After serving as a swingman type for several years, David Phelps worked primarily as a one-inning reliever last season between Miami and Seattle before going down with an elbow injury. He left his seventh appearance with the Mariners with elbow soreness and eventually had surgery to remove a bone spur. The right-hander performed at a high level when healthy, striking batters out at a 26.1 percent clip while limiting opposing hitters to a 29.5 percent flyball rate. Walks have held him back some in recent years (4.0 BB/9 last year), but he's been able to mask that flaw for the most part with the whiffs, and with another uptick in velocity, Phelps is looking like a setup weapon capable of getting more than three outs. Of course, everything will depend on his health in 2018. Phelps resumed a throwing program in mid-December.
Phelps continues to progress from elbow surgery he underwent in September and should be fully healthy by the time spring training begins, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. Phelps came to the Mariners just before the trade deadline, but only managed to appear in a few games before going down with an elbow injury. Although he was able to return to the mound after a couple weeks, the right-hander re-injured the elbow and eventually required a procedure to remove a bone spur in mid-September. Looking ahead, Phelps should be a full participant at spring training, which means there should be little concern over his availability when Opening Day arrives.
Phelps (elbow) agreed to a one-year, $5.55 million deal with the Mariners on Friday to avoid arbitration, Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports. Phelps received a $950,000 raise during his final year as an arbitration-eligible player. The 31-year-old was dealt to the Mariners via Miami in July, but suffered a right elbow injury weeks later that only allowed him to pitch in two more games before being shutdown in early September. Phelps underwent surgery on the elbow in mid-September, but began throwing last month, and should be good to go for the 2018 campaign barring any setbacks.
Phelps (elbow) is scheduled to begin his throwing program within the next week, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Phelps is apparently progressing well in his rehab after undergoing elbow surgery to remove a bone spur in mid-September. Barring any setbacks, the right-handed reliever should be good to go well before the start of spring training. After compiling a 3.40 ERA and 1.38 WHIP across 55.2 innings between the Marlins and Mariners last season, a healthy Phelps is poised return to a high-leverage role in Seattle's bullpen next season.
Phelps (elbow) was reinstated from the 60-day DL on Thursday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Phelps underwent elbow surgery to remove a bone spur in mid-September, and should be nearing a full recovery within the next couple weeks. Over the course of the 2017 season split between the Mariners and Marlins, Phelps posted a 3.40 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 55.2 innings of relief work.
Phelps underwent elbow surgery Monday to remove a bone spur, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Phelps was placed on the disabled list Sept. 1 with a right elbow posterior impingement and was shifted to the 60-day DL just days later, ending his injury-plagued 2017 season. The 30-year-old underwent surgery to clean up his injured elbow and will be on a 6-to-8 week recovery timeline moving forward. He'll then return to a normal offseason throwing program with his sights set on entering the 2018 campaign at full strength.