Michael Cuddyer is still hurting, the Mets are still not placing him in the DL

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The disabled list is a handy tool. It lets you remove injured players from your roster for a temporary period and replace them with healthy players. That way you are not forced to play with fewer players than your opponents have at their disposal. Over time, this serves to be a great way to maintain your competitiveness!

The Mets, however, are DL skeptics. Or at least so it seems. Because they have a player in Michael Cuddyer who has been in some pretty bad pain due to a bone bruise in his leg for quite a while. Since July 1 he has missed six of the Mets’ 15 games and has left early in three more. In the 29 at bats he has managed to take in July he is hitting pretty well, but overall this season he’s been pretty miserable. Given that the Mets are only three games behind the Nationals, it seems like it’d be a good time to get him fixed up and back into the fight at full strength rather than playing with 24 or maybe 24 and a half men in the weeks that could decide the Mets’ playoff chances.

Nah. The Mets are still putting it off. Jon Morosi reports that Cuddyer could be placed on the disabled list if his left knee doesn’t show improvement in the next two days, but for now the Mets are going with anti-inflammatories.

Maybe he makes a miracle recovery by Thursday?

Pirates hire Ben Cherington as their new general manager

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.

Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.

Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.

The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.