Placed on the disabled list with a shoulder injury earlier this week, Mets right-hander Chris Young has opted for surgery and will miss the remainder of the season.
Young’s career has been filled with injuries, which is why he’s never thrown even 180 innings in a season and has logged a total of just 222 innings during the past four years.
He made just four starts with the Padres last season and was shut down by the Mets after the same number of starts this year, but did go 3-0 with a 1.43 ERA in those eight outings.
Because of his lengthy injury history Young could manage only an incentive-laden one-year contract as a free agent, so the Mets are on the hook for just $1.1 million, which actually isn’t such a bad price for four very good starts.
The Cardinals have selected right-hander Miles Mikolas as their Opening Day starter, the club revealed Saturday. It’ll mark the first career Opening Day start for Mikolas, who is scheduled to go up against the Brewers when the team hits the road on March 28.
The 29-year-old righty was a strong contender for the 2018 NL Cy Young Award, earning All-Star distinctions and pitching to a career-best 18-4 record with a 2.83 ERA, 1.3 BB/9, 6.5 SO/9, and 4.3 fWAR over 200 2/3 innings. He’s positioned to lead the Cardinals rotation in 2019 as well, with former Opening Day starters Carlos Martínez and Adam Wainwright and some combination of right-handers Jack Flaherty, Michael Wacha, Alex Reyes, and John Gant behind him.
Manager Mike Shildt told reporters that Flaherty, Wacha, Wainwright, and Martínez had all been considered for the honor, but admitted that Opening Day honors were ultimately handed to Mikolas “in recognition of [his performance] last year.” The Cardinals are scheduled to play a four-game set against the Brewers to start the season and will stop over in Pittsburgh for another two games before returning to St. Louis for their opening homestand against the Padres on April 4. Additional pitching assignments have yet to be announced.