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 Posted: Sun May 7th, 2017 08:34 am
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The Toronto Blue Jays' beleaguered rotation is about to get some relief in the form of a bullpen ace.

Right-hander Joe Biagini, who became a staple of Toronto's bullpen as a rookie last year, will move into the rotation and make his first career start Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, manager John Gibbons told Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.

While Gibbons seemed high on Biagini's potential as a long-term rotation piece - "He's got a chance to be a good one," the skipper told Nicholson-Smith on Friday - it's unclear if he'll make any more starts beyond Sunday.

Biagini will make his start on a strict 60-pitch limit, according to Sportsnet's Arash Madani. He's never thrown more than two innings in a single outing as a big leaguer, and only once - on Wednesday in New York, his most recent outing - has he tossed more than 40 pitches.

After using just seven starters in all of 2016, the Blue Jays' once-vaunted rotation has been hit hard by the injury bug this April, forcing them to get multiple starts out of Triple-A depth arms Mat Latos (who was DFA'd on Friday) and Casey Lawrence. With Aaron Sanchez and J.A. Happ still on the disabled list, the decision to stretch out Biagini despite his success as a reliever appears to have been an easy one for the club.

Biagini's last start came in 2015, while he was still in the San Francisco Giants' organization pitching in Double-A. In 22 starts (and 23 total appearances) that season with the Eastern League's Richmond Flying Squirrels, he posted a 2.42 ERA and averaged nearly six strikeouts per nine innings pitched.

The 26-year-old, known as much for his quirky sense of humor as his mound skills, owns a career 3.13 ERA while averaging 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings in 74 big-league appearances, all of them in relief. This season he's already struck out 17 batters to just three walks, along with a WHIP of 0.96 and one save.

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Injuries have finally felled Adrian Gonzalez.

The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Friday that the durable first baseman was placed on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow soreness.

Outfielder Joc Pederson was reinstated from the DL in a corresponding move.

It's the first time in his 14-year career that Gonzalez has landed on the DL, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. Durability has long been a trademark for the 34-year-old. He's played no less than 156 games in each of his 12 full seasons, including a four-year stretch of appearing in at least 160 contests as a member of the Padres from 2007-10. In 2008, he played in all of San Diego's 162 games.

That durability appears to have caught up to Gonzalez to begin this season, however. He's struggled mightily in his first 29 games, posting a career-worst .635 OPS with no home runs. After going 0-for-4 in Wednesday's loss to San Francisco, he acknowledged he'd been playing through multiple injuries, including right forearm stiffness and an aggravated herniated disc in his back.

"I should have gone on the DL to start the season from this," Gonzalez told the Times' Andy McCullough on Wednesday.

The decision to DL Gonzalez means top prospect Cody Bellinger will be the Dodgers' starting first baseman for the foreseeable future. Bellinger has impressed in his first taste of big-league action, hitting .303/.361/.576 with two homers and seven runs scored over 36 plate appearances, while primarily playing in left field defensively.

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Word of Ryan Zimmerman's downward spiral was apparently premature.

The Washington Nationals first baseman was named the National League's player of the month for April and is hitting an absurd .433/.474/.885. That includes his Friday output, where he hit his 12th home run and 11th double of the season.

April’s NL Player of the Month, Ryan Zimmerman, has his sights set on the May award. pic.twitter.com/3cvei3XejF

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Those hits pushed him ahead of Montreal Expos infielder Tim Wallach for the all-time franchise lead in extra-base knocks with 596. Zimmerman has missed plenty of time over the last three seasons to injury, but he finally seems to be healthy.

Over his past 16 games, Zimmerman has hit .508 with 16 extra-base hits, as pointed out by the Sporting News' Ryan M. Spaeder. He's averaging at least one double or home run per game during that span (he has yet to hit a triple this season).

Wallach may not be a household name to the casual fan of today, but he was an integral piece to the Expos teams of the 1980s. Over 13 seasons with the franchise, he led the National League in doubles twice, with 42 in both the 1987 and 1989 seasons. Not a prototypical home run hitter, it was his knack for hitting doubles that saw him become the now-former franchise-leader in extra-base hits.

Zimmerman was the very first draft pick for the franchise after it moved from Montreal to Washington and has long been the face of a team struggling to make a name for itself. With the emergence of Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, and Trea Turner, as well as the timely acquisitions of Max Scherzer and the now-injured Adam Eaton, Zimmerman appeared to be lost in the shuffle.

Now he's healthy and hitting at the best clip of his entire career. He may hold onto this record for a long time to come.

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Eric Gagne's hopeful path back to Major League Baseball will take a detour through the Atlantic League first.

The former Cy Young-winning reliever has signed a deal with the Long Island Ducks of independent baseball's Atlantic League, the team announced Friday.

