MLB News You Should Know – April 20

The latest on Tuesday's transactions, injuries, and more.

Another day of baseball means another day of news to break down. There’s plenty to talk about from around MLB on Tuesday from injuries, to transactions, to performances. So without further ado, let’s get into it.


Reds Injury Woes Continue


First, came news that Cincinnati was placing both Jonathan India and Mike Moustakas on the 10-day injured list. India heads to the IL with a hamstring strain, while Moustakas finds himself sidelined with a biceps strain. India’s move to the IL is retroactive to April 16, making him eligible to return on April 26 at the earliest. To fill the voids left in their absence, the Reds called up TJ Friedl and JT Riddle from Triple-A.

To make matters worse, in Tuesday’s game against the Padres, catcher Tyler Stephenson had to leave the game following a collision at home plate.

The Reds currently lead MLB in players on the IL with 12.

There is good news on the Luis Castillo front for Cincinnati fans. The Reds ace threw 35 pitches in a live batting practice on Tuesday.


Rockies Extend Freeland


The Rockies and Kyle Freeland came to an agreement on a contract extension Tuesday that will see the left-hander make $64.5 million over five years, with a vesting option for a sixth year at $17 million.

Freeland has failed to impress early in 2022, allowing five ER in each of his first two starts. In his career with Colorado, Freeland has proven a valuable piece of the Rockies rotation. In his five previous seasons, Freeland notched an ERA+ better than 100 four times and an ERA+ better than 120 three times.

Colorado will hope Freeland can come close to replicating his 2018 season in which he posted a 2.85 ERA and 173 Ks in 202.1 IP.


Lindor, Mets Walk Off the Giants


After a less-than-stellar first year in Queens, Francisco Lindor is slowly winning back the favor of Mets fans. Tuesday, he endeared himself a little bit more.

Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 10th, Lindor lined a low breaking ball into right-center field, scoring the runner from third, and handing New York a victory.

After posting a disappointing .230/.322/.412 triple-slash line in 2021, Lindor appears to be closer to his old self in 2022. Through 10 games, the Mets shortstop is slashing .273/.442/.606 with three home runs.


Scherzer Strong in Mets Debut


Keeping the good news flowing for Mets fans in the second game on Tuesday’s doubleheader was Max Scherzer. In his first start at home for his new team, Mad Max lived up to the billing. The veteran right-hander tossed seven innings of one-run ball, even carrying a no-hitter into the sixth. Scherzer’s strikeout stuff was on full display as he tallied 10 Ks in the outing.

Scherzer managed to out-duel Giants ace Logan Webb to pick up the win and give the Mets a sweep of the day’s doubleheader. The Mets righty now sits at 3-0 with a 2.50 ERA on the young season. He’s struck out 23 batters in his 18 innings of work.


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Noah Bortle

Noah Bortle is a freelance writer from Massachusetts. When he isn't arguing the merits of Shelby Miller or discussing the yips, he can be found traveling, hiking, or playing video games. His writing can also be found at College Hockey News.

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