Mets fans can breathe sigh of relief

The Associated Press

NEW YORK — New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom remains on track to start Friday night after an MRI on his right elbow showed no damage.

New York general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said the NL Cy Young Award winner had a test Monday morning that came back clean.

“No problems whatsoever,” Van Wagenen said, later adding, “we got the answers we were hoping for.”

DeGrom threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Monday. He is lined up to come off the injured list and start the opener of a weekend series against Milwaukee at Citi Field.

DeGrom reported soreness last week and the Mets put him on the injured list while the team was in St. Louis. The move followed two shaky starts by deGrom, leaving him 2-2 with a 3.68 ERA.

Later, the team said deGrom had been slowed by strep throat. DeGrom and the club said his elbow trouble likely was a result of altering his routine during a recent bout of strep throat.

St. Louis Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha was placed on the 10-day injured list because of patellar tendinitis in his left knee and will miss his scheduled start Tuesday against NL Central rival Milwaukee.

St. Louis said the move was retroactive to Friday. Infielder/outfielder Drew Robinson was recalled Monday from Triple-A Memphis.

Wacha is sidelined for the fourth time in six years. He was 8-2 in 15 starts last year but did not pitch for the Cardinals after June 20 because of a strained oblique muscle in his left side.

Wacha was on the disabled list from June 14 to Sept. 3, 2014, with a right shoulder stress reaction and from Aug. 9 to Sept. 13, 2016, with right shoulder inflammation.

He is 1-0 with a 4.64 ERA in four starts this season. He beat Milwaukee 6-3 last week, allowing two runs in six innings.

Robinson played four games with St. Louis this season, in center field, and was 0 for 6.

Boston Red Sox

BOSTON — Boston right-hander Nathan Eovaldi scheduled to have surgery to remove loose bodies from his pitching elbow, an operation expected to sideline the pitcher for four-to-six weeks.

The Red Sox said Eovaldi will have surgery on Tuesday, when the team plays a day-night doubleheader against Detroit following the rainout of the opener of the four-game series.

Eovaldi had similar surgery on March 30 last year while with Tampa Bay and made his season debut May 30.

Acquired by the Red Sox on July 25, Eovaldi went 3-3 with a 3.33 ERA in 12 games. He became a postseason star when he pitched six-plus innings of relief and threw 97 pitches in Game 3 of the World Series, an 18-inning loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. That preserved the rest of the bullpen for the Red Sox, won beat the Dodgers in five games.

The 29-year-old agreed to a $68 million, four-year contract and was 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA in four starts this season.

Oakland Athletics

OAKLAND, Calif. — Khris Davis will earn $16.75 million in each of the next two seasons with the Oakland Athletics under the new contract he agreed to last week.

Davis agreed to a $16.5 million, one-year deal and would have been eligible for free agency after this season.

His new deal includes $33.5 million in guaranteed money for 2020 and 2021.

Davis receives the same award bonus package as in his 2019 contract: $50,000 for All-Star selection, $50,000 for League Championship Series MVP, $100,000 for World Series MVP, $50,000 for Gold Glove, $100,000 for Silver Slugger, $100,000 for Most Valuable Player, $75,000 for second in MVP voting and $50,000 for third.

Davis hit a majors league-leading 48 home runs last season while setting a career high with 123 RBIs along with a .247 batting average. He is hitting .253 with 10 homers and 21 RBIs this year.

New York Yankees

NEW YORK — Gio Gonzalez was released Monday from his minor league contract with the New York Yankees.

The 33-year-old left-hander agreed to the deal in mid-March. If added to the 40-man roster, he would have received a $3 million salary while in the major leagues and the chance to earn $9 million in performance bonuses: $300,000 for each start through 30.

Gonzalez was 2-1 with a 6.00 ERA in three starts and 15 innings with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Under the terms of his deal, he exercised his right Saturday to ask the Yankees to put him on the big league roster or release him within 48 hours.

New York had been seeking additional pitching after ace Luis Severino got hurt. Domingo German was inserted into the rotation, joining Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, CC Sabathia and J.A. Happ.

Gonzalez was 10-11 with a 4.21 ERA last season for Washington and Milwaukee, which acquired him on Aug. 31. He was 3-0 in five starts for the Brewers down the stretch.

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