AROUND THE HORN
Mets: Ace Jacob deGrom finally returns from a string of injuries to make his season debut in Washington. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner has not pitched in the majors since July 7, 2021. The 34-yearold right-hander was sidelined the final three months of last season with right forearm tightness and a sprained elbow, then was shut down late in spring training because of a stress reaction in his right scapula. Even without deGrom, the Mets have won a seasonhigh seven straight. They’ve spent nearly the entire season in first place in the NL East and hope his return can help them hold off the defending World Series champion Braves.
Dodgers: OF Joey Gallo was acquired from the Yankees for minor league right-hander Clayton Beeter. Montgomery was 3-3 with a 3.69 ERA in 21 starts but was 0-2 with a 5.36 ERA in his last eight outings. Montgomery’s departure from the Yankees came one day after Frankie Montas was acquired from the Athletics.
Padres: After annoucing the acquistions of Juan Soto and Josh Bell, the Padres rallied to beat the Rockies 13-5 in the first game of a doubleheader. The trade was announced a few minutes before first pitch. The crowd of 23,828 at Petco Park applauded loudly when an image of Soto and Bell was shown on the video board early in the game. An offense that will benefit greatly from the addition of Soto, a generational talent who is only 23, came to life after the Padres fell behind 3-0. Jurickson Profar had a career-high five hits and drove in two runs, Kim Ha-seong had a career-high four hits and two RBIs, and Jake Cronenworth added a two-run homer.
White Sox: The team activated CF Luis Robert from the 10-day injured list after the slugger and gold glove winner was sidelined because of blurred vision and lightheadedness. Robert was not in the lineup against the Royals. General manager Rick Hahn said he would likely be unavailable to come off the bench in that game, though he could start on Wednesday. Robert had not played since he exited the White Sox’s win at Minnesota on July 15. He was having trouble seeing from a distance and getting jumps on balls. Hahn said the symptoms have subsided and were likely brought on by a virus that led to vitamin deficiencies.
Brewers: Former All-Star C Jonathan Lucroy says he is retiring, more than a year after playing his last major league game. Lucroy will be inducted into the team’s wall of honor on Saturday. Lucroy played for the Brewers from 2010-16 and was an All-Star in 2014 and 2016. Lucroy, 36, hasn’t played in the majors since appearing in seven games last season for the Nationals and Braves. He hit .274 with a .335 on-base percentage, 108 homers and 548 RBIs.
Giants: OF Darin Ruf was acquired from the Mets in a trade for 3B J.D. Davis and three pitching prospects.
Orioles: OF Brett Phillips was acquired from the Rays for $100,000. Phillips, 28, hit .147 in 75 games for the Rays this year, but he could bring defensive value to an Orioles team that is still in the hunt for a postseason spot. The Orioles, who have spent several seasons rebuilding but are unexpectedly contending now, dealt fan favorite Trey Mancini to the Astros and reliever Jorge López to the Twins before the deadline. Phillips arrives