Matt Albers headed to DL with finger injury suffered in benches-clearing brawl

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Matt Albers is off to a nice start as a member of the White Sox bullpen after missing most of 2014 due to shoulder problems, but JJ Stankevitz of CSNChicago.com reports that he’s headed to the 15-day disabled list with a finger injury suffered during Thursday’s benches-clearing brawl with the Royals.

The specific diagnosis is a compression fracture of a finger on his throwing hand. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn is hopeful the injury won’t keep him sidelined for long, but there’s no clear timetable for his return.

Albers, 32, has allowed one run on four hits and one walk over 5 2/3 innings this season to go along with five strikeouts.

Report: Mets sign Brad Brach to one-year, $850,000 contract

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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.