The Mets optioned right-hander Rafael Montero to Triple-A Las Vegas after he gave up three runs over 5 2/3 innings against the Marlins in a spot start on Tuesday, but that option was rescinded today when he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with rotator cuff inflammation.
According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said that they “don’t expect this to be serious.” Montero was given anti-inflammatories and will rest for a bit before resuming a throwing program.
The Mets plan to use a sixth starter at certain points this season and the hope is that Montero will be a candidate the next time they need one, likely in June. The other possibilities include top prospects Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz.
Bottom of the ninth between the Angels and Athletics this afternoon. Bases loaded and two outs with the Angels up by one. Ike Davis connected for a long drive to center field off Huston Street which appeared to be a potential game-winner. That’s when Mike Trout saved the day:
Street’s reaction just about sums it up nicely:
Trout finishes April with a .329/.447/.592 batting line to go along with five home runs, 14 RBI, and six stolen bases over 22 games. We’re getting pretty spoiled by his excellence.
Anthony Rendon’s return from a left knee sprain hit a snag this week due to some tightness in his side, but he could resume his minor league rehab assignment as soon as tomorrow.
Nationals manager Matt Williams said that Rendon went through a full workout today. Assuming he feels good tomorrow, he’ll return to the lineup with Double-A Harrisburg for the first time since last Saturday. The Nationals were originally hoping that Rendon would be ready to make his season debut during this weekend’s four-game series against the Mets, but he’ll likely spend a few more days in the minors to get back into the swing of things.
The Nationals were talking about potentially having Rendon split time between second base and third base upon his return, as Yunel Escobar has grown more comfortable at the hot corner. It’s unclear whether that’s still the plan, but either way, getting him back will be a big boost to their lineup.
Rendon, 24, batted .287 with a .351 on-base percentage to go along with 21 home runs and 17 stolen bases last season.
The Royals announced this afternoon that right-hander Yordano Ventura dropped the appeal of his seven-game suspension from MLB. He’ll begin serving it tonight.
Ventura was suspended for his part in instigating last Thursday’s benches-clearing brawl against the White Sox. He got the stiffest penalty of any of the players involved. Edinson Volquez (five games), Lorenzo Cain (two games), and Kelvin Herrera (two games) were also suspended for Kansas City while Chris Sale (five games) and Jeff Samardizja (five games) were suspended for Chicago.
Ventura initially appealed the suspension, so he was able to start against the Indians last night. It didn’t go so well, as he took the loss after allowing five runs on six hits and four walks over 5 1/3 innings. He’ll now miss one turn in the rotation and will be eligible to return for the start of a three-game series against the Tigers next Friday.
Jose Reyes has been trying to play through a small crack in his left rib, but he’ll now get an extended absence, as the Blue Jays have announced that the veteran shortstop has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. Jonathan Diaz was called up from Triple-A Buffalo to take his place on the active roster.
Reyes sat out last weekend due to the injury. A switch-hitter, he’s been limited to hitting from the right side since his return and he’s just 3-for-23 (.130) with zero extra-base hits over his last six games. The results haven’t been there and the discomfort has apparently lingered, so rest sounds like the best course of action.
Ryan Goins, who started Sunday in place of Reyes, and Diaz figure to see most of the playing time at shortstop for now.