Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Mets News and Notes: Wright back Friday, Gee to pitch for Cyclones Friday, Wright Falling Behind in Polls, Payday for Bonilla
Wright back Friday:
The Mets plan to play shorthanded in Atlanta while David Wright remains active. Wright is missing the Braves series and instead is getting treatment at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan for a bruised left rotator cuff. Terry Collins now expects Wright will rejoin the team and be available to play on Friday when the Mets return to Citi Field to face the Texas Rangers.
Gee to pitch for Cyclones Friday:
Dillon Gee will again pitch for the Brooklyn Cyclones on Friday as his rehab assignment nears its conclusion.
Gee will pitch at Coney Island on the Fourth of July, against Aberdeen at 6 p.m.
Mets officials previously have indicated Gee is expected to be activated from the disabled list after that start. However, Terry Collins said Tuesday that there will at least be consideration to leaving Gee in the minors until after the All-Star break, to keep his idle time to a minimum.
Gee logged 55 pitches Sunday for the Cyclones in his second rehab start. He has been on the DL since May 11 with a strained right lat muscle.
Wright Falling Behind in Polls:
With internet polls set to close on Thursday at 11:59 p.m., David Wright continues to lose ground in All-Star balloting. The final intermediate tally at third base for the National League:
Aramis Ramirez, Brewers, 1,790,777
Wright, Mets, 1,555,717
Pablo Sandoval, Giants, 1,406,026
Matt Carpenter, Cardinals, 1,323,021
Todd Frazier, Reds, 1,224,931
The All-Star squads will be announced on ESPN on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.
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Payday for Bonilla:
Yesterday embarked another payday for Bobby Bonilla.
Back near the end of Bonilla’s playing days, the Mets agreed to pay him $1,193,248.20 annually on July 1 for 25 years, beginning in 2011.
Bonilla was owed $5.9 million when the Mets agreed to that buyout.
The agreement called for deferred payments at an 8 percent annual interest rate. At the time, Mets ownership did not mind that interest rate because their investments with Bernie Madoff were returning comfortably more than that figure.