Kelvin Herrera carted off field due to apparent leg injury

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Nationals reliever Kelvin Herrera had to be carted off the field in the ninth inning of Sunday’s 15-0 win over the Mets. Herrera started the ninth, getting Jay Bruce to fly out before giving up a single to Austin Jackson, bringing up José Bautista. Bautista weakly hit the ball to the right of the pitcher’s mound, sending Herrera chasing after it. As Herrera retrieved the ball, he began to hobble due to an obvious injury but he was still able to complete the unassisted putout at first base. Herrera was then carted off the field with an apparent leg injury.

MASN’s Dan Kolko reports that the injury isn’t believed to be a torn Achilles tendon, which it looked like at first glance. Herrera will undergo further testing and the Nationals should provide an update on Monday.

Herrera, 28, was acquired by the Nationals from the Royals in June in exchange for three minor leaguers. Between both teams, Herrera has a 2.44 ERA with a 56/20 K/BB ratio in 45 1/3 innings.

Brian Cashman signs 4-year contract to remain Yankees GM

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SAN DIEGO — Brian Cashman has signed a four-year contract to remain the New York Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager. The announcement was made during the first day of baseball’s Winter Meetings.

Cashman, New York’s GM since 1998, had been working on a handshake agreement since early November, when his five-year contract expired.

The Yankees were swept by four games in the AL Championship Series and haven’t reached the World Series since winning in 2009. It is the franchise’s longest title drought since an 18-year gap between 1978-96.

Cashman’s main goal during the offseason is trying to re-sign AL MVP Aaron Judge.

Judge hit an American League-record 62 homers this season with a .311 batting average and 131 RBIs. He turned down the Yankees’ offer on the eve of opening day of a seven-year contract that would have paid $213.5 million from 2023-29.

While Judge remains on the market, Cashman was able to re-sign Anthony Rizzo on Nov. 15 to a two-year contract worth $40 million after turning down a $16 million player option.

Cashman has been the Yankees general manager since 1998. He has been with the organization since 1986, when he was a 19-year old intern in the scouting department. In his 25 seasons as GM, the Yankees have reached the postseason 21 times, including four World Series championships and six American League titles.