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Willie Harris takes bereavement leave as Mets call up Fernando Martinez

Jun 30, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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Sad news from the Mets, as Willie Harris has left the team and been placed on the bereavement list after his wife lost their baby five months into her pregnancy.

Anthony DiComo of reports that Harris’ wife unexpectedly went into early labor last night and the baby passed away this morning. The couple has two other children.

To replace Harris on the roster the Mets have called up Fernando Martinez, who’s been up and down several times over the years while hitting .186 in 143 plate appearances. Martinez’s prospect stock has steadily fallen and he was hitting just .266 with a .740 OPS at Triple-A, but he’s still just 23 years old.

  1. tgifinley88 - Jun 30, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    sad to hear this happen to anybody, but especially to a good guy like willie harris.

  2. The Common Man - Jun 30, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    That’s just horrible. Condolences.

  3. sdelmonte - Jun 30, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Been there. It sucks beyond words. My thoughts go out to him and his family.

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