Showing posts with label Greg Burke. Show all posts
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Thursday, November 07, 2013

Mets News: Reliever Greg Burke signs minor league contract with Rockies

Mets News:

According to multiple sources, Reliever Greg Burke and the Rockies have agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The right-hander spurned an offer from the Mets after spending the 2013 season shuttling between the Mets and their Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas.

Burke, 31, compiled a 5.68 ERA in 32 appearances with the Mets and a 4.55 ERA in 31 games in Las Vegas, where he pitched in hitter-friendly ballparks in the Pacific Coast League, not unlike Coors Field in Denver. 

Burke, who was one of seventeen minor league players who hit the free agent market when they were not added to the Mets' 40-man roster.

That list includes:

RHP: Giancarlo Alvarado, Matt Fox, D.J. Mitchell, Dylan Owen, Armando Rodriguez, Daryl Thompson, Cory Wade
LHP: Justin Hampson
C: Jeyckol De Leon, Francisco Pena
1B: Rhyne Hughes
3B: Richard Lucas
SS: Brian Bixler, Brandon Hicks, Josh Rodriguez
OF: Jamie Hoffmann

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Mets News: Mets Cut Four, Down to 36

Mets News:

First Off, Mike Baxter was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Dodgers. If any fan missed it

Baxter, 28, hit only .189 with four RBIs in 132 at-bats at the major league level this season.

"It's definitely sad that my time in New York is going to come to an end," said Baxter, a Queens native and 2002 Archbishop Molloy High School graduate. "I'm just thankful they gave me an opportunity to come in and fulfill a childhood dream playing for the Mets. I'll look at that time fondly. I really enjoyed playing in New York."

The Mets' 40-man roster stands at 36 (with eight pending free agents and eight players on the 60-day DL).

Of course, Baxter's signature play as a Met was his seventh-inning catch on a shot to left field off the bat of Yadier Molina that preserved Johan Santana's June 1, 2012 no-hit bid.

"Obviously that's the highlight of my time there, being involved in such a fun night like that -- a night that was historical for the Mets, being the first one and doing it behind Johan," Baxter said.

Baxter suffered a displaced right collarbone and fractured rib cartilage on the catch, which Terry Collins believes affected his performance this past season.

Left-hander Robert Carson's tenure with the Mets also has ended.  Carson, 24, was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Angels.

The Mets also removed relievers Greg Burke and Sean Henn from the 40-man roster.

Carson allowed nine homers in 19 2/3 innings at the major league level this season while compiling an 8.24 ERA. He was sent down to Triple-A Las Vegas after an Aug. 28 appearance, ostensibly to help the Pacific Coast League team in the playoffs, but suffered two losses in the first-round series and was not recalled in September.

Henn has the right to declare free agency, while Burke will become a free agent after the World Series.

Other Pending moves could be to letting Jordany Valdespin taking a flying leap off the roster...

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Mets News: Mets plan to bring up Burke and Harang first, rest may follow?

Mets News:

According to a report on ESPN, the Mets are expected to call up pitchers Greg Burke and Aaron Harang first as the Vegas 51's were eliminated in the playoffs.

The initial plan was to bring up SS Ruben Tejada, C Juan Centino, and OF Mike Baxter, but sources close to ESPN say that might be off the table for now.

The report also says that OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis and LHP Robert Carson will not be brought up.

The Mets have said they want to see what Tejada has left and want him to play everyday. But due to his super 2 status, The Mets can wait and prolong his free agent status to 2017.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Mets News: Mets send down Greg Burke to clear spot for Dice-K

Mets News:

Reliever Greg Burke has been demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas to clear the roster spot for Daisuke Matsuzaka.

On his first major league pitch since July 19, Burke surrendered a three-run homer to Chris Johnson on Wednesday as the Mets lost to the Atlanta Braves, 4-1, in 10 innings Wednesday.

Burke should return to the Mets in September, after Las Vegas' season ends.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Mets News: Jenrry Mejia to DL, Greg Burke called up to help bullpen

Mets News:

Jenrry Mejia has been placed on the DL. Terry Collins presumed Mejia would undergo surgery soon to remove the bone spur and miss the remainder of the season.

