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Mets cut All-Star pitcher after glove-throwing incident, postgame comments

Jorge Lopez holding his glove

The New York Mets are designating relief pitcher Jorge Lopez for assignment following his actions on Wednesday.

The Mets lost 10-3 to the Los Angeles Dodgers in their game at Citi Field in Queens, N.Y. to fall to 22-33 on the season. Lopez came in to pitch during the top of the 8th with runners on the corners, one out, and the Dodgers leading 5-3. Lopez surrendered a 2-run double and 2-run home run while getting one out. The Mets weren’t planning to pull Lopez, but he got ejected after allowing the 2-run home run to Shohei Ohtani.

After getting ejected, Lopez untucked his jersey as he walked off the field and threw his glove into the stands.

Then in his postgame interview, Lopez expressed no regret for his actions.

SNY’s Steve Gelbs and others thought Lopez called the Mets the “worst” team in the “whole f—king MLB.” Gelbs said he asked Lopez to clarify and that Lopez confirmed that is what he meant. However, if you listen closely it sounds like the pitcher called himself “the worst f—ing teammate” in the league.

Lopez took to Instagram on Thursday to criticize the media and clarify the remarks.

Either way, it sounds like Lopez has lost his roster spot with the Mets. Several reporters said after Wednesday’s game that Lopez was being designated for assignment.

Lopez has a 3.76 ERA in 28 appearances this season. He spent last season with three different teams and was an All-Star in 2022 after getting off to a hot start with the Orioles out of the bullpen.

By forcing a move to another team, Lopez is very clearly just looking to make himself more valuable on ImmaculateGrid.com.

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