Sunday, June 08, 2014

Mets News and Notes: Tejada Lead-off?, Boston Tea Party for Wilpons?, Nimmo OK after being struck by pitch, Wright Benched?


Mets News and Notes:


Tejada Lead-off?
Matt den Dekker exclusively has led off for the Mets this past week against right-handed pitching. But things could change soon.

Terry Collins said Saturday that coaches have kicked around the idea of using Ruben Tejada in the leadoff spot.

Tejada is hitting .424 (14-for-33) with two homers and six RBIs over his past 10 games.

Boston Tea Party for Wilpons?
The Boston Red Sox selected Connecticut high school right-hander Bradley Wilpon in the 36th round of the draft on Saturday. Yes, it's the son of Jeff Wilpon and grandson of Fred Wilpon.

Bradley Wilpon has committed to play baseball at Penn and still plans to be a Quaker in 2014-15. He will attend the Wharton School of Business.

Nimmo OK after being struck by pitch
Brandon Nimmo, who was forced to leave Friday's Class A St. Lucie game an inning after getting struck in the right wrist with a pitch, has avoided a fracture.

X-rays taken on the 2011 first-round pick came back negative, Paul DePodesta said.

Nimmo nonetheless is out of the lineup for Saturday's Florida State League game.

Nimmo, 21, is hitting .327 with four homers, 24 RBIs and nine steals in 214 at-bats. He has a league-best .448 on-base percentage.

Top prospect Noah Syndergaard similarly avoided a fracture diagnosis on his left shoulder this week after being involved in a home-plate collision at Las Vegas.

Wright Benched?
With the Mets on a season-high-matching five-game losing streak, David Wright approached Terry Collins postgame and asked to play in Sunday's series finale against the San Francisco Giants. The manager's response: no.

Wright, who has started every game this season, was told by Collins he will be sitting Sunday.

Eric Campbell instead is expected to start Sunday at third base. Wright committed a critical error in the 5-4 loss.
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