Signed by the Dodgers to an incentive-laden one-year contract as he recovers from a second Tommy John elbow surgery, former Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy is aiming to be ready for game action in June.
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that Beachy has advanced to throwing bullpen sessions, but because this is his second time coming back from the surgery the targeted timetable is closer to 15 months than the typical 12 months.
If healthy Beachy has the potential to make a big impact for the Dodgers in the second half. His durability has always been an issue, but he’s 28 years old with a 3.23 ERA and 275 strikeouts in 268 career innings. His contract also includes a team option for 2016, so the Dodgers will be evaluating his ability to help next season too.
Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has launched what appears to be the beginning of an auspicious career, made all the more notable by the 50 home runs he’s produced for the Mets so far this season. The All-Star slugger pushed his home run streak to four straight games on Friday, collecting no. 50 on an eighth-inning fastball from the Reds’ Sal Romano.
It’s just the latest of a long line of accomplishments for the 24-year-old infielder. Entering Friday’s series opener against Cincinnati, the first-time All-Star carried a .266/.366/.590 batting line with a league-leading 49 homers, 113 RBI, a .956 OPS and 4.9 fWAR through 648 plate appearances. Among those who are still rounding out their rookie seasons in 2019, he ranks first in home runs and fWAR by a long shot: the White Sox’ Eloy Jiménez is second in home runs with 28 dingers, while the Astros’ Yordan Álvarez plays second fiddle in fWAR with 3.7 Wins Above Replacement.
Even more remarkable: Alonso is the second rookie in MLB history to deliver at least 50 home runs in a single season. The first? Aaron Judge, who clubbed a jaw-dropping 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017.