Sidearm reliever Greg Burke has been promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas for bullpen duty.

Collins added that the two "immediate" options are to have Carlos Torres fill in for a start or skip Mejia's turn because Thursday is a team off-day. In the latter scenario, however, Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler would have to pitch on standard rest, further jeopardizing their ability to complete the season before hitting innings caps.

If Torres were to start, Collins said, it would not be to complete the season. Instead, young pitchers in the minors not facing innings limits would be used.

Mets News: Mejia leaves game in 4th inning with elbow discomfort, DL possible

Mets News:

Jenrry Mejia left Saturday's start against the San Diego Padres after delivering his second pitch of the fourth inning with what the team announced is right elbow discomfort.

Mejia has stated he needs surgery after the season to remove a bone spur from the elbow. He spent the first half of the season on the disabled list with discomfort.

Assuming Mejia is unable to proceed in the rotation, Carlos Torres could slide back into a starting role. The Mets then could call up a bullpen arm from Triple-A -- potentially Greg Burke.

Jeremy Hefner is on the DL with an MCL strain in his right elbow, and will be evaluated Monday to determine if he needs Tommy John surgery.

Sandy Alderson is on the record saying minor league candidates Rafael Montero, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard are not optimal rotation fill-ins because they are approaching tight innings caps this season.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Malholm out - Wood In, Turner up - Burke Down, d'Arnaud to play minor league games, Lagares NL Player of the Week

Mets News and Notes:
NL Player of the Week

Atlanta Braves LHP Paul Maholm has been placed on the disabled list with a bruised left wrist and will not face the Mets on Thursday. Rookie southpaw Alex Wood (0-2, 2.45 ERA) instead will start the finale to the four-game series.

Reliever Greg Burke has been optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to clear the roster spot for Justin Turner's activation from the disabled list.

Burke was selected for the demotion over rookie Gonzalez Germen, who has allowed only one hit and three walks while striking out six in 3 2/3 innings spanning four appearances. Germen twice has inherited bases-loaded situations and wriggled free.

Burke had allowed a combined six runs over his past two appearances.

Travis d'Arnaud has been cleared to begin playing in minor league games later this week, a team source told

D'Arnaud received the go-ahead during a Monday exam in New York. He will run the bases Tuesday and Wednesday, then is scheduled to play in his first minor league game Thursday since suffering a broken left foot.

D'Arnaud, the organization's top catching prospect, suffered a fractured first metatarsal while catching with Triple-A Las Vegas on April 17.

He initially is expected to play in minor league games in Port St. Lucie before returning to the Pacific Coast League. D'Arnaud is projected to be a September call-up.

Friday, July 05, 2013

Mets News: RHP Gonzalez Germen demoted, 1B Ike Davis officially promoted

Mets News:

The Mets have demoted right-handed reliever Gonzalez Germen to complete Thursday's roster moves that included the promotions of Ike Davis and Greg Burke and Brandon Lyon getting designated for assignment.

Gonzalez went unused in his lone series with the ballclub.

Mets News: Mets DFA Brandon Lyon, Recall Greg Burke

Mets News:

The Mets have designated right-handed reliever Brandon Lyon for assignment, according to the team's official Twitter feed.

New York will recall fellow righty Greg Burke to take Lyon's roster spot, the team further tweets.

After a solid 2012 season in which he put up a 3.10 ERA, 9.3 K/9, and 3.0 BB/9 over 61 innings for the Astros and Blue Jays, Lyon signed on with the Mets for 2013.

He is currently sporting a 4.91 ERA in 33 innings thrown, though he was sitting at 3.16 earned per nine before the Nats came into town. Lyon has, however, failed to match last year's strikeout to walk ratio: he has registered 6.3 K/9 against 3.5 BB/9 to date.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Mets News: Burke to Triple-A, Wheeler officially back up with Mets

Mets News:

The Mets have demoted Greg Burke to Triple-A Las Vegas to clear the roster spot for the return of Zack Wheeler.

Burke had joined the Mets on Friday in Philadelphia when Jonathon Niese landed on the disabled list. He made one appearance against the Phillies and was charged with an unearned run because of John Buck's throwing error on an attempted steal.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Mets News: Burke to Philly, Niese to DL?

