Mets News and Notes: Hefner's Setback, deGrom to DL, Montero on the way, Collins talks with Mejia about Hernia, Granderson, Niese Clear Waivers, Dice-K Begins Rehab Stint
Hefner Setback: Jeremy Hefner's comeback from Tommy John surgery has hit a major snag.
Hefner was diagnosed in New York on Monday with a re-injury to a ligament in his right elbow as well as a stress fracture of the ulna bone. He may undergo reconstructive surgery again.
"Not good news on that front," assistant GM John Ricco said.
Hefner departed his sixth minor-league start last Wednesday after one inning. He was nearing a full return from Tommy John surgery, which was performed on Aug. 28, 2013.
deGrom to DL, Montero on the way:
The New York Mets placed reigning NL Rookie of the Month Jacob deGrom on the disabled list with rotator cuff tendinitis on Monday.
Right-hander Rafael Montero will be promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas and is expected to make two starts, beginning Tuesday against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
DeGrom (6-5, 2.87 ERA) experienced shoulder soreness after his last start. He was examined by team doctor Struan Coleman on Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, and assistant general manager John Ricco said deGrom has been prescribed anti-inflammatory medication.
Manager Terry Collins expects deGrom to return after missing two starts.
Collins talks with Mejia about Hernia:
Terry Collins met with Jenrry Mejia on Monday morning in the visiting manager's office at Citizens Bank Park. The powwow came a day after Mejia publicly revealed he had a hernia that will require surgery at the end of the season if not sooner.
Collins' understanding is Mejia should be able to pitch with the hernia. The closer will be available on Tuesday.
The manager had preferred Mejia keep the hernia injury quiet.
"I said, 'Listen, if you have an issue that's keeping you from being able to pitch the way you've been pitching, you need to tell me. I'm the only one who can fix it,'" Collins said. "He said, 'No, I was fine. They [reporters] asked me about my leg, going to the doctor, and I just told them, plus, I got medicine for my hernia.' I said, 'Well, you've got to be careful of spreading too much information, because it didn't come out very good.'
Granderson, Niese Clear Waivers:
Jonathon Niese and Curtis Granderson have cleared waivers, making them eligible to be traded this month, Jon Heyman reports at CBSSports.com.
Teams routinely put their players through waivers in August with no intention of moving them, in part to mask other players they hope to sneak through. In fact, Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg reportedly were placed on waivers, claimed and pulled back in recent days by the Washington Nationals.
Granderson going unclaimed means no team wanted to risk getting the remainder of his four-year, $60 million contract dumped on them by the Mets.
Niese clearing may be as harmless as no team wasting time putting in a claim on a pitcher they don't believe the Mets would consider trading anyway.
The real player to watch is Bartolo Colon, who had not been placed on waivers yet this month as of a few days ago, according to ESPN's Jayson Stark.
Dice-K Begins Rehab Stint:
Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed three scoreless innings for Single-A St. Lucie on Monday night against Bradenton. Matsuzaka allowed one hit and struck out three in a 39-pitch effort.
"It’s been a while since I’ve pitched in a game, so my focus was on how I prepared and how I went in to the game," Matsuzaka told TCPalm.com through an interpreter. "I was able to do that pretty well. Everything went smoothly. I’d give it a 10."
Terry Collins said Matsuzaka will make one or two more rehab starts before being activated from the disabled list.