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Monday, July 08, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Niese gets positive exam, Wright picks HR Derby Teammates, Germen up - Marcum DL?, Bochy leaning for Harvey to start ASG

Mets News and Notes:

Jonathon Niese had a favorable reexamination on Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan and has been cleared to go to the team's complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., to begin the rehab process, a source told ESPNNewYork.com.

Niese had landed on the disabled list after a June 20 start with what the team labeled a partial tear of the rotator cuff in his pitching shoulder.

NL Home Run Derby captain David Wright has selected Carlos Gonzalez, Bryce Harper and Michael Cuddyer to join him as teammates for the July 15 event at Citi Field.

Robinson Cano on the American League side selected Prince Fielder, Chris Davis and a yet-to-be-determined participant.

Wright said the rationale for his picks was straightforward: He picked the NL home run leader (Gonzalez), the leading vote-getter by a large margin by fans (Harper) and one choice for himself -- his childhood friend Cuddyer. Wright said all three accepted, so he never got further down on his list, despite other deserving candidates.

Gonzalez Germen is en route to San Francisco, the Mets announced, signaling Shaun Marcum appears headed to the disabled list.

Because Germen has not been in the minors 10 days, he can only return if a major league player lands on the DL.

Germen is not due to arrive until late in Monday's game at the earliest, so he will not be active for the series opener and Marcum will not be placed on the DL tonight.

Marcum was examined by a specialist in St. Louis on Monday because of tingling and numbness in his cold right hand. Assistant GM John Ricco said full details would not be disclosed until Tuesday.

Dillon Gee visited the same specialist, doctor Robert Thompson, last July at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Regardless, Terry Collins said before Monday's opener against the Giants that he will use a four-man rotation the remainder of the first half, taking advantage of Thursday's off-day between series in San Francisco and Pittsburgh.

Matt Harvey will return on standard rest Saturday, with Gee closing the first half on Sunday.

NL manager Bruce Bochy indicated that Matt Harvey's start against the San Francisco Giants on Monday night is not very important in determining who should start the All-Star Game for the league. In fact, Bochy sounded like that decision already had been made.

Harvey widely is expected to get the assignment when it is announced next Monday, the day before the Citi Field event.

"I know which way I'm leaning," Bochy said Monday afternoon. I'll leave it at that. But this kid is having a special year and, I know, he's from New York. All that's been discussed. I'll just leave it at that right now."

Even NL ERA leader Clayton Kershaw said Harvey should get the honor.

"There's no reason, especially if it's in New York, that he shouldn't start. That's what the fans will want. I've got no problem with that," Kershaw told FoxSports.com.

Harvey's second major league start came last July 31 in San Francisco. He allowed three runs in six innings in his first major league loss. Bochy recognizes Harvey has raised his game to another level now.

"We all know about his great fastball, but he has other pitches he throws, too. And he's commanding them," Bochy said. "And I think sometimes it's a matter of a young player getting settled in -- whether it's a position player or pitches. This guy has got tremendous stuff. Sometimes it takes a while to get that confidence and that sense of belonging. He certainly has it now."

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