Capps had successful thoracic outlet syndrome surgery Saturday and is expected to be ready for spring training, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. That timetable may be a little optimistic, but it still sounds like it's possible Capps could be ready for the start of the 2018 regular season. He was a popular speculatory saves stash this year, but injuries prevented any payoff. Unless the Padres trade Brad Hand this winter, the best Capps can hope for is a setup role upon his return.
Capps (shoulder) will undergo surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome, A.J. Cassavell of MLB.com reports Monday. Capps is a promising reliever with big-time velocity when he's on, but injuries have limited him to just 12.1 innings in the past two seasons. The Padres are hopeful that he'll be healthy for spring training next season.
Capps fired a pair of scoreless innings with three strikeouts in an 8-4 loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday. This was easily Capps' best appearance of the season and also the first time he has pitched more than one inning. The 27-year-old is showing improvement with five strikeouts over his last four games after failing to record one over his previous six. Capps still owns an ugly 7.59 ERA through 10.2 innings, and we likely won't see him fully recover from Tommy John surgery until the 2018 season.
Capps worked around a single to record a scoreless inning in Tuesday's victory over the Phillies. It was Capps' first scoreless appearance in four chances since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 7, but he has still yet to register his first strikeout of the 2017 season. The 27-year-old hasn't displayed the upper-90s fastball he is known for, averaging just 92.6 mph since his activation. Capps is coming off of Tommy John surgery, so it may take some time until he rediscovers his dominant form.
Capps was charged with three runs over two-thirds of an inning in Monday's loss to Cincinnati. Capps struggled in his 2017 debut, loading the bases via a double and two walks before being lifted from the game. The 27-year-old watched all three of his baserunners cross home plate following an eighth-inning grand slam off the bat of Patrick Kivlehan. The flamethrowing righty was dominant in his last season prior to undergoing Tommy John surgery (1.16 ERA and 16.8 K/9), so there is certainly value in his arm if he can get back on track. That said, fantasy owners should take a patient approach with Capps, especially considering that he won't be in line for many save opportunities in the Padres' current bullpen configuration.
Last 7 Games