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.

Brewers-Pirates game postponed

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Update: The makeup date has been scheduled for Saturday, July 14 as part of a traditional doubleheader, the Pirates announced.

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Wednesday night’s game at PNC Park between the Brewers and Pirates has been postponed, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Brent Suter and Chad Kuhl were scheduled to square off on the mound. Their starts will likely be pushed back to Thursday. The Pirates will host the Diamondbacks and the Brewers will host the Cardinals.

The Cubs won on Wednesday afternoon, so the Brewers are tied with the Cubs for first place in the NL Central. The Pirates are seven games back in fourth place.