Saturday, February 28, 2015

Mets News: Matt Harvey (Video) Throws to Batters, Feels Great!








Matt Harvey attracted a sizable crowd as he warmed up on a side mound for his first time facing batters since Tommy John surgery. And when Harvey completed his warm-up pitches and headed to a field to throw batting practice, the crowd followed him, leaving Noah Syndergaard to take the same mound that Harvey had occupied in relative solitude.

Harvey, who underwent Tommy John surgery on Oct. 22, 2013, proceeded to throw a total of 40 pitches to teammates, beginning with David Wright at 10:08 a.m., followed by Michael Cuddyer, Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy. The batters simply tracked pitches and did not swing.

"It was awesome," Harvey said. "Obviously throwing a bullpen on the '10-pack' with nine other guys is a different feeling than facing basically our 'Core Four,' or whatever you call it. You step in the box and you have David in there, it's a good feeling to have that and be back. I couldn't feel better. It was a good day.

Said Wright: "I just saw a guy that was happy to be back out there. There's only so much you can tell from 20 pitches in February, standing in there just taking pitches. The biggest thing was it looked like the ball was coming out pretty free and easy. You could see the smile on his face from him being happy to be back out there. As a teammate and a friend, I was happy he was able to get back out there." 

Mets News: Jose Reyes tells Ruben Tejada "You Blew it"



Mets News: Jose Reyes tells Ruben Tejada "you blew it"


Ex-Met Jose Reyes indicated Friday that Ruben Tejada blew his chance at being the Mets' long-term shortstop.

"Something's wrong. Every time I talk to him I try to give him some advice," Reyes told Anthony Rieber in Newsday. "What can I do? I try to push him to do stuff. I don't know if he gets it or not. ... He had the opportunity to be the everyday shortstop for a long time there in New York. You have to work, man. When you're younger, you think you have everything there for you. But if you do something wrong, it's going to go away. Quick.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Spring Training Mets News and Notes: Santana, Ratliff, Harvey, GrapeFruit Rotation, Parnell, Duda, Murphy, Campbell


Spring Training Mets News and Notes: Santana, Ratliff, Harvey, GrapeFruit Rotation, Parnell, Duda, Murphy, Campbell


The Toronto Blue Jays have signed two-time Cy Young winner Johan Santana to a minor league contract, hoping the former ace can make it back to the majors.

The Blue Jays announced the deal Thursday and invited him to big league spring training.

Santana turns 36 in March. He last pitched in the majors in 2012 with the New York Mets and has undergone two operations on his left shoulder in recent years.

Santana was in Baltimore's minor league system last year and tore his left Achilles tendon in June. He's made just one appearance since then, retiring six straight batters in January in the Venezuelan Winter League.

The four-time All-Star won AL Cy Young Awards with Minnesota in 2004 and 2006. He pitched the only no-hitter in Mets' history and is 139-78 lifetime with a 3.20 ERA.
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Former Mets farmhand Sean Ratliff, whose promising minor-league career was derailed by a serious eye injury, is back with the organization. Ratliff, now 28, will serve as the hitting coach at short-season Kingsport.

Ratliff was drafted by the Mets in the fourth round in 2008 out of Stanford.

He hit .317 with 16 homers and 50 RBIs in 281 at-bats after a midseason promotion to Double-A Binghamton in 2010.

However, the following spring training, a scary incident occurred.

Ratliff, who was standing in the on-deck circle, was struck in the face during a Triple-A game in Jupiter, Florida, on a check swing off the bat of Zach Lutz. The blow broke six bones, nearly fully detached Ratliff's retina and left him immediately fearing he might lose his right eye.

Four surgeries later, Ratliff hoped to pick up where he left off in 2012. But he was forced to call it a career because his vision was not sufficient to compete after going 3-for-22 with Class A St. Lucie.
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New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey's first game since undergoing Tommy John surgery has been set for March 6, the team confirmed Thursday.

Harvey will face the Detroit Tigers in a Grapefruit League game at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Harvey's last game came on Aug. 24, 2013. He then was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow and underwent elbow surgery two months later.

Harvey actually is due to face batters on Friday at Mets camp for the first time since the surgery, although the hitters will track baseballs but not swing because it is early in camp.

"How these things usually go is guys will stand in and kind of watch, monitor and track pitches -- which guys did last year," Harvey told ESPNNewYork.com, referring to late in the 2014 regular season as he was rehabbing. "I think once they start really getting the counts and have somebody behind there [umpiring], I think that's when [the significance] will start."
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Monday, February 23, 2015

Pic of the Day: Spring Harvey Mania


Pic of the Day: Spring Harvey Mania


Matt Harvey captures the essence of spring baseball

Attention Mets Fans: Fantasy Baseball League Needs Owners


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