Big day for injured closer Mark Melancon – East Bay Times – California News

Big day for injured closer Mark Melancon – East Bay Times – California News

SAN FRANCISCO — Giants closer Mark Melancon, sidelined for more than a month by an elbow injury, was scheduled for another rehab assignment Friday night for the San Jose Giants and could be close to being activated off the disabled list.

“This is a big outing for him. I think we’ll have a real good idea where he’s at, how he feels,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Bochy declined to predict whether Melancon could be activated and pitch during the current homestand that runs through next Wednesday.

“That might be pushing it,” Bochy said. “But again, I can answer that better when we see him tomorrow. He may come out of it and say, `I’m ready to go.’

“Mark’s the only one who can let us know on that. We’re not going to push this. It’s up to him to let us know where he’s at.”

Melancon, 32, was the Giants’ biggest off-season signing. But he’s made just 22 appearances and hasn’t played since June 27. He is on the DL with a strained right pronator, a muscle located just below the elbow.

Friday’s night’s outing with the Giants’ Class A team will be Melancon’s third rehab appearance, including a scoreless inning he threw on Wednesday.

• Chris Stratton will make just his second start of the season Saturday evening. He’s excited and ready, but understands his opportunity comes at the expense of Matt Cain, who was told this week he’d no longer be part of the rotation.

“Him and Buster (Posey) have been the face of the Giants for a long time,” Stratton said. “He’s been great to me, really took care of me, helped me out with anything I needed.”

Asked if the two have talked since Bochy announced the change on…

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