ESPN’s Adam Rubin reports that the Mets have activated starter Jon Niese from the 15-day disabled list. To make room for him on the roster, the Mets have designated reliever Buddy Carlyle for assignment.
Niese went on the disabled list on July 5 with inflammation of the A/C joint in his left shoulder. Niese faced only three batters in his last start, on July 4 against the Rangers, before exiting with discomfort. The 27-year-old lefty has a 2.96 ERA and a 74/28 K/BB ratio in 103 1/3 innings this season.
Carlyle, 36, has spent most of this season with Triple-A Las Vegas. He compiled seven innings of relief work at the major league level for the Mets, posting a 1.29 ERA and a 7/3 K/BB ratio. Carlyle is a veteran of eight major league seasons, having pitched in the big leagues for the Padres, Dodgers, Braves, and Yankees along with the Mets.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: