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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Mets News: RHP Carlos Torres promoted to Mets, Burke to Triple AAA, McHugh DFA'd

Mets News:

After Carlos Torres forced their hand by exercising a clause in his contract, the Mets have promoted the right-hander from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Greg Burke has been optioned to Vegas, and Collin McHugh designated for assignment to clear a 40-man roster spot.

Torres, 30, exercised an out in his contract Friday. The Mets had 48 hours to promote him or release him.

The reigning Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week, Torres has tossed consecutive complete games with Las Vegas and has won five straight starts. He shaved his ERA from 6.35 to 3.89 during that five-start stretch. Over his past two starts, he has allowed one run on five hits and two walks while striking out 15 in 18 innings.

Torres was a quick castoff to minor league camp during spring training after getting hit hard in Grapefruit League play.

A source told that Torres otherwise had interest from the San Francisco Giants and the Rockies, as well as in South Korea.

Torres' addition would seem to mean a bullpen purge is coming.

The Mets also plan to add pitchers Zack Wheeler and likely Scott Atchison on Tuesday, Terry Collins has indicated. The Mets are allowed to carry an extra, 26th player for the doubleheader at Turner Field, but would need to drop another two players by Wednesday assuming Atchison also returns.

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Mets News: David Aardsma promoted, Collin McHugh demoted

Mets News:

Right-handed reliever David Aardsma has been promoted from Triple-A, with Collin McHugh sent down to Las Vegas.

To make room for Aardsma on the 40-man roster, the Mets moved Jeurys Familia to the 60-day disabled list. Aardsma will be available for Saturday's game against the Marlins.

"I had to really fight back and pitch to earn it," Aardsma said. "Last year was more of, OK, you came back. Now it's all right. I'm pitching and I made it. It feels great."

Aardsma, 31, made one appearance for the Yankees last season after returning from Tommy John surgery. He had a 1.13 ERA in eight relief appearances for Triple-A Las Vegas after beginning the season in the minors with the Marlins, following his release from the Yankees. Aardsma opted out with Miami after one month.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mets News: Mets Call Up Collin McHugh, Atchison to DL?

Mets News:

Collin McHugh has arrived in St. Louis, presumably to replace Scott Atchison, who had developed finger numbness Monday and was due to be examined in New York on Tuesday afternoon.

McHugh, 25, will work in long relief.

He had been 3-2 with a 2.74 ERA in eight Pacific Coast League starts with Las Vegas. In 49 1/3 innings, he allowed 53 hits and nine walks while striking out 36. McHugh tossed seven innings Sunday, so he likely would not be available for more than an inning tonight.

McHugh made eight appearances (four starts) for the Mets last season, going 0-4 with a 7.59 ERA.

The Mets had limited options available who already are on the 40-man roster. Josh Edgin has a 7.88 ERA in five appearances since a demotion to Double-A Binghamton. Gonzalez Germen has a 5.96 ERA in 16 relief appearances with Las Vegas. And Hansel Robles is pitching for Class A St. Lucie.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 5/12: McHugh pitches seven for third win

Mets Minor League Roundup 5/12:

Class AAA - LAS VEGAS 3, ALBUQUERQUE 1: The 51s defeated the Isotopes, 4-3, for their second straight victory in game two of the four-game series before a Little League/Mother's Day crowd of 3,489 at Cashman Field. Las Vegas built an 4-0 lead after four innings. RHP Collin McHugh improved to 3-2. He pitched seven innings and allowed six hits, one run and walked two. Box.

Class AA - HARRISBURG 3, BINGHAMTON 1; BINGHAMTON 9, HARRISBURG 3: After dropping the first game of a doubleheader, Binghamton responded in the final game to earn the series split. Danny Muno had the lone RBI in the first game. In Game 2, the B-Mets struck right away. They scored six runs in the first inning, highlighted by two-run singles by Cesar Puello and Cory Mazzoni. They then tacked on three more runs in the second, with an RBI double from Blake Forsythe and a two-run double by Joe Bonfe. On the mound, Mazzoni shut down the Senators. He threw 5 2/3 innings and only gave up one run on his way to earning his first win in 2013. Game 1 Box; Game 2 Box.

