An elbow injury sidelined him for a couple weeks in August. He returned later that month, but threw fewer than two innings before bone spurs in the same elbow ended his season. He had surgery to remove them in September.
I think he was a key loss to us, Servais said, if you look at last year’s season when he went down.
A check of the standings backs up Servais’ claim. Seattle was 1 1/2 games back from a wild-card berth when Phelps first got hurt, four games back when he was lost for the season and the Mariners finished 7 1/2 games behind Minnesota for the final playoff spot. Losing Phelps meant the team had to rely more on an injury-decimated starting rotation and an exhausted bullpen.
With a season best of 71.79, the British pairing of Nicholas Buckland and Penny Coomes had high expectations. They came up ninth in the order and scored a 68.36, good for first place.
Another break for warmups for the next group of competitors, and Xinyu Liu and Shiyue Wang of China hit the ice. They took a costume deduction when they lost part of an outfit on the ice, and had a score of 57.81, which slotted them in eighth. The Slovakia team of Lukas Csolley and Lucie Mysliveckova was next, and they scored a 59.75, good for sixth.
Manager A.J. Hinch loves to hear how Correa and the rest of his young players want to keep improving. He also thinks attitudes like Correa’s mindset will be the key to more success for the team this year.
It’s pretty nice, he said. It shows how special the season was, but it also shows that you’re still vulnerable when you show up the next season if you haven’t taken a step forward, and that’s the part that I’ll demand out of them.
Ford, which swept all four restrictor-plate races last season, has taken control of the Daytona 500 as the race nears the halfway point (Lap 100). The manufacturer holds the top four positions with Ryan Blaney leading, Paul Menard second, Brad Keselowski third and Kevin Harvick fourth.
Danica Patrick’s NASCAR career came to an end early, as she got swept up in a wreck that started when Chase Elliott hit the wall near the front of the pack.