Justin Verlander struggles in first rehab start

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Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander pitched in a live game Sunday for the first time since spring training and his arm didn’t fall off, but the results weren’t all that inspiring.

Verlander surrendered six hits, two walks, and three runs over just 2 2/3 innings at Triple-A Indianapolis, needing 79 pitches in an outing that didn’t make it into the fourth inning. The veteran figures to make at least one more minor league start before the Tigers consider putting him into their rotation.

Verlander has been out all season with a right triceps strain.

He finished the 2014 campaign with an ugly 4.54 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 206 innings.

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.