Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer left Sunday’s game with a leg injury. The official diagnosis is a bone bruise below his knee, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY reports. He may need to go on the disabled list, but Cuddyer says it won’t be a season-ending injury. ESPN’s Adam Rubin adds that Mets trainers will try one last medicinal fix in an effort to keep him off of the DL.
Cuddyer, 36, has been battling the issue for a while, playing no small part in his disappointing numbers. He entered play Sunday hitting .249/.298/.381 with eight home runs and 30 RBI in 309 plate appearances.
It’s not known yet what the Mets would do to account for an extended absence, but there have already been calls for the club to promote top prospect Michael Conforto. Conforto, 22, was taken by the Mets 10th overall in the first round of the 2014 draft. In 378 PA between Single-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton, he has hit .301/.373/.488 with 12 home runs and 52 RBI.
At the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, Rays GM Erik Neander was named the recipient of Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year Award for the 2019 season. The Yankees’ Brian Cashman was the runner-up while the Athletics’ Billy Beane and the Twins’ Derek Falvey tied for third place.
Neander has worked for the Rays since 2017 but has operated in his current role since November 2016, taking over for Matthew Silverman who was promoted to president of the Rays alongside Brian Auld.
The Rays had, by far, the lowest payroll in baseball at $53.5 million, according to USA TODAY. Neander’s peers voting him Executive of the Year on the same today the league had to curtail its awarding of a prize belt to the team that suppressed salaries the most in arbitration is… certainly interesting timing.
At any rate, Neander’s Rays went 96-66 in 2019, finishing in second place in the AL East behind the 103-59 Yankees. The Rays claimed the second AL Wild Card and defeated the A’s to earn entry into the ALDS where they lost in five games to the Astros. It was the Rays’ first playoff appearance since 2013 and their regular season win total was second-most in franchise history behind the 2008 team (97).