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.
Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.
Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.
Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”
Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.