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Curtis Granderson intends to play in 2019


There had been some thought that 37-year-old free agent outfielder Curtis Granderson might retire, but he intends to play in 2019, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

Granderson spent last season with the Blue Jays and Brewers, batting a productive .242/.351/.431 with 13 home runs and 38 RBI in 403 plate appearances. He was used almost exclusively against right-handed pitchers, so if he wants to continue playing, it would be as a platoon outfielder and/or DH.

If his career does continue, Granderson will play a 16th season in the majors. He has thus far donned uniforms for the Tigers, Yankees, Mets, and Dodgers along with the Blue Jays and Brewers. Granderson signed a one-year, $5 million contract to join the Blue Jays last season. He would likely have to accept a pay reduction and perhaps a minor league deal to continue playing.

Robert Gsellman diagnosed with partial lat tear

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SNY’s Andy Martino reports that Mets pitcher Robert Gsellman has been diagnosed with a partial lat tear. There is no timetable yet for his recovery, but it would seem likely he doesn’t pitch again this season.

Gsellman, 26, went on the injured list on Saturday (retroactive to August 14) with what was initially called right triceps tightness. Across 63 2/3 innings of relief for the Mets this season, the right-hander posted a 4.66 ERA with 60 strikeouts and 23 walks.

Losing Gsellman is a big deal for the Wild Card-hopeful Mets. While his ERA wasn’t anything incredible, he was a workhorse, accruing the most innings of anyone in the bullpen. With Gsellman out of the mix, the Mets will lean even more on Seth Lugo and Jeurys Familia behind struggling closer Edwin Díaz.