Ryan Zimmerman’s MRI comes up negative

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Ryan Zimmerman left Saturday night’s game against the Braves with shoulder soreness. His MRI turned up negative, Chase Hughes of CSN Washington reports.

Zimmerman sat out Sunday’s game against the Braves, but pinch-hit in the eighth inning. Manager Matt Williams explained why:

“Swinging is fine. The issue he’s got is probably throwing overload. He throws a lot and he works at it really hard so it may be a little overload at this point,” Williams said.

Williams also talked about potentially lowering Zimmerman’s workload in fielding drills.

On Saturday night, Zimmerman fielded an Andrelton Simmons ground ball, but made a very awkward-looking throw to first base, exemplifying the third baseman’s shoulder discomfort. He had off-season shoulder surgery in 2012, but he has yet to rediscover his throwing mechanics. Zimmerman may eventually require a move to first base, but Williams said, “I envision him playing third base.”

Report: Pirates sign Felipe Rivero to four-year contract extension

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Pirates will sign reliever Felipe Rivero to a four-year contract extension that includes two club options. The total value of the deal is believed to be $22 million and each club option is worth $10 million.

Rivero, 26, did not come to an agreement with the Pirates to avoid arbitration in his first year of eligibility ahead of last Friday’s deadline. He requested a $2.9 million salary for the 2018 season while the Pirates countered at $2.4 million. This extension will cover all four years of Rivero’s arbitration eligibility and the two club options can cover his first two years of free agency as well.

Rivero was one of baseball’s best relievers last season, finishing with 21 saves, a 1.67 ERA, and an 88/20 K/BB ratio in 75 1/3 innings. The Pirates acquired him from the Nationals along with minor leaguer Taylor Hearn ahead of the 2016 non-waiver trade deadline in the Mark Melancon deal.

Presumably, Rivero’s extension was in the works before he knew anything about the Andrew McCutchen trade. He made a couple of tweets following this afternoon’s news. In one, he used only the “facepalm” emoji. The other was a .gif of The Office character Jim Halpert yelling, “What is going on?”