Dustin Pedroia “probably inactive” for the rest of the season, may need surgery

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During a radio interview this morning Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated that second baseman Dustin Pedroia will likely be shut down for the remainder of the season due to a wrist injury.

“Probably inactive” is the exact wording Farrell used, according to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com.

Pedroia has played through wrist pain for much of the year, but it’s led to career-worst production–including a measly .674 OPS in the second half–and the injury may require offseason surgery to fix. The last-place Red Sox have 17 games remaining.

Report: Mets sign Brad Brach to one-year, $850,000 contract

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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.