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Pirates acquire Adeiny Hechavarria from Rays


The Pirates announced on Monday that the club acquired shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and cash considerations from the Rays in exchange for minor league pitcher Matt Seelinger. The cash considerations will likely cover some portion of the remainder of Hechavarria’s $5.9 million salary.

Hechavarria, 29, has not hit much as usual, batting .258/.289/.332 with three home runs and 26 RBI in 237 plate appearances. However, he is still slick with the glove at shortstop. He could be utilized late in games as a defensive replacement for the Pirates. Hechavarria, who is eligible for free agency after the season, is not likely to unseat Jordy Mercer from the starting role at shortstop.

Seelinger, 23, was selected by the Pirates in the 28th round of the 2017 draft. This season, with Single-A West Virginia, the right-hander posted a 3.03 ERA with 52 strikeouts and 11 walks in 32 2/3 innings of relief.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.