Mets GM Sandy Alderson says his team has started “to sniff around” for additional starting pitching depth, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports.
Steven Matz (flexor tendon) and Seth Lugo (slight UCL tear) are both sidelined, leaving the Mets much thinner on the starting pitching front than the club expected to be when spring training began.
There are a handful of starting pitchers left in the free agent pool, but the Mets would have to hold their nose while they sift through the pile. Among those free agents: Doug Fister, Jerome Williams, Edwin Jackson, Chris Capuano, Alfredo Simon, Colby Lewis, Jake Peavy, and Tim Lincecum. The Mets could also try to address their depth by making a trade.
Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Padres will place outfielder Franchy Cordero on the 10-day disabled list and activate outfielder Hunter Renfroe from the DL on Monday.
Cordero, 23, has been slumping, batting .140 with four extra-base hits in 47 plate appearances dating back to May 11. The Padres noticed that the forearm issue has been affecting his swing in recent games. Manager Andy Green said, “It was something where he could swing a certain way to manage it. But swinging that way was not him.”
Renfroe, 26, has been out since mid-April due to inflammation in his right elbow. He hit .200/.281/.440 in 57 PA prior to landing on the disabled list. Renfroe played in 10 rehab games with Triple-A El Paso.