"Eric is similar to so many former Major League players that utilize the Atlantic League as a showcase to be seen by all 30 big-league clubs," Ducks president and general manager Michael Pfaff said. "The Ducks are pleased to offer him this opportunity."

Prior to appearing in the World Baseball Classic this past March with his native Canada, Gagne revealed the tournament had him contemplating a major-league comeback, and he later said he was discussing a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers - his former club from 1999-2006 with whom he posted a 3.27 ERA and won a Cy Young Award with in 2003 - though no deal was ever finalized.

After the Dodgers, Gagne also went on to pitch for the Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, and Milwaukee Brewers, though injuries and accusations of steroid use ultimately derailed his career in 2008.

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A lingering forearm injury is going to keep Zach Britton out of action for an extended period as the Baltimore Orioles closer was officially placed on the disabled list Saturday, retroactive to May 5, the team announced.

Britton underwent an MRI on Friday evening, although there doesn't appear to be any structural damage to the forearm or elbow ligaments, according to Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com.

Britton is expected to be out for at least a few weeks, according to Connolly, who cites industry sources. It's also possible Britton visits well-known surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache for a second opinion.

After report soreness in his forearm Friday morning, Britton was not made available in Baltimore's 4-2 win over the Chicago White Sox.

The left-hander has a 1.00 ERA in eight appearances this year, converting five saves and striking out seven. Reliever Brad Brach has been serving as the Orioles' closer in Britton's absence.

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New York Yankees great Alex Rodriguez had a chance Wednesday to join in the bidding for the Miami Marlins - against former teammate Derek Jeter - and turned it down, major-league sources told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Since news of the Marlins' sale broke, the two most prominent bidding groups for the franchise have been one led by Jeb Bush and Jeter and another group led by Tagg Romney. Romney reportedly tried to enlist a Yankees legend of his own by reeling in A-Rod at Wednesday's meeting.

Romney's group already includes Hall of Famer and Atlanta Braves pitching legend Tom Glavine. Former Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart reportedly joined Romney's bid recently as well.

Rodriguez is from Miami, and while he "has dreamed of becoming a major-league owner," Rosenthal writes, sources said the star decided the timing isn't right.

In recent years, A-Rod has made appearances as a baseball analyst and color commentator for the FOX broadcast, including the 2015 World Series. In 2017, he is serving as a special adviser to Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner.

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The perpetual Tim Tebow watch remains in full effect.

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson chimed in on the former Heisman Trophy winner's performance in Single-A, admitting that many in the organization seem pleased with his development.

"Right now I think he's exceeded a lot of people's expectations," Alderson said Friday, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

"Right now, I think he's acquitted himself pretty well at Columbia. "We'll see what that competition holds for him over the next period of time, then we'll constantly sort of reassess where he is and what he needs to do. He's fine where he is right now."


Unsurprisingly, Alderson also said that there doesn't appear to be plans for a promotion to New York. The Mets GM visited Columbia Fireflies manager Jose Leger to discuss the possibility, with both agreeing that Tebow still has a lot of work to do.

"I love what I'm doing," Tebow said. "And when you have a chance to love what you do and you're passionate about it, it's fun. You don't wake up and go, 'Man, I've got to go face this day.' You go, 'I'm excited about this day.' And that's a good feeling."

In 24 games with the Fireflies, Tebow has hit .244/.323/.372 with two home runs and nine RBIs. He's also struck out 23 times in 86 at bats.

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Chicago Cubs left-hander Brett Anderson, never one to shy away from expressing his thoughts through social media, tweeted out his displeasure after leaving Saturday's start prematurely with back soreness.

Adding insult to injury, the southpaw has lasted only 1 2/3 innings while giving up 12 earned runs combined in his past two starts.

His self-deprecation is understandable considering Anderson has had two separate back surgeries over the years and has struggled to stay healthy, averaging only 10 starts a season since 2011.

"Make kind of a weird play, then it stiffens up, and with my history of back problems and everything considered, I didn't want to make it worse on everybody," Anderson said, according to ESPN's Jesse Rogers. "Felt it was time to get out of there. Couldn't make the pitches I needed to. The last two starts here at home have been embarrassing from my perspective."

Manager Joe Maddon all but confirmed that the 29-year-old is heading to the disabled list, saying: "It's two starts in a row, and he probably felt something in his back tonight, but we just can't continue on that path right now."

Back injury aside, after signing a one-year, $3.5-million deal, Anderson hasn't performed too well with his new team. After Saturday, he's combined to an 8.18 ERA in six starts with 12 walks and a 2.09 WHIP.

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The New York Mets won't send Matt Harvey to the mound for Sunday's series finale against the Miami Marlins, as scheduled, as the club has suspended the 28-year-old right-hander without pay for three days for violating club rules, manager Terry Collins announced.

