Braves and Jonny Gomes agree to one-year deal


UPDATE: The deal is now official. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that Gomes will get $4 million.

8:36 p.m. ET: According to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports, the Braves and Jonny Gomes have agreed to a one-year contract with a vesting option for 2016. No word yet on the money involved.

Mark Bowman of first reported word of the Braves’ interest on Tuesday. John Hart traded both Justin Upton and Jason Heyward this offseason, so Gomes will likely be used on the short side of a platoon with the switch-hitting Zolio Almonte in left field this season. That’s uh, underwhelming.

Gomes, 34, batted just .234/.327/.330 in 127 games last season between the Red Sox and Athletics. He’s an awful defender, but he still produces against left-handed pitching.

Dodgers place pitcher Noah Syndergaard on injured list with no timetable for return

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CINCINNATI — The Los Angeles Dodgers placed pitcher Noah Syndergaard on the 15-day injured list Thursday with a blister on the index finger of his right throwing hand.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the timetable for Syndergaard’s return is unknown despite the 15-day designation.

“The physical, the mental, the emotional part, as he’s talked about, has taken a toll on him,” Roberts said. “So, the ability to get him away from this. He left today to go back to Los Angeles to kind of get back to normalcy.”

Syndergaard allowed six runs and seven hits in three innings against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night, raising his ERA to 7.16.

Syndergaard (1-4) has surrendered at least five runs in three straight starts.

Syndergaard has been trying to return to the player he was before Tommy John surgery sidelined him for the better part of the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Roberts said Syndergaard will need at least “a few weeks” to both heal and get away from baseball and “reset.”

“I think searching and not being comfortable with where he was at in the moment is certainly evident in performance,” Roberts said. “So hopefully this time away will provide more clarity on who he is right now as a pitcher.

“Trying to perform when you’re searching at this level is extremely difficult. I applaud him from not running from it, but it’s still very difficult. Hopefully it can be a tale of two stories, two halves when he does come back.”