Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy won’t be in the Opening Day lineup because his wife went into labor with their first child, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports. Murphy played all but one game last season, logging 697 plate appearances to rank sixth in the league. (Also: Congrats!)
And because these things always seem to happen to the Mets and there’s no sense in wasting any time continuing that for 2014, manager Terry Collins told Rubin that 4-5 players are “fighting the flu.”
Outfielder Chris Young is apparently one of them, because the Mets’ official Twitter account just announced that he’ll sit out Opening Day due to sickness, although previously Collins indicated that Young also has a quadriceps injury that would keep him from playing.
Nathan Eovaldi hasn’t pitched in a month due to right elbow inflammation, but he told Chad Jennings of the Journal News today that he expects to pitch out of the bullpen if the Yankees advance to the ALDS against the Royals.
Eovaldi was originally expected to throw a 35-pitch bullpen session today, but the Yankees moved up his timetable after the news that CC Sabathia was checking into alcohol rehab. Instead, he threw 10 pitches in a bullpen session before facing hitters for the first time since his injury.
There isn’t enough time for Eovaldi to get stretched out to start during the ALDS, but he could still play an important role for the Yankees, especially with Adam Warren looking like the most likely option to replace Sabathia in the rotation.
Yadier Molina suffered a mild ligament tear in his left thumb on September 20, but the Cardinals announced Monday that they remain “optimistic” he’ll be on the roster for the upcoming NLDS.
Molina visited a hand specialist Monday and Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that he’ll have a custom splint built in hopes that he’ll be able to hit and catch. He’s still not 100 percent, but even a limited Molina could be better than the alternative. That would be Tony Cruz in this case.
The Cardinals will meet the winner of Wednesday’s Wild Card game between the Cubs and the Pirates. Game 1 of the NLDS will take place Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET in St. Louis.