Logan Forsythe, who had been hoping to win a spot on the Padres’ bench, is expected to miss the next eight weeks after aggravating an old fracture in his left foot.
John Schlegel of MLB.com reports that the 25-year-old infielder left Padres camp and headed back to San Diego to undergo surgery for a sesamoid bone fracture that he originally injured in college.
Forsythe, who was the 46th overall pick in the 2008 draft, hit just .213 with a .568 OPS in his 62-game debut last season, but has a .414 career on-base percentage in the minors.
With Forsythe out, Everth Cabrera is expected to be Padres’ reserve infielder to start the season. Cabrera probably had a leg up on the job anyway.
The Mets signed left-hander Matt Purke to a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. Purke will also receive an invitation to spring training, where he could presumably beef up the club’s left-handed relief options alongside Jerry Blevins and Josh Smoker.
Purke has not appeared in the majors since 2016, when he was used in a dozen relief appearances by the White Sox. The 27-year-old racked up a 5.50 ERA, 6.0 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 in his first 18 innings with the team, and was demoted to Triple-A Charlotte in June to finish out the season. He spent the entire 2017 season in Triple-A as well, showing more promise with a 3.84 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 11.0 SO/9 in 48 appearances.
While Purke may not amount to much more than a depth piece in New York’s ‘pen, the veteran lefty figures to be part of the Mets’ new bullpen-first strategy next year. Reports from MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo indicate that the club will be focusing on improving their relief options in order to ease the workload of their starting pitchers, and will likely add a few more arms before the offseason comes to a close.