Jon Rauch has tender elbow examined

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Today hasn’t been a good day for Mets’ reliever Jon Rauch.

After giving up a go-ahead two-run homer to Allen Craig in a loss to the Cardinals, Rauch was sent to the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York to have his right elbow examined.

Mets manager Terry Collins told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York after today’s game that Rauch has dealt with tenderness in the elbow at various times this season, including today’s relief appearance.

“Right now we’re going to have him checked,” Collins said. “He’s got a little tenderness. … He’s been doing fine with it. He said it pops up once in a while. And today, he said, after he got warm and got on the mound, all of a sudden his arm was bothering him. We’re going to have it looked at.”

We should learn more on his status before tomorrow’s series opener against the Nationals.

Rauch, who joined the Mets this offseason on a one-year, $3.5 million contract, has a 4.76 ERA and 13/4 K/BB ratio over 22 2/3 innings this season. If he requires a stint on the disabled list, Bobby Parnell will likely serve as the primary bridge to closer Frank Francisco.

Video: Albert Almora, Jr. saved by the ivy

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The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.

After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.

Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.

Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.