Thursday, July 21, 2011
Mets News and Notes: Izzy, Wilpon, Bay, High Temperatures, Wright, Einhorn
The Mets plan to hold Jason Isringhausen at the trade deadline in order for him to serve as a mentor to Bobby Parnell, SI.com reported.
Isringhausen is sure to draw inquiries anyway before the July 31 trade deadline, especially after this week's performances. A day after notching his first save in three years Monday, Izzy fired two scoreless innings against his former employer, the St. Louis Cardinals. That appearance included consecutively striking out Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman.
Buster Olney reports ...
Within the Mets' organization, sources say, there is a growing confidence that the Madoff case is veering in favor of the Wilpons, and that if this continues, they will re-establish full control of ownership of the Mets. And there has been unhappiness with how David Einhorn, who has been negotiating to be a minority owner, has taken the spotlight without having a finished deal. If the Madoff case ends favorably for the Wilpons, it could be that Einhorn will be buried in minority ownership in the years to come.
Mets left fielder Jason Bay will not play this afternoon against the St. Louis Cardinals, manager Terry Collins said.
Bay was pulled from Wednesday night's game at Citi Field in the fourth inning after his right hamstring tightened up.
"I talked to Jason this morning," Collins said today. "He feels better. He does. But I'm gonna give him the day off. I don't think [his hamstring] is as tight as it was, but I don’t see how 12 hours later it's gonna feel that much better."
Collins expects that Bay will return over the weekend when the Mets begin a three-game series against the Florida Marlins in Miami.
Bay, 32, said after Wednesday night's game that he initially tweaked his hamstring Saturday afternoon when he tripped over the foot of the Philadelphia Phillies' Ryan Howard while crossing first base.
With temperatures expected to potentially reach triple digits in Queens on Thursday afternoon, Terry Collins is going to keep a careful eye on all of his players -- specifically Jose Reyes.
"I'm gonna watch the shortstop very closely (Thursday), because I don't need him to come up lame," Collins said of Reyes.
Collins noted during his pregame press conference that heat can be a factor in increasing the risk of pulled muscles.
"Our trainers do a great job to make sure (our players are) hydrated," Collins said. "We have all sorts of liquids on the bench, and I'm sure we'll have ammonia towels and everything else ready to go (Thursday), but (Thursday) and the next three days in Florida it's gonna be screaming hot."
Collins said he never realized it, but the Mets dugout is air conditioned, which should make life a lot easier on his players between innings.
He plans on giving Reyes, who is coming off a hamstring injury, a day off over the weekend in Miami during the Marlins' series.
New York Mets manager Terry Collins expects to have third baseman David Wright in the lineup on Friday night when the Mets take on the Florida Marlins in Miami.
"I do (expect him in there)," Collins said.
Regarding their ownership situation, the Mets released the following statement: “We are in exclusive negotiations with David Einhorn and continue to have positive and productive discussions regarding David’s ongoing interest in an investment with the Mets.” The deal, which would make Einhorn a minor owner, should be finalized in August, ESPN NewYork.com reports. The Mets had reportedly met with other bidders, but it appears that Einhorn and the Mets will eventually reach an accord.