Brutal news for Mets left-hander Jerry Blevins.
Blevins was making enough progress in his recovery from a distal radius fracture in his left arm suffered in April that the Mets were hoping to have him as a bullpen option in September.
Instead he’ll miss the remainder of the season and will require surgery after slipping while stepping off a curb Monday and re-fracturing the same bone.
Blevins tossed five scoreless innings for the Mets prior to the injury and has a 3.53 ERA with 309 strikeouts in 329 career innings as a big leaguer. He was acquired from the Nationals this offseason in exchange for outfielder Matt den Dekker.
New York added to its southpaw reliever depth by getting Eric O’Flaherty from Oakland prior to knowing the severity of the Blevins news, so he’ll join Rule 5 pick Sean Gilmartin as the Mets’ primary lefties.
It was a rather exciting contest for one that took two days to play, but the Nationals held on to beat the Dodgers 5-3 after Friday night’s game resumed Saturday afternoon.
In the top of the ninth, Joc Pederson barely pulled foul his bid for a go-ahead, three-run homer before Drew Storen closed it out.
Pinch-hitter Matt den Dekker hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to give the Nationals back their lead after Adrian Gonzalez hit his second homer of the game and first of the day in the top of the sixth, tying the game at 3-3.
The game last night was halted three times because of issues with a bank of lights down the left-field line, forcing play to be resumed today.
Both pitchers on the mound when play ended Friday continued on today. Tanner Roark gave up Gonzalez’s game-tying homer in the sixth. Chin-Hui Tsao allowed two runs in the fifth last night, but he pitched a scoreless sixth today.
The Dodgers and Nationals will play their regularly scheduled game at 4:05 EDT. They’ll both be able to add a 26th player for that one as a result of the semi-doubleheader today.
After missing two months with a fractured left wrist, Jayson Werth is finally getting close to rejoining the Nationals.
According to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com, Werth will begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with High-A Potomac. The veteran outfielder injured his wrist when he was hit by a pitch on May 15, but he didn’t have surgery until two weeks later when two small fractures were found. He said at the time that he hoped to return by August 1, but he might be able to beat that timetable if there are no setbacks during minor league action.
Werth got a late start on the season after shoulder surgery and was batting just .208/.294/.287 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 119 plate appearances prior to the wrist injury. The Nationals have relied on a combination of Michael Taylor, Clint Robinson, Tyler Moore, and Matt den Dekker in left field during his absence, though Taylor has recently been filling in at center field with Denard Span on the disabled list due to a back injury.
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.
Apparently the Mets were in the market for more than one left-handed reliever, because a few hours after acquiring lefty Alex Torres from the Padres they’ve picked up lefty Jerry Blevins from the Nationals in exchange for outfielder Matt den Dekker.
Blevins spent one season in Washington after coming over in a trade from Oakland, throwing 57 innings with a 4.87 ERA and 66/23 K/BB ratio for the Nationals. He held lefties to a .160 batting average last year, but has a 3.58 career ERA in 324 innings and has generally been effective enough versus right-handed hitters to be more than just a situational southpaw.
den Dekker is 27 years old and has hit just .238 with one homer and a .634 OPS in 80 games as a big leaguer, but he put up strong numbers at Triple-A last season and is a good defensive center fielder. Washington will be without both center fielder Denard Span and left fielder Jayson Werth to begin the season.
UPDATE: This, from Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, is pretty funny considering Forbes magazine just claimed the Nationals are worth $1.28 billion.