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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Mets News and Notes: Chris Young officially Released, Dice-K Role?, Ruben at SS, Mets re-sign Abreu

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Mets News and Notes:

Chris Young, who had been designated for assignment by the Mets six days ago, officially was released Friday.

The Mets are responsible for Young's entire $7.25 million salary, less a prorated portion of the $500,000 major league minimum should he happen to sign elsewhere.

Young hit .205 with eight homers and 28 RBIs in 254 at-bats.

Matt den Dekker and Eric Campbell have platooned in left field since Young's departure.
Daisuke Matsuzaka's role upon returning to the majors will depend upon Jacob deGrom's health and Rafael Montero's performance in the interim, Terry Collins said.

Matsuzaka, on the DL with elbow inflammation, makes another rehab start Saturday, in Game 1 of a doubleheader for Double-A Binghamton at Reading.

Collins said whether the Mets ultimately bring Matsuzaka back as a starter is partly based on whether Jacob deGrom returns from the DL on time.

DeGrom is scheduled to throw for the first time on Saturday since landing on the DL with rotator cuff tendinitis. If all goes according to plan, he would miss only one more rotation turn, then pitch next Saturday at Dodger Stadium.

If deGrom is not ready, and Montero falls flat again filling in on Sunday for deGrom against the Cubs, Collins can see Matsuzaka returning as a starting pitcher.
Wilmer Flores starts a ninth straight game at shortstop on Friday night against the Chicago Cubs, but his streak is about to be broken.

Ruben Tejada, who has had only two at-bats during that span, is due to start a weekend game, Terry Collins said.

Flores remains the priority at shortstop.
The Mets re-signed the veteran outfielder to a minor-league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Presumably, he would return to the major league club once rosters expand Sept. 1.

The Mets had designated the 40-year-old Abreu for assignment on Aug. 5 and formally released him five days later.

Abreu was hitless in his final 22 at-bats as a pinch hitter and 2-for-31 during the season in that role. Overall, he hit .238 with one home run and 14 RBIs in 122 at-bats with the Mets.
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