Jenrry Mejia just finished serving an 80-game suspension for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing drug. And he apparently hasn’t quit the stuff. Via CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman …
This time it’s for both Stanozolol and Boldenone. Monday night’s Tyler Clippard trade is suddenly looking even more crucial for the Mets, who currently sit two games back of the Nationals in the NL East.
Mejia had registered 7 1/3 scoreless innings of relief this season for New York.
Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post was first to report that a deal was close, and now Jon Morosi of FOX Sports has it confirmed: Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon is headed to the Nationals.
ESPN’s Jim Bowden first relayed that the return for the Phillies would be a pitching prospect who is currently with the Nationals’ Double-A club. That prospect is right-hander Nick Pivetta, per Todd Zolecki of MLB.com. He was ranked the 12th-best prospect in the Nationals’ system this winter by MLB.com, so this is basically a salary dump.
Papelbon has stated that he would only waive his no-trade clause if he gets to remain a closer, so he’s going to push Drew Storen into a setup role in Washington.
Papelbon owns a sparkling 1.59 ERA and 40/8 K/BB ratio in 39 2/3 innings this season for the Phillies, and he’s 17-for-17 in save opportunities. The 34-year-old right-hander is earning $13 million this year and he carries a $13 million vesting option for the 2016 season. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Papelbon is going to give up that vesting option for an $11 million guaranteed salary.
Juan Uribe played the hero in his second game with the Mets on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field …
Uribe began the 2015 season with that Dodgers team he just beat. The 36-year-old was traded to the Braves on May 27 as part of a five-player swap and then passed along to New York on Friday in a four-player deal.
Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia threw the first five innings of a combined no-hitter on Thursday night at Low-A Peoria and has been cleared to return to the starting rotation after just the one rehab start.
Cards GM John Mozeliak told KMOX on Sunday that Garcia, who has been out since late June with a groin strain, will start Tuesday against the Reds. Tim Cooney was optioned back to Triple-A Memphis on Saturday to open up a roster and rotation spot.
Garcia’s struggles with injuries have been a near-constant throughout his career, but he has always posted good numbers when healthy and the 29-year-old is sporting an especially-good 1.69 ERA in seven starts this season.
St. Louis entered play Sunday with a ridiculous 2.64 combined ERA from its pitching staff.