Mets expect Jacob deGrom to miss multiple starts

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Mets manager Terry Collins expects starter Jacob deGrom to miss multiple starts due to tightness in his forearm, ESPN’s Adam Rubin reports. deGrom has been scratched from Tuesday’s start but it sounds like he won’t return until the middle of the month at the earliest.

deGrom, 28, has turned in a terrific season, but he has struggled as of late. In his last three starts, he has allowed 16 runs on 31 hits and seven walks with 14 strikeouts over 14 2/3 innings. He hasn’t pitched into the sixth inning in any of those starts. On the season overall, deGrom owns a 3.04 ERA and a 143/36 K/BB ratio in 148 innings.

The Mets are still technically competitive for the NL East title, but are 9.5 games behind the Nationals. More realistically, they’re shooting for a Wild Card spot. Currently, the club is 1.5 games behind the Cardinals.

Mariners add depth acquiring IF/OF Nick Solak from Reds

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SEATTLE – The Mariners acquired infielder/outfielder Nick Solak from the Cincinnati Reds on Friday for cash.

Solak was designated for assignment by the Reds on Thursday. Seattle had an open spot on its 40-man roster and assigned Solak to Triple-A Tacoma.

Before this season, the 28-year-old Solak spent his entire big league career with Texas. He appeared in 253 games over parts of the past four seasons with the Rangers. Solak’s most productive season came in 2021 when he appeared in 127 games and hit .242 with 11 home runs and 49 RBIs. Solak spent almost all of that season at second base but also played left field, center field and third base in his time with the Rangers.

Solak was a second-round pick by the New York Yankees in the 2016 amateur draft. His acquisition is likely a depth move for Seattle to stash a player with experience in the majors at Triple-A in case injuries arise.