Mets News:

Right-hander Greg Burke is expected to rejoin the Mets this weekend in Philly from Triple-A Las Vegas, a source told

Despite recent success, Burke had been demoted June 15 when the Mets were compelled to put Carlos Torres on the major league roster or lose him.

Because Burke has not spent 10 days in the minors, he can only rejoin the Mets if a major league player lands on the DL. So it seems clear the Mets will play it safe with Niese and DL him.

Jon Niese is due to be examined Friday in New York for shoulder pain.

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.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mets News: Mets to call up Burke for bullpen help, Familia to the DL?

Terry Collins said the inability of Mets starting pitchers to go deep into games has overwhelmed his bullpen. So the Mets will promote a reliever before Sunday’s series finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the manager added.

“It’s a pretty big problem because our bullpen is shot,” Collins said about the length of starting pitchers’ performances. “So it’s created a major issue for us. We’re going to have to make a move tomorrow to get somebody here. … We’ve got to start getting some quality innings out of our starters. And we’re saved tomorrow. I know Matt will give us some innings. That will help.”

That reliever will be sidearmer Greg Burke, a team source told

Burke had been demoted with a 7.36 ERA on April 18, having surrendered runs in five of his seven major league appearances. He subsequently went 1-0 with two saves and a 4.66 ERA in eight relief appearances with Triple-A Las Vegas. Burke allowed 11 hits and three walks while striking out seven in 9 2/3 innings.

The Mets did not indicate how room would be made on the 25-man roster for Burke, but the logical action is to place Jeurys Familia on the DL. Familia has been unavailable since pitching Wednesday because of what is being labeled biceps tendinitis.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Mets News: Greg Burke Demoted, Familia will join the team

After the Mets' bullpen logged 10 1/3 innings in Tuesday's doubleheader, Jeurys Familia is being sent from Triple-A Las Vegas to Denver to be with the Mets.

Submariner Greg Burke officially has been demoted by the Mets to clear a roster spot for the addition of Jeurys Familia.

Burke, 30, had a 7.06 ERA in 7 1/3 innings spanning seven appearances. He allowed 10 hits and three walks while striking out seven.

Burke had worked both games of Tuesday's doubleheader. Familia has not pitched since logging two innings Sunday, so his arm should be fresh.

Burke's Career Stats:
2009 SDP NL 3 3 4.14 48 0 45.2 48 23 21 23 33
2013 NYM NL 0 1 7.36 7 0 7.1 10 9 6 3 7
2 Yrs 3 4 4.58 55 0 53.0 58 32 27 26 40
162 Game Avg. 4 5 4.58 68 0 66 72 40 33 32 49
Provided by View Original Table
Generated 4/17/2013.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Mets News: Burke and Familia will be on the Opening Day Roster

Submariner Greg Burke and right-hander Jeurys Familia both have made the Opening Day roster, sources told

Assuming the Mets proceed with carrying two left-handers in the bullpen, that suggests the Mets will have eight relievers to open the season: Bobby Parnell, Brandon Lyon, LaTroy Hawkins, Scott Atchison, Josh Edgin, Burke and Familia as well as Robert Carson or Scott Rice.

Carson is on the 40-man roster and presumably has the advantage.

The Mets would then need to shed a bullpen piece when Shaun Marcum would be activated from the DL to make the Game 6 start.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Bay, Burke, Nickeas, Mets Baserunning, Duda, Dickey

Mets News and Notes:

Attention Mets Fans: The Mets have bought out Jason Bay, who had been owed $19 million. Terms of the settlement were not immediately available.

The Mets have signed right-handed reliever Greg Burke to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

Burke, 30, split last season between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk in the Orioles organization. He went a combined 3-1 with a 1.53 ERA and 17 saves in 44 appearances.

Burke's lone major league experience came in 2009 with the Padres. He had a 4.14 ERA in 48 relief appearances.

He originally is a product of Gloucester (N.J.) Catholic.

After being outrighted off the 40-man roster, Mike Nickeas has elected free agency, a team official said.

Fred Lewis, who also had been removed from the roster, chose free agency as well.

The Mets currently have catchers Josh Thole and Anthony Recker on the 40-man roster.

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