Rays could give Logan Forsythe some playing time at first base

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At the end of yesterday’s column for the Tampa Bay Times, Mark Topkin suggests Logan Forsythe is likely to play some first base for the Rays at least during the spring next year. It’s a byproduct of the team designating Sean Rodriguez for assignment last week.

Forsythe, who turns 28 in January, spent most of his time on the field at second base but also played some third base, some shortstop, and even spent some time in left field. Adding first base to his list of skills will only add to his versatility and help the Rays’ roster flexibility.

Forsythe batted .223/.287/.329 with six home runs and 26 RBI in 336 plate appearances during the 2014 season. James Loney is currently the Rays’ everyday first baseman.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.