Monday, July 16, 2012
Mets News and Notes: Harvey, Wheeler, Bay, Baxter, Duda
All eyes now turn on Monday's off-day to Buffalo, where Matt Harvey will state his case while pitching for the Bisons against Triple-A Toledo at 7:05 p.m. in an SNY-televised game.
Mets brass will attend to gauge whether the 2010 first-round pick is ready to make his major league debut Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field.
Otherwise, the start appears poised to go to Miguel Batista.
A scout who has watched Zack Wheeler pitch twice this season said he is equipped to face major league hitters now. Still, Terry Collins was resolute Sunday in dismissing the Double-A phenom as a consideration for Saturday's start against L.A., saying Harvey is the consideration for a call-up.
Jason Bay also could complete a rehab assignment with Buffalo and be activated for Tuesday's series opener against Washington. Bay went 2-for-4 with a walk and steal and played nine innings in left field for Buffalo on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Mike Baxter had a two-hit, two-RBI performance with Class A St. Lucie in his first rehab game since dislocating his right collarbone on a no-hitter-saving catch June 1 at Citi Field.
Lucas Duda is due to get a strained left hamstring examined in New York today. Collins did not believe Duda was a DL candidate.