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Monday, July 22, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Malholm out - Wood In, Turner up - Burke Down, d'Arnaud to play minor league games, Lagares NL Player of the Week

Mets News and Notes:
NL Player of the Week

Atlanta Braves LHP Paul Maholm has been placed on the disabled list with a bruised left wrist and will not face the Mets on Thursday. Rookie southpaw Alex Wood (0-2, 2.45 ERA) instead will start the finale to the four-game series.

Reliever Greg Burke has been optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to clear the roster spot for Justin Turner's activation from the disabled list.

Burke was selected for the demotion over rookie Gonzalez Germen, who has allowed only one hit and three walks while striking out six in 3 2/3 innings spanning four appearances. Germen twice has inherited bases-loaded situations and wriggled free.

Burke had allowed a combined six runs over his past two appearances.

Travis d'Arnaud has been cleared to begin playing in minor league games later this week, a team source told ESPNNewYork.com.

D'Arnaud received the go-ahead during a Monday exam in New York. He will run the bases Tuesday and Wednesday, then is scheduled to play in his first minor league game Thursday since suffering a broken left foot.

D'Arnaud, the organization's top catching prospect, suffered a fractured first metatarsal while catching with Triple-A Las Vegas on April 17.

He initially is expected to play in minor league games in Port St. Lucie before returning to the Pacific Coast League. D'Arnaud is projected to be a September call-up.

Juan Lagares has been named NL Player of the Week for his weekend performance against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The rookie outfielder hit .700 (7-for-10) with a homer and five RBIs in the All-Star-break-shortened week.

Lagares, 24, had been hitting .234 entering the break.

He is not in the lineup Monday with the Mets facing a right-handed pitcher.

Terry Collins suggested Lagares is likely to play Tuesday against right-hander Kris Medlen. The reasoning: Righty batters are hitting .295 versus Medlen compared with .261 for lefty batters.

"We know Juan Lagares has got a little pop," Collins said. "But we know Kirk Nieuwenhuis has got some power, too. We're all really happy with what happened with Juan the last three days. He's had a great series. He got an award because of it. Great. Now just continue to work and continue to stay with it because you never know. Something happens, Kirk gets hit on the finger and he's out two weeks, Juan Lagares will be the guy."

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