ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reports that first baseman Ike Davis, recently demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas, was not in consideration to take the roster spot of Lucas Duda, placed on the disabled list with a left intercostal strain. Duda had been one of the Mets’ more productive hitters, posting a .791 OPS with 11 home runs in 269 plate appearances. The Mets promoted 27-year-old Zach Lutz.
Davis, meanwhile, had started to catch fire in the Minors. In 50 plate appearances over 11 games, Davis posted a 1.224 OPS with four home runs. Impressively, he drew 11 walks and struck out only nine times. He was demoted after posting a .500 OPS at the big league level.
The big presidential pardon news today concerns the commutation of Chelsea Manning’s sentence. We’ll leave that aside. For our purposes, know that someone in the world of baseball was pardoned: Willie McCovey.
Yes, Hall of Famer Willie McCovey, who in 1995 pleaded guilty to income tax fraud related to the non-reporting of income received from memorabilia and autograph shows. Duke Snider pleaded guilty alongside McCovey. They were given two years probation and fines of $5,000. Snider died in 2011. McCovey still works with the San Francisco Giants as a senior advisor and goodwill ambassador.
President Obama’s release of McCovey’s pardon was pretty succinct. But it’s enough to scrub the record of one of the greatest sluggers of all time.
Rangers reliever Jake Diekman will have surgery on January 25 to help alleviate ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease. As a result, the lefty will miss at least half of the 2017 regular season, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Diekman was diagnosed with the illness when he was 11 years old. He has brought awareness to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America with a “Gut It Out” campaign.
Diekman, who turns 30 years old on Saturday, finished the 2016 campaign with a 3.40 ERA and a 59/26 K/BB ratio in 53 innings. He came to the Rangers from the Phillies in the Cole Hamels trade on July 31, 2015.
The Rangers and Diekman avoided arbitration last Friday, agreeing to a $2.55 million salary for the 2017 season.