Russell Martin gets stitches after giving too hard a high five

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There have actually been a lot of ballplayers who have injured themselves while celebrating.

Kendrys Morales missed a whole season after breaking his leg stomping on home plate after a home run. Anibal Sanchez twisted an ankle after the Tigers clinched the AL central crown a few years back. Aubrey Huff sprained his knee hopping over the railing after Matt Cain‘s perfect game. Mets reliever Ramon Ramirez injured his hamstring that same year celebrating Johan Santana’s no-hitter. My favorite was the Marlins’ Chris Coghlan tearing the meniscus in his left knee while trying to give a pie-to-the-face to Wes Helms after a walkoff win.

Gotta be careful out there, even after the playing is done. Even when you’re giving high fives:

Man, the damage Buck Showalter caused last night is incalculable.

Report: Mets sign Brad Brach to one-year, $850,000 contract

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets and free agent reliever Brad Brach have agreed on a one-year deal worth $850,000. The contract includes a player option for the 2021 season with a base salary of $1.25 million and additional performance incentives.

Brach, 33, signed as a free agent with the Cubs this past February. After posting an ugly 6.13 ERA over 39 2/3 innings, the Cubs released him in early August. The Mets picked him up shortly thereafter. Brach’s performance improved, limiting opposing hitters to six runs on 15 hits and three walks with 15 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings through the end of the season.

While Brach will add some much-needed depth to the Mets’ bullpen, his walk rate has been going in the wrong direction for the last three seasons. It went from eight percent in 2016 to 9.5, 9.7, and 12.8 percent from 2017-19. Needless to say the Mets are hoping that trend starts heading in the other direction next season.