Brutal news here for the NL East-leading Mets.
According to beat writer Mike Vorkunov of the Newark Star-Ledger, lefty reliever Jerry Blevins suffered a fractured left forearm Sunday when he was struck by a comebacker off the bat of Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon. The injury is to his throwing arm, so Blevins figures to miss a large chunk of time.
The 31-year-old southpaw was acquired from the Nationals in late March for outfielder Matt den Dekker and had been terrific for the Mets in the early going, allowing no runs in seven appearances.
Jon Lester appears to have found a solution for his problems making throws to first base …
Lester has the yips on pickoff throws, not on comebackers, but it was too obvious of a connection.
Cole Hamels was lit up for five earned runs by the Nationals in his last turn through the Phillies’ starting rotation and he stands 0-2 with a 5.00 ERA through three starts this season. But that doesn’t mean the 31-year-old left-hander is suddenly going to come at a discount for teams looking to trade for him.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe spoke to a National League general manager who has been inquiring about Hamels for his big Sunday notes column and asked whether the Phillies’ sky-high winter and spring asking price has dropped in recent weeks. The general manager’s response: “Not one bit.”
And why should it? You can include Hamel’s poor start to the 2015 season and he still boasts a 3.03 ERA (126 ERA+) over his last 874 major league innings. Trust the larger sample size. And his remaining contract (four years, $94 million) is a bargain in a market where Max Scherzer can command a $210 million deal.
Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. will be hoping Hamels stays healthy and teams get more desperate.
It’s imperative to the rebuild in Philly that the ace fetches a significant package of talent.
There’s so much gold in this new Red Bull spot for Cubs rookie third baseman Kris Bryant …
Bryant finished 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his major league debut Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field, but the 23-year-old top prospect then reached base in five of his six plate appearances on Saturday.
Yasiel Puig was able to return to the Dodgers’ starting lineup on Saturday night after missing three games with left hamstring soreness and he even went 2-for-3. But the 24-year-old Cuban outfielder was in obvious discomfort as he ran the bases and played defense, so he will get another game off on Sunday.
Andre Ethier is starting in right field and batting fifth in Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the visiting Rockies. Scott Van Slyke will start in left field in place of Carl Crawford, who is battling flu-like symptoms. Justin Turner will play third base and hit second.
Puig, who boasts an .886 through 34 plate appearances, is considered day-to-day.