Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Mets News and Notes: Niese, Torres, Alderson Trade Talk, Teagarden, Gee


Mets News and Notes:

Niese Inflamed:

Jon Niese underwent an MRI on Monday that revealed inflammation in the AC joint in the top of the shoulder.

Niese has been prescribed anti-inflammatory medication. He still plans to miss only one start and return during the first series after the All-Star break, at San Diego.

A Mets official had said that Niese's MRI looked the same as one taken during spring training, but Niese said there actually were differences.

The spring-training MRI showed weakness in the scapula. He was prescribed strengthening exercises back then. This time inflammation existed in the AC joint.

X-Rays Negative for Torres:

Carlos Torres completed the 11th inning and earned the win, but the reliever did get a visit from the trainer after being struck in the bare hand with a two-out line drive off the bat of B.J. Upton during the final inning of the Mets' 4-3 win against the Atlanta Braves on Monday.

An X-ray after the game was negative. Torres officially has a bruise.

To Trade or Not to Trade?

Sandy Alderson continued to say Monday that the direction the Mets take at the trade deadline will be dictated by how the team performs heading into the All-Star break.

"Look, let's see where we are at the end of this week," Alderson told reporters. "We're always willing to listen. We may be thinking in terms of the second half of this season. We may be thinking more in terms of next season. We've made a lot of deals in recent years where we've gotten prospects who are a good ways away. I don't think we're thinking that way these days, although sometimes that's the value in a return. So I'd just hate to speculate on it."



Teagarden to remain on DL:

Taylor Teagarden will remain on the disabled list with the Mets, although he had been eligible to be activated on Monday.

Terry Collins said Teagarden legitimately had been dealing with a strained left hamstring when the Mets placed him on the DL on June 22.

Teagarden's DL stint has allowed the Mets to defer a decision about whether to keep him or Anthony Recker at the major league level.

Gee has pitch limit:

Terry Collins expects Dillon Gee will be limited to 90 to 95 pitches when he returns from the disabled list on Wednesday to face the Atlanta Braves.

Gee will be taking the rotation turn of Jonathon Niese, who landed on the DL with a left shoulder strain.

Gee threw 75 pitches for the Brooklyn Cyclones on Friday in his final rehab start, so the jump of 15 to 20 pitches should not be too taxing.

Gee last appeared in the majors on May 10. He subsequently was placed on the disabled list with a right lat-muscle strain.
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