Showing posts with label Injury Updates. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Injury Updates. Show all posts

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Mets News: Catching Prospect d'Arnaud breaks bone in foot

Minor League catcher Travis d’Arnaud, the Mets’ top position player prospect, will fly to New York on Friday to see team doctors after fracturing a bone in his foot, General Manager Sandy Alderson said Thursday.

The injury, based on preliminary X-ray, is believed to be a non-displaced fracture of the first metatarsal in his left foot. The first metatarsal is a long bone that runs to the base of the big toe.

D’Arnaud sustained the injury after talking a foul tip off his foot while catching for the Mets’ Class AAA team in Las Vegas on Wednesday night.

Alderson said there was no timetable for his return. “We’ll wait until the doctors see him tomorrow,” he said.

Treatment and rehabilitation for non-displaced metatarsal fractures generally require a month or so in a walking cast.

The injury will be disappointing for the Mets, who viewed d’Arnaud as their catcher of the near future. He was the centerpiece of the trade that sent R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays this winter. D’Arnaud, 24, was batting .250 with one home run and in 12 games for the Las Vegas 51s.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Mets Notes: Lucas Duda back tightened up, says no big deal!

Mets Notes:

Lucas Duda, who was removed from Game 2 of Tuesday's Mets-Rockies doubleheader in the fifth inning with lower-back stiffness, said the issue arose in his first at-bat of the nightcap.

Duda speculated the cold weather contributed to the issue. He pledged to be back in the lineup Wednesday, presuming the Mets play. The forecast is for 8 inches of snow in the Mile High City.

"It's not a big deal. It just kind of tightened up," Duda said. "I should be in there tomorrow."

"We'll see tomorrow," Terry Collins said. "It stiffened up on him. He started to try to move around to get it loose and he couldn't. So I just took him out."

Monday, April 15, 2013

Mets News: Pedro Feliciano pitching with St.Lucie

Left-handed reliever Pedro Feliciano has officially joined Class A St. Lucie.

Feliciano spent the past two weeks building up shoulder strength.

The Mets asked Feliciano to give them a month in the minors from Opening Day before leaving the organization.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Mets News: Mets try to get Marcum ready in a hurry, Will pitch simulated game soon...

Mets News:

Aaron Laffey is still due to start Tuesday at Colorado, but the Mets believe they can get Shaun Marcum ready to be activated from the disabled list relatively quickly.

Marcum, who has experienced shoulder and neck pain that required injections to ease, is due to throw two innings in a simulated game in a couple of days.

Mets officials plan to have him ramp up to five innings, potentially in an official rehab game with St. Lucie in the Florida State League, in the next outing. After that, DL activation is possible.

Mets News: Zach Wheeler has blister on right middle finger

Mets News:

Mets Super Hero Prospect Zack Wheeler, who has struggled with control during his first two starts with Las Vegas, had been dealing with a blister issue on his right middle finger.

The blister issue annually occurs with Wheeler, dating to his time with the San Francisco Giants, and affects his offspeed pitches.

Wheeler is OK now and not expected to miss any starts. He did undergo an MRI between his first two Pacific Coast League starts to check out the issue.

Wheeler is 0-1 with a 3.12 ERA in two starts. He has allowed 11 hits and six walks in 8 2/3 innings.

The Post first reported the Mets sending Wheeler for an MRI.

Monday, April 08, 2013

Mets News: Aaron Laffey will remain in rotation, Marcum not close

Mets News:

Left-hander Aaron Laffey remains in the rotation, but the Mets plan to delay his second start with the club until next Tuesday at Colorado, the last day the fifth starter is required.

So Jonathon Niese, Matt Harvey and Dillon Gee will line up to face the Minnesota Twins this weekend, then Jeremy Hefner, Laffey, Niese and Harvey should pitch at Coors Field during a four-game series against the Rockies.

Laffey surrendered three runs on 10 hits, a walk and a hit batter in 4 1/3 innings against the Miami Marlins on Sunday at Citi Field. As soon as he has recovered from that outing, he temporarily will be available in the bullpen between starts. Laffey threw 90 pitches Sunday.

Terry Collins sounded like Laffey may be in the rotation for a while.

Shaun Marcum, who received injections in his neck Thursday, played catch today in Port St. Lucie and may step onto a mound Tuesday, but is not close to returning.

"He's been throwing, but he's not anywhere close to getting into a game," Collins said.

As for how many starts Laffey may get, Collins added: "He's going to be the guy until we figure out when Shaun's going to be back, or if he's going to be back, or where we stand. There's no number in mind of how many starts. It could be three. It could be seven. I don't know."

Mets News: Frank Francisco Not Close to Returning to Mets

Mets News:

Frank Francisco, who is collecting $6.5 million this season, does not appear close to joining to the

Francisco opened the season on the disabled list after undergoing surgery in December to remove a bone spur, then experiencing inflammation in his right elbow during spring training.

He has pitched in simulated games in Port St. Lucie and registered as high as 92 mph. But pitching coach Dan Warthen said Francisco, once he gets into formal games, still must twice establish that he can pitch on consecutive days.

