Saturday, July 12, 2014
Mets News and Notes: Teagarden, Hefner, Conforto, Harvey, Rice
Teagarden in Rehab:
Taylor Teagarden began a rehab assignment Saturday in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Teagarden is serving as the designated hitter for the Gulf Coast League Mets. He has been on the disabled list since June 22 with a strained left hamstring.
That signals the Mets may need to make a decision out of the All-Star break about which catcher to keep at the major league level. Anthony Recker has an option remaining. Teagarden is out of options, so he would need to clear waivers and, even then, also would need to accept an assignment to Triple-A.
Teagarden, 30, hit .143 (4-for-28) with one homer, five RBIs and two walks in nine major league games this season before landing on the DL.
Hefner Pitches a inning:
Jeremy Hefner tossed a 1-2-3 inning for the Gulf Coast League Mets on Saturday morning in Port St. Lucie, Fla. It marked his first time pitching in a game since undergoing Tommy John surgery on Aug. 28, 2013.
Hefner aims to pitch in the majors this season.
First-round pick Michael Conforto officially was introduced at Citi Field on Friday. He is due to begin his pro career with the Brooklyn Cyclones, although he will be eased into games and actually will travel to Los Angeles next week because he is one of three finalists for the Golden Spikes Award.
Boras says slow down Harvey:
Agent Scott Boras appears to favor a more conservative rehab plan for Matt Harvey than even Sandy Alderson and the Mets. The agent said the optimal rehab time following Tommy John surgery before entering a game is 14 to 16 months.
Scott Rice Spur:
Left-hander Scott Rice, who has been sidelined since June 23 at Triple-A Las Vegas, has been diagnosed with a bone spur in his pitching elbow, a source told ESPNNewYork.com.
Rice likely will wait several days and then determine if he can tolerate pitching through the spur. If he cannot, he could proceed with surgery to remove it.
That is not a significant procedure, but it could knock out Rice for much of the remainder of this season.