As expected Livan Hernandez cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week and today the Braves released the 37-year-old right-hander.
No team wanted anything to do with Hernandez’s guaranteed contract, but now that the Braves are on the hook for that entire deal and he’s available for a prorated share of the minimum salary he could find a taker. At the very least he’ll surely be able to snag a minor-league deal and a chance to work his way back to the majors at Triple-A.
Hernandez had a 2.73 ERA as recently as May 25, but turned in back-to-back ugly outings to finish with a 4.94 ERA and .331 opponents’ batting average in 31 total innings as a reliever.
Via WEEI.com comes a report that Red Sox minor league pitcher Kevin Steen was critically injured in a car crash on Wednesday night near Fort Myers.
The driver of the other car involved in the accident was killed. Steen is in the hospital in critical condition. It appears as though the other driver veered off the road, overcorrected and then crossed the center line, crashing into Steen’s SUV.
Steen, 20, is a starting pitcher. He was a ninth round pick of the Red Sox in 2014 out of Oak Ridge High School in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He’s played three seasons in the Sox season and was about to begin his fourth.
Mets manager Terry Collins says that he has scratched Noah Syndergaard, who was supposed to start this afternoon’s game against the Braves. In his place will go Matt Harvey.
Syndergaard, Collins says, has “tired arm.” But also says he has some discomfort in his right biceps. He will have an MRI, but Syndergaard says it’s not serious and that he could pitch as soon as Sunday. Collins says this is an abundance-of-caution type thing, saying “we can’t take a chance on this guy.” Which is true.
The Mets ace is 1-1 with a 1.73 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 26 innings. He has walked no one this year. Not a soul.