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 Verrett, however, had been complaining of neck discomfort so his agents are attempting to have his demotion rescinded and have him placed on the major league disabled list instead, according to ESPN’s Adam Rubin.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.
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.