Thursday, May 15, 2014
Mets News and Notes: d'Arnaud Concussion DL?, Tejada Over Flores, EY Over Lagares, Super 2 Decision, Edgin on the way
d'Arnaud Concussion DL?:
Wednesday, the New York Mets began to have concerns that it could be something more serious. And now there's a real chance that d'Arnaud could be heading for baseball's seven-day concussion disabled list.
d'Arnaud passed initial concussion tests Tuesday night, after Soriano inadvertently hit him on the helmet with his backswing in a ninth-inning at-bat. The Mets catcher even remained in the game to catch the final out.
But d'Arnaud was still feeling the effects of the hit Wednesday, and when he felt more symptoms after going through workouts at Citi Field, the Mets decided to administer further concussion tests. Manager Terry Collins said Wednesday night that d'Arnaud will have another test on Thursday.
The Mets have summoned catcher Juan Centeno from Triple-A Las Vegas. While Centeno has not yet been added to the roster, the Mets want him available in case d'Arnaud goes on the DL.
Tejada over Flores:
Collins gave a simple explanation for giving Ruben Tejada a fourth consecutive start at shortstop, after saying Tuesday that he expected Wilmer Flores to play.
"He's too hot to take out," Collins said.
Tejada lost his job a week ago when the Mets called up Flores from Triple-A Las Vegas, then got a reprieve when Flores got sick and had to miss Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies. Tejada has reached base seven times in three games since then, and has also impressed the Mets with his play at shortstop.
EY Over Lagares:
Collins also gave Eric Young Jr. a fourth straight start as the Mets leadoff hitter, for the exact same reason. Young had become a part-time player when Juan Lagares came off the disabled list, but he has proven himself too valuable to leave out of the lineup.
Entering play Wednesday, the Mets were 17-11 with Young as their leadoff hitter, and 2-8 when he didn't play. Young had scored 10 first-inning runs, tied with Mike Trout and Jose Bautista for the most in the majors.
"You just start the day excited, because you don't know what the day will bring," Young said of his first-inning success.
Super 2 Decision:
Alderson further explained the Mets' thinking on promoting rookie pitchers Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom this week, and disputed the idea that the so-called Super 2 deadline could or should have played into it. Teams sometimes delay calling up top prospects before mid-June in hopes of delaying their eligibility for salary arbitration by a year.
"When we brought up [Matt] Harvey and [Zack] Wheeler, it was really about their readiness," Alderson said. "There's no question you always have your eye on years of control, and Super 2. But the main question is, are they ready or are they not?"
The Super 2 deadline is not a set date, but rather an estimate of how many days' service time a player would need to become arbitration eligible two years later. It's normally sometime in June; Alderson said that if the Mets had been closer to that date when making decisions on Montero and deGrom, it may have figured in.
Edgin on the way:
Left-hander Josh Edgin has been dispatched to New York, according to ESPNNewYork.com.
The reliever was 3-0 with a 4.97 ERA in 17 appearances for Triple-A Las Vegas. He had allowed 16 hits and 11 walks while striking out 12 in 12 2/3 innings.
He is likely to replace Kyle Farnsworth, who has been outrighted to the minors and is most likely to explore his options elsewhere.