Sometimes the life of a player with a minor-league option remaining just isn’t fair.
Dan Otero has been fantastic out of Oakland’s bullpen this season, going 7-1 with a 2.28 ERA in 71 innings while walking a grand total of nine batters. But the A’s needed to make roster room for outfielder Craig Gentry’s return from the disabled list and because Otero has an option remaining he was the choice to be demoted to Triple-A.
He’ll no doubt be back when rosters expand in September, but for a 29-year-old with a career 2.35 ERA in 122 innings as a major leaguer it’s gotta be a tough situation.
Mets first baseman Dominic Smith is dealing with a strained right quad and is set to undergo an MRI on Monday, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports.
Smith, 22, did not play in the Mets’ first Grapefruit League game after showing up late. He played on Saturday, scoring two runs on a single and a hit-by-pitch in two plate appearances. He was held out of Sunday’s lineup.
The Mets signed Adrian Gonzalez during the offseason, which makes him the front runner for the starting job at first base. Smith needs to have a strong spring showing to make the 25-man roster but so far, it hasn’t gone well.
Smith made his major league debut in August last year and ended up playing in 49 games. He struggled to a .198/.262/.395 slash line with nine home runs and 26 RBI in 183 plate appearances.