OUTMark Melancon
RP SF
2 months ago

Manager Bruce Bochy indicated Tuesday that Melancon (forearm) would enter the 2018 season as the Giants' closer, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Giants signed Melancon to a four-year, $62 million contract this offseason to be their long-term closer, but the veteran reliever was displaced from the ninth-inning role as he battled a myriad of elbow and forearm issues throughout the season. Despite the rocky 2017 campaign, Dyson will be reinserted into the closer role next season. He's a prime candidate to put together a solid bounce-back performance, assuming he's at full health.

OUTMark Melancon
RP SF
2 months ago

Melancon (forearm) successfully underwent pronator surgery Tuesday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

Melancon's season was cut short when he decided to undergo pronator surgery to repair his right arm that plagued him throughout the season. His rehab timeline is only 6-to-8 weeks, so he should be ready to go when spring training rolls around next season. Sam Dyson will close out the season as the Giants' ninth-inning arm.

OUTMark Melancon
RP SF
2 months ago

Melancon (forearm) will undergo season-ending surgery Tuesday, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Recent reports indicated that Melancon was aiming to wait to go under the knife until the season was over. However, those plans won't come to fruition, as he'll undergo surgery early next week. If his recovery goes as planned, Melancon could begin throwing as soon as six weeks after the surgery is performed. Barring any setbacks, Melancon is expected to be back in full health well before spring training begins.

OUTMark Melancon
RP SF
3 months ago

Melancon confirmed Monday that he would eventually require surgery to relieve chronic exertional compartment syndrome in his right forearm, but hopes to put the procedure off until after the season, Andrew Baggarly of The Mercury News reports. "I guess that's the best way to put it: I need surgery, and I'm day-to-day," Melancon said. "I'm trying to last as long as I can."

EDGE Analysis

Melancon ended up making an appearance out of the bullpen Friday against the Cardinals after it was announced earlier that day that the right-hander would require surgery, so for the time being, he'll attempt to pitch through the issue and provide aid to the Giants' setup ranks. However, manager Bruce Bochy said that if he notices Melancon's performance slip in his subsequent outings, the Giants could have him go under the knife before the season comes to an end. The prospect of an offseason procedure probably eliminates any hope Melancon had of recapturing closing duties from Sam Dyson in 2017, though Melancon's four-year, $62 million contract will probably keep him in the conversation for the ninth-inning role in spring training. The forearm procedure usually requires a recovery timeline of 2-to-3 months, so Melancon might not face any restrictions when spring arrives.

OUTMark Melancon
RP SF
3 months ago

Melancon will be shut down soon to undergo surgery to repair a recurring elbow injury, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

With the Giants out of the playoff running and September callups coming up to fill the bullpen, there is little reason to keep running Melancon out there. The procedure Melancon is slated to undergo has a recovery time of 6-8 weeks, so he should easily be healthy come spring training 2018. He may make a few more appearances before his season ends, but expect Melancon to be placed on the disabled list relatively soon.

OUTMark Melancon
RP SF
3 months ago

Melancon fired a clean inning while accruing two strikeouts in Monday's 2-0 win over the Brewers.

EDGE Analysis

Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reported last week that Melancon was considering surgery on his nagging elbow, but he has made two scoreless appearances since that announcement. The 32-year-old has been primarily used in a seventh-inning role since returning from the disabled list, but he notched his fourth consecutive hold in the eighth inning Monday. If Melancon avoids going under the knife and continues pitching the way he has recently (0.00 ERA and 5:0 K:BB ratio in his last five appearances), he could potentially reclaim his closer role from Sam Dyson at some point this season.

OUTMark Melancon
RP SF
3 months ago

Melancon said Friday that he is considering surgery to fix an elbow issue that has been bothering him since 2012, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Melancon said the problem wasn't the same elbow injury that kept him off the field from June 27 through August 12 this year. But with the Giants wholly out of the National League playoff picture, this might be the perfect time for Melancon to undergo surgery and still be ready to go by the start of the 2018 campaign. Either way, don't expect Melancon to contribute much in San Francisco's bullpen down the stretch; he hasn't seen a save opportunity since June 20.

OUTMark Melancon
RP SF
3 months ago

Melancon gave up one hit over a scoreless inning while picking up a hold in Thursday's 5-4 win over the Phillies.

EDGE Analysis

Manager Bruce Bochy continues to ease Melancon back into action in a middle relief role after it was reported that his elbow isn't fully back to full strength. The 32-year-old has fired three scoreless innings while picking up two holds since being activated off the disabled. The Giants want to make sure their big-ticket signing this past offseason is completely healthy before handing him the keys to the ninth, but Sam Dyson's success in the role has made the process move slower than fantasy owners had hoped.

OUTMark Melancon
RP SF
3 months ago

Manager Bruce Bochy reported Tuesday that Melancon is still dealing with some discomfort in his throwing elbow, Andrew Baggarly of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Melancon tossed a scoreless seventh inning in Tuesday's win over the Marlins, but admitted to feeling some lingering discomfort in his throwing elbow. It doesn't sound like the discomfort will send him back to the disabled list, but it's certainly something worth monitoring at this point. Sam Dyson will continue to operate as the Giants' closer until Melancon begins to feel comfortable again.

OUTMark Melancon
RP SF
3 months ago

Melancon gave up one hit and struck out one in a scoreless eighth inning Saturday against the Nationals.

EDGE Analysis

The Giants were down 3-1, so Melancon was indeed used in a lower-leverage situation in his first action since being activated from the DL. He touched 93 mph with his fastball, and the general consensus was that he looked pretty sharp. It's possible that he will continue to be used in non-save situations over his next couple outings, but he is expected to eventually return to the ninth-inning role.