Monday, July 23, 2012
Mets News and Notes: Baxter, Second Half , Dismantle, Snooki, Stormtroopers, Francisco, Tapia, Mejia
Mike Baxter's rehab tour, now in Day 9, is moving to Triple-A Buffalo. That suggests Baxter may be ready to be activated from the disabled list this weekend, when the Mets visit Arizona.
Baxter suffered a displaced right collarbone and fractured rib cartilage on the catch that preserved Johan Santana's no-hit bid on June 1.
He had solely DH'd the first week of his rehab assignment before manning left field Sunday for Double-A Binghamton.
In seven games between Class A St. Lucie and the B-Mets, Baxter hit .280 (7-for-25) with five RBIs and two walks.
The Mets have been notorious second-half collapse artists in recent years. They were 31-40 in the second half last season. In 2010, they were 31-43 post-All-Star break. In 2009, it was 28-47. And folks certainly remember '07 and '08 all too well, even though the Mets actually had winning records both of those second halves.
A team official last week insisted the Mets would not dismantle, citing how the club held Jose Reyes last year in part to keep things competitive. But it's worth noting the Mets traded Carlos Beltran last July 28 when they had a 52-51 record and were four games out of the wild-card lead. An AL executive said after Sunday's sweep about the Mets trading Hairston and/or Byrdak before July 31: "I think they will."
Snooki, a bona fide Mets fan, as well as fiancé Jionni LaValle will be at Citi Field on Monday afternoon. She will be taping segments of an MLB.com show that is due to appear in August. Tonight also is the second-annual Star Wars night at Citi Field. Darth Vader, Jedi and Stormtroopers will be at the stadium.
Frank Francisco (oblique) threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Sunday at Citi Field and should begin a rehab assignment shortly. "I'm trying to do whatever I can to be there, but it's a process," Francisco said, according to Tom Pedulla in Newsday. "I've got to take the time and play it safe. I don't want to miss the rest of the season."
Savannah right-hander Domingo Tapia took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning before allowing a leadoff single. Savannah ultimately beat Rome, 5-1. Garrett Olson allowed six runs (four earned) as he stepped into the Triple-A rotation following Hefner's promotion. Jenrry Mejia tossed two scoreless relief innings in the loss, recording two strikeouts and allowing two hits.