mariners will divvy up the first base, left field, and designated hitter playing time three ways among Hart, Morrison, and Justin Smoak. And whatever chance there was of Kendrys Morales re-signing with Seattle is now gone.
Capps was the Mariners’ third-round pick in 2011 and has struggled in the majors so far with a 5.04 ERA, but he throws in the high-90s and has racked up 94 strikeouts in 84 innings after posting awesome numbers in the minors. He’s also 23 years old, so there’s definitely plenty of upside for a late-inning bullpen role in Miami.
Baseball America rated pitcher Taijuan Walker the #18 overall prospect going into the season, putting a lot of expectations on the 21-year-old entering his fourth year of professional baseball. He pitched well enough with Double-A Jackson, though, to warrant a mid-season promotion to Triple-A Tacoma. There, he averaged better than a strikeout per inning and posted a 3.61 ERA over 57.1 innings.
The Mariners promoted him and scheduled him to make his Major League debut tonight against the lowly Astros, giving fans a brief glimpse into the future. Though Walker didn’t have his swing-and-miss stuff going — just six of his 70 pitches were swung at and missed — he allowed just one unearned run on two hits and one walk over five innings. He was pulled before the sixth in favor of Carter Capps.
The Mariner offense gave Walker five runs of support: they scored twice in the fourth on an RBI single by Dustin Ackley and an RBI ground out by Abraham Almonte (also making his MLB debut), and three times in the fifth on an RBI single by Kyle Seager and a two-run single by Ackley.