Class A - ROME 4, SAVANNAH 1: Rome scored first, with a pair of runs, only one of which was earned, against Savannah starter Matt Koch in the third. The Gnats scored their only run of the game when left fielder Stefan Sabol a solo home run in the third inning. The Braves added two runs in the sixth inning. The Gnats had more errors (4) than hits (3). Box.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 4/16: McHugh tosses 5 2/3 innings, Nimmo still on fire

Mets Minor League Roundup 4/16:

SACRAMENTO 2, LAS VEGAS 1: Gonzalez Germen surrendered a tiebreaking RBI single to Michael Choice in the seventh for the decisive run. Collin McHugh had limited Sacramento to one run (unearned) on seven hits and three walks while striking out three in a 102-pitch effort spanning 5 2/3 innings. The run against McHugh came after a first-inning error by Wilmer Flores. Flores' single in the fourth plated Juan Lagares (3-for-4) to even the score at 1. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, PORTLAND 3: Portland took an early lead against B-Mets starter Logan Verrett. An RBI double from Tony Thomas in the first and an inside-the-park homer by Heiker Meneses in the second put the Sea Dogs up 2-0. Verrett settled down, though, and allowed one additional hit over his next four innings. He began the seventh inning, but was relieved by Jack Leathersich after surrendering a two-out walk to Peter Hissey. Binghamton's comeback began in the fourth against Portland starter Drake Britton. With two outs, Cory Vaughn singled. Cesar Puello then tripled to put Binghamton on the board. After Danny Muno walked, Britton threw a wild pitch, allowing Puello to score and tie the game. Francisco Pena gave the B-Mets the lead with an RBI double. The game moved quickly until the bottom of the seventh, where it was halted for 37 minutes due to a rain delay. After the break, the B-Mets tacked on four more runs in the eighth to boost their lead to 7-2. Jeff Walters gave up one run in the ninth, but finished the game to earn his third save. Walters recorded his second save of the season that lasted more than one inning (also two innings at Akron on April 4). Right-hander Jacob DeGrom will make his Double-A on Wednesday. Box

ST. LUCIE 13, CHARLOTTE 3: Dustin Lawley belted a grand slam and Aderlin Rodriguez had a solo homer. Cam Maron went 3-for-5 with a triple and three RBIs. Hansel Robles (1-1) allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks while striking out three in six innings. Estarlin Morel and Wanel Mesa combined for three scoreless relief innings. St. Lucie improved to 9-3. Box

GREENSBORO 9, SAVANNAH 8: Julian Hilario suffered the blown save and the loss after surrendering three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. Viosergy Rosa delivered the walk-off three-run homer against Hilario. The Gnats had taken the lead with a three-run top of the inning that included Jayce Boyd's sacrifice fly and a tiebreaking two-run homer by Kevin Plawecki. Brandon Nimmo finished 3-for-5 to up his South Atlantic League average to .447. Gnats starter Luis Cessa allowed four runs (one earned) in five innings. The Gnats committed three errors, including a pair by third baseman Cole Frenzel. Box

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Wright, Carson, Alderson, Free Agent Centerfielders, Francisco, McHugh, Bay, Fundraiser

Mets News and Notes:

David Wright tied Ed Kranepool for the franchise hits record but it came in a losing effort as the Mets fell to the Pirates, 8-6 Tuesday night at Citi Field. Wright now has two more games to try and record his 1,419th hit in front of a home crowd before the Mets finish the season on the road.

Despite tying the franchise record, Wright said once again that it's hard for him to focus too much on his accomplishment when the team has been floundering in the second half and has been knocked from the pennant race.
"I don't think you can sit back and really enjoy this until you're done playing -- or, maybe, enjoy it a little bit in the offseason," Wright said after the 10-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. "I'm not programmed, and it's a little odd and uncomfortable talking about something individual like this, when we've had our struggles in the second half and haven't done what I think all of us feel like we were capable of doing. But I'll enjoy it at some point -- probably not tonight. I have to get ready for tomorrow. But at some point I'm sure I'll enjoy it because it's a nice accomplishment and I'm very proud."

Manager Terry Collins is concerned about Robert Carson's elbow as he has to go for an MRI on Wednesday. Carson had to leave the game with what was preliminary diagnosed as an elbow strain and a X-ray came back negative. Carson likely has pitched his final game as a Met this season as the team awaits further testing.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson talked on television about a variety of topics on Tuesday night, including the upcoming contract situations with Wright and R.A. Dickey. He reiterated once again that the team plans to do all it again to ensure that its top hitter and top pitcher will remain in Flushing for the future.

Said Alderson:

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Trading Ike, Triple A Vegas, No Scoring, Knuckleball Day, World Baseball Classic, Adding Seats at Citi, Hefner, McHugh, Familia, Brewer

Going, Going, Gone?
Mets News and Notes:

The Mets will consider trading Ike Davis this winter, which would open first base for Lucas Duda and potentially address other areas of need, a baseball source told

Mike Puma in the Post also weighs in on the Davis vs. Duda debate, writing:
The 25-year-old Davis said he would like to stay in the organization that selected him No. 1 (18th overall) in the 2008 draft. But he said he won’t be bitter if he’s dealt. “If they trade me, they trade me -- I can’t do anything about it,” Davis said. “I have to do my job where I am at.” Does Davis consider himself a cornerstone-type player? “I think I can help teams win baseball games,” Davis said. “That is all I want to do.”

After the Buffalo Bisons showed no interest in renewing their four-year-old affiliation agreement, the Mets signed a two-year deal (the shortest available) with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s of the Pacific Coast League.

Terry Collins, who managed in that league for five years, acknowledged the altitude and dryness of the West Coast ballparks present challenges to pitchers and inflate batters' statistics. But pitchers can still thrive, the manager added.

Top prospect Zack Wheeler, who likely is ticketed for Triple-A to open next season, tweeted after the news became official that he is familiar with those types of conditions because he played with San Jose in the California League while in Class A with the San Francisco Giants.

R.A. Dickey had no margin for error in Monday's loss. The Mets have now scored three or fewer runs in a franchise-record 14 straight home games. They are 4-22 at Citi Field since the All-Star break.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Mets Tragic Number, Dickey, Gonzalez, Phillies, Bisons, Familia, McHugh, Hefner, Cy-Young Watch

Mets News and Notes:

The Mets' tragic number for postseason elimination dropped to six as they return home for their final 2012 homestand -- 10 games against the Philadelphia Phillies, Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates.

R.A. Dickey aims for win No. 19 in Monday's homestand opener, when he opposes Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee. Dickey has four starts remaining, including tonight, to try to produce two wins and become the Mets' first 20-game winner since Frank Viola in 1990. If the pattern of pitching every fifth game holds, the knuckleballer also is due to face the Marlins on Sunday at Citi Field, then pitch at Atlanta on Sept. 28 and at Miami in the regular-season finale on Oct. 3.

Washington Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez, another Cy Young Award candidate, failed in his attempt to notch his 20th win Sunday night, as the Atlanta Braves beat the Nats, 5-1. Gonzalez, who allowed two runs in five innings, is now 19-8 with a 2.95 ERA.

The Phillies, who oppose Dickey tonight, arrive at Citi Field having lost three of four to Houston this weekend. They are four games behind St. Louis for the second wild-card slot. The Mets will be playing spoiler...

Major league clubs and minor league teams began a 15-day window Sunday to seek new affiliation agreements. As expected, the Toronto Blue Jays and Triple-A Buffalo Bisons spoke and appear to be nearing a deal. That would push the Mets to the lone vacant affiliate, Las Vegas in the Pacific Coast League, which has been the home of the Blue Jays.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Mets at Home, 1st-Responder Caps, 300 Tickets, Mejia, Familia, Hefner, McHugh

Mets News and Notes:

The Mets are now 4-20 since the All-Star break at home. That means the Atlanta Braves and Nats have more wins at Citi Field -- five apiece -- than the Mets in the second half. The Houston Astros are 5-20 at Minute Maid Park after a win Tuesday, giving the Mets the worst second-half home record in the majors this season. Writes Jared Diamond in the Journal:

Both the Mets and Astros are chasing a rather dubious distinction: the worst second half at home in 80 years. In 1979, the Mets went 6-32 at home after the All-Star break, the worst such mark since 1933 (not counting the 1994 strike season). During that period, the St. Louis Cardinals actually had more victories (seven) at Shea Stadium than the Mets. While the woeful Astros own the worst record in baseball, the Mets actually went 26-20 at home in the first half.

The Mets wore first-responder caps pregame, but not in-game Tuesday. "Basically, we got what we asked for," Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said. "We asked [MLB] to wear them during BP and for the anthem, and they gave us what we wanted. Our guys honored 9/11 people in other ways. We went to about four firehouses, we went to Cantor Fitzgerald today. So there are other ways to honor. We did a lot of things in the last week or two, which we've done for the last 11 years."

The Mets donated 300 tickets to the game to Tuesday's Children, a foundation that helps the children of 9/11 victims.

