Mariners sign Endy Chavez to a minor league deal

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Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the Mariners have signed outfielder Endy Chavez to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. He adds that they’re close to signing outfielder Franklin Gutierrez as well, likely to a minor league deal with a spring training invitation.

Chavez, 37 in February, batted .276/.317/.371 in 252 plate appearances for the Mariners last season. He’ll add versatility with his ability to play all three outfield positions.

Gutierrez, 32 in February, sat out the 2014 season with gastrointestinal issues. In 2013, he hit .248/.273/.503 with 10 home runs and 24 RBI in 151 plate appearances. Gutierrez, too, can play all three outfield positions.

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.