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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mets News and Notes: Lagares Update - Granderson Return? - More Recker - Seinfeld Night - Colon Back - Young Return

Mets News and Notes:

Juan Lagares, who underwent an MRI on Tuesday for his pulled right hamstring, believes the injury is not severe.

Lagares told the Star-Ledger that team trainers, briefed on the MRI results, believe it is only a one to two week injury.

Lagares is on the 15-day DL, so he will not be eligible to return until April 30. He departed Monday's game in the seventh inning.
After Anthony Recker homered and doubled in the Mets’ 5-2 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday, Terry Collins suggested he likely would begin giving the backup catcher more playing time.

Recker lifted his average to .286 (4-for-14) with two walks. He has homered in two of his three starts behind the plate.

Meanwhile, Travis d’Arnaud is hitting .154 (6-for-39) with one homer and two RBIs.
Curtis Granderson literally offered a thumbs up in the clubhouse when asked how his first action since being forced from Monday's game went.

Granderson, pinch-hitting for Dillon Gee in the eighth, grounded out to second base in the Mets' eventual 5-2 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

He had departed Monday's game in the sixth inning with bruises to his left wrist, ribs and knee after colliding with the outfield wall earlier in that game.

Terry Collins expects Granderson will return to the starting lineup Friday, when the Mets open a series at Citi Field against the Atlanta Braves.

The minor league Brooklyn Cyclones announced they are holding a Seinfeld Night promotion this July to honor the 25th anniversary of the hugely popular TV show's debut. Among the highlights are Keith Hernandez Magic Loogie bobbleheads, Cyclones players taking batting practice in puffy shirts and an Elaine dancing contest.
Bartolo Colon is fully expected to start Saturday in his normal rotation spot, Terry Collins said Wednesday.

Colon has been bothered by back spasms, but Collins said the 40-year-old pitcher pledged he would be OK for the upcoming start against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field.

Meanwhile, the Mets will have a better feel for Jenrry Mejia's availability for his next start once he throws a bullpen session Friday in Queens. Mejia left his last start after 77 pitches and five scoreless innings after a blister on his right middle finger tore.

Collins said trainers are equipped to apply material that can get Mejia ready for his next start, which would be Monday against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Sandy Alderson acknowledged Daisuke Matsuzaka's promotion does provide a safety net.

"Right now we brought up Daisuke to pitch out of the pen, more or less in a long role," the GM added. "But he does give us some insurance with any of our starters."
The Mets need to clear a roster spot Friday when Chris Young returns from the disabled list. Still, GM Sandy Alderson offered no indication the Mets would use the opportunity to demote either Ike Davis or Lucas Duda and alleviate crowding there.

So who goes when Young is added to the roster? The two candidates would appear to be lefty-hitting Kirk Nieuwenhuis and righty-hitting Andrew Brown, with Brown (.150, 1 HR entering Wednesday's game) perhaps the more likely to depart. Alderson said a roster decision, even internally, remains unresolved.
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