Jay-Z and David Ortiz settle some dispute none of us knew about


From the “yeah, I know, but Opening Day is still two days away so fixating on this silly b.s. seems like fun” department:

Jay-Z has a club in New York called 40/40. David Ortiz allegedly visited it, liked it and opened up his own club called 40/40 in the Dominican Republic. This led to some acrimony between the two of them, and Jay-Z sued Big Papi for $5 million.  According to the New York Daily News, however, they’ve settled their differences over the matter:

The two were set to square off Tuesday in Manhattan Federal Court over use of the name 40/40, but the conference was cancelled at the last minute, the hip-hop giant’s lawyer said.

“The case has been settled in principle,” said attorney Peter Raymond. “We have agreed on the outlines of a settlement and need to reduce it to writing.”

In other words, it’s safe to say that Jay-Z now only has 98 problems.

Jason Vargas fractured his non-pitching hand

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Mets left-hander Jason Vargas has a non-displaced fracture of the hamate bone in his right hand, the team announced Sunday. Vargas sustained the injury after taking a comebacker off of his hand on Friday and is expected to consult with a hand specialist later today as the team settles on a course of action. Comments from GM Sandy Alderson indicate that surgery is a possibility, though the left-hander may also pitch through it for the time being.

Vargas, 35, signed a two-year, $16 million pact with the team last month. He completed a four-year run with the Royals in 2017, earning his first career All-Star nomination with an 18-11 record in 32 starts and producing a 4.16 ERA, 2.9 BB/9 and 6.7 SO/9 over 179 2/3 innings. Prior to the incident, the southpaw was expected to help fill out the back end of the Mets’ Opening Day rotation.

Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News estimates that Vargas will likely miss the start of the season as he faces a two- to six-week recovery period. It’s a disappointing turn of events for a pitching staff that has been absolutely ravaged by injuries over the last couple of years.