Mets third baseman David Wright began a minor-league rehab assignment Monday at Single-A by going 1-for-3 with a walk.
Wright, who’s been on the disabled list since mid-April with a hamstring strain and spinal stenosis, started at designated hitter for the St. Lucie Mets.
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that he’s scheduled to play five innings defensively at third base Tuesday and based on the seven-time All-Star’s comments it sounds like he’s hoping to rejoin the Mets as soon as next week.
Royals 4, Tigers 0
Johnny Cueto made his Royals home debut Monday night and threw a complete-game, four-hit shutout against the Tigers in front of 36,000 fans at Kauffman Stadium. Cueto struck out eight, walked zero, and threw 86 of 116 pitches for strikes to extend the Royals’ winning streak to four games.
Oh, and then there’s this from the Associated Press recap:
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus complained to plate umpire Joe West that Cueto’s delivery was illegal, saying Cueto was stopping in his windup.
“Really, the way the rule reads, you’re not supposed to even alter your motion,” Ausmus said. “That’s the way the rule reads. They don’t enforce it. Well, he said if he stops it’s an illegal pitch.”
It’s called The Cueto Wiggle and we’re all familiar with it, Brad.
Kansas City now has a 12-game lead in the AL Central and a 13.5-game lead over third-place Detroit.
Your box scores and AP recaps from Monday …
White Sox 8, Angels 2
Orioles 3, Mariners 2
Mets 4, Rockies 2
Diamondbacks 13, Phillies 3
Nationals 8, Dodgers 3
Padres 2, Reds 1
Koji Uehara took a line drive off his right wrist while closing out Friday’s win–throwing to first base to get the final out–and the Red Sox announced that he’ll miss the remainder of the season after being diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture.
Uehara finishes the season with 25 saves and a 2.23 ERA in 40 innings, holding opponents to a .188 batting average while posting a 47/9 K/BB ratio. It’s a spectacular performance for any reliever and especially so for a 40-year-old who came into the season with plenty of questions marks attached after he struggled down the stretch in 2014.
Uehara is under contract for $9 million in 2016 and figures to remain the Red Sox’s closer. Junichi Tazawa is expected to take over ninth-inning duties for the final seven weeks of the season after doing excellent work as Uehara’s setup man for years, including a 3.19 ERA and 48/7 K/BB ratio in 48 innings this season.