Jenrry Mejia should receive three starts, beginning Saturday at Milwaukee. Jeurys Familia should start the final week of the season. Jeremy Hefner, who temporarily has been relocated to the bullpen, and Collin McHugh also will get additional starts this month.

Monday, September 03, 2012

Preview: Game 135 - Mets at Cardinals - McHugh will make the start on Labor Day

New York Mets (64-70) at St. Louis Cardinals (72-62) 2:15 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
C. McHugh (R) 1 0-0 0.007.00-00.008/23COLND7.0200-07.00.00
J. Kelly (R) 13 4-6 3.615.22-33.068/29@PITL5.0851-113.24.61

Rookie right-hander Joe Kelly tries to maintain his team's hold on a playoff spot Monday afternoon when the St. Louis Cardinals host the New York Mets in the first of three straight games at Busch Stadium.

The Cardinals enter the series with a half-game lead over Los Angeles for the second of two National League wild card playoff berths, with the Pittsburgh Pirates 1 1/2 games off the pace.

St. Louis, which made the postseason as a wild card last year and wound up with a World Series title, trails first-place Cincinnati by 9 1/2 games in the National League's Central Division.

The Mets, who are tied with Philadelphia for third in the NL's East Division, are eight games off the wild card pace.

Kelly, a third-round pick of the Cardinals in 2009, makes his first major- league appearance against New York while starting for the 14th time.

He fell to 4-6 overall in his most recent outing on Aug. 29 after allowing eight hits and five runs in five innings of a 5-0 defeat at Pittsburgh.

Previously, he'd earned a relief win with three innings of one-run ball in an Aug. 24 victory at Cincinnati.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Mets Mess, McHugh, Murphy, Wright

David Wright hits his 200th HR
Mets News and Notes:

The METS MESS (57-69) dropped to 12 games under .500 for the first time since finishing the 2009 season at 70-92. They were hitless in four at-bats with runners in scoring position Friday, and are hitting .113 (8-for-71) in those situations over the past 10 days. Jonathon Niese suffered the latest tough loss for a Mets starting pitcher, despite limiting Houston to three run in seven innings. Niese has a 1.61 ERA over his past three starts.

With Miami's loss at Dodger Stadium, the Mets did remain a half-game out of the NL East basement. But the Mets have now lost six straight, matching their season high, and Terry Collins said he is at a loss for a solution.

The Mets are winless through five games of their homestand despite facing a pair of last-place teams -- the Colorado Rockies and Astros.

Collin McHugh became the roster casualty for the return of Jeremy Hefner from paternity leave. McHugh should make one start for Triple-A Buffalo while spending the required 10 days in the minors. He then is due to reenter the major league rotation. Collins reasoned that demoting McHugh made sense, despite the right-hander tossing seven scoreless innings in his major league debut, because the Mets did not need six starting pitchers with a team off-day Monday. Hefner is due to start Sunday.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Collin McHugh Solid In MLB Debut

Mets' starting pitcher Collin McHugh made his MLB debut yesterday against the Colorado Rockies. He was very impressive, striking out nine batters over seven scoreless innings only allowing two hits and one walk.

The Mets' bats have been very sluggish since the All-Star Break, and it showed yesterday. McHugh got absolutely no run support at all. The Mets lost the game 1-0, Bobby Parnell took the loss while McHugh got a no decision. Even though the second half of the season has gone poorly for the Mets, there have been a couple of bright spots.

Matt Harvey has proved to be dominant at times, and is a lock for next years starting rotation. Now Collin McHugh is another arm to add into the mix of young pitchers for the Mets.

McHugh is only the third pitcher since 1900 to post those kinds of numbers in his big league debut. Nobody expected Collin McHugh to pitch this well in his first career start, but he came out firing. After allowing a leadoff double to Charlie Blackmon in the top of the first, McHugh worked his way out of a first inning jam.

After the first inning he only allowed a hit and a walk until he came out of the game after the 7th. Overall, I was very impressed with McHugh and if he continues to pitch the way he did yesterday, he will have a lot of success.

Recap: Game 125 - Rockies at Mets - McHugh gives them a chance, But Mets Still Lose

Citi Field (Flushing, NY)
Colorado (50-73) «000000010160
N.Y. Mets (57-68)000000000070
W: R. Brothers (8-2) L: B. Parnell (2-3)
S: M. Belisle (1)
HR: COL - None   NYM - None

Chris Nelson's RBI single in the eighth inning was the difference as the Colorado Rockies completed a four-game sweep of the New York Mets with a 1-0 victory on Thursday.