Collins, who said left-hander Adam Wilk will start in Harvey's stead, wouldn't divulge why the Mets decided to suspend the former All-Star.

"We'll keep it in-house, the way it's supposed to be," Collins told MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson later noted during an appearance on MLB Network Radio that Harvey's suspension actually began Saturday, but wouldn't offer any additional details.

"I can't go beyond that," Alderson said.

Shortly before Sunday's matinee at Citi Field, Collins held a team meeting to address the situation with his players.

"Obviously, there are team policies, and when those aren't followed action has to be taken," right fielder Jay Bruce told reporters. "I don't know any of the details. I just know Matt's not here today, and he's going to miss a few days, but we're all pulling for him. We're all pulling on the same end of the rope, and we just want to get him back, and get him back on the mound, so he can help us win."

After having his 2016 campaign cut short by surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome, Harvey got off to a strong start this year, posting a 2.84 ERA over his first four starts. His last two outings have gone terribly, however, with Harvey allowing six earned runs - and eight walks - over 9 2/3 innings, causing his ERA to swell to 5.14 through six starts.

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Matt Harvey appears to be losing some allies in the New York Mets' clubhouse.

Queens was abuzz Sunday after Harvey was suspended three days by the Mets for a violation of team rules just hours before his scheduled start against the Miami Marlins. The right-hander reportedly failed to show up at Citi Field for Saturday's contest after apparently playing a round of golf that morning.

Harvey's actions drew the ire of at least one of his teammates, infielder Jose Reyes, who publicly expressed his anger with Harvey to reporters following Sunday's 7-0 shellacking at the hands of the Marlins.

"We're disappointed. We have to understand, we're employees. You have to come to your job every day," Reyes said, according to Seth Walder of the New York Daily News. "We count on him.

"Everybody knows here what the rules are. When you miss that, that's not acceptable."

Harvey is reportedly planning to file a grievance against the Mets over the suspension. The 28-year-old apparently told the team that he didn't show up for Saturday's game due to a migraine.


Journeyman pitcher Adam Wilk was called up to start in Harvey's stead Sunday, and got rocked for six of Miami's seven runs.

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Adam Wilk, a name relatively unknown to New York Mets fans, allowed a mammoth three-run home run to Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. It took place in the first inning of Wilk's Mets debut on Sunday, roughly five years after his last major-league start, which came in 2012 when he was a member of the Detroit Tigers.

This wasn't supposed to be Wilk's start. It should have been Matt Harvey's, who entered Sunday morning as the scheduled starter. It wasn't Wilks' start until news broke that the Mets suspended Harvey for three days without pay for violating a team policy. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, that violation was a "miscommunication" on Harvey's part, who was absent from the ballpark Saturday due to a migraine.

Once considered the hero they deserved in New York, the Dark Knight's suspension typifies the club's season to date: one filled with unfortunate injuries, controversial front-office decisions, and questionable acts from the team's PR department.

To be fair to manager Terry Collins and the front office, they have almost zero control over injuries. Unfortunately, the team has had to deal with a boatload of bad luck in that department. Steven Matz, Seth Lugo, and longtime third baseman David Wright have yet to appear in a game this season.

Lucas Duda and Yoenis Cespedes, two players fresh off new deals signed in the offseason, will earn a combined $29.75 million this year. Both remain out of the lineup without firm timetables for a return, though it's expected Duda will be back before Cespedes.

The first of several controversial incidents to befall the team in the season's first month came when Cespedes, by far the team's most important position player, left a game on April 20 with what the Mets called hamstring cramps. He made a quick return on April 26, only to re-injure that same hamstring a day later. He hasn't played since.

Then there's the predicament regarding Noah Syndergaard. You all know the story by now: The right-hander, arguably the game's best pitcher, was first scratched from a start on April 27 - the same day Cespedes limped off the field with his second hamstring problem - with "a tired arm." It was later diagnosed as biceps tendinitis, which led to the Mets urging their star pitcher to undergo an MRI as a precaution. He refused, saying he knew his body best, and the Mets begrudgingly obliged, with general manager Sandy Alderson saying he couldn't force his ace into the tube.

Syndergaard lasted only 1 1/3 innings into his very next start on April 30, departing with what was later revealed to be a partial tear of his right lat. Just yesterday, the young ace confirmed he wouldn't touch a baseball for the next six weeks, but insisted he didn't regret making the start that caused the tear.

The debate will rage on as to who is to blame in these two odd injury situations. Regardless of what side you're on, it's extremely disconcerting that the Mets lost their two most valuable assets around the same time, both apparently due to rushing back from injury. Players can be irrational with their decision-making, especially when they want to help their team win, but whether the Mets made this decision collectively or let Syndergaard and Cespedes make their own calls remains to be seen. Nevertheless, the fact remains that two terrific players are lost under frustrating circumstances.

