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Report: Manny Machado met with Padres last week


As the hot stove turns: the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Padres general manager met with Manny Machado in Miami at some point last week.

Machado, it is reported, is the team’s “first choice” to fill their vacancy at third base, but there is no such suggestion that the Padres are Machado’s first choice, so let’s not get carried away here. Indeed, there is no suggestion that Machado is close to signing with anyone yet.

Still, it’s interesting that the Padres are still in the game. Such as it is.

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.