The Mets secured some rotation depth this afternoon by signing left-hander John Lannan to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Lannan struggled with the Phillies last season, posting a 5.33 ERA in 14 starts while dealing with a quad injury and a knee injury which required surgery. The 29-year-old Long Island native spent most of 2012 in the minors, as there was no room for him in the Nationals’ rotation, but he owns a 4.12 ERA over 148 starts in the majors.
As of now, the Mets project to begin the season with Jon Niese, Bartolo Colon, Dillon Gee, Zack Wheeler and Jenrry Mejia in the starting rotation. Mejia is coming off elbow surgery and has struggled to stay healthy in recent years, so Lannan will provide the Mets with some veteran insurance.
Mets starter Jon Niese left his start Tuesday night against the Cardinals due to left knee pain.
Niese walked two and gave up an RBI single before leaving with a trainer with one out in the bottom of the first inning. He was eventually charged with three earned runs. Robert Gsellman, just up from Las Vegas, took over, making his major league debut under unexpected circumstances.
Niese, who has not pitched well at all since coming over in a trade with the Pirates, is likely to be placed on the disabled list after the game or before tomorrow’s game.
Mark Trumbo still has many chances to hit a home run tonight — it’s only been an inning or so in the Nats-Orioles game — but his weird home run streak is over.
Coming into tonight’s game, Trumbo’s last seven hits had been homers. The all-time record had been 11, set by Mark McGwire back in 2001. The last time Trumbo got a hit that wasn’t a dong was back on August 11. Later in that game, however, he hit a grand slam. After that he went 6 for his next 34, with all those safeties dingers.
But that’s over now. In the first inning tonight he drove in a run with a two-out single. Then he was thrown out trying to stretch it to two. Good job on the RBIs, Mark. Bad job on the base running. Judgment withheld on the homer streak because, really, that’s just kind of weird and cool.