21-year-old right-hander Keury Mella will make a rehabilitation start Thursday night with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.
The San Francisco Giants No. 5 ranked prospect hasn't pitched since June 20, when he hit the disabled list with an undisclosed injury. According to Augusta GreenJackets beat reporter David Lee, Mella's injury was never considered serious and the club was just taking all possible precautions. He has spent more than a month in Arizona at the Giants training facility rehabbing the injury.
Mella has burst onto the Giants' prospects scene in 2014, getting a chance to showcase his heavy, mid-90s sinker for a full-season team having spent the entire 2013 season in Arizona playing for the rookie team. He has posted a 3.93 ERA with 63 strikeouts to 13 walks in 12 starts, spanning 66.1 innings with the GreenJackets.
The lineup attempting to score runs for Mella will be much improved coming off the Northwest League's All-Star break as two of San Francisco's top three selections in June's draft have joined the club from Arizona. Corner outfielder Dylan Davis, who cranked out seven doubles in nine games with the AZL team, and catcher Aramis Garcia will be in Thursday night's lineup making their Volcanoes debuts.
The Volcanoes roster now consists of six 2014 draftees as Skyler Ewing, Hunter Cole, Austin Slater, and Seth Harrison have all been everyday contributors to the Salem-Kezier offense since joining the team. The group is highlighted by the first baseman Ewing who has a .302/.424/.462 line in 29 games since arriving in Salem.