Meet Anthony Gose: Detroit’s new 99 mph-throwing left-handed pitcher

The whole Cespedes injury thing was a bit of debacle from the start. The Mets’ best hitter was clearly hampered by a sore hamstring originally tweaked on April 20, but instead of putting him on the 10-day DL, the club kept him on the active roster and played shorthanded for a couple of games. In his second game back on the field, April 27, Cespedes re-injured the hamstring running out a double against Atlanta. The Mets finally put him on the DL a day later, and he hasn’t played since. The earliest he could return is early next week.

The Mets were 8-8 after that game April 20. Since then, they’re 15-19, and currently sit 8.5 games behind the Nationals in the NL East. Of course, Cespedes’ injury hasn’t been the only one for the snakebit Mets. Speaking of that …

Tigers fans may still view Anthony Gose as the bust center fielder received in return for second baseman Devon Travis prior to the 2015 season. But Gose is making a comeback at another position.

It was no secret this spring that the Tigers were toying with the idea of converting Gose into a pitcher. After pitching for the first two months of the season in extended spring training, Gose finally got his first taste of game action with Single-A Lakeland on Monday.

Gose, who pitches left-handed, would be among the hardest-throwing lefties in MLB should his transformation work.

Pitching will be Gose’s last chance at reclaiming his MLB career. The 26-year-old is a lifetime .240 hitter with 12 home runs in 372 career at-bats.

If Gose can develop a couple more pitches to go with his fastball, he could have a chance to help Detroit’s struggling bullpen.

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