When 18-year-old Nationals prospect Yewri Guillen died in the Dominican Republic last month, bacterial meningitis was blamed. An MLB investigation, however, determined today that the cause of death was a brain infection, the result of an aggressive sinus infection.
The Nationals signed Guillen back in February. He became ill while at the team’s camp in the Dominican Republic and was hospitalized before passing away on April 14.
Dr. Gary Green, the MLB medical director, and MLB’s Medical Advisory Committee reviewed information provided from the Dominican Republic regarding Guillen’s death and determined that meningitis was not the cause. Still, the committee has recommended that all MLB academies in the Dominican institute a vaccination program for meningitis.
Yesterday the Mets announced that lefty Jason Vargas sustained a non-displaced fracture of the hamate bone in his right hand as the result of a comebacker during a spring training start. This morning they announced that Vargas will have surgery, which should cause him to miss the first week or so of the season.
Vargas will have the surgery tomorrow. Given that it’s on his non-throwing hand, he won’t miss much time — just a week or so of action, with another few days to get back up to speed afterward. He actually threw a bullpen session this morning. The issue is that he can’t catch a ball right now.
Vargas, 35, signed a two-year, $16 million pact with the Mets last month. With him missing a couple of starts, the Mets should break camp with both Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler in the rotation. The two had been fighting for the final spot.