The Marlins have designated reliever Nick Masset for assignment, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. The move creates roster space for starter Henderson Alvarez, who will be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday.
Over seven relief appearances spanning 8 2/3 innings, Masset allowed three runs (two earned) on 11 hits and one walk while striking out five.
Alvarez has been on the disabled list since April 13 due to inflammation in his right shoulder. He had allowed six runs on 12 hits and a walk with five strikeouts in 12 innings. He’ll oppose Shelby Miller of the Braves in the series finale on Sunday.
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.