Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Flores DL?, Francisco Throws, Familia going to Throw, Parnell Progressing, Mejia don't have limit, A Scout's Take on Juan Lagares


Mets News and Notes:

Flores DL?:

Wilmer Flores' sprained right ankle felt worse Tuesday, creating the possibility of a DL trip, Terry Collins said.

Flores twisted the ankle running the bases in the second inning Monday night and limped badly after the game. He remained in the series opener and completed the game after getting the ankle taped.

Collins said a DL determination likely would not be made for a couple of days.

Sandy Alderson said Flores has not undergone X-rays or an MRI.

"It's pretty stiff," Collins said. "In this world we live in, there's always the possibility of the DL. We certainly won't know anything for a day or so. I think the fact that he was taped up might have kept it a little bit intact. But after the game he was very, very uncomfortable. And today he was even worse than last night."

Francisco Throws and Familia going to Throw:


Frank Francisco, who has yet to appear this season, threw off a mound in Port St. Lucie, Fla., Tuesday for the first time since receiving anti-inflammatory injections in his right elbow in mid-July.

Francisco threw only fastballs. He tossed 20 pitches.

Francisco underwent what seemed like a benign surgery on Dec. 18 to remove a bone spur from his right elbow.

Meanwhile, Jeurys Familia is due to throw off a mound Friday for the first time since undergoing surgery on June 5 to clean out his right elbow.

Parnell Progress:

Closer Bobby Parnell was deemed to be making "good progress" in rebounding from a herniated disk in his neck. Parnell had received an epidural injection on Aug. 5.

Parnell recently was reevaluated by team doctors. He remains idle, though.

LaTroy Hawkins primarily has handled the closing duties in Parnell's absence.



No Innings Limit for Jenrry Mejia:


Unlike Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey, Jenrry Mejia is not on a tight innings limit the remainder of the season, Terry Collins said.

Mejia logged 108 2/3 innings last season between the majors and minors after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2011.

Because Mejia was slowed much of this season by a forearm issue and had been on the disabled list, he has only tossed 45 innings this season, giving him plenty of room to finish the year.

Mejia has indicated he will require offseason surgery to remove a bone spur from his pitching elbow.

Sandy Alderson has said Wheeler and Harvey should get close to the end of the season with a five-man rotation before reaching innings caps. Collins suggested the pitchers might be pulled from some games a little earlier than normal to shave innings, but were unlikely to get skipped.

A Scout's Take on Juan Lagares:


“I really like Juan. I’ve seen him for a number of years. The kid can play defense. He has very good instincts, does a very good job of positioning himself and getting reads on balls, hitting the cutoff man with his throws. I think he’s making himself into a capable player in the big leagues.

“Offensively, he’s coming along. The knock on him is he expands the strike zone and that’s going to be a work in progress, but I’m optimistic. Those are things that can be learned, though learning the strike zone is very difficult to do. You have to learn your strengths, what your two–strike approach is? Can I shorten my swing and still get hits? He’s shown the aptitude to make progress in those areas.

“I try to grade what a guy is on a winning team, a 90-win team. Juan is a very serviceable platoon player on a winning team, who can play all three positions and play them well. I’m not sure he’s an everyday player on a winning team. I’d love to have him in the seventh inning on to be able to pinch-hit, pinch-run, or go in for defense. I can also start him vs. righties or lefties. He can be used on an NL roster in a lot of ways.”
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