Diamondbacks reliever Mark Melancon roughed up in spring debut

Michael Taylor
Michael Taylor

Mar 3, 2023; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Mark Melancon (34) reacts after allowing a single by Seattle Mariners Jarred Kelenic (10) in the fourth inning during a spring training game at Salt River Fields. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic

Right-hander Mark Melancon’s first outing of the Cactus League did not deliver good results on Friday afternoon, a shaky start to the spring for a reliever looking to bounce back from a rough debut season with the Diamondbacks.

Melancon gave up three runs on six hits, striking out two, in an inning against the Seattle Mariners at Salt River Fields. In fairness three of the hits he allowed came on softly hit balls, but the others did not, including a home run to right by the Mariners’ Mike Ford.

With more than 3 1/2 weeks to go before Opening Day, Melancon should have plenty of outings to get himself on track. Still, given what he went through last year — he was brought in to provide stability to the bullpen but wound up struggling and losing the closer’s job — there is no denying the Diamondbacks would have preferred to see an easier inning.

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