When 18-year-old Nationals prospect Yewri Guillen died in the Dominican Republic last month, bacterial meningitis was blamed. An MLB investigation, however, determined today that the cause of death was a brain infection, the result of an aggressive sinus infection.
The Nationals signed Guillen back in February. He became ill while at the team’s camp in the Dominican Republic and was hospitalized before passing away on April 14.
Dr. Gary Green, the MLB medical director, and MLB’s Medical Advisory Committee reviewed information provided from the Dominican Republic regarding Guillen’s death and determined that meningitis was not the cause. Still, the committee has recommended that all MLB academies in the Dominican institute a vaccination program for meningitis.
Mets starter Steven Matz helped his own cause again, belting a solo home run in the top of the third inning of Tuesday’s game against the Phillies. Matz turned on a 1-1 breaking ball from Cy Young contender Aaron Nola, breaking a scoreless tie.
Matz also homered in his previous start against the Marlins last Thursday. According to MLB Stat of the Day, he is the third Mets pitcher to homer in back-to-back starts, joining Tom Seaver (1972) and Ron Darling (1989).
Matz is the fourth full-time pitcher to hit multiple home runs this season, joining the Reds’ Michael Lorenzen (four), and the Cardinals’ John Gant and Miles Mikolas (two each). The last Mets pitcher to hit multiple home runs in a season was Noah Syndergaard, who hit three in 2016.
Along with the bat, Matz has also been dealing on the mound. As of this writing, he has held the Phillies scoreless over five innings despite walking five batters and allowing two hits.