Jose Valverde opts out of deal, released by Padres

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Just a couple weeks ago there were actual stories written by mainstream outlets suggesting Jose Valverde was turning heads in Padres camp, which is the sort of thing that makes paying attention to spring training seem silly.

Valverde has opted out of his minor-league deal upon learning he will not make the Opening Day roster and the Padres granted his release, meaning the 37-year-old former closer is once again a free agent.

Valverde posted an ERA above 5.00 in each of the past two seasons and has now been cut loose by the Tigers, Mets, and Padres since late 2013.

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.