DJ Stewart

DJ Stewart

AVG
.187
HR
2
RBI
9
R
10
Bio
Height/Weight: 6' 0"/230 lbs
Bat: L
Throw: R
Born: Gainsville, Florida
College: Florida State
Draft: 2015 1st round (25th pick) by the
  • Mazeika's 2nd walkoff in 4 games lifts Mets over Orioles
    The Canadian Press

    Mazeika's 2nd walkoff in 4 games lifts Mets over Orioles

    NEW YORK (AP) — Patrick Mazeika got his second walkoff RBI in four career games with a fielder's choice grounder in the ninth inning, helping the banged-up New York Mets rally to beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 on Tuesday night for their sixth straight win. Baltimore led 2-1 entering the ninth after John Means outdueled Marcus Stroman in his first start since throwing a no-hitter last week. Mazeika pinch hit in the pitcher's spot with two on and one out against closer César Valdez and hit a grounder to first baseman Trey Mancini, whose throw home was a little high and too late to nab speedy Jonathan Villar as the former Oriole got a quick jump off third. Mazeika also plated the winning run Friday with a similar fielder's choice in the 10th inning of a 5-4 victory over Arizona. And he had a go-ahead RBI on Sunday when he drew a bases-loaded walk as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning. The 27-year-old third-string catcher still doesn't have a big league hit. The inning started with an apparent tying homer from Kevin Pillar that was overruled after an umpire meeting. Pillar hit Valdez's second pitch over the wall in the left-field corner, and third base umpire Roberto Ortiz signaled fair, drawing immediate disagreement from the Orioles. The umpire crew convened in the middle of the field and signaled foul ball after Pillar had finished rounding the bases. He returned from the dugout to continue his at-bat and ended up with a single, which was followed by Villar's single and a tying hit from Dominic Smith. Valdez (2-1) blew his third save in 11 chances. Jeurys Familia (1-0) dodged trouble in the eighth and got the win. Jeff McNeil spoiled Means' bid for a second straight no-hitter by leading off the first inning with a sharp single, but the Mets second baseman was lifted two innings later with body cramps. The Mets also lost Albert Almora Jr. in the eighth after the center fielder crashed viciously into the outfield wall trying to catch Austin Hays' long fly. That came hours after New York placed ace Jacob deGrom on the 10-day injured list with right side tightness. Lineup regulars Brandon Nimmo and J.D. Davis are also on the IL. Almora had Hays' drive in his mitt until he slammed face-first into the wall — the Mets unsuccessfully challenged that it was a catch — and Hays ended up with a triple. He later scored on Freddy Galvis' two-out bunt single for a 2-0 lead. Michael Conforto made it 2-1 with an RBI single off Tanner Scott in the eighth, but Pete Alonso grounded into an inning-ending double play. Means had five days of rest after no-hitting Seattle last week, when he threw a career-high 113 pitches in what was also his first complete game. He got a lighter workload Tuesday, throwing just 74 pitches over six innings with six hits allowed and three strikeouts. Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said he wanted to limit the 28-year-old, a strategy made easier when Means' spot in the order came up with the bases loaded and one out against Stroman in the seventh. Hyde sent up lefty-hitting DJ Stewart to replace Means, prompting Mets manager Luis Rojas to pull Stroman for left-handed reliever Aaron Loup. Hyde countered with righty-hitting Pat Valaika, who drilled a tiebreaking sacrifice fly to the warning track in right-center. Loup then retired Cedric Mullins to end the threat with Baltimore ahead 1-0. Stroman was charged with one run in 6 1/3 innings, lowering his ERA to 2.01. He allowed four hits and two walks while striking out five, cruising into the seventh before loading the bases on two hits and an intentional walk. EARLY EXITS McNeil lined another hit in the third but pulled up midway between first and second as he went for a double — he would have been out by several steps even with a full effort. He appeared only in minor discomfort but was replaced at second base by José Peraza the next inning. McNeil's two hits lifted his average to .234 this season as he slowly pulls out of an early slump. Almora laid face-down on the warning track for more than a minute before picking himself up with the help of a trainer and walking off under his own power. He was 0 for 3 to drop his average to .048. The Mets did not provide an immediate update on his status. BATMAN RETURNS Former Mets ace Matt Harvey will face New York for the first time Wednesday since unceremoniously splitting with the team in a 2018 trade to Cincinnati. Harvey, now with the Orioles, returned to Citi Field with the Reds later that season but did not pitch. After struggling through stints with Cincinnati, the Los Angeles Angels and Kansas City, the 32-year-old has added a sinker and found success with Baltimore, going 3-2 with a 3.60 ERA in seven starts. TRAINER'S ROOM Orioles: Stewart (left hamstring strain) was held out of the starting lineup for a second straight day. Mets: DeGrom exited his start Sunday with right side tightness. He’s already resumed playing catch, but New York isn’t sure if he’ll be ready to return when he’s eligible May 20. ... Nimmo (left index finger bone bruise) is ready to begin hitting off high-velocity machines and is closer to returning than Davis (sprained left hand). ... RHP Sean Reid-Foley was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse. UP NEXT Harvey will pitch against Mets RHP Taijuan Walker (2-1, 2.38). ___ Follow Jake Seiner: https://twitter.com/Jake_Seiner ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Jake Seiner, The Associated Press

