According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets have confirmed that right-hander Chris Young will return from the disabled list to start Tuesday against the Nationals.
Young, who was placed on the disabled list last weekend with right biceps tendinitis, was cleared for the start after throwing 40 pitches in a bullpen session earlier today. He was immediately sent home due to a heavy cold, but is expected to be fine for Tuesday’s game. Dillon Gee, who started this afternoon’s game against the Diamondbacks, will likely be sent to the minor leagues.
The Mets took a chance this winter by signing the injury-prone Young to a one-year contract for a base salary of $1.1 million. He has a a 1.46 ERA and 12/6 K/BB ratio over his first two starts.
Mets starters have an ugly 5.13 ERA over the first 20 games of the season, good enough for 12th in the National League, though they’ve had some good performances by Gee, R.A. Dickey, Chris Capuano and Mike Pelfrey in the past week.
The White Sox have reportedly picked up first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Indians, according to Stadium. The return for Alonso is expected to be nothing more flashy than a “fringe prospect,” though the minutiae of the deal is still pending a formal announcement from both teams.
Alonso, 31, inked a two-year deal with the Indians during the 2017 offseason. His first campaign with the club yielded a modest .250/.317/.421 batting line, 23 home runs, .738 OPS and 0.7 fWAR in 574 PA. The real boon for the White Sox may not be a passable veteran bat, however, but something more intangible — like Alonso’s clout with his brother-in-law and highly-coveted free agent slugger, Manny Machado.
While Alonso’s 2018 output represented a significant decline from the career-best numbers he posted in 2017, he’s still a solid contributor at the plate and, more importantly, slated to remain under team control for the next two years with just $8 million owed in 2019 and a $9 million option in 2020. As MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince notes, the $17 million the Indians just erased from their payroll should give them enough room to accommodate the contracts for right-handers Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber — a bonus regardless of what they happen to get in the trade.