Monday, September 02, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Niese Crampy, Duda at 1B, Wright Rehab on Road, Flores cranky ankles


Mets News and Notes:


Jonathon Niese said the leg issue that prompted Terry Collins to pull the southpaw in the sixth inning on Sunday night was just a left-calf cramp. Niese insisted he will be fine for his next start.

Niese said the issue began earlier in the plate appearance by Bryce Harper, which eventually ended with a walk and him getting pulled.

"I wasn't concerned," Niese said after the 6-5 loss to the Washington Nationals. "I knew it was a cramp. I actually wanted to stretch it out and finish the inning, but it is what it is."

Niese said he took precautions on the humid night.
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Terry Collins and Lucas Duda had a candid conversation after Duda returned from Triple-A Las Vegas on Aug. 24.

"We talked about the situation in the outfield," Collins said. "And he said you, 'You know, I'm a first baseman.' And I said, 'I'm well aware of it.'"

Now, the Mets have the playing time to offer Duda at first base.

Ike Davis is likely lost for the season because of a strained right oblique. Davis will accompany the Mets to Atlanta to take part in the team's Monday night fantasy football draft, after a matinee against the Braves. Davis then will go to New York to have an MRI to get more specifics about the severity of his injury.

Collins figures Duda will perform better at the plate because he is playing a comfortable position rather than the outfield.
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David Wright should be playoff-bound. Of course, it will be in the Mets minor league system.

Wright traveled to Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Thursday to ramp up his rehab from a strained right hamstring that landed him on the disabled list on Aug. 3.

Wright recently estimated a six-week recovery time, which means a mid-September return.

With Class A St. Lucie and the Port St. Lucie-based Gulf Coast League team having concluded their seasons, Terry Collins indicated Wright eventually would have to take his rehab tour to a Mets affiliate still in the postseason.

Las Vegas, Binghamton, Savannah and Kingsport all have clinched, with Brooklyn trailing by a half-game entering Sunday. It is unclear whether any will still be playing when Wright is ready for rehab games.

“Hopefully we’ll have a team in the playoffs and he can go get some at-bats,” Collins said.
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Wilmer Flores was held out of the starting lineup for a second straight game Sunday night because of cranky ankles that are “taped up to the max,” Terry Collins said.

Flores sprained his right ankle at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 12. The other ankle had been troublesome back to his time with Triple-A Las Vegas.

“I watched him the other day and it looked like his feet are bothering him,” Collins said. “I watched him go after some balls and run. He just looks like he’s aggravated by it. His swing has changed a little bit. So he might be getting tired also. I just thought I’m going to give him a couple of days off. He’s going to play tomorrow.”
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