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Friday, July 27, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Harvey, Trades, Mejia, Duda, Francisco, Baxter, Batista

Mets News and Notes:

ESPN Stats & Information compiled this summary of Matt Harvey's 11-strikeout outing, which set the franchise record for Ks in a major league debut:

Harvey became the first player in modern baseball history (since 1900) to strike out 10-plus batters and produce two hits as a batter in his major league debut. Also according to the Elias Sports Bureau, Harvey's 11 strikeouts match the most in a major league debut with fewer than six innings pitched since 1900. Tim Hudson also had 11 strikeouts in 1999, in five innings.

Assistant GM John Ricco acknowledged the Mets' second-half swoon has impacted how the organization is approaching Tuesday's trade deadline. “We’re not as aggressive as we were a couple of weeks ago on the buying, but if there is an upgrade there, we would definitely consider it,” Ricco told Mike Puma in the Post. “We’re talking to everybody, but we don’t have a big name we’re looking to [trade] or looking to acquire.” 

Jenrry Mejia is headed back to Triple-A Buffalo's rotation, even though he continues to project as a reliever in the majors...

Lucas Duda started in right field in his first minor league game since a demotion to Buffalo. He went 0-for-4 with a walk. Collins told Buffalo manager Wally Backman to play Duda in the corner outfield positions, but move Duda to first base if he struggles in the outfield. The reasoning: Duda is in the minors to focus on his hitting, so he need not be distracted by fielding issues.

Frank Francisco is due to make his second rehab appearance for Binghamton tonight as he returns from a strained left oblique.

Collins, meanwhile, said it's realistic for Mike Baxter to be activated from the DL on Monday in San Francisco. 

The Mets officially released Miguel Batista.

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