The Indians announced on Monday that the club acquired pitcher Nick Wittgren from the Marlins in exchange for pitcher Jordan Millbrath. The Indians designated pitcher A.J. Cole for assignment in order to make room for Wittgren on the 40-man roster.
Wittgren, 27, was designated for assignment by the Marlins last week in order to clear a 40-man roster spot for infielder Neil Walker. It was a curious decision by the Marlins, as Wittgren was a solid part of the bullpen last season. Across 33 2/3 innings, he posted a 2.94 ERA with 31 strikeouts and 15 walks.
Wittgren should find a spot at the back of the Indians’ bullpen in 2019. He has just over two years of service time, so he’ll be under team control for a while longer.
Mets starter Zack Wheeler wasn’t content with just dominating the Phillies on the mound Tuesday night in Queens. The 28-year-old decided to have himself a three-RBI night at the plate, too, including his first career home run.
With the Mets already leading 3-0 with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, Wheeler lifted a first-pitch Zach Eflin fastball out to left-center field, landing well beyond the 370-foot sign on the wall. Wheeler had previously helped his own cause, lacing a two-run double down the right field line off of Eflin in the second inning.
Wheeler entered the night with 22 hits in 194 career trips to the plate. Of his 22 hits, five went for extra bases (all doubles). On the mound, through six innings, Wheeler has held the Phillies scoreless on five hits with no walks and 11 strikeouts.
Todd Frazier broke the game open in the fifth inning, hitting a grand slam off of Drew Anderson to push the Mets’ lead to 8-0. If the Phillies lose tonight, they will have lost five of their last six games.