Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Mets Streak, Duda, Patterson, Wheeler, Bay, Baxter, Valdespin, 2013 All-Star Logo, Santana, Ramirez, Parnell


Mets News and Notes:

The Mets, who had an 0-6 homestand before embarking on a three-city trip, now have lost eight straight at Citi Field. That is the team's longest home losing streak since also dropping eight straight at Shea Stadium in September 2007.

Lucas Duda appears to be heating up with Buffalo. After going 3-for-25 in his first six games following a demotion, Duda has a five-game hitting streak during which he is hitting .471 (8-for-17) with two homers. Duda has started the past two games in left field, after manning first base for two games.

Newly acquired right-hander Scott Patterson allowed two runs on three hits in an inning in his Buffalo debut Monday, although he had not thrown off a mound for more than a week. Patterson, 33, had asked for his release from the Mariners organization. He had received a recruiting call during the offseason from Terry Collins, but opted to sign with Seattle over Baltimore and the Mets. Patterson had a 2.89 ERA and four saves in 26 relief appearances at Triple-A Tacoma, but was not being considered for a major league promotion with Seattle.

Zack Wheeler’s second Triple-A start is scheduled for Saturday against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees) in Buffalo.



Sandy Alderson told ESPNNewYork.com's Andrew Marchand the organization has no current plans to release Jason Bay, although the GM reserved the right to revise his thinking at a later date. It was Alderson who took the unpopular Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo to camp in his first spring training as GM, only to eat the combined $18 million owed before Opening Day. Bay is owed $19 million next season, including a $3 million buyout of a 2014 option. (Bay's contract can vest at $17 million for '14 with 600 plate appearances next season, but there is no way the organization lets that happen.)

Mike Baxter and Jordany Valdespin should see the bulk of the action in left field this week. After going 1-for-4 Tuesday, Bay's average sits at .157. Bay acknowledged he has no leg to stand on in lobbying for more playing time.

The Mets unveiled the logo for the 2013 All-Star Game, which will be held at Citi Field.

Johan Santana, who tossed three innings for Brooklyn on Sunday, reiterated he is ready to return from the disabled list and face the Atlanta Braves on Saturday. The southpaw plans to throw his typical between-starts bullpen session at Citi Field today. Rookie Matt Harvey will handle Friday's series opener on standard rest.

The Mets demoted rookie Elvin Ramirez to Triple-A Buffalo to open the roster spot for the promotion of southpaw Garrett Olson. Dillon Gee, who is recovering from surgery to repair an artery in his pitching shoulder and unlikely to return this season, was transferred to the 60-day DL to open a 40-man roster spot for Olson.

Bobby Parnell's velocity sagged to the upper-80s early in his relief appearance, prompting a mound visit. Parnell then restored his normal velocity.
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