Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Ex-Rays 1B Loney to return to majors with Mets

NEW YORK — The Mets have found help at first base after Lucas Duda's injury, acquiring former Ray James Loney from the Padres for cash.

Loney has spent this season in the minors, playing well for Triple-A El Paso. He was batting .342 with two home runs and 28 RBIs over 43 games in the Pacific Coast League.

Always a fine fielder, Loney, 32, hit .280 with four homers, 16 doubles and 32 RBIs in 104 games with Tampa Bay last year. The Rays released him April 3, and he signed with the Padres on April 8.

Duda was put on the disabled list Monday with a stress fracture in his lower back that is expected to sideline him at least 4-6 weeks.

Until Duda returns, Mets manager Terry Collins said Loney, a left-handed hitter, will mostly face right-handed pitching in a first base platoon with Wilmer Flores and Eric Campbell. Flores is close to returning from a strained hamstring.

Tampa Bay, which signed Loney to a three-year, $21 million deal in 2014, is responsible for his $8 million salary this season.

Also, RHP Noah Syndergaard was ejected in the third inning of Saturday's game for throwing a 99 mph fastball behind Dodgers 2B Chase Utley. Utley was playing at Citi Field this weekend for the first time since his late takeout slide in last season's playoffs broke the right leg of then-Mets SS Ruben Tejada. Plate umpire Adam Hamari ejected Syndergaard immediately after the pitch, prompting Collins to storm out of the dugout. Collins also was ejected.

And Mets 3B David Wright sat out because his neck is bothering him. Wright has been playing with a back condition called spinal stenosis since he returned from a long layoff in late August.

ANOTHER ROYALS ALL-STAR HURT: Royals C Salvador Perez had to be helped off the field in the ninth inning against the White Sox after colliding with rookie 3B Cheslor Cuthbert while catching Adam Eaton's foul popup. Cuthbert came sliding in and struck Perez's lower legs. Perez went down in pain as trainer Nick Kenney and manager Ned Yost rushed to the field. Royals 3B Mike Moustakas and LF Alex Gordon collided Sunday while chasing a foul ball at Chicago, and both landed on the disabled list.

BLUE JAYS: SS Troy Tulowitzki went on the 15-day DL with a right quad injury. An MRI exam revealed a low-grade strain, and Tulowitzki will receive treatment on the leg before resuming baseball activities.

DODGERS: RF Yasiel Puig was out of the starting lineup as he received treatment for an injury to his right thigh. … LHP Julio Urias was sent back to Triple-A Oklahoma City a day after his major-league debut. Urias, 19, is considered one of baseball's top prospects.

GIANTS: RHP Matt Cain went on the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring suffered Friday.

INDIANS: OF Michael Brantley said he has no timetable for his return from the shoulder injury that sidelined him for the second time this season. Brantley was placed on the 15-day DL on May 14. He began the season on the DL after surgery for a torn right labrum in November.

ORIOLES: RHP Yovani Gallardo, out since April 22 with right shoulder tendinitis, faced live hitting for the first time in more than a month in a three-inning simulated game. He is slated to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Thursday with Class A Frederick.

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