Endy Chavez opts out of contract, released by Mariners

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Endy Chavez has opted out of his minor-league contract with the Mariners, who released the veteran outfielder at his request.

Chavez appeared in 80 games for the Mariners last season, hitting .276 with two homers and a .688 OPS. That was actually his best production since 2011, but Seattle didn’t want him around in a bench role and he didn’t want to go to Triple-A.

At age 37 it’s tough to see Chavez getting a big-league offer for Opening Day.

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.