Sunday, August 14, 2011
Mets News and Notes: Reyes, Izzy, Pelfrey
Jose Reyes has not resumed workout activities since landing on the disabled list last week with a strained left hamstring, making it highly unlikely the shortstop will return when eligible on Aug. 23.
Though manager Terry Collins expects his shortstop to begin working out soon, it will take some time before Reyes can participate in full baseball activities and work back into game shape. When he strained a different part of the same hamstring earlier this season, he missed close to three weeks.
Reyes, who did not accompany the Mets on their West Coast road trip, was batting .336 prior to his injury. He still leads the National League in batting average, triples and runs scored, while ranking second in hits and stolen bases. As long as Reyes returns by September, he should still amass more than enough at-bats to qualify for the batting title.
A day after taking a line drive off his pitching elbow, Mike Pelfrey sported nothing more than a small bruise on the joint. He fully expects to make his next start.
"No pain," he said. "It's great. It feels good."
Lobbying to stay in Saturday's game after Gerardo Parra's line drive struck him on the right elbow, Pelfrey lost his argument and departed in the fifth inning. Though Terry Collins was initially unsure if Pelfrey would be able to make his next start, a positive Sunday report changed the manager's opinion.
"Physically, he's fine," Collins said. "He's just sore."
With eight starts to go, Pelfrey still has a chance to record double-digit victories for the fourth consecutive season, as well as log 200 innings for the third time in four years. He is 6-9 with a 4.53 ERA so far this summer, after finishing 15-9 with a 3.66 mark in 2010.
Jason Isringhausen has been sitting on 299 career saves since Tuesday, itching for his chance to reach one of baseball's coveted milestones. Because the Mets lost four straight games following No. 299, Isringhausen entered Sunday's play not having pitched since then.
Whether a save situation arises or not, Mets manager Terry Collins plans to guard against rust by inserting his closer into a game soon. But all parties are hoping that appearance comes with a slim lead in the ninth.
"I know he wants to get it over with," Collins said. "He's talked about it. And the players have talked about it. They can't wait for him to get his opportunity to get to 300.
When Isringhausen does achieve the feat, he will become the third player to do so in a Mets uniform, joining John Franco (1996) and Billy Wagner (2006). Twenty-two closers in total have reached the mark, most recently Cincinnati's Francisco Cordero earlier this year.
Several Mets -- including catcher Josh Thole, who counts "Major League" among his favorite films -- emerged from the clubhouse on Sunday morning to watch Charlie Sheen take batting practice with former Mets infielder Todd Zeile. Sheen took swings from both sides of the plate, producing mostly ground balls and pop flies to the outfield.
Though Collins originally planned to start Scott Hairston in right field on Sunday, he instead turned to Jason Pridie, citing Hairston's limitations against right-handed pitchers who rely heavily on breaking pitches, which is D-backs starter Jason Marquis' forte.
The Mets announced that radio host Nick Cannon will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most hugs in one hour on Friday, Aug. 19, at Citi Field. Cannon will attempt to hug more than 1,800 people, all of whom will receive a commemorative T-shirt. The first 100 fans who line up to hug Cannon will also receive complimentary tickets to that evening's game against the Brewers. The event is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. ET.