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Mets Are Already Dealing With Injuries In Their Starting Rotation

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The 2017 MLB season is not even a week old yet, but the New York Mets are already without two of their starting pitchers.

For the Mets, a healthy starting rotation is one of the major keys to success this season. The team was banking on all of their starters being healthy and ready to go for Opening Day. Unfortunately, two of them have already landed on the disabled list.

Young left-hander Steven Matz and righty Seth Lugo are both battling injuries that could be serious. Matz was placed on the disabled list on Sunday with left elbow irritation. The next day, it was announced that he had a strained flexor tendon. Lugo experienced right arm fatigue late last week, and was placed on the disabled list over the weekend. After undergoing an MRI on Saturday, it was revealed that he has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Although Lugo will try and avoid having Tommy John surgery for now, it is still a very real possibility. He is not going to throw for the next couple of weeks.

Before the season started, Matz was projected to be the fourth starter in the Mets rotation. Lugo competed with Zack Wheeler and Robert Gsellman in spring training for the fifth spot in the rotation. Ultimately, the job was won by Gsellman. After Matz went down with the elbow injury, the Mets announced that Wheeler would take his place as the fourth starter.

As of right now, the Mets five healthy starting pitchers are Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Wheeler and Gsellman. Wheeler missed the past two seasons because he was recovering from Tommy John surgery. Harvey underwent surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome in June and was forced to miss the remainder of the 2016 season. Degrom was sidelined for the final month of last year after he had season-ending surgery on his ulnar nerve. Thankfully for the Mets, all three are healthy now.

With Matz and Lugo hurt, the main problem for the Mets is depth in the rotation. There is not guarantee that either pitcher will be back anytime soon. Lugo might need to have Tommy John surgery. Matz is having yet another elbow issue. Last season, he had a bone spur in his left elbow that required surgery. If another starter gets injured, it is unclear who the Mets will turn to.

The Mets cannot afford another injury to someone in their starting rotation. In order to compete for a playoff spot again this season, they will need their current five starters to remain healthy.

Aspring sports broadcaster/writer. Freshman Television-Radio major at Ithaca College. Die-hard Mets, Giants, Nets, and Devils fan.

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MLB Investigating Racist Social Media Messages Sent to Cubs’ Carl Edwards Jr.

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Major League Baseball is investigating racial messages sent, via social media, to Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. prior to his demotion to the Triple-A Iowa Cubs back on April 6th.

According to The Athletic’s Patrick Mooney, the messages have caught the attention of both the Cubs and the MLB Players Association, leading to the launch of the investigation.

Mooney had been a solid bullpen option during the last few seasons, but had a nightmare start to the 2019 season posting a terrible 32.40 ERA in just 1.2 innings of work over four appearances.

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Carlos Zambrano Attempting Comeback, Signs with Indy Team

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Former MLB pitcher Carlos Zambrano is attempting a comeback and has signed with the American Association’s Chicago Dogs, according to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Gordon Wittenmyer.

Zambrano last pitched in the majors back in 2012 with the Miami Marlins, but earlier in his career he finished in the top five of the Cy Young voting in the National League three times as a member of the Chicago Cubs.

Zambrano started his comeback bid last fall when he took the mound for 7 starts in the Mexican League, pitching to the tune of a 5.18 ERA, and performing even worse during a short stint in the Venezuelan Winter League.

Given his recent lack of production, it is a longshot to believe that Zambrano will return to the MLB level, but stranger things have happened.

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VIDEO: Giants’ CEO Larry Baer Knocks Down Wife During Argument

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A video has surfaced showing San Francisco Giants team president and CEO Larry Baer knocking his wife to the ground during a fight over a cellphone, published on TMZ.

You can see the video below.

Baer has acknowledged the incident, saying; “My wife and I had an unfortunate public argument related to a family member and she had an injured foot and she fell off her chair in the course of the argument,” Baer said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

“The matter is resolved. It was a squabble over a cellphone. Obviously it’s embarrassing.”

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