Tigers’ Al Alburquerque gets carted off field

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Detroit reliever Al Alburquerque was hit by a flyball in the outfield during batting practice Friday and was “writhing in pain” afterwards, according to Tom Gage of the Detroit News.

The Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec describes Alburquerque as going “down head-first” with his feet flailing.

As the cart was quickly brought on the the field, Alburqueque was able to stand up with assistance.  Still, according to Gage, he was in obvious pain and the players around him seemed shaken.

Alburquerque, a 25-year-old rookie, has been one of the Tigers’ best relievers this season, amassing a 2.19 ERA and striking out 57 in 37 innings.

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Update: Zrebiec reports that Alburquerque is being taken to a local hospital for a CT scan.

Update II: Alburquerque was diagnosed with a concussion and will remain hospitalized overnight for observation.

Report: Mets, Jose Quintana agree to 2-year, $26 million deal

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SAN DIEGO — The New York Mets and José Quintana agreed to a two-year, $26 million contract, adding another veteran arm to the team’s rotation.

A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the move to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a physical.

New York has been rebuilding its pitching staff following a playoff loss to San Diego in the wild-card round. Three members of its rotation became free agents this offseason, and the Mets also had several openings in their bullpen.

Ace right-hander Justin Verlander agreed to a two-year, $86.7 million contract with New York.

Quintana played for Pittsburgh and St. Louis last season, going 6-7 with a 2.93 ERA in 32 starts. The left-hander was terrific after he was traded to the Cardinals in August, posting a 2.01 ERA in 12 appearances for the NL Central champions.

Quintana also worked 5 1/3 scoreless innings for St. Louis in his lone playoff start, but the Cardinals were eliminated by Philadelphia.