Alfonzo wants one last shot with Mets

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alfonzo.jpgAccording to Kevin Kernan of the New York Post, Edgardo Alfonzo wants one more shot to end his career with the Mets.


“My dream is to retire with the Mets colors,” Alfonzo said. “That’s my
dream. That’s what I’m praying for, maybe it will happen, maybe not,
but dreams sometimes come true, you know.



Alfonzo is a beloved Met, having
spent eight seasons with the club, including their World Series run in
2000. Now 36 years old, he hasn’t played in the majors since 2006 as a
member of the Blue Jays. Since then, he’s had quite the road map, making
stops with the Long Island Ducks, the Mexican League, the Venezuelan
winter league and most recently this season, as a member of the Yomiuri
Giants in Japan. Alfonzo has a .284/.357/.425 line and 1532 career hits in the majors, but hasn’t
had more than 87 at-bats in a season since 2005.



“I’m prepared for anything,” Alfonzo said earlier this week. “Baseball
is the one thing in my life that I know how to do. I don’t expect to
play every day, but I feel I can help anytime. I can say many things
with my mouth, but I have to prove it.”



That Alfonzo wants another shot is
fine. Heck, I’ll root for the guy. Bring him to Port St. Lucie and see
what he can do. The Mets owe him that much. However, Kernan doesn’t just give credence to the idea
of a comeback, he outright endorses it, writing that Alfonzo could
“offer some guidance and wisdom to a team that lacked baseball common
sense” and that “he could toss some helpful advice David Wright’s way.”




What? That he shouldn’t sign with
the Giants? Listen, I’m often guilty of using my heart instead of my
head, that’s what fans do, but the notion that he can flip some sort of switch on this team
is patently ridiculous.

Mets leaning on Jay Bruce, Neil Walker as Lucas Duda insurance

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 12:  Pinch hitter Lucas Duda #21 of the New York Mets walks back to the dugout after striking out for the first out of the ninth inning against Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on May 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  The Dodgers won 5-0.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The Mets have begun working outfielder Jay Bruce and second baseman Neil Walker at first base as potential insurance in the event Lucas Duda continues to experience back discomfort, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. Duda has been sidelined recently due to back spasms and missed all but 47 games last season as a result of a stress fracture in his lower back.

Manager Terry Collins spoke about Bruce’s work at first base on Sunday, saying, “I liked everything I saw today. “It looks like he’s got the athleticism, he’s got the hands, he’s got the arm angle. He made some throws in our drills that you wouldn’t expect an outfielder to be able to make, but yet he does. If that’s where we have to go, I think we’ll be fine.”

Bruce has only three games’ worth of experience at first base at the major league level, but still has high expectations for himself. He said, “I am going to work at it. I want to give myself a chance and the team a chance. I am not going to go over there and be a butcher. It’s just not the way I go about my business on the baseball field and it wouldn’t be fair to the team if I wasn’t capable to do it, so I am going to work at it and we’ll see what happens.”

The Mets made Bruce available via trade over the offseason but didn’t get an offer that whet their appetite. As a result, Michael Conforto appears to be the odd man out in the Mets’ crowded outfield.

Jason Kipnis diagnosed with a strained rotator cuff

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02:  Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates after scoring a run on a wild pitch thrown by Jon Lester #34 of the Chicago Cubs (not pictured) during the fifth inning in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has been diagnosed with a strained rotator cuff in his right shoulder, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports. Kipnis has received a cortisone shot and will be shut down from throwing for the next four to five days.

There’s a lot of spring left, so it’s perfectly sensible for the Indians to play it safe with their star player. The club already had Kipnis on a shoulder strengthening program.

Kipnis, 29, helped the Indians to the playoffs after batting .275/.343/.469 with 23 home runs, 92 RBI, 91 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases in 688 plate appearances during the regular season last year. He then helped the Indians reach Game 7 of the World Series against the Cubs, where they were eventually stopped, as he provided a .741 OPS including four homers and eight RBI in 15 playoff games.