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Kenta Maeda exits Tuesday’s start after getting hit by a sharp grounder

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Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt hit a sharp ground ball back up the middle to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning of Tuesday’s game. Unfortunately, it caught Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda in the shin, putting him in what appeared to be a great deal of pain. Maeda couldn’t put any weight on the leg as he was being helped off the field.

J.P. Howell entered the game in relief. Maeda’s final line: three runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

The Dodgers will likely provide an update on Maeda’s status after the game. As Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times speculates, Frankie Montas might not make Wednesday’s scheduled start for Triple-A Oklahoma, as the Dodgers could call him up instead if Maeda needs to go on the disabled list. Montas was recently activated from the disabled list.

Mets are interested in Rick Porcello

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Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.

Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.

There are far worse bounceback candidates.