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Rod Carew matched with a heart donor, will receive a transplant today

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A little over a year ago, Steve Rushin of Sports Illustrated wrote about Hall of Famer Rod Carew’s health crisis. Following a massive heart attack that likely would’ve killed many, and following open heart surgery and the implantation of a mechanical ventricular assist device, Carew was placed on the heart transplant list.

Many more people are placed on that last than eventually receive transplants, of course. Some die before a donor can be found. Some are unable to regain enough health and strength to be able to withstand the operation. While many who get transplants can and do continue to lead healthy and productive lives afterward, getting to that point can be daunting.

Rod Carew, however, has gotten to that point. KCAL-TV reports that a donor has been found for him, and that overnight he and his wife traveled to Los Angeles where he will undergo the transplant today:

 

Good luck, Rod. Here’s hoping for the best.

Steven Matz likely to start season on DL; Zack Wheeler to adhere to innings limit

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Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.

On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.

Rockies sign 30-year lease to stay in Coors Field

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Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies agreed to a $200 million, 30-year lease with the Metropolitan Baseball Stadium District, which is the state division that owns Coors Field. As part of the deal, the Rockies will lease and develop a plot of land south of the stadium, which will cost the team $125 million for 99 years.

As Groke points out, had the Rockies not reached a deal by Thursday, March 30, the lease would have rolled over for five more years.

Rockies owner Dick Monfort issued a statement, saying, “We are proud that Coors Field will continue to be a vital part of a vibrant city, drawing fans from near and far and making our Colorado residents proud.”

The Rockies moved into Coors Field in 1995. It is the National League’s third oldest stadium. In that span of time, the Rockies have made the playoffs three times, the last coming in 2009 when they lost in the NLDS to the Phillies. The Rockies were swept in the 2007 World Series by the Red Sox.