Mets put their ace on disabled list
The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Jacob deGrom was placed on the injured list by the New York Mets Monday with tightness in his right side, a move that will keep the ace from taking the mound until May 20 at the earliest.
The Mets said an MRI on Sunday night was “clean of any issues.” The team said it will place him on the injured list before Tuesday’s series opener against Baltimore, a move that will be retroactive to Monday.
A 32-year-old right-hander, deGrom is 3-2 with a 0.68 ERA and 65 strikeouts and seven walks in in 40 innings over six starts.
Getting out of town
KANSAS CITY — The Kansas City Royals began last week with the best record in the majors and set for seven straight games at Kauffman Stadium. They left home in much different shape.
Whit Merrifield and the Royals went 0-7 on a homestand that included a 28-inning scoreless streak, dropping four to Cleveland and then three more to the White Sox. Overall, Kansas City has lost eight in a row.
“We’ve got to keep working and teaching and it will pay off,” manager Mike Matheny said.
After that day off Monday, the Royals start a seven-game road trip in Detroit tonight.
Relief on the way
ATLANTA — Relief pitcher Shane Greene has signed a $1.5 million, one-year contract to rejoin the Atlanta Braves.
The deal announced late Sunday includes a prorated salary. Greene missed the first 38 days of the season, so he will receive about $1.19 million.
Greene agreed to be optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett and will need time to get ready before returns to the majors. The right-hander went 1-0 with a 2.60 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 27-plus innings last season.