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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Relief, Dykstra, Francisco, Bay, Gee, Dickey, Draft

Mets News and Notes:

The Mets will sign 39-year-old left-hander C.J. Nitkowski to a minor league deal and assign him to Double-A Binghamton.

Lenny Dykstra pleaded guilty Friday in Los Angeles to bankruptcy fraud, concealment of assets and money laundering. He faces up 20 years in prison at a Dec. 3 sentencing.

Frank Francisco's return is on hold after the closer was shut down with continued oblique discomfort. Jason Bay, meanwhile, went 0-for-3 with a walk for the second straight day with Class A St. Lucie, this time as the DH. Terry Collins indicated Bay quickly would move to Triple-A Buffalo, paving the way for him to potentially be activated for next week's series in Washington.

Dillon Gee underwent surgery Friday in St. Louis to replace a portion of a damaged artery in his right shoulder. He is due to be discharged from Barnes-Jewish Hospital on Tuesday or Wednesday. The likelihood is Gee is done for the season, although there is an outside chance he could return in late September, or in October if the Mets are still playing.

Dickey could be seeing regular action on short rest if the Mets remain in the race after Aug. 1, Collins indicated.

The draft deadline passed at 5 p.m. Friday and the Mets did not sign one top pick. Second-round selection Teddy Stankiewicz (75th overall) apparently is headed to the University of Arkansas. The Mets will pick up an extra pick at 76th overall in 2013.

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