Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp missed more than a week down the stretch in 2012 due to pinkeye and John Hickey of the San Jose Mercury News reports that he’s dealing with it again.
Pinkeye, which is also called conjunctivitis, involves redness and swelling between the eyelid and eye surface. It’s contagious, so the Athletics don’t want to take any chances. He’s likely to miss a few days.
“We’re hoping we’ve caught it early,’’ manager Bob Melvin said. “He came in with it yesterday and we’ve got him at home now hoping this resolves itself quickly.’’
Crisp, 35, batted .246/.336/.363 with nine home runs, 46 RBI, and 19 stolen bases across 126 games last season. He’s expected to serve as Oakland’s regular center fielder again in 2015.
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.