The Mets claimed lefty Tommy Milone off waivers from the Brewers on Sunday, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports.
Milone, 30, was designated for assignment last week by the Brewers after an unsuccessful start to the season. Across three starts and three relief appearances, he compiled a 6.43 ERA with a 16/2 K/BB ratio in 21 innings. Many of those runs came via the home run, as he allowed six of them.
The Mets, however, are in dire straits when it comes to pitching. Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, and Seth Lugo are battling injuries and the club suspended Matt Harvey on Sunday as well. Robert Gsellman‘s spot in the rotation is safe despite a 6.54 ERA and the club has had to rely on Rafael Montero as well. The addition of Milone helps the Mets stay afloat when it comes to pitching depth.
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale made a hasty exit from his final Grapefruit League outing on Saturday after sustaining a left hip contusion. He was struck on the leg with a line drive from the Astros’ J.D. Davis in the first inning and immediately collapsed on the mound. He was able to walk off the field without a noticeable limp, however, and later told reporters that the ball struck a nerve and temporarily stunned his leg. As a precautionary move, the Red Sox pulled him after the incident and will have the left-hander undergo X-rays to rule out any further injury to his hip.
This was expected to be Sale’s last start of spring training. Prior to Saturday’s matinee against the Astros, the 28-year-old southpaw made three starts in camp, allowing five runs, one home run, three walks and striking out 18 batters in 14 innings. He’s still on track to start the season for the Red Sox during their road opener against the Rays next Thursday.