Mets sign catcher Johnny Monell to minor league deal

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Johnny Monell, a 28-year-old catcher, tweeted from his personal account Wednesday that he has agreed to a deal with the Mets. It’s a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.

Monell hasn’t appeared in a game at the big league level since 2013, when he tallied one hit and three strikeouts in nine plate appearances with the Giants. He spent the 2014 season batting .238/.301/.364 with 40 strikeouts in 226 plate appearances between the Triple-A affiliates of the Dodgers and the Orioles.

Monell will function as organizational depth for New York.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.