Mets selling Zach Lutz to Japanese team

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Zach Lutz who played briefly for the Mets last season and in 2012, is leaving their Triple-A team to go play in Japan, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

Lutz was the Mets’ fifth-round pick in 2007, but never really got a chance despite hitting .295 with 42 homers and an .870 OPS in 308 total games at Triple-A as a third baseman/first baseman. He spent parts of five seasons at Triple-A, compared to logging a grand total of 37 plate appearances in the majors.

But now at least he’ll get a nice payday in Japan at age 28.

Cubs place Brandon Morrow on disabled list with biceps inflammation

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ESPN’s Jesse Rogers reports that the Cubs have placed closer Brandon Morrow on the 10-day disabled with inflammation in his right biceps. Manager Joe Maddon said he doesn’t anticipate Morrow being on the DL for much more than the minimum 10 days. He said, “Velocity was down last outing. I asked him about it after the game and could tell he was holding something back. Said it was just that time of year.”

Morrow, 33, has had an excellent season for the Cubs, saving 22 games with a 1.47 ERA and a 31/9 K/BB ratio in 30 2/3 innings. The right-hander is under contract next year at $9 million and has a 2020 vesting option worth $12 million with a $3 million buyout.

Steve Cishek and Pedro Strop will likely handle save situations while Morrow is out.