Below signed a minor league contract with the Mets on Monday that includes an invitation to spring training, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports. Below received a slight chance to earn a roster spot with the Mets last season, but failed to do so and ended up pitching part of the season for the team's Triple-A affiliate. He'll get another crack at it again in 2016 after posting a 2.19 ERA and 1.10 WHIP with 28 strikeouts over 49.1 innings last season with Las Vegas, but will likely face a steep hill to earn a 25-man roster spot.
Left-handers Duane Below and Chase Huchingson were brought over from minor-league camp Wednesday for a Grapefruit League game, according to ESPN. Per the report, the Mets are "dissatisfied" with the three southpaws on the roster (Scott Rice, Rule 5 pick Sean Gilmartin and Dario Alvarez), and are interested in taking an additional look at more lefty relievers. "It's not a bad sign," Huchingson said. "That's for sure."
The Tigers optioned pitchers Casey Crosby and Melvin Mercedes to Triple-A Toledo and pitcher Jose Valdez and catcher Ramon Cabrera to Double-A Erie Wednesday. The team also re-assigned catcher James McCann and pitchers Robbie Ray, Duane Below and Drew VerHagen to minor-league camp Wednesday.
Tigers pitcher Duane Below told reporters Wednesday that he is day-to-day with elbow soreness, MLB.com reports. Below was instructed to stop all baseball-related activities after meeting with a doctor Monday. He's hoping to resume his throwing program soon as he attempts to win a spot in the team's opening-day bullpen.
Tigers pitcher Duane Below is out indefinitely due to elbow soreness, MLive.com reports. Below initially complained of elbow soreness in late February but he and manager Brad Ausmus considered the injury "nothing major." However, after the injury flared up again in his first spring appearance, Below met with a team doctor Monday and was told to stop all baseball-related activities. Signed on a minor-league deal, Below went 6-7 with a 2.44 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 68:25 K:BB ratio in 99 2/3 innings at the Triple-A level last season.
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