Curtis Granderson out of lineup for third straight day with calf injury

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Curtis Granderson remains out of the Mets’ lineup this afternoon against the Padres. He has now missed three straight starts due to a left calf injury.

Granderson drew an intentional walk as a pinch-hitter in Thursday’s extra-inning loss to the Brewers, but he didn’t appear in last night’s series opener against the Padres. There hasn’t been any talk of a stint on the disabled list yet, but Mets manager Terry Collins doesn’t want to push him out there too soon and make things worse. The hope is that he’ll be ready to go in another day or so.

After signing a four-year, $60 million contract with the Mets over the winter, Granderson got off to a dreadful start with his new team, but he’s batting .273/.387/.461 with seven home runs and 25 RBI over his last 45 games. 40-year-old Bobby Abreu, who went 4-for-4 last night, will make his second straight start out of the cleanup spot with Granderson sidelined.

Pirates hire Ben Cherington as their new general manager

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.

Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.

Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.

The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.