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Friday, May 16, 2014

Mets News and Notes: d'Arnaud 7 Day, Mejia Closing, Edgin Official, ESPN Mock Draft

Mets News and Notes:

d'Arnaud 7 Day:
New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud, who was struck on the top of the head with Alfonso Soriano's backswing in the ninth inning on Tuesday, has landed on the seven-day concussion disabled list.

Juan Centeno has been promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas to take d'Arnaud's spot. Centeno caught right-hander Jacob deGrom's major league debut on Thursday night against the New York Yankees at Citi Field.

Centeno and Anthony Recker will form the Mets' catching duo for the next week.

Because d'Arnaud already has sat out Wednesday's game, he will be eligible to return next Wednesday, for the second game of a series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field.

Mejia Closing:
The Mets plan to use Jenrry Mejia as the closer on Thursday night should they have a late and close lead. And Terry Collins believes over time Mejia will emerge as the regular closer.

Still, Collins said Mejia cannot be anointed to the role yet because the 24-year-old right-hander is not ready to pitch on consecutive days.

Mejia has not worked on back-to-back days at any professional level since June 5-6, 2010 -- his last time as a reliever in the majors.

Mejia is transitioning from a starting role to relief. He had a wonderful first appearance back in the bullpen, recording four outs at Yankee Stadium on Monday, hours after learning he had lost his rotation spot.

Four different Mets have recorded saves this season: the newly dumped Kyle Farnsworth (three), Jose Valverde (two), Carlos Torres (one) and Daisuke Matsuzaka (one). Planned closer Bobby Parnell landed on the disabled list after Opening Day and subsequently underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery.

Edgin Official:
The Mets officially have filled Kyle Farnsworth's bullpen spot by promoting left-hander Josh Edgin.

Edgin, who will wear No. 66, gives the Mets a second left-hander in the bullpen alongside Scott Rice.

His velocity down, Edgin had been among the first cuts of spring training from big-league camp.

He had just been in Charlotte and away from Triple-A Las Vegas for the birth of his child.

Edgin, 27, posted a 3-0 record, two saves and a 4.97 ERA in 17 appearances with the 51s. He has contributed seven straight scoreless appearances, although opponents have a .327 batting average against him for the season and he has allowed 16 hits and 11 walks in 12 2/3 innings.

ESPN Mock Draft:
In his initial mock draft, ESPN's Keith Law projects the Mets will select University of Hartford 6-foot-4 left-hander Sean Newcomb with the 10th overall pick on June 5.

Law writes:
The Mets are just on the best player available, whoever that turns out to be, which could include Newcomb, [San Francisco outfielder] Bradley Zimmer, [LSU right-hander] Aaron Nola (although I can't see him getting here) or [Oregon State outfielder] Michael Conforto. I've heard them on all of the college arms, but again I don't think that implies they're not looking at bats.

On Newcomb, Law writes:
Newcomb's fastball has gone from a high 80s offering in high school to occasionally touching 97 mph, sitting in the 92-94 range with some tail. His slider will flash plus as well, a low 80s pitch with late bite and tilt that should be effective against both left- and right-handed batters. Newcomb also features a change that offers little in terms of movement, but he throws it with decent arm action and it should at least be an average third offering in his arsenal.
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