UPDATE: Mark Sheldon of MLB.com brings word that Hamilton is considered day-to-day with a sore right groin.
4:54 p.m. ET: According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton made an early exit from today’s game against the Cardinals in the eighth inning due to an apparent injury.
Hamilton suffered the injury after he beat out an infield single. He appeared to tweak something while trying to avoid the first baseman and could be seen stretching his leg. That’s obviously not something you want to see with someone whose speed is integral to his game. The Reds should provide an update soon.
The infield single snapped an 0-for-14 hitless streak for Hamilton, who is batting just .195 (8-for-41) with a .267 on-base percentage through 11 games. On the bright side, he is 8-for-8 in stolen base attempts.
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.