Mets release right-hander Kiko Calero

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Back in March the Mets signed reliever Kiko Calero to a minor league contract, hoping he might come close to replicating his impressive 2009 stat line: a 1.95 ERA, 69 strikeouts and a .180 opponents’ batting average in 60 innings for the Marlins.  It hasn’t exactly worked out like that.

Kalero has allowed 24 runs — all of them earned — in only 17 innings this season at Triple-A Buffalo.  And was told Sunday that he’s been released, according to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin.

Calero has always struggled with injuries but is typically very sharp when healthy.  This year he’s been healthy, but frighteningly ineffective against a lower tier of competition.  Maybe another team will give him a shot.  He is 35 and has a 3.24 ERA and 1.20 career WHIP over seven major league seasons.

It’s pouring in Washington before the All-Star Game

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Some heavy weather moved through Washington D.C. late this afternoon, flooding dugouts at Nationals Park and sending waterfalls over the ledges of the upper decks. All a few hours before the All-Star Game.

The good news, though, is that the rains are moving out and it’s expected to be dry at game time. More good news, modern fields drain frighteningly fast, so the conditions will probably be A-OK for the game to go off on time. Indeed, a similar thing happened in Cincinnati before the 2015 All-Star Game — it was a dang monsoon — and you wouldn’t even know it by game time.

In the even things continue to be soggy and they have to postpone the game, it’ll be played tomorrow night. All signs at present, however, point to the Midsummer Classic going off as planned.

Here are some images from Washington’s monsoon:

And this, a hop, skip and a jump away from the ballpark: