San Francisco injury list continues to grow
The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — San Francisco Giants closer Mark Melancon was put on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow flexor strain before Thursday’s opener, joining starters Madison Bumgarner and starter Jeff Samardzija on the sideline.
The move was made retroactive to Monday, and right-hander Reyes Moronta was recalled from Triple-A to fill Melancon’s roster spot.
Manager Bruce Bochy said Hunter Strickland will serve as the closer until Melancon returns, which Bochy hopes is in a couple of weeks.
Melancon had surgery on his forearm in September. The right-hander was 1-2 with 11 saves in 16 chances last year, when he had a 4.50 ERA in 30 innings during his first season with the Giants. He signed a $62 million, four-year deal as a free agent.
Arrieta to A ball
ATLANTA — Philadelphia pitcher Jake Arrieta has been assigned to Class A Clearwater while working into shape for his Phillies debut.
Since the 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner got a late start in spring training, finalizing a $75 million, three-year deal March 12, he will stay in Florida to pitch simulated games before making his first start for Philadelphia on April 8.
The Phillies will go with four starters until Arrieta is ready to pitch.
Arrieta has started two spring training games for the Phillies, giving up 10 hits, two homers and six runs in five innings. The 32-year-old went 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA last season with the Chicago Cubs.
Philadelphia opened the season Thursday against the Atlanta Braves.