Phelps underwent season-ending surgery on his right lat Tuesday, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.
The Blue Jays said in mid-May that Phelps' lat strain was a significant one, and it's now clear exactly how significant it is. He won't pitch until next season, at which point he'll be 35 years old.
Phelps (lat) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Saturday.
The righty was initially placed on the 10-day IL on May 6, but the severity of his lat strain demands a more extended absence. This marks yet another blow to the Blue Jays' injury-riddled bullpen, which adds lefty Nick Allgeyer, whom the team called up Saturday.
Phelps' lat strain was confirmed to be a significant one Friday, though he remains without a clear timeline for his return, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports.
The MRI that Phelps underwent Tuesday evidently offered the Blue Jays some clarity, but not enough that they were able to offer a clear timetable for his recovery. His loss is a big one for the Blue Jays, as he'd allowed just one earned run in 10.1 innings before hitting the injured list.
Phelps (lat) was sent for an MRI on Tuesday, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Phelps hit the injured list with a strained right lat Thursday. His return timeline should become clearer once the results of his MRI are made public.
Phelps was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right lat strain Thursday, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports.
Phelps exited Wednesday's win over the Athletics due to a right shoulder issue, and he'll miss additional time after he was diagnosed with a lat strain Thursday. It's not yet clear when Phelps will be able to return to game action. Hyun Jin Ryu (hip) was recalled ahead of his scheduled start Thursday in a corresponding move.
Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said after Wednesday's 9-4 win over the Athletics that Phelps was lifted from his relief appearance due to right shoulder discomfort, Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic reports.
The right-hander was summoned in the top of the eighth to protect a four-run lead, but he apparently felt off while warming up, as he was pulled before he even faced a hitter. Phelps will receive imaging on his shoulder Thursday as the Blue Jays look to gain a better sense of the extent of his injury.
Phelps was removed from Wednesday's win over the A's with an undisclosed injury, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.
The 34-year-old was called upon to start the eighth inning for Toronto, but he didn't end up throwing a pitch as he apparently tweaked something while warming up. Phelps has surrendered only one run with a 15:4 K:BB through 10.1 innings this season, so it would be a tough break for him and the Blue Jays' bullpen if he's forced to miss any time.
Phelps gave up a hit and a walk over two-thirds of an inning to record his second hold of the season in Wednesday's win over the Red Sox. He struck out one.
The right-hander replaced Tommy Milone with one out and two on in the fifth inning, and he promptly let one of the inherited runners score on an Enrique Hernandez double, but Phelps had plenty of cushion with the Jays holding a 4-1 lead. He hadn't pitched in eight days since being struck in the back by a Clint Frazier comebacker, but Phelps seemed 100 percent in his return to the mound. He'll primarily fill a middle-relief role when the Toronto bullpen is back at full strength.
Phelps suffered a back contusion when struck by a line drive during Tuesday's win over the Yankees, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.
The 34-year-old was struck by a hard liner off the bat of Clint Frazier to open the eighth inning, resulting in his removal from the contest. Phelps appears to have avoided a serious injury and should be considered day-to-day.
Phelps pitched a scoreless first inning as the opener Friday, allowing one walk and striking out two in a loss to the Angels.
Phelps took a turn as an opener in Friday's game, and he did his job fairly well. He's allowed only one unearned run in five innings this season, with a 1.20 WHIP, five strikeouts and a hold in five appearances. The 34-year-old right-hander appears set for a flexible role in the Blue Jays' bullpen, although he's most likely to work in the middle innings for now.
Phelps will serve as an opener Friday against the Angels, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
The 34-year-old has allowed one unearned run on four hits over four innings this season, and he'll operate as the opener versus the Halos. T.J. Zeuch will follow Phelps as the primary pitcher for Toronto.
Phelps has posted a 5.14 ERA and 12:0 K:BB through seven Grapefruit League innings.
The ERA is inflated by two untimely homers, but otherwise Phelps has been dealing this spring. The veteran righty was expected to fill a middle-relief role for the Jays this season, but with Kirby Yates (elbow) out of the picture, Phelps could join the high-leverage mix alongside Jordan Romano and Rafael Dolis if he keeps piling up strikeouts.
Phelps signed a one-year, $1.75 million deal with the Blue Jays on Thursday, Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic reports.
The 34-year-old righty struggled to a 6.53 ERA in 20.2 innings for the Brewers and Phillies last year, though his underlying numbers give at least some reason for optimism. His 36.5 percent strikeout rate and 5.9 percent walk rate were both excellent, but he was undone by a 41.2 percent HR/FB rate -- seven of the 17 flyballs he allowed all season cleared the fence. He hasn't been particularly homer-prone in the past, so he should still be a useful piece for the Blue Jays this season if that number normalizes.
Phelps will head to the open market this winter after the Phillies declined his option Friday, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.
The Phillies picked up Phelps at the deadline to address their struggling bullpen, but the unit's issues were evidently contagious. After opening the year with a 2.77 ERA in 13.0 innings as a Brewer, he posted a 12.91 ERA in 7.2 innings as a Phillie. Much of that appears to be small-sample variance, however, as a full 50 percent of the fly balls he allowed with his new team cleared the fence. Phelps may be 34 years old, but he owns a 3.24 ERA over the last four seasons combined and should be able to find a suitor as a free agent.
Phelps was traded from the Brewers to the Phillies on Monday in exchange for three prospects, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Phelps has boasted a high strikeout rate to begin the season with a 20:2 K:BB and 2.77 ERA over 13 innings. He carries a 2-3 record with one blown save this season. With Brandon Workman and Hector Neris in the fold for the Phillies, he should continue to pitch mainly in non-save situations in Philadelphia.
Phelps (2-3) took the loss and a blown save against the Pirates on Sunday, allowing a two-run home run in one inning pitched. He struck out two.
Phelps struck out a pair of Pirates but allowed a single to Cole Tucker before Gregory Polanco took him deep for a go-ahead two-run homer. Despite his rough outing Sunday, Phelps still holds a solid 2.45 ERA on the campaign.
Phelps struck out three batters and tossed a perfect eighth inning in Sunday's victory over the Cubs.
It's been a few years since Phelps occupied a key spot in someone's bullpen, but the Brewers are using him in the setup role this season, and he has produced stellar results thus far. Over 8.2 innings of relief Phelps has given up just one earned run (1.04 ERA) while allowing only six runners to reach base and punching out 13 batters. Given the results and roles up to this point, Phelps -- not Corey Knebel -- would presumably be next in line for a save opportunity should Josh Hader be unavailable.
Phelps (1-0) struck out three over two perfect innings of relief Monday to record the win in a 6-5 extra-inning victory over the Pirates.
The right-hander became the first pitcher in 2020 to solve the riddle of the new extra-inning rules, as Phelps entered the game in the 10th and shut down the Pittsburgh offense even with a runner beginning each inning at second base. After a solid comeback campaign in 2019 split between the Jays and Cubs, the 33-year-old is on his way to re-establishing himself as a reliable relief arm in 2020.
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.
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