Unique situation Wednesday night at Citi Field. As the game between the Padres and Mets was entering the later innings, rumors were flying that infielder Wilmer Flores and pitcher Zack Wheeler were going to be heading to the Brewers for Carlos Gomez. The trade was said to be done, pending physicals, and Flores received a nice ovation from Mets fans when he stepped to bat in the bottom of the seventh inning …
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Flores then broke into tears when he took the field in the top of the eighth inning, thinking he was finished in a Mets uniform. But the Mets had serious concerns about the stability of Gomez’s left hip after receiving his medical records and New York general manager Sandy Alderson announced immediately after the game that the trade had been called off. It’s not going to be revisited either.
The St. Louis Cardinals have announced that reliever Jordan Hicks has opted-out of the 2020 season. The announcement cited “pre-existing health concerns.”
Hicks was already set to begin the 2020 season on the injured list as he’s still recovering from Tommy John surgery he underwent in late June last year. Still, he was expected to contribute to the club relatively early into the abbreviated year. The pre-existing condition, one would assume, is Type 1 diabetes, which Hicks has spoken about dealing with in the past and which may increase a person’s risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
Hicks, 23, is baseball’s hardest thrower. Last year he had, by far, the highest average velocity on his pitches, per Statcast and threw the 21 fastest pitches recorded all season long, four of which posted above 104 MPH. Over his brief career Hicks has saved 20 games with a 3.47 ERA, 101 strikeouts, and 56 walks in 106.1 innings.