The Mets announced on Thursday the signing of reliever Brad Brach. To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Brandon Nimmo was moved to the 60-day injured list. Additionally, to open up a spot on the 25-man roster, pitcher Donnie Hart was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse.
Brach, 33, was designated for the Cubs on Saturday, then released on Monday. Across 39 2/3 innings of relief work, Brach posted a 6.13 ERA with 45 strikeouts and 28 walks.
Brach has been a good-to-great reliever across his nine-year career, excepting this year. Between 2012-18, Brach owned a 3.05 ERA. The Mets are hoping he can recapture some of that magic down the stretch.
Pirates starter Chris Archer exited Tuesday night’s start against the Pirates while warming up ahead of the second inning. He was examined by the Pirates’ training staff before walking off the field. The reason is currently unknown but an update should be forthcoming.
Archer allowed a pair of singles before getting consecutive strikeouts to see his way out of the first inning. The 30-year-old right-hander has had a forgettable year in Pittsburgh, entering Tuesday’s action 3-9 with a 5.23 ERA and a 141/55 K/BB ratio in 118 2/3 innings.
The Pirates, overall, are in rough shape, losing 22 of their last 27 games dating back to July 21. They are 51-73, 15.5 games out of first place in the NL Central cellar. It may behoove them to play it safe with Archer since they don’t have anything to play for over the remainder of the regular season. The club holds options for his 2020 and ’21 seasons at $9 million and $11 million, respectively.