Placed on the disabled list with a shoulder injury earlier this week, Mets right-hander Chris Young has opted for surgery and will miss the remainder of the season.
Young’s career has been filled with injuries, which is why he’s never thrown even 180 innings in a season and has logged a total of just 222 innings during the past four years.
He made just four starts with the Padres last season and was shut down by the Mets after the same number of starts this year, but did go 3-0 with a 1.43 ERA in those eight outings.
Because of his lengthy injury history Young could manage only an incentive-laden one-year contract as a free agent, so the Mets are on the hook for just $1.1 million, which actually isn’t such a bad price for four very good starts.
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.