Craig Breslow to begin season on disabled list due to shoulder strain

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The Red Sox announced this evening that left-handed reliever Craig Breslow will begin the season on the disabled list due to a mild left shoulder strain.

While the situation was downplayed by the Red Sox for most of the spring, Breslow simply ran out of time to be ready for Opening Day. The 33-year-old was kept on the minor league side this week, which was a sign that a backdated stint on the disabled list was likely. He’s eligible to be activated April 5 and Red Sox manager John Farrell told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald this evening that his stay on the disabled list is expected to be “minimal.”

Breslow began last season on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation and went on to post a 1.81 ERA over 61 appearances. The Red Sox will hope for a similar result this time around.

Report: Mets expect Terry Collins to retire at the end of the season

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The Mets expect manager Terry Collins to retire at the end of the season, sources tell Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News. Collins and the Mets haven’t discussed an extension on his current contract, which expires at season’s end.

Collins, 67, has managed the Mets for the last seven seasons. Overall, he led them to a 546-578 record during the regular season and the team twice made the playoffs. The Mets lost the 2015 World Series to the Royals in five games, and lost the 2016 NL Wild Card Game to the Giants.

Injuries are much more to blame for the Mets’ struggles in 2017. After another loss on Wednesday, the Mets fell to 65-87. They will open the final homestand of the season on Friday with three games against the Nationals and four against the Braves. They could be Collins’ last in New York as manager of the Mets.

Reds to extend protective netting at Great American Ball Park

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The Reds announced on Thursday that the protective netting at Great American Ball Park will be extended to the end of each dugout in time for Opening Day next season. The press release notes that the current netting meets Major League Baseball’s guidelines and the new netting will go beyond those standards.

The netting “debate” came back on Wednesday when a young fan was struck in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees have done about the bare minimum in installing protective netting, which rightly earned them criticism. Brian Dozier, Todd Frazier, and Didi Gregorius each said yesterday that the netting should be extended. Other teams and Major League Baseball in general received criticism. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, for example, said the relative lack of action on MLB’s part is “morally repugnant.”

Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer notes that the Reds had already had this idea prior to Wednesday’s incident at Yankee Stadium.