After exiting last night’s game in Colorado with a strained calf Mets first baseman Ike Davis has flown back to New York to have the injury examined by team doctors.
Davis expressed optimism that he won’t need a stint on the disabled list, but Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that he’ll undergo an MRI exam.
While leaving the team in Colorado and flying to New York may sound dramatic, the Mets will be in Houston tomorrow and are back home for four games beginning Monday.
Davis has followed up a solid rookie season by hitting .302 with seven homers and a .925 OPS through 36 games.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Pirates will sign reliever Felipe Rivero to a four-year contract extension that includes two club options. The total value of the deal is believed to be $22 million and each club option is worth $10 million.
Rivero, 26, did not come to an agreement with the Pirates to avoid arbitration in his first year of eligibility ahead of last Friday’s deadline. He requested a $2.9 million salary for the 2018 season while the Pirates countered at $2.4 million. This extension will cover all four years of Rivero’s arbitration eligibility and the two club options can cover his first two years of free agency as well.
Rivero was one of baseball’s best relievers last season, finishing with 21 saves, a 1.67 ERA, and an 88/20 K/BB ratio in 75 1/3 innings. The Pirates acquired him from the Nationals along with minor leaguer Taylor Hearn ahead of the 2016 non-waiver trade deadline in the Mark Melancon deal.
Presumably, Rivero’s extension was in the works before he knew anything about the Andrew McCutchen trade. He made a couple of tweets following this afternoon’s news. In one, he used only the “facepalm” emoji. The other was a .gif of The Office character Jim Halpert yelling, “What is going on?”