Saturday, July 16, 2011

Mets News and Notes: Beltran, Wright, Turner, Izzy


  • Carlos Beltran is not expected at the ballpark today because of the flu, except possibly to see a team trainer or doctor, Terry Collins said. Collins said Beltran had "very high" fever during Friday's game and was nearly pulled from the series opener.
  •  David Wright, who began his rehab assignment with Class A St. Lucie on Friday night by playing five innings at third base, should spend his entire minor league stint in Florida. That means no stop at Triple-A Buffalo or Double-A Binghamton. Wright is likely to join the Mets on Friday at Miami anyway, so the decision makes sense.
  • Official scorer Howie Karpin has changed his Friday ruling and awarded Justin Turner a hit. Originally, Turner's groundball through the right side of the infield was ruled a fielder's choice and error on Domonic Brown because Brown had an opportunity to force out R.A. Dickey at second base if the baseball was fielded cleanly.
  •  Giving Jason Isringhausen closing opportunities against the Phillies does not mean the Mets will miss a chance to groom Bobby Parnell for the 2012 role, Collins said. A year ago, the Mets used Hisanori Takahashi over Parnell when Francisco Rodriguez was suspended. That made Takahashi $8 million over two years as a free agent, but did little to prepare Parnell." , "Obviously we're going to give Bobby a lot of opportunities."
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