The gods just keep punishing the Mets

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090804_castillo.jpgMore bad news for the New York Mets: David Wright will be going on the DL after being attacked by an angry house cat while on his way to the ballpark on Tuesday.

OK so I made that up, but the way things are going, would you be surprised?

It wasn’t Wright who was hurt on Tuesday, but Luis Castillo, who sprained his ankle while slipping on the dugout steps. You might assume that some clown (Omar Minaya?) dropped a banana peel for Castillo to stumble over, and you wouldn’t be that far off. It was actually a glove left innocently on the steps that he was trying to avoid when he fell.

OK so losing Castillo isn’t like losing Carlos Beltran. Or Carlos Delgado. Or Jose Reyes. (Want the whole list? Find it here. And beware, it’s lengthy.) But he is a starter – and a pretty decent one at that – who was hitting .377 with a .473 OBP over the last month.

So what exactly did the Mets do to anger the baseball gods? Is it Bill Buckner’s revenge? Is the new stadium cursed? Maybe it’s a nasty bit of karma for those putrid shirts J.J. Putz was allowed to design.

Either way, this is getting ridiculous. And I think it’s about time the ghosts of the game ease up on the Mets and their fans. But just in case they don’t, the team might want to consider wrapping Johan Santana in bubble wrap.

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On a side note, is it time to stop pitching to Albert Pujols when he comes to the plate with the bases loaded? After hitting a grand slam to beat the Mets on Tuesday, here’s his line this season with the bases juiced: 7-for-9, 5 HRs, 24 RBIs. Intentionally walk him every time and he’s 0-for-0 with 0 HRs and 9 RBIs. I mean this tongue in cheek. I realize Tuesday’s blast was in extra innings. I understand there’s no guarantee you get the next guy out. Just wanted to point out that Pujols is kinda sorta good. Newsflash, I know.

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Video: Andrew Toles hammers grand slam in Cactus League win

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Dodgers’ left fielder Andrew Toles crushed his first spring training home run on Saturday afternoon. With the bases loaded and a two-run deficit hanging over their heads in the fourth inning, Toles stepped up to the plate against Oakland right-hander Jesse Hahn and unloaded a grand slam on the second pitch he saw.

Third baseman Justin Turner was quick to follow up with a solo jack of his own, bringing the score to a comfortable 7-4 lead by the end of the fourth. Another three-run outburst in the fifth and an eighth-inning RBI single by Austin Barnes raised the final score to 11-6… which, coincidentally, was the same score the Reds used to defeat the Athletics’ second split-squad lineup on Saturday (albeit with a few more RBI walks than grand slams).

Toles, 24, is approaching his sophomore season with the Dodgers in 2017. He slashed .314/.365/.505 with three home runs and an .870 OPS in his first major league season in 2016 and is expected to platoon with the right-handed Franklin Gutierrez in left field this year.

David Price’s season debut could be pushed back to May

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David Price showed “strength improvements” in his elbow on Saturday, but Red Sox’ manager John Farrell still doesn’t think the left-hander will be ready to throw by the start of the season — or for a few weeks afterward. According to ESPN’s Scott Lauber, the 31-year-old might not be ready to debut until May at the earliest.

Price hasn’t thrown off of a mound this spring after experiencing soreness in his left elbow on March 1. Surgery doesn’t appear to be necessary, but the Red Sox are playing it extra safe with their No. 3 starter in hopes that rest and rehabilitation will return him to full health sometime during the 2017 season. For now, Price has been restricted to short games of catch until he’s cleared to resume a more rigorous throwing program. Via MLB.com’s Ian Browne:

[There were] strength improvements to the point of putting the ball back in his hand a little more consistently,” said manager John Farrell. “Today’s the first step for that. A short game of catch. That’s what he’s going through. Not off a mound but just to get the arm moving with a ball in flight, and he will continue in this phase for a period of time. There’s no set distance and volume yet to the throws.

The lefty is coming off of a lackluster 2016 season, during which he delivered a 3.99 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 8.9 SO/9 over 230 innings for the Red Sox.