Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong has helped off of the field in the eighth inning of Sunday’s game against the Cubs when he hit his head on the ground after pursuing a ball hit by Chris Valaika. He was replaced by Pete Kozma. Wong had been 1-for-3 with a solo home run in the game.
Losing Wong, even for seven days, would hurt the Cardinals’ chances of overtaking the Brewers for first place in the NL Central. Though the 23-year-old has only mustered a .249/.291/.384 slash line with nine home runs and 34 RBI, he has stolen 19 bases in 21 attempts and played solid defense at a premium position.
Update: Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals were able to rule out a concussion. Wong will be reevaluated on Monday.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets and free agent reliever Brad Brach have agreed on a one-year deal worth $850,000. The contract includes a player option for the 2021 season with a base salary of $1.25 million and additional performance incentives.
Brach, 33, signed as a free agent with the Cubs this past February. After posting an ugly 6.13 ERA over 39 2/3 innings, the Cubs released him in early August. The Mets picked him up shortly thereafter. Brach’s performance improved, limiting opposing hitters to six runs on 15 hits and three walks with 15 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings through the end of the season.
While Brach will add some much-needed depth to the Mets’ bullpen, his walk rate has been going in the wrong direction for the last three seasons. It went from eight percent in 2016 to 9.5, 9.7, and 12.8 percent from 2017-19. Needless to say the Mets are hoping that trend starts heading in the other direction next season.