According to Marc Carig of the New York Daily News, Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen was sent to a hospital for observation due to an accelerated heartbeat.
The NL East-leading Mets are currently in Atlanta for a four-game series against the Braves. Kevin Kernan of the New York Post reports that bullpen coach Ricky Bones will serve as pitching coach for Thursday’s game, weather-permitting.
Warthen, 62, has been the Mets pitching coach since the middle of the 2008 season. Hopefully he’s back to normal soon.
Nelson Cruz was back in the Mariners’ lineup this afternoon against the Rangers after missing six straight games with a strained right quad. And he returned with a bang. Or a boomstick, really.
Watch as Cruz takes left-hander Derek Holland deep to reach 40 home runs for the second straight season…
Cruz joins Ken Griffey, Jr., Jay Buhner, and Alex Rodriguez as the only players in Mariners history to reach 40 home runs in season. Rodriguez (2000) was the most recent one.
This week’s big American League East showdown will have to wait for one more day, as Thursday’s game between the Blue Jays and Yankees was postponed due to rain in the New York area. Thursday’s scheduled starters, David Price and Luis Severino, have been pushed back to what will now be the series opener on Friday night.
Thursday’s game will be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader on Saturday. Marco Estrada and Marcus Stroman will pitch for Toronto while New York will counter with Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda. R.A. Dickey and Masahiro Tanaka will meet in the series finale on Sunday afternoon.
The Blue Jays (79-60) currently hold a 1 1/2 game lead over the Yankees (77-61) in the AL East.