Jered Weaver and Jeff Weaver bat against each other for first time

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Jeff Weaver and Jered Weaver have faced each other before on the mound, but yesterday one brother stepped into the batter’s box against the other brother for the first time.
Jeff entered the game in the top of the third inning in relief of Dodgers starter Carlos Monasterios and then led off the bottom of the frame against Jered. Jeff ended up taking a called third strike from Jered, and then afterward called him “a wuss” for throwing an off-speed pitch.
Not only was it the first time one Weaver had pitched to the other, it was the first pitcher-batter matchup for any brother combination since Ruddy Lugo and Julio Lugo in 2007. And that one isn’t nearly as amusing, because Julio Lugo is a hitter (technically, at least).
One inning later Jered grounded out against Jeff, but despite making contact admitted that Jeff “is the better hitter of the two of us.” I’ll give Angels manager Mike Scioscia the final word: “At least Jered put the ball in play.” Jeff Weaver pitched well in relief, allowing one run in 2.1 innings, but Jered Weaver picked up his sixth victory with a Quality Start.

Michael Conforto unlikely to be on the Mets’ Opening Day roster

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Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters today that it was “unlikely” that Michael Conforto will make the opening roster.

Not shocking given the shoulder surgery he had back in September, but given that he seems to be recovering more quickly than first anticipated, it was worth Alderson’s time to make the announcement. Indeed, back in December it was not expected that he’d see much if any game action at all during spring training, but here he is, playing DH today in the Mets game against the Cardinals.

Conforto missed the last six weeks of the 2017 season with a left shoulder injury and underwent surgery in early September to repair a tear of the posterior capsule in his shoulder. He finished the season batting .279/.384/.555 with 27 home runs and 68 RBI in 440 plate appearances. By the looks of things, he should be back some time in April.