  • LEADING OFF: Tatis tests positive for virus, Harvey vs Mets
    The Canadian Press

    LEADING OFF: Tatis tests positive for virus, Harvey vs Mets

    A look at what's happening around the majors on Wednesday: ___ PADRES DEPLETED Yu Darvish (3-1, 2.27 ERA) and Blake Snell (1-0, 4.15) are slated to start for San Diego at Colorado in a single-admission doubleheader to make up Monday night’s postponement at Coors Field. Both games are scheduled for seven innings. The Padres will be without Fernando Tatis Jr., who tested positive for COVID-19 and was one of three players the team added to the injured list Tuesday due to health and safety protocols. The others were utilitymen Jurickson Profar and Jorge Mateo. San Diego manager Jayce Tingler said he learned of Tatis’ positive test in a phone call late Monday night, but the star shortstop was symptom-free at the moment. “Naturally, you’re punched in the stomach a little bit,” Tingler said. “He’s feeling well. I mean he is crushed, he’s crushed inside, mentally, things like that.” Tatis spent time on the injured list last month with inflammation in his left shoulder. He leads the Padres with nine homers and 23 runs. Snell is trying to bounce back from walking six in 4 2/3 innings against San Francisco. The 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner hasn’t lasted more than 5 1/3 innings in any of his seven starts for the Padres since being acquired from Tampa Bay. He’s struggled with his control, too, walking 21 in 30 1/3 innings. BATMAN RETURNS Former Mets ace Matt Harvey will face New York for the first time since unceremoniously splitting with the team in a 2018 trade to Cincinnati. Harvey, now with the Orioles, returned to Citi Field with the Reds later that season but did not pitch. “Harvey Day” was once appointment viewing in Queens, with fans wearing Batman attire to support the right-hander known as the Dark Knight. Injuries and various malfeasance — including a day in 2017 when Harvey failed to show up for a game — brought a rapid end to his prime. After struggling through stints with Cincinnati, the Los Angeles Angels and Kansas City, the 32-year-old has added a sinker and found success with Baltimore, going 3-2 with a 3.60 ERA in seven starts. “I think he’s appreciative of the opportunity and he’s running with it,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “I know he’s in a good place right now.” VIRUS CONCERNS Gerrit Cole (4-1, 1.61 ERA) pitches for the Yankees at rival Tampa Bay, but it's uncertain which staff members will be available for New York. Third base coach Phil Nevin was away from the team Tuesday after a positive coronavirus test, and several other coaches were expected to miss the game due to contact tracing. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said the contact tracing did not include any players. Nevin, who is fully vaccinated, was under quarantine protocol in Tampa, Florida. “He’s doing OK,” Boone said. Bench coach Carlos Mendoza replaced Nevin as third base coach, and minor league coordinator Mario Garza filled in as first base coach for Reggie Willits. Pitching coach Matt Blake was not visible in the bullpen area when starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery warmed up before Tuesday’s game. “We have a few other staff, coaches that are still pending and we don’t have confirmation on,” Boone said before the game. “There’s a few people that we sent home just as a precaution to make sure. We’re doing all we can to stay healthy. A little bit of a skeleton staff but nothing we can’t handle.” The Yankees on April 30 were able to relax MLB protocols after reaching an 85% vaccination rate among players and staff such as managers, coaches and athletic trainers. “We’ll have to definitely evaluate and make sure we’re doing everything we possibly can to prevent things from happening,” Boone said. ROCKET’S GREEN GLARE Juan Soto, J.D. Martinez and Freddie Freeman might not be the only ones blasting objects into orbit. NASA plans another attempt to launch its Black Brant XII sounding rocket on Wednesday shortly after 8 p.m. EDT. The rocket will create green and violet clouds that might be visible for a short period along the East Coast and beyond. Games are scheduled to be in progress at Atlanta, Washington and Boston at the time — so if players and fans suddenly start looking up into the night sky, no, they’re not really in outer space. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press

  • Mets' McNeil, Almora exit with injuries against Orioles
    The Canadian Press

    Mets' McNeil, Almora exit with injuries against Orioles

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets lost All-Star second baseman Jeff McNeil to body cramps and center fielder Albert Almora Jr. after a vicious crash with the outfield wall during a game against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night. McNeil lined his second hit of the game off starter John Means with two outs in the third inning and tried to beat center fielder Cedric Mullins' throw to second. He slowed down about halfway between first and second and was out by several steps. McNeil lifted his average to .234 this season as he's gradually pulled out of an early slump. Last Friday, the 29-year-old McNeil appeared to get into a dugout scuffle with double-play partner Francisco Lindor — a moment Lindor tried to dismiss as a debate about rats and raccoons. Almora tracked Austin Hays' rocket to the warning track in center and had the ball in his glove when he slammed face-first into the wall. His head left an indention on the padded fencing. The ball fell out of his mitt, and Almora crashed to the warning track, where he remained face down for over a minute. With the help of a trainer, he picked himself up and walked off under his own power to applause from fans at Citi Field. Almora was 0 for 3 and is batting .048 this season. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press