DeGrom dazzles in return, bullpen costs Mets in loss to Nats
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nerves lasted longer than usual for Jacob deGrom. He was perfectly fine with that after waiting so long to get back on the mound. Making his first major league start in more than a year, deGrom looked almost back to his Cy Young Award self, allowing one run on three hits and striking out six in five innings before a bullpen meltdown cost the New York Mets in a 5-1 loss to the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. “To getMaking his first major league start in more than a year, deGrom looked almost back to his Cy Young Award self, allowing one run on three hits and striking out six in five innings before a bullpen meltdown cost the New York Mets in a 5-1 loss to the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves juggled their roster before Tuesday night's game against the New York Mets, calling up pitching prospect Freddy Tarnok and selecting infielder Ryan Goins to the major league roster, © Provided by The Canadian Press
Tarnok gives the Braves a fresh arm with the team in the midst of playing 14 games in 13 days. Atlanta trailed the NL East-leading Mets by 4 1/2 games.
It was a tough blow for left-hander Danny Young, who pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings in his Atlanta debut Monday night. He was optioned back to Triple-A Gwinnett after the 13-1 victory and designated for assignment so the Braves could call up a much-needed backup infielder.
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This is quite a time to be a season ticket holder for the San Diego Padres. Great weather, a jewel of a ballpark — and perhaps the most exciting lineup in baseball for the near future. The Padres landed the biggest prize of this year's trade deadline — and maybe at any year's deadline — when they acquired outfielder Juan Soto, a 23-year-old superstar who isn't due to become a free agent until after the 2024 season. To get him, they had to send six players to Washington, including several of their top recent prospects. It's a massive move for an organization that has never won a World Series — but now adds Soto to a team that has Fernando Tatis Jr.
The 34-year-old Goins last played in the big leagues with the Chicago White Sox in 2020. His best season in the majors came with Toronto in 2017, when he hadnine homers and 62 RBIs.
The Braves also placed third catcher Chadwick Tromp on the 10-day injured list with a strained left quadriceps. The move is retroactive to Sunday, after Tromp played his first game for Atlanta in a doubleheader and went 3 for 4 with two doubles and three RBIs.
Despite that splashy debut, Tromp is likely headed back to Triple-A as soon as he's healthy now that Travis d'Arnaud has recovered from a lower leg injury.
The Braves went several games with only four infielders on the big league roster. Goins, who can play second base, shortstop and third base, gives them a bit of insurance. He was hitting .221 with no homers and 18 RBIs in 72 games for Triple-A Gwinnett.
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Tarnok, a 23-year-old right-hander, is rated as one of Atlanta's top prospects. He started the season at Double-A Mississippi, where he was 2-2 with a 4.31 ERA in 15 starts. He is 1-0 with a 2.03 ERA in five starts since being promoted to Gwinnett.
Tarnok's first appearance with Atlanta will be his big league debut.
In other moves, the Braves claimed infielder Rylan Bannon off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers and optioned him to Gwinnett. Triple-A outfielder Travis Demeritte, who had three homers and six RBIs in 26 games during a call-up to the Braves this season, was designated for assignment.
Another development that could have an impact on the Braves' roster down the stretch: right-hander Mike Soroka was set to begin his major league rehabilitation assignment with High-A Rome on Tuesday night.
Soroka, a 2019 All-Star in his first full season with the Braves, has not pitched in the big leagues since tearing his right Achilles tendon during the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign. He tore it again last year, leading to a much longer recuperation than anyone expected.
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