Monday, April 15, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Mets in Snowy Situation, Marcum to start Sunday, Gardenhire on Harvey, Fire at Citi Field, Shawn Teufel goes to AA


Mets News and Notes:

After Sunday’s postponement, the Mets have relocated from Minneapolis to Denver, but the forecast is not exactly better at this stop.

Tonight’s forecast, via weather.com: “Periods of snow. Low near 30F. NNE winds at 20 to 30 mph, diminishing to 10 to 15 mph. 2 to 4 inches of snow expected.”

Weather-permitting, Dillon Gee opposes right-hander Juan Nicasio in the series opener.

If the four-game series materializes uninterrupted, Aaron Laffey will proceed with Tuesday’s start, followed by Jeremy Hefner on Wednesday and Jonathon Niese on Thursday.

Matt Harvey is lined up to face Stephen Strasburg in Friday’s opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.

Shaun Marcum may be activated from the disabled list to start Sunday instead of Laffey, assuming Marcum gets through a tune-up on Tuesday.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told Mike Puma in the Post that Matt Harvey reminded him of Zack Greinke.

“We were trying to figure out guys he reminds you of,” Gardenhire told Puma. “It would kind of be hard to place him because he is so poised. But his stuff is comparable to Greinke because he can add and subtract with his fastball and his command of the strike zone and changeup and everything are all solid. Well above-average pitches, so he’s kind of like Greinke. ... I would be excited about him. That’s a nice looking young man and a good looking pitcher.”



There was a fire at Citi Field and here's a statement from the Mets on an early morning fire on Monday:

"There was a fire earlier this morning in an office in the administration building at Citi Field. Sprinkler systems contained the fire before FDNY extinguished it. Damage was limited to this area of the administration building. There was no damage to any areas accessed by fans at Citi Field. The cause of the fire is being investigated and we will have no further comment."

Left-handed pitcher Shawn Teufel, the son of Mets third base coach Tim Teufel, has been assigned to Double-A Binghamton.

Teufel signed with the organization last month after being released by the Detroit Tigers.

Teufel originally was drafted in the 25th round by Detroit out of Liberty University in 2010.

The 26-year-old southpaw primarily pitched at Class A Lakeland last season, where he posted a 5-7 record and 6.64 ERA in 22 appearances (18 starts) with the Florida State League club.

One career highlight for Teufel came in 2011, when he was borrowed from Class A to pitch for Triple-A Toledo in a spot start. Facing his father's Buffalo club, the younger Teufel tossed six scoreless innings and earned the win.

Binghamton also sent lefty Adam Kolarek to Triple-A Las Vegas and placed Cory Mazzoni on the DL.
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