Rex Brothers (8-2) earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief, while Matt Belisle left the tying run on second in the ninth to secure his first save of the season for Colorado, which has won five straight overall.

Collin McHugh made his major league debut for New York and gave up just two hits and a walk while striking out nine over seven innings in a no-decision.

"I was really impressed," Mets manager Terry Collins said about McHugh. "He did exactly what we wanted him to do."

Bobby Parnell (2-3) surrendered the game's lone run to take the loss for the Mets, who have dropped five straight.

The Rockies, who did not advance a runner past first base after stranding a man on third in the first inning, broke the scoreless tie in the eighth when Nelson followed Tyler Colvin's leadoff triple with a base hit up the middle.

Colvin said he was happy to see his triple get over the head of Mets center fielder Jordany Valdespin to set up the lone run.

"I knew I hit it well and it had good backspin on it," Colvin said. "I saw him take a couple of steps in there and I knew I had him."

New York, meanwhile, squandered McHugh's impressive outing by leaving a runner on second base in the first, second, third, fourth, fifth and seventh innings. The Mets hit 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base over that span.

The trend continued into the final two frames as Will Harris worked around a two-out double by Ruben Tejada in the eighth inning before Belisle stranded Justin Turner on second in the ninth by inducing a pair of fly outs by Daniel Murphy and David Wright.

Game Notes

McHugh got the start in place of Johan Santana, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with back problems that have been plaguing him all season ... Tyler Chatwood allowed three hits and walked three in a three- inning start for Colorado ... New York finished the game hitting 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base ... The Mets have been held to two runs or less in their last six games ... Colorado has won eight straight games at Citi Field dating back to April 11, 2011.

Box Score:

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Preview: Game 125 - Rockies at Mets - Collin McHugh's First MLB Start

Colorado Rockies (49-73) at New York Mets (57-67) 1:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
T. Chatwood (R) 4 3-3 5.465.11-14.918/18MIAL4.0962-115.04.20
C. Mchugh (-) 0 0-0 0.000.00-00.00---ND0.0000-00.00.00

Rookie right-hander Collin McHugh makes his major-league debut with the New York Mets Thursday when they host the Colorado Rockies in the finale of a four-game series at Citi Field.

The 25-year-old Georgia native gets the call in place of former ace lefty Johan Santana, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with back problems that have been plaguing him all season.

An 18th-round pick of the Mets in the 2008 draft, McHugh spent his initial three pro seasons at Single-A before climbing the ladder to Double-A in 2011.

He's made 12 starts apiece this season at Double-A and Triple-A, combining to post a 2.88 earned run average with 132 strikeouts in 143 2/3 innings.

In five seasons in the minors, he's struck out 520 batters in 521 innings.

McHugh is opposed by fellow youngster Tyler Chatwood, who makes his fifth start of the season and 30th in his career.

The 22-year-old was 6-11 in 27 appearances - 25 starts - with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last season before he was sent to the Rockies in a November deal that sent Chris Ianetta to the Angels.

He began this season with seven straight relief appearances and was 1-2 with a save and a 7.62 ERA, but has since gone 2-2 in four starts.

He's defeated San Francisco and Milwaukee while allowing just two runs on seven hits in 11 innings, but lost decisions to the Giants and Miami while giving up 11 hits and nine runs in 7 1/3 innings.

Chatwood won his lone career meeting with the Mets after allowing four hits in seven scoreless innings with four walks and four strikeouts.

On Wednesday, Wilin Rosario belted the tie-breaking solo home run in the seventh inning, as the Rockies continued their domination of the Mets with a 5-2 victory.

Tyler Colvin had two hits and scored twice for the Rockies, who will aim for a four-game sweep Thursday afternoon. Colorado, which has won four in a row and eight of its last 10 contests, has won seven road games against the Mets.

Scott Hairston and Ike Davis each knocked in a run for the Mets, who have been held to two runs or less in five consecutive contests, their longest stretch since Sept. 15-19, 2003.

"Each one of us is going out and taking our jobs seriously. We don't take it lightly," Hairston said. "We play our hearts out. Our best wasn't good enough today."

Colorado lost center fielder Dexter Fowler with a sprained right ankle. He was hurt in the fourth inning.

The Mets won two of three games from the Rockies in April in Denver, while the Rockies won five of seven between the teams in 2011.

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