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Monday, August 18, 2014

Mets News and Notes: Wright, Abreu, Dice-K, deGrom

Mets News and Notes: Wright, Abreu, Dice-K, deGrom

Mets manager Terry Collins offered no indication David Wright would return to the lineup for Monday's matinee series finale against the Cubs.

Wright departed Saturday's game after six innings, after being struck in his already injured left shoulder with an 88 mph fastball from Dan Straily.

He did not appear in Sunday's game, nor did he speak with the media pregame or postgame. A team spokesman said Wright was getting treatment. The spokesman added that Wright did not require any MRIs or other tests.
Bobby Abreu, who re-signed with the Mets on a minor-league deal Friday, four days after officially getting released, is likely to return to the major league club in September, according to a team official. It is unclear whether that will occur at the beginning of the month, when rosters first expand, or after Triple-A Las Vegas' postseason has ended.

Why did the Mets re-sign the 40-year-old Abreu?

"Whenever we sign a veteran player to a minor-league deal, we think about the impact he may or may not have on younger players," team vice president Paul DePodesta said. "For instance, that was a big reason for us bringing Buddy Carlyle into minor-league camp. Likewise, we certainly believed Bobby could have a positive influence in addition to his on-field performance."

So why is Daisuke Matsuzaka remaining on a rehab assignment after tossing six innings for the Binghamton Mets on Saturday and surrendering one run and three hits in a 69-pitch effort?

Essentially, with Jacob deGrom expected to return from the DL next weekend and bullpen arms including Buddy Carlyle performing well, there's no room for Matsuzaka right now on the major league roster.

So Matsuzaka is due to make at least one more rehab start before the Mets consider activating him. Manager Terry Collins expects that start to include about 85 pitches and to be for the Brooklyn Cyclones.

Matsuzaka would have to make another rehab start beyond that if the Mets want to stall his return all the way until rosters expand on Sept. 1.
A day after Jacob deGrom tossed on flat ground for the first time since being placed on the disabled list, the rookie threw a 20-pitch bullpen session Sunday morning and pronounced his shoulder fine.

DeGrom threw 20 pitches, all fastballs, during the brief session.

He should have a more formal bullpen session midweek, in advance of potentially coming off the DL to start Saturday at Dodger Stadium.

"We were just seeing how it felt," deGrom said about Sunday's session. "I threw changeups when I was playing catch, and those felt fine. Either Tuesday or Wednesday I'll throw everything."
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