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Yoenis Cespedes exits game with right hip tightness


Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes lasted just one inning during Sunday’s game against the Rockies. He collected a single in his first at-bat, then advanced to third base on Asdrubal Cabrera‘s base hit and scoring the team’s first run on a Todd Frazier sac fly. His right hip appeared to trouble him while running the bases, however, and he was removed between innings with a bout of hip tightness.

It doesn’t look like there’s any great cause for alarm, though this isn’t the first time his hip has acted up during his last few seasons with the club. He’s been primarily sidelined with recurring hamstring and quad injuries, most recently with a lingering right hamstring strain that shortened his season by five weeks last fall. The Mets have yet to announce a specific timeline for Cespedes’ return, but he’s presumed to be day-to-day for the time being.

Injuries notwithstanding, Cespedes has gotten off to a decent, albeit slightly underwhelming start in 2018. He entered Sunday’s game batting 2.40/.301/.446 with seven home runs and an NL-worst 47 strikeouts in his first 133 plate appearances of the season. He was replaced by Brandon Nimmo in left field.

Braves sign reliever Will Smith to three-year, $39 million contract

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The Braves announced on Thursday that the club has inked lefty reliever Will Smith to a three-year, $39 million contract with a club option for the 2023 season worth $13 million. Smith received a qualifying offer worth $17.8 million from the Giants, so he opted for a lower average annual value for a longer contract.

Smith, 30, was an All-Star last season with the Giants, finishing with 34 saves, a 2.76 ERA, and a 96/21 K/BB ratio across 65 1/3 innings. Across parts of seven seasons in the majors, he has a 3.53 ERA.

Smith, the top free agent left-handed reliever, will join a strong Braves bullpen which already includes Mark Melancon, Shane Greene, and Sean Newcomb.