Report: Logan Verrett’s agents attempting to have his demotion rescinded

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The Mets demoted pitcher Logan Verrett to Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday, a day after a disastrous start against the Padres in which he yielded eight runs in 2 2/3 innings of work. Verrett, however, had been complaining of neck discomfort so his agents are attempting to have his demotion rescinded and have him placed on the major league disabled list instead, according to ESPN’s Adam Rubin.

Mets assistant GM John Ricco said a recent MRI of Verrett’s neck didn’t indicate anything concerning. However, the results of that MRI are being sent to Dr. Robert Watkins in California for a second opinion. As Rubin notes, Watkins is the same doctor that has treated David Wright and Lucas Duda.

Verrett, 26, has had a rough year for the Mets. In 12 starts and 18 relief appearances, the right-hander has a 5.36 ERA and a 59/40 K/BB ratio in 85 2/3 innings.

Roger Clemens will be an analyst for ESPN on opening day

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Roger Clemens will be an analyst for ESPN when the defending World Series champion Houston Astros host the Chicago White Sox on opening day.

Clemens made four appearances on last year’s KayRod Cast with Michael Kay and Alex Rodriguez. He will be stepping in on March 30 for David Cone, who will be doing the New York Yankees opener against the San Francisco Giants on YES Network.

“Roger has been sort of a friend of ours for the last year, so to speak, he’s in. He’s been engaged, knowledgeable and really present,” said ESPN Vice President of Production Phil Orlins. “You know, whatever past may be, he’s still tremendously engaged and he really brought that every time he was with us.”

Clemens was a seven-time Cy Young winner but his career after baseball has been tainted by allegations of performance-enhancing drug use. He is a Houston native and pitched for the Astros for three seasons.

Orlins said that with the rules changes and pitch clock, it is important to have a pitcher in the booth with Karl Ravech and Eduardo Perez.

“We don’t feel like we have to have the dynamic of Eduardo with a pitcher, but we certainly think that works. Throw in the added factor of rule changes and it is better to have a batter-pitcher perspective,” Orlins said.

Orlins did not say if this would open the door for future opportunities for Clemens as an ESPN analyst.