Yesterday the Mets chose Blaine Boyer over Manny Acosta for their final bullpen spot and also asked 38-year-old Jason Isringhausen to stay behind in extended spring training so they could make sure his elbow is healthy before potentially adding him to the relief mix.
Isringhausen agreed to do that today and will remain in Florida for two weeks, saying: “I’ve come this far, two more weeks ain’t gonna kill me.”
He was impressive enough this spring that the Mets seem genuinely interested in using him this season and given Isringhausen’s statements about not being willing to go the minors at this stage of his career they likely made him some quasi-assurances to get the agreement.
And according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, if another team expresses interest in adding Isringhausen to the major-league roster during that time the Mets will either have to call him up or cut him loose.
Jaime Garcia has been at the center of trade talks for several days now, but on Friday night, he commanded center stage for an entirely different reason. The Braves’ southpaw went head-to-head with Dodgers’ lefty Alex Wood and mashed his first career grand slam: a two-out, 399-foot blast that cleared the wall in right field and put the Braves up 9-0 in the fifth inning.
The bases-loaded knock was the third career home run for Garcia, whose contributions at the plate have been few and far between over his nine-year track in the major leagues. Not only did the homer mark an impressive career first for the 30-year-old, but it was just the second pitcher grand slam in Braves’ history and the first since 1966.
Garcia looked almost as impressive on the mound during Friday’s series opener, issuing one run, four hits and three strikeouts through his first six innings. The Braves currently lead the Dodgers 12-1 in the top of the seventh inning.
As for whether the slam will affect negotiations between the Braves and Twins? MLB.com’s Mike Petriello put it best:
Athletics’ first baseman Ryon Healy had a scary moment during Friday’s loss to the Mets. Lucas Duda smacked a single to the first base side, where the ball took a high hop and caught Healy in the left temple. He crumpled to the ground after getting struck by the one-hopper, but was eventually able to stand and walk off the field with assistance from a trainer.
Prior to the injury, Healy went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI single in the first inning. He was replaced by Yonder Alonso, who finished off the rest of the night’s 7-5 loss with a walk in two plate appearances.
Following the game, manager Bob Melvin told reporters that Healy did not appear to have sustained a concussion as a result of the hit. Healy said he thinks he’ll be good to go for Saturday’s game, though a final decision likely won’t be made until tomorrow.