Phelps was held out of games for a few days after spraining his left thumb March 3, according to Jake Rill of MLB.com, but he returned to action Monday and fired a clean inning in an exhibition matchup with the Mariners.
Phelps was tagged for six runs -- albeit just one earned -- without recording an out in the March 3 outing, but it now appears there was a reason for his struggles, even if it was not the thumb on his throwing hand. He bounced right back, and according to the report, was throwing with more velocity, so he should be good to go moving forward. Phelps signed a major-league deal with the Brewers in January, so if he remains healthy he is a near-lock to break camp in the big-league bullpen.
Phelps signed a contract with the Brewers on Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Phelps will receive an undisclosed salary in a one-year deal, with the Brewers holding a club option for a second season, per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. Phelps returned from Tommy John surgery in mid-June last season and went on to record a 3.41 ERA in 34.1 innings for the Blue Jays and Cubs, though his 4.58 FIP told a considerably less optimistic story. His 24.5 percent strikeout rate was above average, but his 11.6 percent walk rate was poor.
Phelps' option was declined by the Cubs on Monday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
The reliever would have been due $5 million next season. Phelps will head to free agency ahead of his age-33 season after posting a solid 3.41 ERA last season, though his 4.58 FIP casts some doubt on his ability to repeat that number.
Phelps (2-1) allowed two earned runs without recording an out to take the loss Friday against the Cardinals. He walked both batters he faced.
Phelps had the unenviable task of facing St. Louis sluggers Paul Goldschmidt and Marcell Ozuna in the top of the sixth inning, and he walked both of them on a total of nine pitches. Both would come around to score after Phelps got the hook, pushing the Cardinals ahead 2-1, which ended up being the final score. Despite the hiccup, Phelps has been mostly solid for the Cubs this year with a 3.52 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 30.2 innings.
Phelps (2-0) picked up the win Monday against the Mariners, tossing a clean inning of relief with one walk and one strikeout.
Phelps has had a quietly effective season for the Blue Jays and Cubs, as he now has a 2.89 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 30 strikeouts across 28 innings of relief with both teams. With Chicago getting inconsistent efforts from pitchers such as Pedro Strop and Craig Kimbrel, Phelps should continue to pitch in important spots as the team looks to secure a postseason berth.
Phelps picked up the save against the Athletics on Monday, retiring the only batter he faced in the ninth inning to close out the Cubs' 6-5 victory.
It was the first save of the season for the newly acquired right-hander, as he entered the contest with two outs in the ninth inning and got Marcus Semien to fly out and seal a one-run victory. Craig Kimbrel (knee) was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday, so Phelps could find himself soaking up at least some of the resulting save opportunities while Kimbrel is out. He has a 3.86 ERA, a 1.34 WHIP and a 20:8 K:BB over 18.2 innings between Toronto and Chicago this season.
Phelps was traded from the Blue Jays to the Cubs on Tuesday in exchange for Thomas Hatch, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
The Cubs' bullpen has been an area of concern lately, so this move is certainly a step in the right direction for Chicago. Phelps was held out until mid-June while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, so his arm should be relatively fresh heading into the final few months of the season. He owns a 3.63 ERA and 1.21 WHIP with 18 punchouts over 17.1 innings this season. Phelps is expected to be available to pitch for the Cubs beginning Wednesday, per Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Phelps will be the opener for Wednesday's game against the Red Sox, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
Phelps owns a 3.52 ERA and an 8:2 K:BB in 7.2 innings of work for Toronto this season. He'll face the toughest part of Boston's order before likely turning the ball over to Jacob Waguespack.
Phelps walked one and struck out one in a scoreless inning of relief during Monday's loss to the Angels.
The 32-year-old was on a big-league mound for the first time since Aug. 30, 2017, and Phelps looked fully recovered from the Tommy John surgery that cost him all of last season. Assuming he stays healthy, he figures to fill a key role in a Jays bullpen that can use all the help it can get.
Phelps (elbow) was activated from the 60-day injured list Monday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Phelps has been cleared to make his 2019 big-league debut after completing a four-game minor-league rehab assignment with High-A Dunedin and Triple-A Buffalo. The right-hander hasn't pitched since undergoing Tommy John surgery in March of 2018; the Blue Jays may ease him back into action with lower-leverage work, but Phelps' track record suggests it won't be long before he's back in a high-leverage role. Justin Shafer was sent to the minors in a corresponding move.
Phelps (elbow) is with the team in Houston but likely won't be activated from the injured list until Saturday or Sunday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Phelps has pitched on back-to-back days, so the Blue Jays will give him another day or two to rest prior to bringing him back from the shelf. He hasn't appeared in a big-league game since undergoing Tommy John surgery in March of 2018.
Phelps (elbow) was transferred from High-A Dunedin to Triple-A Buffalo to continue his rehab assignment, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Phelps had been rehabbing at High-A in an effort to make it all the way back from Tommy John surgery, and it appears he's closing in on a return to the big leagues. The Blue Jays figure to continue to exercise caution with the right-hander, so he may need a handful of appearances with the Bisons before coming off the injured list.
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.
Phelps (elbow) was shifted to the 60-day disabled list Friday, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
Phelps was moved after the Mariners needed room for both Denard Span and Alex Colome following a trade with the Rays. He's expected to be on the shelf for the rest of the 2018 season and possibly a part of the 2019 campaign following Tommy John surgery in mid-March.
Phelps (elbow) was placed on the disabled list Wednesday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Phelps is set to miss the entire 2018 season and potentially the start of the 2019 campaign after undergoing Tommy John surgery earlier in the week.
Phelps (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery Monday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery. Phelps was diagnosed with a torn UCL on Wednesday, which will cause him to miss the next 12-to-18 months following Monday's procedure.
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