Sandy Alderson acknowledged Zack Wheeler will make his major league debut during the June 18 doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves, 30 miles from his Dallas, Ga., hometown.
Collins indicated on Sunday that Matt Harvey would get the night game of that split doubleheader.
Daniel Murphy appears the primary candidate to play first base with Ike Davis at Las Vegas. That will allow the Mets to get at least a short-term look at Jordany Valdespin at second base. Josh Satin should also get limited time at first base. Alderson confirmed Lucas Duda moving from left field is a distant third in the way of options.
Murphy has started 150 major league games at first base.
Travis d'Arnaud, recovering from a broken left foot, has shed his boot. But d'Arnaud will not be allowed to run for two more weeks. Alderson implied d'Arnaud "certainly" would get a call-up for September, but did not strongly indicate he would reach the Mets before rosters expand.
Collin Cowgill, while getting a promotion, will not be a primary outfielder. The Mets would have liked to promote a lefty bat, but had none available at Triple-A. The Mets also were averse to promoting righty-hitting Andrew Brown because he just returned Friday from an oblique injury.
Writes columnist John Harper in the Daily News about Alderson’s analysis of his players:
Most noteworthy, Alderson said he doesn’t consider either Ruben Tejada or Lucas Duda to be “core’’ players around which to build. On the other hand he does think of Ike Davis that way -- of course, that’s assuming someone can eliminate all the herky-jerky hand movement in a swing that has now landed the first baseman in Triple-A Las Vegas.
So let’s see: that leaves Wright at third base, maybe Daniel Murphy at second, though Alderson wasn’t asked specifically about him as a core player. And for that matter, the GM indicated he’d like to see Murphy take over temporarily for Davis at first base so the Mets can evaluate whether Jordany Valdespin has a future at second base.