- New York Mets third baseman David Wright has suffered yet another setback in his attempt to make it back onto the diamond. The latest setback has had Wright suffering a shoulder impingement and will have to shut down his throwing program per Mike Puma of the New York Post. Wright hasn’t been able to stay healthy for the past several years as he’s dealt with spinal stenosis and even had to undergo neck surgery. He was going through the process of getting back into game shape so he could make it back onto the field and help contribute for the Mets in getting them back to the top of the NL Central and into the postseason. The latest examinations of his shoulder are reportedly not good so he will clearly be sidelined for the next several weeks and will most likely not be able to go Opening Day.
- The Washington Nationals have beefed up their bullpen. The club has reached a one-year, $4MM contract with veteran right-handed reliever Joe Blanton per Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post. Blanton had been searching for a new home for some time now after enjoying a successful stint with the Los Angeles Dodgers. It’s unlikely he’ll be in the mix for the closer’s role but would definitely be an option in the late innings prior to the ninth in order to set things up.