My guess is that just about every baseball team that visits the Nationals takes a side trip to Walter Reed Hospital to visit wounded vets. My guess is that just about every team has a few guys who don’t make the trip for whatever reason, be it business or personal. My guess, however, is that only the Mets have the combination of (a) touchy players; and (b) muckraking media covering them that turns such a common state of affairs into something newsworthy:
event perhaps also offered perspective on the Mets’ relationship with
the three most prominent players who skipped the non-mandatory event –
Carlos Beltran, Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo. All three have had
issues with the Mets recently.
Still, David Wright was disappointed that everyone didn’t go. “You’d
like to see everybody. I don’t think it’s big enough until you get
An alternative argument could be that (a) not every event “offers perspective” on the state of Mets personnel (sometimes things just happen); and (b) that our wounded veterans have already accomplished and suffered enough for our country that they really don’t need to pretend to enjoy spending time with Oliver Perez.
We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.
McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.
Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.
The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.
Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.