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Mets sign Danny Espinosa

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The Mets have signed infielder Danny Espinosa to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training.

The Mets could use a backup middle infielder, but it’s an open question as to whether Espinosa can really handle the gig at this point. He did not appear in the bigs at all in 2018 and hit just .195/.239/.312 in 221 at-bats for three different Triple-A clubs.

I guess if you hit 20 homers in the bigs a couple of times and have fantastic facial hair you’ll keep getting chances.

Clayton Kershaw shut down with “an arm kind of thing”

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Spring training is just underway but Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is already being shut down indefinitely.

Kershaw threw two bullpen sessions this week and, as the Los Angeles Times reports, he “didn’t feel right” afterward. Manager Dave Roberts said it was “arm kind of thing,” which, viva specificity. Roberts did allow that it might be so-called “dead arm” but it’s too soon to know. For now he’ll be working out as usual but not throwing.

Kershaw has had an increasing number of nagging injuries and ailments over the past several seasons, limiting him to 26 starts last year, 27 the year before and 21 in 2016. Whether this is something serious or not is unknown, but at least he’s experiencing it now instead of the middle of the season.