Mike Pelfrey retires

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Mike Pelfrey has announced his retirement.

Pelfrey was a first round pick of the Mets in the 2005 draft out of Wichita State. He grew up in Wichita and is leaving baseball to take a job coaching with Newman University which is, you guessed it, in Wichita. Turns out you can go home again.

He was a 12-year veteran who spent most of his time in Queens but also did tours with the Twins, Tigers and White Sox. He had a career record of 68-103 and an ERA of 4.68 in 275 games, primarily as a starter. His best seasons came in 2008 and 2010 when he won 13 and 15 games, respectively, and posted ERA+ of 113 and 107, respectively.

Was he a great pitcher? Nah, the numbers say he was not. Pelfrey, did, however, have a four year stretch with the Mets in which he averaged 196 innings a year of near-average pitching. That’s not what people envision from a first round pick, obviously, but eating innings is worth something too.

Good luck with your future endeavors, Mr. Pelfrey.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.