Who says you can’t go home again? Jonathan Niese can. He’s rejoining the Mets. The Pirates just traded him back to New York in exchange for reliever Antonio Bastardo.
Niese, of course, spent his entire career in Queens before this season, going 61-61 in eight seasons for the Mets. For the Pirates this year he’s 8-6 with a 4.91 ERA, which would be his highest since his three-games-long rookie year. His walk rate and hits are up, as are his strikeouts, but he’s been durable so I guess that’s something. Mets fans seem to harbor some . . . not great feelings for the guy, though maybe that’s just a case of me hearing the loudest voices, not the most voices, with respect to that particular sentiment.
Bastardo has pitched in 41 games this year. It’s probably his worst season as a big leaguer, so it’s not like the Mets are giving up much for him.
This whole deal smells like two teams who have underachieved this year sort of running in place. It’s not like anyone woke up this morning thinking that this deal had to happen. I suppose they’ll tell us why at the press conference.
White Sox slugger Jiménez sidelined with bruised foot
CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.
The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.
Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.
“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”
The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.