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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Mets News and Notes: Lutz to Japan, Rice demoted - Germen activated, Harvey will not pitch in Majors in 2014, Terry's Job Safe for Now

Mets News and Notes:

Lutz to Japan
Zach Lutz is headed to Japan to play for the Rakuten Eagles, according to ESPNNewYork.com.

The 28-year-old third baseman was hitting .291 with seven homers and 37 RBIs in 227 at-bats with Triple-A Las Vegas this season.

He appeared in 22 games for the Mets in 2012 and '13, producing a combined .226 average and two RBIs in 31 at-bats.

Rice demoted, Germen activated
Scott Rice, who had a banner rookie season last year after spending 14 seasons in the minors, is headed back to Triple-A.

Rice was demoted to Las Vegas after Tuesday's 6-2 win against the Milwaukee Brewers, leaving Josh Edgin and Dana Eveland as the left-handers in the bullpen.

Gonzalez Germen will be activated from the disabled list, where he had been since May 6 with a virus and abscess.

Rice was 1-2 with a 5.93 ERA in 32 relief appearances totaling 13 2/3 innings. That was perhaps a residual effect of last season's 73 appearances through Sept. 3, after which he required dual sports-hernia surgeries.

Harvey will not pitch in Majors in 2014
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson left little doubt Tuesday that it is highly unlikely Matt Harvey will pitch in the major leagues in 2014.

Harvey definitely will not pitch in the major leagues within 11 months of the Oct. 22, 2014 Tommy John surgery, Alderson said. That leaves only a tiny window -- the final six games of the regular season -- before the Mets conclude play Sept. 28.

Alderson noted the Mets could allow Harvey to get the peace of mind he seeks by instead having him pitch in the instructional league, which spans late September and early October. That would be far more of a controlled atmosphere and require less adrenaline than pitching in a major league stadium.

Terry's Job Safe for Now
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has informed manager Terry Collins his job is safe.

After getting swept in consecutive road series against the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants, the Mets (28-35) returned to Citi Field on Tuesday to face the Milwaukee Brewers on a six-game losing streak. The Mets are a season-high seven games under .500.

Alderson indicated his motivation for addressing the job-security matter with Collins was media speculation that the manager's job was in jeopardy, including one tabloid report that suggested Collins' seat was "sizzling."
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