Friday, January 19, 2018
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Mets pitcher's infant improving

CLEVELAND — The condition of RHP Jacob deGrom's newborn son has improved, Mets manager Terry Collins said Sunday.

The Mets placed deGrom on family emergency leave Saturday because of health complications with Jaxon Anthony, who was born Monday night.

"The baby is doing better, so that was a good sign," Collins said a day after talking with the pitcher, who is with his family in DeLand. "I just told Jake he needs to get some rest and mix in a meal."

Collins said deGrom appears exhausted, "mentally more than physically." He said the deGroms hope to take Jaxon home from the hospital today.

DeGrom will be inactive for 3-7 days but is continuing to throw off a mound during his absence. He threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Sunday morning at the team's complex in Port St. Lucie.

Also, Mets C Travis d'Arnaud (bruised left elbow) was out of the lineup a day after being hit by a pitch and is unlikely to play tonight in Philadelphia.

ASTROS: RHP Lance McCullers, who has been out all season with right shoulder soreness, played catch. Manager A.J. Hinch said the former Jesuit High standout will increase his throwing program over the next couple of days.

BRAVES: INF Gordon Beckham sat out a day after straining his left hamstring.

INDIANS: OF Lonnie Chisenhall, who has been out all season with a sore left wrist, is expected to return Wednesday after playing the next two days at Double-A Akron.

PIRATES: INF Jung Ho Kang, who has spent about seven months rehabilitating his left knee after serious surgery, will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis.

ROCKIES: RHP Jon Gray (abdominal strain) is expected join the team in Cincinnati this week, when Colorado will likely decide whether he's ready to return to the rotation or make another rehab appearance.

YANKEES: CF Jacoby Ellsbury lost his glove, cap and sunglasses when he dived for a fifth-inning triple by Mariners OF Nori Aoki and chased after the ball without any of them. "I realized I was running after there with nothing," Ellsbury said. "Maybe it made me faster."

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