The Mets lost Thursday afternoon’s game against the Rockies 5-4, as reliever Hansel Robles walked in the winning run. It was, overall, a really rough day for Robles, who came in to start the eighth inning, retiring the side in order.
In the ninth, Robles hit Jonathan Lucroy to start the inning. After Pat Valaika moved Lucroy to second base on a sacrifice bunt, Robles intentionally walked Charlie Blackmon to bring up D.J. LeMahieu. He walked LeMahieu on five pitches, then walked Nolan Arenado to force in the winning run after going ahead 0-2 in the count. The final pitch sailed to the backstop.
After the game, Robles said he had numbness in his fingers in the ninth inning, per Mike Puma of the New York Post. Robles also accidentally pinched his genitals landing awkwardly on a play in the eighth inning.
There may be a disabled list stint in his future. Robles is carrying a 5.34 ERA with a 35/18 K/BB ratio in 30 1/3 innings.
The Mariners acquired Yankees’ right-hander Nick Rumbelow in exchange for minor league righty Juan Then and left-hander JP Sears, per an official announcement on Saturday. Rumbelow made 17 appearances for the Yankees in 2015 before undergoing Tommy John surgery and could provide some bullpen depth for the Mariners in 2018.
The 26-year-old right-hander spent the majority of his 2017 season in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he delivered an 0.62 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 over 29 innings. The Yankees didn’t rush Rumbelow into a full workload after he missed the 2016 season recovering from Tommy John, but he didn’t appear to have any significant setbacks with his health or performance and should be ready to compete for a role next spring.
Sears, 21, was ranked 21st in the Mariners’ organization by MLB Pipeline. He was drafted in the 11th round of the 2017 draft and features a deceptive, low-velocity fastball that he can throw for strikes to either side of the plate. In his first year of pro ball, he split 17 games between Short-Season A Everett and Single-A Clinton, turning in an 0.65 ERA, 3.9 BB/9 and 16.6 SO/9 across two levels.
Then, 17, also completed his first year of pro ball after signing with the Mariners as a free agent. He went 2-2 in 13 games of rookie ball, pitching to a 2.64 ERA, 2.2 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 in 61 1/3 innings. Neither Sears nor Then will take the mound for the Yankees anytime soon, and offloading Rumbelow to the Mariners should clear up some room on New York’s 40-man roster as they prepare for the upcoming Rule 5 Draft.