Manager Bruce Bochy indicated Tuesday that Melancon (forearm) will enter the 2018 season as the Giants' closer, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. The Giants signed Melancon to a four-year, $62 million contract this offseason to be their long-term closer, but the veteran reliever was displaced from the ninth-inning role as he battled a myriad of elbow and forearm issues throughout the season. Despite the rocky 2017 campaign, Melancon will be reinserted into the closer role next season. He's a prime candidate to put together a solid bounce-back performance, assuming he's fully healthy.
Melancon (forearm) successfully underwent pronator surgery Tuesday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Melancon's season was cut short when he decided to undergo to repair an issue which plagued him throughout the campaign. His rehab timeline is only 6-to-8 weeks, so he should be ready to go when spring training rolls around next season. Sam Dyson will close out the season as the Giants' ninth-inning arm.
Melancon (forearm) will undergo season-ending surgery Tuesday, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Recent reports indicated that Melancon was aiming to wait to go under the knife until the season was over. However, those plans won't come to fruition, as he'll undergo surgery early next week. If his recovery goes as planned, Melancon could begin throwing as soon as six weeks after the surgery is performed. Barring any setbacks, Melancon is expected to be back in full health well before spring training begins.
Melancon confirmed Monday that he would eventually require surgery to relieve chronic exertional compartment syndrome in his right forearm, but hopes to put the procedure off until after the season, Andrew Baggarly of The Mercury News reports. "I guess that's the best way to put it: I need surgery, and I'm day-to-day," Melancon said. "I'm trying to last as long as I can." Melancon ended up making an appearance out of the bullpen Friday against the Cardinals after it was announced earlier that day that the right-hander would require surgery, so for the time being, he'll attempt to pitch through the issue and provide aid to the Giants' setup ranks. However, manager Bruce Bochy said that if he notices Melancon's performance slip in his subsequent outings, the Giants could have him go under the knife before the season comes to an end. The prospect of an offseason procedure probably eliminates any hope Melancon had of recapturing closing duties from Sam Dyson in 2017, though Melancon's four-year, $62 million contract will probably keep him in the conversation for the ninth-inning role in spring training. The forearm procedure usually requires a recovery timeline of 2-to-3 months, so Melancon might not face any restrictions when spring arrives.
Melancon will be shut down soon to undergo surgery to repair a recurring elbow injury, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports reports. With the Giants out of the playoff running and September callups coming up to fill the bullpen, there is little reason to keep running Melancon out there. The procedure Melancon is slated to undergo has a recovery time of 6-8 weeks, so he should easily be healthy come spring training 2018. He may make a few more appearances before his season ends, but expect Melancon to be placed on the disabled list relatively soon.