Phelps (elbow) has resumed a throwing program and is throwing with no issues, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports. Phelps was recently shut down for some rest after throwing a series of live batting practice sessions, but he appears to be back on track in his throwing program. The veteran reliever remains without a timetable for his return, though he's certainly trending in the right direction. Once healthy, look for Phelps to fill a middle-relief role.
The Blue Jays placed Phelps (elbow) on the 10-day injured list Thursday, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports. Phelps is just over a year removed from Tommy John surgery and has resumed facing hitters, but he'll need additional time to build up his arm before contributing for the Blue Jays. A firm timeline for his return from the IL likely won't be established until he starts pitching in minor-league rehab games.
Phelps (elbow) threw his first live batting practice Saturday, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports. He underwent Tommy John surgery last March, so he is likely a month or two away from pitching in games. Nonetheless, it is good to see that he has not had any notable setbacks in his recovery.
Phelps (elbow) agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Blue Jays on Thursday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. Phelps last appeared in the major leagues during the 2017 season, posting a 3.40 ERA with 62 punchouts over 55.2 frames as a relief pitcher across stops in Miami and Seattle. After undergoing Tommy John surgery in March of 2018, the Blue Jays are hopeful the right-hander will be ready in time for spring training and that he could possibly earn a spot in their bullpen. Phelps began a throwing program back in mid-August, although it's unclear as to how close he is to a full recovery.
Phelps (elbow) played catch for the first time Monday since undergoing Tommy John surgery, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Phelps had Tommy John surgery in March of 2018, but he's ready to resume throwing once again. He still has a long way to go until he can return to action, and figures to remain on the shelf until at least April or May of 2019.
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