Maness is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut Wednesday, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio reports. Maness has been recovering from offseason elbow surgery this spring after signing a minor league contract with the Royals in February. Regardless of how he performs in this final week of camp, expect the reliever to begin the season in the minors as he continues to build back his arm strength.
Maness signed a minor-league contract with the Royals on Monday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Maness' contract includes an invitation to big-league spring training, where he'll have an opportunity to audition for a bullpen spot. The right-hander, who underwent an alternative procedure to Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow last August, is said to be at full strength, though the Royals may look to monitor his workload carefully during the spring. Maness turned in a 3.41 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 31.2 innings with the Cardinals in 2016.
Maness has recovered from offseason elbow surgery and will throw for scouts on February 6. Maness underwent an alternative operation to Tommy John surgery last August, allowing him to be fully recovered by this season. The 28-year-old has been a consistent force for the St. Louis bullpen over the past four years and had a 3.41 ERA through 31.2 innings last season before going on the DL. Expect a team to take a chance on him heading into spring training.
Maness' elbow injury did not require Tommy John surgery, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. It was reported in mid-August that Maness was scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery but apparently he avoided the reconstructive procedure. That said, he did have elbow surgery of some kind and his health is a question marking heading into 2017. He was non-tendered by the Cardinals on Friday.
Maness was non-tendered by the Cardinals on Friday, making him a free agent, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. This was really just a formality as Maness is set to miss most, if not all, of 2017 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in August. The 28-year-old has enjoyed a good deal of success in four major league seasons and should find work once healthy.