The Mets have activated southpaw Steven Matz from the 10-day injured list, the team announced Saturday. Matz was sidelined earlier this month with radial nerve discomfort in his left forearm, but avoided any serious complications and appears to have made a full recovery. He’s scheduled to take the mound against the Marlins this afternoon at 4:10 PM EDT.
It hasn’t always been an easy road for the 27-year-old lefty, who has dealt with all manner of elbow, shoulder, and forearm issues over the past three years. With the exception of a disastrous outing against the Phillies earlier this year, he’s been productive when healthy, and will enter Saturday’s start with a 3-2 record in seven starts and a 3.86 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and 8.2 SO/9 across his first 35 innings of 2019.
In a corresponding move, the club optioned right-handed reliever Paul Sewald to Triple-A Syracuse to clear a roster spot for Matz. Sewald, 28, is in his third major-league season with the Mets and pitched through seven innings in his most recent stint, allowing three runs, two walks, and striking out four of 28 batters.
Jeff Passan of ESPN is reporting that Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vázquez has been arrested and charged with one count of computer pornography, the solicitation of a child, and one count of providing obscene material to minors.
The details, from a report from the Lee County, Florida Sheriff’s Department are ugly.
According to authorities, Vázquez has allegedly been engaging in sexual activity with a now-15-year-old girl from the time she as 13 years-old. As recently as this July Vázquez allegedly sent the victim videos of him engaging in an unspecified sex act. Vázquez also allegedly sent the victim texts saying that they would meet for sex after the baseball season was over. It is unclear based on the minimal information currently available if the “sexual activity” referred to in the past involved physical activity or merely electronic communication.
The age of consent in the State of Florida is 18. While, like many states, Florida has “close-in-age” exceptions, they do not apply to the 28-year-old Vázquez and someone as young as his alleged victim.
Vázquez has been placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball while the case is pending against him.
We will, without question, be following this story as it develops.