Saturday, September 08, 2012
Mets News and Notes: Braves Streak, Mets Honorees, Mejia, Torres, Tejada, Carson, Chipper
The Mets send Jeremy Hefner (2-5, 4.52 ERA) to the mound at 4:05 p.m. today. He opposes reigning NL Pitcher of the Month Kris Medlen (7-1, 1.56). The Braves have won Medlen's past 18 starts, the longest streak in the majors since the Yankees won 20 straight starts by Roger Clemens in 2000.
The Mets will honor infielder Wilmer Flores and right-hander Rafael Montero as the Sterling organizational player and pitcher of the year in a ceremony before the game. Also due to be honored are each affiliate's player of the year: Matt Harvey (Buffalo), Zack Wheeler (Binghamton), outfielder/second baseman Alonzo Harris Jr. (St. Lucie), right-hander Michael Fulmer (Savannah), right-hander Hansel Robles (Brooklyn), right-hander Miller Diaz (Kingsport), right-hander Yoryi Nuez (Dominican Summer League 1) and outfielder Vincente Lupo (Dominican Summer League 2).
Jenrry Mejia surrendered a solo homer to Dan Uggla with two outs in the ninth, but otherwise recorded six outs in his first major league appearance since Sept. 15, 2010. Mejia mostly spent last season rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. Collins said Mejia will be used as a starter later in the month, roughly coinciding with Harvey being shut down for the season.
Andres Torres left the game in the second inning after twisting his left knee on a catch. He downplayed the severity of the injury.
Collins gave Ruben Tejada off on Friday night, with the manager sensing Tejada was wilting late in the season. The manager planned to also sit Tejada this afternoon, citing an unfavorable matchup with Medlen -- which would make it a three-day break including Thursday's team day off, assuming today's intention materializes. Tejada struck out four times and committed an error Wednesday afternoon in St. Louis. "I might give him a couple of days to really get his legs underneath him again and find some energy," Collins said. "I thought the other day it really stuck out that he may be more tired than what I even anticipated him to be."
Robert Carson plans to pitch in winter ball as a reliever for a month in the Dominican Republic, with Estrellas Orientales.
At an afternoon press conference Friday, Chipper Jones was presented with framed artwork depicting his memorable moments in New York, which was prepared by artist Charles Fazzino. Jones spoke eloquently about his affinity for Shea Stadium and playing in the city. He also discussed his 8-year-old son Shea's orange-and-blue painted bedroom and, in the context of David Wright's future, the importance to him of playing with one team for his entire career.