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.

Check out Minute Maid Park without Tal’s Hill

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During the offseason, the Astros finally got rid of Tal’s Hill in center field. It was a throwback to older stadiums, some of which had uneven topography — Crosley Field, namely. As unique as it was in the age of cookie cutter sports stadiums, most of us were holding our collective breaths hoping no one ruptured an Achilles or suffered another brutal injury trying to navigate the hill while attempting to catch a fly ball.

We saw what it looked like during reconstruction:

And now, via Julia Morales of ROOT Sports, we see what it looks like after all the work has been done:

The Astros are allowing fans with Lexus Field Club tickets to stand on the new warning track to watch batting practice and shag fly balls as well, Morales notes. Lexus Field Club is where Tal’s Hill used to be.

Good riddance, Tal’s Hill.

Jhoulys Chacin will start Opening Day for the Padres

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Jhoulys Chacin will start on Opening Day, April 3 against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. It will be Chacin’s second Opening Day start, the other coming in 2013 with the Rockies against the Brewers. He’ll be the fifth different Padres pitcher in as many years to start on Opening Day.

Chacin, 29, inked a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Padres in December. The right-hander spent the 2016 season with the Braves and Angels, compiling an aggregate 4.81 ERA with a 119/55 K/BB ratio in 144 innings.

Lin notes that Chacin will be followed in the rotation by Clayton Richard and Jered Weaver. It will be an interesting rotation, to say the least, as it will arguably be the worst in baseball.