This all comes at a time when the Mets' front office has been criticized for rostering two separate players recently suspended as the result of domestic violence accusations. First it was Jose Reyes, who was arrested and charged in the offseason of 2015-16 while a member of the Colorado Rockies in an incident involving his wife while on vacation in Hawaii. He was suspended for the first 51 games of 2016 and was later released, until the Mets brought him back on a minor-league deal on June 25.

The second is closer Jeurys Familia, who was arrested on Oct. 31 on a domestic violence charge. The case was dismissed on Dec. 15, however, due to lack of evidence. He was suspended 15 games to start this season and has since returned.

Lastly, the Mets' social media team recently came under fire for carelessly posting a picture on the team's Twitter feed of first baseman T.J. Rivera in the locker room. In the corner of said picture was a sex toy in catcher Kevin Plawecki's locker, causing a media frenzy. The picture was quickly deleted, and the team has yet to publicly address the mishap.

After back-to-back postseason berths that included a World Series appearance in 2015, this year has been anything but promising for a team widely labelled as a contender prior to the season. Luckily for them, the Mets find themselves in a weak division consisting of the Philadelphia Phillies, the Atlanta Braves, and the feeble Miami Marlins. With a current record of 14-15, New York is still projected to finish the season 83-79, according to FanGraphs, so there's still hope.

Perhaps Cespedes and Syndergaard return and collectively help the club dig out of an early-season hole. Maybe Harvey - who has posted a 5.14 ERA so far this year - comes back from suspension and performs better.

Right now, though, these are dark times, and the Mets need a hero now more than ever. Too bad, for now, the Dark Knight can't help guide them on the path to righteousness.

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Shortly after announcing a three-day suspension for Matt Harvey on Sunday, the flailing New York Mets made another tough roster move, transferring ailing right-hander Noah Syndergaard - sidelined with a torn lat - to the 60-day disabled list to create a spot on the 40-man roster for left-hander Adam Wilk.

Earlier this week, Syndergaard received a "positive" second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache after leaving his start last Sunday in the second inning with a partially torn right lat muscle, but Mets general manager Sandy Alderson conceded Saturday "it's going to take a while" for the 24-year-old - shut down from throwing for six weeks - to get back on the mound.

"Obviously, if he's not going to throw for six weeks, there is going to be a period of time after that to ramp him back up," Alderson told MLB.com's Anthony DiComo. "We can all speculate on how long that will take. But I think, realistically, it's going to take a while."

Before injuring his lat last weekend, Syndergaard famously refused to have an MRI despite being scratched with a "tired arm" a few days earlier.

"I don't regret (making the start) at all," Syndergaard said. "I threw a bullpen (session) two days prior and felt great, ready to go. Something weird just happened."

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Having patiently waited out a contract, free agent starter Doug Fister appears close to settling on a new home.

The right-hander held a showcase on Thursday, with the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Los Angeles Angels the four teams in attendance, according to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, who cites a major-league source.

Fister also threw a session for the San Francisco Giants, who are without their injured ace Madison Bumgarner.

The Mets, in particular, showed interest in Fister early in the season after injuries to Steven Matz and Seth Lugo. With news of Matt Harvey's three-day suspension and Noah Syndergaard's extended absence, Fister seems to be a logical fit.

Meanwhile the Blue Jays, who have been without the services of J.A. Happ and Aaron Sanchez, continue to lack a prominent and reliable arm in the bottom half of their rotation. After a pair of underwhelming performances, the club designated Mat Latos for assignment Friday and will instead lean on reliever Joe Biagini, who is making his first career start Sunday.

After failing to come to terms on a major-league deal this past offseason, Fister remains the top free-agent starter available. The 33-year-old spent last year with the Houston Astros, finishing with a 4.64 ERA, 115 strikeouts, and a 1.42 WHIP in 32 starts.

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Happy birthday James Loney, you're unemployed.

The Detroit Tigers released the veteran first baseman from their minor-league affiliate in Toledo on Sunday in order to make room on the roster for JaCoby Jones.

Loney agreed to a minor-league deal with the Tigers in early April and was signed as insurance in case Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez went down with injuries.

The newly minted 33-year-old hit .200/.351/.222 with one extra-base hit and six strikeouts in 15 games in Triple-A.

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The Yankees beat the Cubs in 18 innings and 6 hours 5 minutes, the longest interleague game ever and the longest game in the history of Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN. There were 48 strikeouts, the most in any single game in MLB history. The Cubs used 3 pitchers as pinch hitters in the game, including the last out.

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