After losing their third straight game and the fifth out of their last seven, the Mets announced late tonight that they have recalled prospect second baseman Dilson Herrera from Triple-A Las Vegas.
The Mets aren’t calling Herrera up to be a bench player, so the expectation is that he’ll play second base while Daniel Murphy will move over to third and play over Eric Campbell. This might only be temporary, as David Wright is working his way back from a hamstring strain and could be ready to return as soon as next weekend.
Herrera was off to a strong start in Triple-A this season, batting .375/.407/.513 over his first 19 games coming into Thursday’s action. The 21-year-old hit .220 (13-for-59) with three home runs and 11 RBI in 18 games during his first stint in the majors late last season.
The Braves announced a pair of roster moves this evening, with third baseman Chris Johnson going on the 15-day disabled list due to a left hand fracture and right-hander Mike Foltynewicz being called up from Triple-A Gwinnett.
Johnson told Mark Bowman of MLB.com that he suffered the injury tonight on a slide into second base on a stolen base attempt in the fourth inning. No word yet on how long he’ll be sidelined, but the Braves could rely on a combination of Alberto Callaspo, Phil Gosselin, and Kelly Johnson at third base during his absence. Johnson, 30, is batting .279 (12-for-43) with four doubles and five RBI over 16 games this season.
The Braves have demoted Trevor Cahill to the bullpen after three bad starts, so Foltynewicz will take his place in the starting rotation tomorrow night against the Reds. Acquired from the Astros in the Evan Gattis deal over the winter, the 23-year-old had a 2.03 ERA with 30 strikeouts and 10 walks in 21 2/3 innings over his first four starts in Triple-A this season. He’s a hard-thrower with frontline potential if he can improve his control.
Royals right-hander Kris Medlen missed the entire 2014 season following the second Tommy John surgery of his career, but he’s inching closer to game action.
According to Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com, Medlen is scheduled to travel to the team’s complex in Surprise, Arizona on Monday to begin facing hitters. He’s about 13 months removed from surgery right now, but the Royals are understandably being cautious about his rehab process. The hope is that he could be a candidate to contribute around midseason.
After being non-tendered by the Braves last November, Medlen joined the Royals on a two-year, $8.5 million contract with a $10 million mutual option for 2017. The 29-year-old owns a 2.95 ERA over 61 starts and 91 relief appearances in his career, so he’s a fine gamble.
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.