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Rockies place Bryan Shaw on 10-day disabled list

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The Rockies placed right-handed reliever Bryan Shaw on the 10-day disabled list with a right calf strain, per an announcement on Sunday. Shaw’s roster spot will be filled by fellow right-hander Yency Almonte, who was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque just one day after getting demoted. No concrete timetable appears to have been set for Shaw’s return to the team just yet.

It’s been a disappointing start to the year for the 30-year-old righty, who is currently working through his first campaign with the club after inking a three-year, $27 million deal last December. Shaw logged a league-leading 41 appearances through the first two and a half months of the 2018 season, but didn’t look nearly as dominant as he had in past seasons after turning in a career-worst 7.57 ERA, 5.0 BB/9 and 8.6 SO/9 over 35 2/3 innings.

Almonte, meanwhile, has fared little better on the mound. The rookie right-hander compiled a 6.27 ERA, 3.3 BB/9 and 6.0 SO/9 in 33 innings at the Triple-A level. In two major league outings, he allowed two runs and struck out one of eight batters faced over two innings.

Steven Matz homers in back-to-back starts

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Mets starter Steven Matz helped his own cause again, belting a solo home run in the top of the third inning of Tuesday’s game against the Phillies. Matz turned on a 1-1 breaking ball from Cy Young contender Aaron Nola, breaking a scoreless tie.

Matz also homered in his previous start against the Marlins last Thursday. According to MLB Stat of the Day, he is the third Mets pitcher to homer in back-to-back starts, joining Tom Seaver (1972) and Ron Darling (1989).

Matz is the fourth full-time pitcher to hit multiple home runs this season, joining the Reds’ Michael Lorenzen (four), and the Cardinals’ John Gant and Miles Mikolas (two each). The last Mets pitcher to hit multiple home runs in a season was Noah Syndergaard, who hit three in 2016.

Along with the bat, Matz has also been dealing on the mound. As of this writing, he has held the Phillies scoreless over five innings despite walking five batters and allowing two hits.