Mantiply (elbow) is back in action at Triple-A Louisville after missing the 2018 season following Tommy John surgery. He has pitched in three games there, posting a 4.50 ERA over four innings. Mantiply isn't on the 40-man roster or even considered a big prospect. He had a brief taste of the majors in his age-25 season with the Tigers in 2016. In many ways he represents the grind that the vast majority of minor leaguers go through, hoping to get another look at the majors.
Mantiply had Tommy John surgery Friday, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic Cincinnati reports. Mantiply has been in camp with the Reds as a non-roster invitee. The 27-year-old lefty has just 2.2 major-league innings to his name, back in 2016, though he posted a solid 2.83 ERA in 70 innings for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the Yankees' system in last year. The typical Tommy John recovery timeline will see Mantiply miss the entire 2018 season and a good chunk of 2019, and it could be hard for a guy in his late 20s with no real track record to find work coming off such a serious injury.
Mantiply signed a minor-league deal with the Reds on Monday that includes and invitation to spring training, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. Mantiply spent all of 2017 with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after failing to break camp with the Yankees. He held his own in the minors, compiling a 2.83 ERA and 62:18 K:BB in 70 innings, but never received a promotion thanks to New York's elite bullpen. He'll compete for a bullpen spot with the Reds out of camp, though he could wind up at Triple-A to open the season.
Mantiply was reassigned to minor league camp Sunday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. Mantiply finished spring training after giving up two runs spread across five games (4.2 innings). He got his first taste of the majors in 2016 with the Tigers, but had terrible results. In five games (2.2 innings) he surrendered five runs off seven hits and two walks.
Mantiply signed a minor league contract with the Yankees on Wednesday, MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports. He was claimed off waivers and subsequently designated for assignment by the Yankees earlier this offseason, but chose to return to on a minor league deal, rejecting a similar deal with the Tigers. Look for him to serve as organizational bullpen depth in 2017.
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