Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Mets Morning Tidbits: Quintanilla, Duda, Bay, Hojo
Omar Quintanilla was designated for assignment before the game to clear Bay's roster spot. Quintanilla must clear waivers in order to be sent to the minors. The Mets carried him this long on the major league roster while he went largely unused because they fear losing Quintanilla via the waiver process.
Lucas Duda expects to return to the starting lineup Wednesday for the first time since the second-half opener. Duda received a cortisone shot in his strained left hamstring in New York during Monday's off-day.
With Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Lucas Duda likely starting at two outfield positions now that Duda has received a cortisone shot in his left hamstring, Collins logically could relegate Bay to platoon player and wait until Thursday's matchup with southpaw Gio Gonzalez to start him again. Valdespin or Andres Torres could fill the third outfield spot Wednesday.
Even former hitting coach Howard Johnson, watching elsewhere on TV, tweeted: "With one swing Valdespin might have just saved the Mets season and signaled the end of Jason Bay in NY."