Another Mets pitcher has landed on the disabled list. The Mets announced on Wednesday that starter Zack Wheeler has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with biceps tendinitis. In related roster moves, the club optioned infielder Matt Reynolds to Triple-A Las Vegas and recalled pitchers Tyler Pill and Erik Goeddel from Las Vegas.
Wheeler, 27, was lit up in each of his last two starts, giving up eight runs in 1 2/3 innings to the Cubs and seven runs in two innings against the Dodgers. The outings ballooned his ERA from 3.45 to 5.29.
Wheeler joins an ever-growing list of injured Mets. Fellow pitchers Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Tommy Milone, Josh Smoker, and Jeurys Familia are on the sidelines, as well as position players David Wright, Asdrubal Cabrera, Neil Walker, and Juan Lagares. The Mets entered play Wednesday 31-39 and in fourth place in the NL East.
Alex Rodriguez’s post-retirement renaissance continues apace. After starring as a studio host for Fox’s playoff coverage over the past couple of years, A-Rod is about to be named to, arguably, televised baseball’s top job: color commentary in ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball booth.
Michael McCarthy of The Sporting News is hearing that ESPN is going to give the gig, vacated by Aaron Boone by virtue of his hiring by the Yankees, to Rodriguez. There he’ll join Jessica Mendoza and whoever they get to replace play-by-play man Dan Shulman, who chose to step back from the Sunday night job following last season. This, by the way, marks the second time A-Rod has taken over Aaron Boone’s job given that he replaced Boone at third base for the Yankees in 2004.
The twist: A-Rod is likely to keep his Fox postseason job too. While some broadcasters work for multiple networks, it’s pretty rare for Fox to allow its talents to work for competitors like that. Apparently they believe keeping A-Rod — who five years ago was one of the most despised figures in baseball — is worth it. What a difference a few years makes.
In other news, Alex Rodriguez is likely to be shunned mightily by the current crop of BBWAA voters when he hits the Hall of Fame ballot in a couple of years. At the rate he’s going, though, their successors will put him in Cooperstown via the Ford Frick Award sometime in the 2040s.