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Sandy Alderson to take leave of absence from Mets

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Tim Britton of The Athletic reports that GM Sandy Alderson will take a leave of absence from the Mets to focus on his health. Alderson’s cancer has come back and he will likely undergo surgery this summer.

In Alderson’s absence, assisstants John Ricco, J.P. Ricciardi, and Omar Minaya will handle baseball operations. When asked if he plans to return to the same role, Alderson said, “If I were to look at it on the merits, I’m not sure coming back is warranted,” per Britton.

After fainting during a press conference in November 2015, Alderson was diagnosed with cancer a month later. He has been battling it ever since. Thankfully, as Britton notes, Alderson says his prognosis is good.

Nelson Cruz hits 400th career home run

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Twins DH Nelson Cruz hit his 400th career home run, a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Royals. The blast padded the Twins’ lead to 8-6, and was also No. 40 on the season for Cruz.

Cruz, 39, is the 57th member of the 400-homer club. He was previously tied with Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline at 399. Cruz has hit 163 of his homers with the Mariners, 157 with the Rangers, and 40 each with the Orioles and Twins.

Cruz entered Sunday batting .300/.383/.624 with 104 RBI in 500 plate appearances. Pretty good production for the Twins from a slugger on a one-year, $14.3 million contract. The Twins hold a $12 million club option for 2020 as well.