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Amed Rosario leaves game with left knee irritation

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Mets shortstop Amed Rosario lasted just two innings during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Marlins. He made a hasty exit after feeling pain in his left knee, which he told reporters was triggered after sprinting to home plate in the second inning. There’s no word yet on how long he’ll be sidelined, but he could undergo an MRI on Sunday if the pain hasn’t subsided by then.

This is a crucial period for the 22-year-old shortstop, who still has a lot to prove following his underwhelming debut with the club last August. The former top prospect struggled with consistency, both at the plate and on the field, and his strikeout-prone approach fed into a .248/.271/.394 batting line with four home runs and seven stolen bases in 170 plate appearances with the Mets last year. While he’s already locked down another starting role for 2018, it remains to be seen whether he can make the necessary adjustments to be productive in the majors.

Rosario wasn’t the only Mets player with a health scare on Saturday — Noah Syndergaard took a Justin Bour comebacker off of his thigh in the first inning, though it was later revealed that the ball deflected off of his glove and made no impact or injury.

Report: Joe Girardi withdraws from consideration as Reds’ next manager

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Former Yankees skipper Joe Girardi has reportedly withdrawn his name for consideration in the Reds’ managerial search, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Per Rosenthal, Girardi was considered the frontrunner for the position, but elected to keep his current gig as an MLB Network analyst for the foreseeable future.

The 54-year-old skipper holds a lifetime 988-794 record in 11 years with the Marlins and Yankees. He cut his teeth on the Marlins’ 2006 season, during which the team skidded to a fourth-place finish in the NL East, then helped the Yankees to 10 consecutive winning records and a World Series title. While Mark Feinsand of MLB.com adds that Girardi “absolutely wants to manage again,” it’s unclear when and with whom he might choose to do so.

Without Girardi, the Reds still have several candidates left in play, not the least of whom is retired MLB third baseman David Bell. Bell previously served as the Reds’ Double-A and Triple-A manager from 2008-2012 and racked up a cumulative 227-332 record during that span. His resume also includes several coaching positions with the Cubs and Cardinals, and most recently, a role as VP of player development for the Giants in 2018. As Rosenthal points out, however, the 46-year-old coach is hardly a lock for a managerial spot with the Reds, as he’s also made a strong impression on the Blue Jays, Rangers, and Giants this fall.