Saturday, May 24, 2014

Mets News and Notes: Doubleheader Notes, Vic Black up, Dice-K to start, d'Arnaud making progress


Mets News and Notes: Doubleheader Notes, Vic Black up, Dice-K to start, d'Arnaud making progress:


As we all know by now, Friday's game between the Mets and D-backs was postponed in the middle of the fourth inning, with Arizona leading, 2-0. That score will be wiped from the record books, and the two teams will play a single-admission doubleheader on Sunday beginning at 1:10 p.m. ET at Citi Field.

Only fans holding tickets marked "Sunday, May 25 -- Game 27" will be admitted to the doubleheader. Banner Day will continue as scheduled, with registration beginning at 10 a.m. Family Sunday pregame activities at Mets Plaza will begin at 11 a.m. The Mr. Met postgame dash around the bases for kids will follow the second game.

Those holding a paid ticket for Friday's game can exchange it for a comparably priced ticket to another home game within 12 months, subject to availability.

With the Mets able to add a 26th player for Sunday's doubleheader, the club has selected right-handed reliever Vic Black for a promotion from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Black had produced a 3-0 record, 3.46 ERA and 1.154 WHIP in 15 late-season relief appearances with the Mets in 2013 after being acquired on Aug. 29 with minor-league second baseman Dilson Herrera for Marlon Byrd and John Buck.

This season, he is 0-1 with a 1.45 ERA and has converted seven saves in eight chances with Vegas. He also has surrendered 12 hits, 17 walks (one intentional) and hit a batter in 18 2/3 innings.

With the Mets needing an extra starter on Sunday for a doubleheader, Daisuke Matsuzaka will step into the rotation for a spot start in Game 2. Rafael Montero will proceed in the 1:10 p.m. opener, as had been originally intended.

Pitching coach Dan Warthen suggested Matsuzaka will be capable of throwing 100 pitches on Sunday.

Travis d'Arnaud hit outdoors and was due to catch a bullpen session Friday as he works back from a concussion, although rain may interrupt the catching responsibility.

Terry Collins said d'Arnaud could be cleared by the team trainer and doctor later Friday to enter games. An MLB doctor then would need to review d'Arnaud's records and sign off.

Since d'Arnaud has not appeared in a game since getting struck on the top of the head 10 days ago, Collins said he expects the catcher will first go on a minor league rehab assignment, even if d'Arnaud needs only eight or 10 at-bats in the minors.
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