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Mark Melancon to be shut down for elbow surgery

St Louis Cardinals v San Francisco Giants

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 31: Mark Melancon #41 of the San Francisco Giants walks to the dugout after being replaced in the eighth inning of the game against the St Louis Cardinals at AT&T Park on August 31, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

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Giants’ right-hander Mark Melancon might be shut down from throwing soon, per comments by club manager Bruce Bochy on Friday. The closer is due for elbow surgery to correct an issue that has caused lingering discomfort since the 2012 season. No definite timeline has been put on the procedure just yet, but the recovery period is expected to take six to eight weeks and should give him ample time to work his way back by the start of spring training.

Melancon, 32, resumed his post in the Giants’ bullpen after initial reports of the injury surfaced in mid-August, and finished the month with a 3.95 ERA, 1.6 BB/9 and 8.6 SO/9 through 27 1/3 innings. He served two stints on the disabled list with a strained pronator muscle in his right forearm, but rebounded in August with six consecutive scoreless outings and five holds to bring his ERA under 4.00.

While it doesn’t look like Melancon’s forearm issues have resurfaced over the last several weeks, the Giants will err on the side of caution as the regular season winds down. Fellow right-hander Sam Dyson assumed the closer role during Melancon’s second trip to the DL and has regularly excelled in the ninth inning spot, posting 12 saves and a 2.22 ERA over 28 1/3 innings for the Giants this year.

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