Jayson Werth retires from baseball

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Jon Heyman reports that Jayson Werth has decided to retire from baseball. His quote: “I’m done … whatever you want to call it.”

Werth, 39, had been at Triple-A Tacoma in the Mariners organization on a minor league contract but recently suffered a hamstring injury. It was unlikely enough that the Mariners were going to give him a real shot at a lot of big league playing time, but the injury sealed the deal. If anything, the M’s deal was something of a surprise, actually, after Werth received little if any interest from major league clubs last winter.

Ignominious though his career’s end may be — and almost all baseball careers end like this — Werth has nothing to be ashamed of as he hangs up his cleats. He played 15 years in the bigs, posting a .267/.360/.455 career batting line with 229 home runs. He had the good timing of putting up his best season up to that point in his free agency walk year in 2010 and landed a seven-year, $126 million deal with the Nationals as a result. It ended up being the last guaranteed contract he’d sign, but as far as those things go it was pretty sweet.

Werth made an All-Star team and finished in the top-20 in MVP voting three times. Most significantly, he won a World Series ring with the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies. All-in-all not a bad career.

Happy trails, Jayson.

MLB homer leader Pete Alonso to IL with bone bruise, sprain in wrist

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PITTSBURGH — The New York Mets will have to dig out of an early-season hole without star first baseman Pete Alonso.

The leading home run hitter in the majors will miss three-to-four weeks with a bone bruise and a sprain in his left wrist.

The Mets placed Alonso on the 10-day injured list Friday, retroactive to June 8. Alonso was hit in the wrist by a 96 mph fastball from Charlie Morton in the first inning of a 7-5 loss to Atlanta on Wednesday.

Alonso traveled to New York for testing on Thursday. X-rays revealed no broken bones, but the Mets will be missing one of the premier power hitters in the game as they try to work their way back into contention in the NL East.

“We got better news than it could have been,” New York manager Buck Showalter said. “So we take that as a positive. It could have been worse.”

New York had lost six straight heading into a three-game series at Pittsburgh that began Friday. Mark Canha started at first for the Mets in the opener. Mark Vientos could also be an option, though Showalter said the coaching staff may have to use its “imagination” in thinking of ways to get by without Alonso.

“I’m not going to say someone has to step up and all that stuff,” Showalter said. “You’ve just got to be who you are.”

Even with Alonso in the lineup, the Mets have struggled to score consistently. New York is 16th in the majors in runs scored.

The team also said Friday that reliever Edwin Uceta had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Uceta initially went on the IL in April with what the team called a sprained left ankle. He is expected to be out for at least an additional eight weeks.

New York recalled infielder Luis Guillorme and left-handed reliever Zach Muckenhirn from Triple-A Syracuse. The Mets sent catcher Tomás Nido to Triple-A and designated reliever Stephen Nogosek for assignment.

Nogosek is 0-1 with a 5.63 ERA in 13 games this season.