Four months after Carter Capps underwent Tommy John surgery in March of 2016, the Padres acquired him, hoping he'd set up or work in save chances sometime in 2017. They had to remain patient, however, as an early-season setback during his rehab sent him to the 60-day disabled list. When called up in August, he struggled with a 6.57 ERA and only seven strikeouts in 12.1 innings. His unique delivery looked less effective, and his velocity touched the low 90s instead of his usual high 90s. Capps' latest obstacle will be recovery from surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome. Although the Padres expect the right-hander to be ready for Opening Day, fantasy owners may again have to play the waiting game. In deeper formats, it may be worth the stash with the hope he can deliver something close to 2015 (1.16 ERA, 16.8 K/9) and/or take over as closer if the Padres trade Brad Hand.
Capps (shoulder) signed a one-year, $1,062,500 deal with the Padres on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. Capps is hopeful to make it back in time for the start of spring training after undergoing thoracic outlet syndrome surgery in late September. During the course of the 2017 campaign, the right-hander appeared in just 11 games, posting a 6.57 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 12.1 innings. Heading into next season, Capps will likely serve in a setup role while Brad Hand is utilized as the closer.
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.