Mets send struggling Peterson back to minors; Carrasco to return Friday

Sam Greene/The Enquirer/USA TODAY NETWORK
1 Comment

NEW YORK — Struggling starter David Peterson was optioned back to Triple-A Syracuse by the New York Mets before their series opener against the major league-leading Tampa Bay Rays.

New York selected left-hander Josh Walker from Syracuse to add a fresh arm in the bullpen. Carlos Carrasco is penciled in to return from the injured list against Cleveland, reclaiming the spot Peterson has been filling ineffectively in a depleted rotation.

Peterson is 1-6 with an 8.08 ERA in eight big league starts this season, a huge disappointment for a scuffling Mets team that was counting on him to provide dependable depth.

A first-round draft pick in 2017, the 27-year-old lefty produced solid seasons on the mound for New York in 2020 and 2022 sandwiched around a poor 2021. He entered this year with a 15-13 record in 53 big league games (43 starts).

“It’s like I told him today, it’s good that I’ve seen him really good. Because if it was just on this year …,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said. “It’s got to be really frustrating for him.”

Peterson gave up six runs and nine hits over five innings in a 10-3 loss at last-place Washington. He has allowed a National League-high 35 earned runs in only 39 innings.

Injuries to Carrasco, José Quintana, Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer have pressed Peterson into needed service early this season, but he’s been unable to deliver. His struggles have contributed to a 5.33 ERA for Mets starters, fifth-highest in the majors. The rotation ranks 29th among 30 teams in walks (101), 27th in innings (202 2/3) and 26th in home runs allowed (37).

Peterson was optioned to Syracuse on April 29 and recalled on May 9. Now he’s headed back down again to start Sunday in Triple-A.

“I’m hoping Sunday’s the start of him presenting a better option, because we’re going to need him. And if he doesn’t get it going down there, we’ll have to go another direction, right?” Showalter said.

“So, I’m hoping. You know, you try to be frank with him. He knows. He knows it’s not good enough. Especially with what he’s capable of. It’s frustrating for everybody. But, we’d like to see him get it going. Have it show up down there, show that he’s capable of pitching better than the Triple-A level. That’s part of it, too.”

Carrasco (0-2, 8.56 ERA) has been sidelined since April 16 with right elbow inflammation and a bone spur. He pitched four shutout innings in a rehab start for Double-A Binghamton.

Quintana has been out all season following surgery for a left rib fracture. He has an important CT scan scheduled.

“If that shows what we’re hoping, then he’s off and running,” Showalter said. “He feels great. … He’s ahead of normal spring training, with all the things he’s done throwing. He’s been throwing the baseball over 100-plus feet. So once we get the clearance, it’ll start pretty quickly.”

Quintana was not expected back until at least July, but Showalter said it’s possible he could return a little earlier than anticipated.

The 28-year-old Walker was looking to make his major league debut after going 2-0 with a 0.68 ERA in nine relief outings at Syracuse this season. He racked up 18 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings.

Walker, 6-foot-6 and 225 pounds, went to high school about 75 miles northwest of Citi Field and was chosen by the Mets in the 37th round of the 2017 amateur draft out of Division II University of New Haven.

“He obviously looks the part,” Showalter said. “You think about all the things he’s tried to get through to get to this level and to have it happen today … it’s a big moment for him to be here. I hope I can get him in there.”

NOTES: Mets catcher Omar Narváez (left calf strain) is on target to begin playing minor league rehab games at the end of next week. … RHP Jimmy Yacabonis (strained left quadriceps) was sent on a rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton.

Yankees score runs in final three innings for 4-1 victory over Dodgers

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
1 Comment

LOS ANGELES – Despite battling injuries all season, the New York Yankees are still managing to pick up victories.

With AL MVP Aaron Judge sidelined after injuring his foot on Saturday, the Yankees got strong pitching and were able to use a little bit of small ball to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 Sunday and take two of three games in the weekend series.

“Just a really good all-around effort. A lot of winning things were happening in that game,” manager Aaron Boone said.

New York plated runs in the seventh and eighth innings on soft-contract grounders before Anthony Volpe provided some insurance with a two-run homer in the ninth.

J.D. Martinez homered for the Dodgers, who dropped the final two games in the series.

Clay Holmes (4-2) pitched one inning to pick up the win, and Wandy Peralta got the last four outs for his fourth save.

It was a pitchers’ duel for six innings between the Yankees’ Domingo Germán and Dodgers’ Bobby Miller. The right-handers matched zeroes as the teams combined for only four hits in the first six innings.

Dodgers’ rookie Miller allowed only one hit in his six innings, becoming the first Dodgers’ pitcher since at least 1901 to allow one hit or fewer within his first three big league starts. The 24-year old right-hander struck out seven and walked two in his third start.

Germán went 6 2/3 innings and allowed one run and four hits, including Martinez’s solo shot to tie it at 1-all in the seventh. The right-hander has limited opponents to one run or fewer in four of his last six starts.

Jake Bauers – who was playing right field in place of Judge – scored the game’s first run in the seventh on Kyle Higashioka‘s broken-bat grounder to short.

Bauers got aboard with a base hit then advanced to third when Brusdar Graterol threw the ball away on Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s bunt.

After Martinez’s homer, the Yankees retook the lead in the eighth against Evan Phillips (1-1). Oswaldo Cabrera drove in Anthony Rizzo with the go-ahead run with a slow roller that second baseman Miguel Vargas could only throw to first.

“It not being hit well helps when the fielders have to move a little. That’s what you’re selling out for. Good job by the base runners there,” Boone said.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said both balls could not have been placed any better by the Yankees’ batters.

“I don’t think they had a chance on both balls. The base runners had such a good jump. They were jam shots,” Roberts said. “There were a lot of things we did as far as giving away a couple bases on the defensive side.”

Volpe had two hits after being mired in a 3-for-38 slump his last 11 games. He extended the lead by driving Caleb Ferguson’s fastball over the wall in left-center in the ninth. It was Volpe’s ninth homer, which is second among AL rookies.

“We’ve got a lot of confidence,” said Volpe after the Yankees took four of six on the road trip.


Martinez evened it in the bottom of the inning with a solo shot to left-center. It was his 10th homer in the last 21 games.

Martinez has 20 homers against the Yankees, his third-most against any club. He has 35 against Baltimore and 23 vs. Cleveland. He is four homers away from 300 for his career.


Miller – the 29th overall pick in the 2020 amateur draft – looked like he might have a short outing after throwing 27 pitches in the first inning. He struck out three but also walked two.

Miller retired seven straight between the third and fifth innings before Volpe lined a base hit to center field with two out in the fifth.

“It felt really good. Been working on my slider a lot lately.,” said Miller, who threw 86 pitches, including 39 sliders. “They know I have a good fastball so I have to have my other pitches working as well.”


Yankees: LHP Nestor Cortes is expected to be placed on the injured list Monday or Tuesday due to a shoulder issue. Manager Aaron Boone said Cortes has been slower to recover between starts and is likely to miss one or two starts. … LHP Carlos Rendon (left forearm strain) will face hitters on Wednesday.

Dodgers: OF Trayce Thompson was placed on the injured list with a left oblique strain. OF Johnny Deluca was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.


Yankees: Return home for six games starting Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox. RHP Clarke Schmidt (2-5, 5.01 ERA) has gone at least five innings in six of his last eight starts.

Dodgers: Hit the road starting Tuesday against Cincinnati. RHP Tony Gonsolin (3-1, 1.77 ERA) has gone 3-0 in his last four starts.