AT&T PARK — Though the Giants have placed Mark Melancon on the disabled list twice this season with a strained right pronator, he’s continued to experience soreness since being activated on August 12.
Now, Melancon is considering surgery to repair the ongoing elbow issue.
However, the closer remains on the Giants’ active roster ahead of the team’s Friday night matchup with the Philadelphia Phillies. Manager Bruce Bochy said he’s available to pitch if needed and isn’t concerned with long-term ramifications of trotting the right-hander out for additional outings.
Melancon has tossed three scoreless frames since his latest activation.
“Sure, he’s dealing with something, but he’s able to pitch,” Bochy said. “If they’re able to play, and the doctors say they’re able to play … then no, we don’t have any reservations.”
The Giants signed Melancon to a four-year, $62 million contract last offseason after ninth-inning bullpen struggles hampered them down the stretch in 2016. But Melancon, who saved 51 games in 2015 and 47 games in 2016, has only recorded 11 saves in his injury shortened 2017 campaign.
First baseman Brandon Belt and second baseman Joe Panik, both on the disabled list with concussions, are beginning cardiovascular workouts, including treadmill and elliptical activity. Neither player has a timetable for a return.
CUETO THROWS BULLPEN
Johnny Cueto threw a 50-pitch bullpen session on Friday. Bochy said the starter, who is out with recurrent blisters on his pitching hand, could begin a rehab assignment on Monday.