Friday, July 13, 2012
Mets News and Notes: Harvey, Santana, Bay
What about Matt Harvey taking Dillon Gee's spot in rotation?
According to ESPN NY, Terry Collins did not completely rule him out for the first turn in Gee's rotation spot, but painted it as an unlikely scenario. "It's a remote possibility," the manager said. "I'm not ruling out anything."
Make no mistake: The job appears likely to be Harvey's sooner than later.
“We’re in the hunt,” Collins told reporters in Atlanta. “This isn’t a tryout camp. So if the people who see him say he’s ready, bring him up. I’m all for it. ... [Buffalo manager] Wally [Backman] told me, 'Look, he's coming [along]. I'm not sure he's ready yet.' But, you know what? There may be a force-feed."
Santana, despite a balky right ankle, was declared fit to start Sunday's series finale, expected to be against Ben Sheets in the ex-Brewer's return to the majors after a two-year absence. Santana tossed a baseball during Thursday's workout and should throw a bullpen session today to get ready. So the rotation is Young, R.A. Dickey and Santana in Atlanta, then Jon Niese opening the series in D.C. on Tuesday, after a team off-day. It should be Young or Batista on Wednesday.
Jason Bay began a rehab assignment Thursday night with Class A St. Lucie, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout and walk and manning seven innings in left field for Class A St. Lucie. Frank Francisco (oblique) also is ready to begin pitching for the club.