Brach will remain a Met in 2021 after exercising his one-year, $2.075 million player option Saturday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports. A battle with COVID-19 during summer camp limited Brach to just 12.1 innings this season. He failed to impress, posting a 14:14 K:BB and a 5.84 ERA, so it makes sense that the veteran righty would happily snap up any guaranteed money available heading into his age-35 season. Brach has now posted ERAs of 5.47 or worse in two straight seasons after posting a 3.78 ERA or better in each of the previous seven campaigns, so his chances of returning to his former high-leverage role appear slim.
Brach (1-0) pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, allowing a walk and striking out one to earn the win in Wednesday's victory over the Marlins. Brach came on in relief of Edwin Diaz, who left the game with leg cramps in eighth inning. Brach finished the eighth, and the Mets took the lead on Wilson Ramos' RBI single in the bottom half of the inning. The 34-year-old Brach then worked the ninth, and he picked up his first win this year. He has a 1.69 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and five strikeouts in 5.1 innings, mostly in a middle-relief role.
Brach (illness) was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Tuesday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Brach missed the early part of the season after missing the entirety of camp due to a positive COVID-19 test. He's since been able to build up his arm strength and will fill a relief role for the Mets, though it's unlikely to be a high-leverage one given that he struggled to a 5.47 ERA last season.
Brach confirmed Saturday that his absence from summer camp was due to COVID-19, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. Brach was absent for all of camp due to previously undisclosed reasons and remains on the injured list. He did experience symptoms but said that his case was fairly mild. He'll need some time to build up his arm strength before seeing game action, and it's not yet clear when that's expected to happen.
Brach (undisclosed) rejoined the Mets on Saturday but remains on the injured list, Tim Healey of Newsday reports. Brach missed all of camp for an undisclosed reason and was placed on the injured list in the middle of July. It's unclear where he's at in his progress toward game readiness, but he should require some time before he's ready to pitch in regular-season games. However, it's encouraging to see him back with the team.
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