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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Interleague, All-Stars, Gee, Bay, Francisco, Dickey

Mets News an Notes:

Union chief Michael Weiner confirmed Tuesday that interleague matchups between natural rivals -- including the Mets and Yankees -- will be limited to three or four games a season going forward, not six.

The exception will be in years when, for instance, the AL East and NL East line up to play. In those seasons, a six-game, home-and-home slate will still be played.

Dickey eventually entered the All-Star Game in the sixth and surrendered a hit and plunked a batter, but he coaxed a double-play grounder from Miguel Cabrera and escaped the inning unscathed in what ended as an 8-0 NL victory. Carlos Ruiz, who caught Dickey, got through the knuckleball receiving fine while using Thole's oversized mitt. David Wright, meanwhile, replaced Pablo Sandoval and went 0-for-2. Collins, who was a coach on Tony La Russa's staff, made a ninth-inning pitching change.

Dr. Sharif Ellozy, a vascular expert and associate professor of surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital, told ESPN NY the length of Gee's absence may be contingent upon whether there is damage to the artery in the shoulder. "The fact that he's a pitcher and that it was in the arm that he was pitching from, you suspect there may be some injury [with the artery] where it goes between the clavicle and the first rib in that arm," Ellozy said. "How soon he'll be able to return depends on what they find."

The Mets will promote a reliever to take Gee's roster spot. Lefty Josh Edgin appears a logical choice, since Sandy Alderson has said he is due to be promoted soon anyway. Collins said team officials likely will convene Wednesday to discuss who should get the call-up. Robert Carson would be an alternative.
The Mets reassemble to hold an afternoon workout Thursday in Atlanta. Today, Jason Bay (concussion) and Frank Francisco (oblique) may begin rehab assignments with Class A St. Lucie at Tampa.

R.A. Dickey is due to appear with David Letterman tonight. Dickey tweeted: "I'm bringing a mask and [Josh] Thole's glove in case he wants to catch a few. Fun!!"

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