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Mets expected to let pitching coach Dan Warthen go

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In the past few days we’ve heard a lot about how the Mets are likely to let manager Terry Collins go when his contract runs out this weekend. We’ve also heard some speculation as to the candidates they’ll consider to replace him. Whoever does will likely get their choice of pitching coach to go along with the gig, because Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that current pitching coach Dan Warthen is on the way out:

According to multiple industry sources, the team is preparing to inform pitching coach Dan Warthen he won’t be retained for 2018, following a season in which the Mets’ pitching staff, besieged by injuries and underperformance, has imploded.

It’s not always a given that a Mets manager will get that kind of choice, as Warthen was there when Terry Collins was hired. Indeed, the 64-year-old Warthen was hired in 2008 when Rick Peterson and manager Willy Randolph were fired. Whether a new manager will hand-pick his coaches or, rather, will simply get new ones that Sandy Alderson and ownership pick is an open question.

Phillies pause Jerad Eickhoff’s rehab

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Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff hasn’t pitched in the majors yet this season as he suffered a lat injury in mid-March and has been on the disabled list since. He started a rehab stint in the minors last week, making a start for Double-A Reading on May 15 and another start for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday.

Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports that Eickhoff went a twinge in the fingertips of his right index and middle fingers late in Sunday’s outing after throwing a curve and on the subsequent pitch. The Phillies have paused Eickhoff’s rehab as a result and will evaluate him further.

Eickhoff went on the disabled list in late August last year due to nerve irritation in his right hand, so this latest setback could be related to that.

Eickhoff showed promise early in his career, posting a combined 3.44 ERA in 41 starts between 2015-16. He struggled to a 4.71 ERA last year before ending his season early with the nerve issue. Eickhoff was one of the many prospects the Phillies got from the Rangers in the Cole Hamels trade.