MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports that Mets pitching prospect Franklyn Kilome underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Kilome will miss the entire 2019 season and will likely have a late start to the 2020 season as well.
The Mets acquired Kilome from the Phillies in late July in exchange for infielder Asdrúbal Cabrera. At the time of the trade, Kilome was the Phillies’ No. 10 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. He is currently No. 5 in the Mets’ system.
In 140 innings between Double-A Reading (Phillies) and Binghamton (Mets), Kilome posted a 4.18 ERA with a 125/61 K/BB ratio. If he hadn’t undergone surgery, Kilome likely would have been called up in September 2019 when rosters expanded. He might have also been able to debut earlier if the Mets’ had issues with other pitchers suffering injuries. Now he’ll have to set his sights on 2020.
Rays outfielder Austin Meadows has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right thumb sprain, per a team announcement Sunday. No concrete timetable has been given for his return to the lineup just yet, but he’s scheduled to meet with a hand specialist on Sunday as the Rays try to determine the extent of his injury.
Meadows, 23, suffered the sprain in the seventh inning of Saturday’s 6-5 loss to the Red Sox. He lined a two-run triple into the right-center field gap — one of a franchise-record four triples that the Rays recorded in the game — but slid awkwardly into third base and jammed his right thumb in the process. He didn’t appear to be in obvious pain following the hit, however, nor was he removed from the game at the time.
Prior to the setback, Meadows carried a hefty .351/.422/.676 batting line with six homers, 19 RBI, and a 1.097 OPS through his first 83 plate appearances of 2019. He was replaced by Guillermo Heredia in right field for Sunday’s series finale and will likely lose a few starts to Avisaíl García as well.
In a series of corresponding moves, right-handed reliever Jake Faria was optioned to Triple-A Durham, infielder/outfielder Andrew Velazquez and righty reliever Emilio Pagán were recalled from Triple-A, and reliever Hunter Wood was placed on the paternity list. Second baseman Joey Wendle was also reinstated from the 10-day injured list after rehabbing a left hamstring strain and is scheduled take over the keystone during the Rays’ matinee against the Red Sox on Sunday.