Santana gets minor league contract with Mets...Gregorius to start 20-day clock...Suh headed to Tampa Bay
NEW YORK (AP) — Ervin Santana has agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Mets pending a successful physical and will report to the team’s spring training complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The 36-year-old right-hander became a free agent on April 29, three days after he was designated for release by the Chicago White Sox, who signed him for a $4.3 million salary this year. A two-time All-Star, Santana was 0-2 with a 9.45 ERA in three starts. He has a 149-127 record in 15 major league seasons.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (DEE’-dee greh-GOHR’-ee-uhs) plans to start a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment tomorrow that has him returning to the big league team by mid-June. Gregorius is coming back from Tommy John surgery last October. Meanwhile, pitcher James Paxton still has discomfort in his ailing left knee. He hasn’t pitched for the Yankees since May 3.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Ndamukong Suh (ehn-DAHM’-uh-kehn SOO) is headed to Tampa Bay. The defensive tackle has agreed to terms with the Buccaneers as a replacement for Gerald McCoy, who was released earlier this week after nine seasons with the Bucs. Suh is a three-time All-Pro who’s been picked for the Pro Bowl five times and has 56 sacks in 142 games with the Lions, Miami Dolphins and Los Angeles Rams.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Indy Lights newcomer Oliver Askew passed teammate Ryan Norman at the finish line to win the Freedom 100 by a mere 0.0067 seconds, the fourth-closest finish in race history. Rinus VeeKay was third in a race in which the top five were separated by six-tenths of a second. Chris Windom and David Malukas walked away from their shredded cars after a frightening crash a few laps into the race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Michelle Wie (wee) has withdrawn from next week’s U.S. Women’s Open to continue her recovery from a hand injury. The 29-year-old announced her decision today on social media, saying that while she’s making progress, she needs to take more time off. Wie won the 2014 U.S Women’s Open at Pinehurst.