Showing posts with label Adam Loewen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Adam Loewen. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

With Andres Torres Injury, Mets scurrying for center field help


Jason Bay could see some CF Action
A new injury to Andres Torres has the Mets reanalyzing their options in center field, with Opening Day nearly two weeks away.

Torres left Tuesday's game against the Nationals in the second inning with a left calf strain, leaving the Mets uncertain of his status going forward. But they do know they have options. Minutes after the game ended, regular left fielder Jason Bay approached manager Terry Collins to offer his services in center field. Collins accepted, with plans to play Bay there later this week.

In addition to Bay, Collins also plans to use Mike Baxter, Adam Loewen and infield prospect Jordany Valdespin in center in the coming days, all to deduce who might be a realistic option at the position come April. None of the four are natural center fielders.

"I'm just trying to figure out what my best fits are," Collins said.

All of that, of course, will become moot if Torres recovers quickly. To that end, the Mets will watch their starting center fielder closely over the next few days, knowing how much time Torres missed last season due to various injuries with the Giants. Torres felt a pull in his left calf while fielding Brett Carroll's line drive in the second inning Tuesday, leading to his early departure.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Adam Loewen bidding for the Mets 5th outfielder spot


Adam Loewen left the black bat tucked in his locker when he exited the clubhouse Saturday morning. It has his name on it, but not his initials. The code on the bat – JC-22M – belongs to another player.

“I think it’s Jose Cruz Jr.’s,” Loewen said. “He doesn’t even play anymore.”

Finding this 34-inch piece of lumber was one of the most difficult elements of his conversion from pitcher to hitter. Loewen made 29 starts during his three seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, going 8-8 with a 5.38 ERA.

But now he’s in Mets camp, bidding for the team’s fifth outfielder spot. The Mets are taking a close look. Loewen has played in five of the team’s first seven games and the early returns look good. He is hitting .333 after striking out in his only plate appearance during Saturday’s 8-2 loss to the Washington Nationals at Space Coast Stadium.

“Just to be here is a blessing and a privilege, so I don’t put a lot of pressure on any one at-bat,” Loewen said. “There’s lots of time to get things done and show what kind of player I am.”

Pitching coach Dan Warthen was asked why so few pitchers try following Loewen’s path, attempting the leap from mound to plate.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Mets sign OF Adam Loewen to a minor league deal


The Mets have signed Adam Loewen to a minor league deal, Baseball America reports.


A former pitcher, the 27-year-old Loewen hit .306 with 17 homers and 85 RBIs in 520 at-bats at Triple-A Las Vegas while primarily manning right field last season. He also appeared in 14 games for the Toronto Blue Jays, hitting .188 with one homer.

He last appeared in the majors as a pitcher in 2008 with the Baltimore Orioles, when the southpaw went 0-2 with an 8.02 ERA in 21 1/3 innings.
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