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Top Roenis Elias News

  • Roenis Elias: Let go by Seattle

    The Mariners released Elias (elbow) on March 25.

    Elias was cut shortly after suffering an elbow injury that required season-ending Tommy John surgery. The 32-year-old is unlikely to be ready to pitch in games until the second half of the 2022 season.

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  • Mariners' Roenis Elias: Needs Tommy John surgery

    Elias (elbow) is scheduled to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery in the near future, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.

    Mariners manager Scott Servais acknowledged Tuesday that Elias would require surgery on his elbow, but the skipper didn't specify what type of procedure was necessary. Sources familiar with Elias' injury have since indicated that the veteran left-hander is indeed headed for Tommy John surgery, which would keep him sidelined for the entire 2021 season, and likely, a good chunk of the 2022 campaign as well. Elias, who had attended camp as a non-roster invitee, was hoping to win a spot in the Mariners' Opening Day bullpen.

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  • Mariners' Roenis Elias: Undergoing unspecified surgery

    Elias (forearm) will undergo surgery, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.

    Exactly what sort of procedure it will be is not yet clear, so it's difficult to say when he's expected to return. The veteran lefty missed all of last season with a left flexor strain but had been able to pitch in Cactus League action this spring before exiting with arm discomfort Thursday.

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  • Mariners' Roenis Elias: Managing serious arm issue

    Elias will see multiple doctors this week to determine next steps for his left elbow/forearm injury, which is considered serious, Corey Brock of The Athletic reports.

    The 32-year-old left Thursday's spring game due to the injury and could be looking at an extended absence, though the specifics of the issue remain unclear. Elias missed the entirety of last season due to a flexor strain in the same forearm, so another injury in the same area is a concerning development.

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  • Mariners' Roenis Elias: Has arm discomfort

    Elias has discomfort in his arm and will be evaluated Friday, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.

    Elias left Thursday's Cactus League outing early after speaking to a trainer. There's no indication whether or for how long the injury will sideline Elias, though it could damage his chances of making the big-league roster.

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  • Mariners' Roenis Elias: Exits early with injury

    Elias exited his appearance in Thursday's spring training game with an apparent injury, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.

    Elias had a conversation with the trainer prior to exiting the game, though no specifics of the injury are known yet. He's competing for a spot in the Mariners' bullpen as a non-roster invitee and has yet to allow a run through 2.1 frames this spring.

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  • Mariners' Roenis Elias: Strong in spring debut

    Elias (forearm), in spring training as a non-roster invitee, made his Cactus League debut against the White Sox on Friday and allowed one hit and no walks over a scoreless inning.

    This isn't the southpaw's first tour of duty with the Mariners, having toed the rubber for Seattle in 2014, 2015, 2018 and part of 2019 before finishing the latter campaign with the World Series champion Nationals. Elias has been praised by manager Scott Servais as an excellent clubhouse presence who also can fill every conceivable role out of the bullpen and even start in a pinch. With a combined 7-3 record, 3.12 ERA, 14 saves and one hold across the 98 innings encompassing his most recent tenure with the team, Elias could well earn an Opening Day roster spot with a solid spring.

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  • Mariners' Roenis Elias: Inks minor-league deal with Seattle

    Elias (forearm) has signed a minor-league contract with the Mariners.

    A nagging left flexor strain ultimately prevented Elias from pitching for the Nationals in 2020. With that said, the southpaw is just two years removed from posting a 3.96 ERA while logging 50 relief innings with the Nats and Mariners. He will return to a familiar spot with Seattle, where he will look to compete for a roster spot come spring training.

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  • Roenis Elias: Becomes free agent

    Elias (forearm) cleared waivers Saturday and elected free agency, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.

    The veteran lefty will try his luck on the open market rather than accepting an outright assignment to the minors. He's unlikely to generate a ton of interest in free agency, as he missed the entirety of the season due to a flexor strain.

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  • Nationals' Roenis Elias: Hits snag in recovery

    Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Thursday that Elias felt renewed pain in his left forearm during a recent throwing session, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

    Elias opened the season on the 45-day injured list with a left flexor strain, but the Nationals were optimistic that the injury would keep him sidelined for the minimum amount of time. Now that Elias has experienced a setback in his throwing program, the team no longer appears to be counting on the southpaw being ready to go when he's first eligible for activation in early September. With two other lefty relievers (Sean Doolittle and Sam Freeman) joining Elias on the injured list Thursday, Seth Romero is the last southpaw left standing in the Washington bullpen.

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  • Nationals' Roenis Elias: Placed on 60-day injured list

    Elias was placed on the 60-day injured list Sunday with a left flexor elbow strain, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.

    Elias was late to camp for an undisclosed reason but threw Saturday and felt some pain afterward. The southpaw underwent an MRI, which revealed a strain in his throwing elbow that will keep him sidelined for the foreseeable future. However, he'll be eligible to return this season after a minimum of 45 days. Elias battled a hamstring injury last season that kept him sidelined for most of the second half of the year after he was traded to Washington.

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  • Nationals' Roenis Elias: Won't be ready for Opening Day

    Elias (undisclosed) continues to throw but won't be ready for Opening Day, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.

    Elias was unable to report to camp until Friday due to undisclosed reasons. While he's healthy enough to throw, he remains on the 10-day injured list and will evidently not be activated until after the season begins.

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  • Nationals' Roenis Elias: Throwing Sunday

    Elias (undisclosed) completed a side session Sunday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

    The left-hander arrived at camp Friday and is now building up toward game readiness. Elias remains on the injured list, and it's unclear if he'll be ready for game action in time for Thursday's season opener against the Yankees.

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  • Nationals' Roenis Elias: Arrives at camp

    Elias (undisclosed) arrived at camp Friday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

    Elias had been away from the team for unspecified reasons, but he's evidently been cleared to join his teammates even if he's yet to be removed from the injured list. It's not yet clear how well he's been able to keep himself in game shape while away from the team.

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  • Nationals' Roenis Elias: Lands on injured list

    Elias was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday for an undisclosed reason, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.

    Elias hasn't yet reported to the Nationals' camp, but he was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday. The team didn't provide any further details, but the move virtually guarantees that the southpaw won't be available for Opening Day. When he's healthy, Elias could play a more prominent role in the Nationals' bullpen this season.

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  • Nationals' Roenis Elias: Looking to improve against lefties

    Elias is focused on getting left-handed batters out more consistently this spring, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.

    While a lot of veteran left-handed relievers could have their careers drastically affected by the new rule requiring a pitcher to face at least three batters after entering a game, Elias hasn't been pigeon-holed as a LOOGY and in fact has had a reverse platoon split since 2016. If he can improve against same-side hitters, he could work his way into a more high-leverage setup role in a Nats bullpen that has only one other southpaw locked into a spot -- closer Sean Doolittle.

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  • Nationals' Roenis Elias: No arbitration necessary

    Elias and the Nationals agreed to a one-year, $1.985 million contract Friday, avoiding arbitration, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports.

    Elias threw 50.0 innings for the Mariners and Nationals last season, posting a 3.96 ERA. The veteran lefty battled a hamstring issue late in the year and did not throw an inning in the postseason.

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  • Nationals' Roenis Elias: Left off World Series roster

    Elias is not on the Nationals' World Series roster.

    Elias failed to make an appearance during the team's sweep in the NLCS, and will now be replaced in the bullpen by Joe Ross and Wander Suero. Austin Voth was also removed from the roster to make room in the bullpen.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-11, 197 lbs
Birthplace: Guantanamo, Cuba
Age: 33
Experience: 5
Bats/Throws: L, L