Melancon (elbow) received a stem cell injection in his pronator Thursday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. He'll begin a throwing program in roughly two weeks. Melancon met with Dr. James Andrews on Thursday, who confirmed that his right elbow ligament is fine. Despite that positive news, it seems that the veteran reliever is still a ways away from returning to the field, as he will be shut down from participating in baseball activities for another two weeks. He'll then need to begin a throwing program and likely toss a few minor-league rehab innings before making his way back from the disabled list. Barring a downturn in performance, Hunter Strickland will continue to occupy the ninth-inning role in Melancon's absence.
Melancon (elbow) has yet to resume throwing, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The closer's potential mid-April return seems to be off the table with Tuesday's news that he's still not throwing. Melancon has been on the shelf since the start of the season with a flexor strain in his pitching elbow. Hunter Strickland has been excellent in the closer's role to start the year and figures to remain in that position while Melancon is sidelined.
Manager Bruce Bochy (elbow) said that he thinks it's realistic that Melancon can be ready to go "within a couple weeks," Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports. Melancon was officially placed on the 10-day DL with a right elbow flexor strain prior to Thursday's Opening Day contest against the Dodgers. Though Bochy appeared hopeful, he admitted that it will be difficult to pin down a clear timetable until the right-hander resumes throwing. In his absence, Hunter Strickland will temporarily work the ninth-inning role.
Melancon (elbow) will open the year on the 10-day DL, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. The Giants are calling Melancon's injury a right elbow flexor strain, which is not good at all, as it's the type of injury that could cost the Giants' closer significant time, and may even require another surgery. Sam Dyson seems like the best bet to get saves initially, as he was a competent fill-in for Melancon last year. Hunter Strickland would be the option with more fantasy upside, but he is unproven in such a role. Consider Melancon out indefinitely.
Melancon gave up a homer in his lone inning Sunday, but also recorded his first strikeout of spring training in a win over the Padres. Melancon was eased back into action after undergoing pronator surgery this past September. He was issued a clean bill of health heading into camp and has reported no setbacks after making two appearances in Cactus League action. The 32-year-old posted an unexpected 4.50 ERA in an injury-shortened season, but he will look to bounce back while serving as the Giants' closer to begin the season.
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