Bobby Parnell, who has yet to have a save opportunity, very likely will keep the closer's job even after Francisco ultimately returns.

Friday, April 05, 2013

Mets News: Shaun Marcum has inflamed nerves in the neck

Mets News:

Shaun Marcum, who was examined in New York on Thursday, underwent an MRI that revealed inflamed nerves in his neck, the team announced.

Marcum was treated with "trigger-point injections" to attempt to calm the inflammation. He will return to Port St. Lucie, Fla., and be idle for at least 48 hours.

Marcum has not pitched in a game since March 16. So even if his neck and shoulder pain dissipated -- which is no guarantee -- it would take some time to get ready for a major league game.

Aaron Laffey is poised to be promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday to take Marcum's rotation spot. Darin Gorski has been reassigned from Double-A Binghamton to Las Vegas to plug Laffey's rotation spot in the Pacific Coast League.

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Mets News: Shaun Marcum going to see doctors, Laffey will replace him in rotation

Mets News:
Shaun Marcum is on his way from Port St. Lucie to New York -- not to pitch, but to be examined by team doctors.

"He has some real discomfort running from his shoulder up through his neck," manager Terry Collins said Wednesday, prior to the Mets' game against the Padres. "What that is, where it starts, what’s causing it, I think we won’t know until he sees the doctor tomorrow."

Collins added that Marcum is "very unlikely" to come off the disabled list and make his first scheduled start of the season Sunday. Aaron Laffey will "most likely" take his place.

"There’s a couple of other options we have, [but] we just thought in spring training from what we saw from Aaron Laffey that, due to his experience -- he’s had some success at this level -- that he would be our first option right now," Collins said.

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Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Mets News: Marcum still necking it out, Mets need starter against Marlins

Mets News:

Shaun Marcum experienced neck pain and was unable to pitch in a scheduled simulated game Tuesday in Port St. Lucie, Fla. That means he will be unable to be activated from the disabled list to make Sunday's start against the Miami Marlins, the first time the Mets need a fifth starter.

Terry Collins previously had identified Aaron Laffey as the most likely alternative should Marcum be unavailable. The manager had just received word of Marcum's injury early Tuesday evening and indicated he would discuss potential replacements with Mets officials Wednesday.

Internally, unlike Laffey, Collin McHugh is on the 40-man roster. The Mets, though, could create a 40-man roster spot for Laffey by shifting Johan Santana to the 60-day DL. Santana underwent surgery Tuesday for a torn anterior capsule and is lost for the season.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Mets News: Justin Turner avoids DL, Lutz to AAA

Mets infielder Justin Turner (strained left calf) was deemed ready to open the season with the club. Turner being on the roster resulted in Zach Lutz getting dispatched to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Turner strained his calf Wednesday, putting his status for the season opener in question. Prior to that injury, Turner had been working his way back from a sprained right ankle. The utility infielder batted .269 with two homers and 19 RBIs in 94 games last year.

Lutz, 26, played in seven games last season. The Mets selected him in the fifth round in 2007.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Mets News: Hefner will get some action before Mets break camp

Mets News:

Jeremy Hefner, who was struck in the right elbow Tuesday, should get back into a Grapefruit League game for an inning or two in the next two days, before the Mets break camp, according to Terry Collins.

Hefner is slated to pitch Game 4 of the regular season, next Friday against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. So he could use the work to stay sharp after his last outing was cut short by the sharp one-hopper off the bat of Carlos Beltran.

Mets News: Johan Santana will probably miss 2013 season with shoulder injury

Mets News:

Johan Santana has suffered a probable re-tear of the anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder, which he originally had operated on in 2010.

Santana, who turned 34 earlier this month, is in the final guaranteed season of a six-year, $137.5 million with the club. He is still owed $31 million with a 2014 buyout. The contract is not insured.

Sandy Alderson said undergoing the surgery again is a "strong possibility." No pitcher is believed to have done that twice.

Santana originally underwent surgery on Sept. 2, 2010, to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder -- a rare procedure in baseball -- and finally returned to the majors last season. Although he had first-half success, including the first no-hitter in franchise history on June 1, Santana faded badly before landing on the disabled list in August.

The Mets attributed the swoon and shortened 2012 season to multiple factors: arduous rehab work the previous winter that left him worn down, an ankle injury caused when Reed Johnson stepped on Santana's ankle during a bang-bang play while the southpaw covered first base, and a lower-back injury.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Mets News: Daniel Murphy Coming Back Against Nationals Thursday, Wright Soon?

Mets News:

Daniel Murphy will start at second base on Thursday against the Nationals in his first game this spring after being diagnosed with a strained right abdominal Feb. 19.

Terry Collins said Murphy feels he is ready to play.

“If he is gonna be ready, we’re going to make sure he’s ready,” the Mets manager said. “The organization, the rest of the club is at stake with this. We’ve got to make sure Dan is ready.”

If Murphy is not ready and goes on the DL, his inactive stint will start with his last Grapefruit League appearance.

David Wright, who was diagnosed with a strained left intercostal and received a cortisone shot on March 15, will play in a minor league game Thursday and likely not in a big-league game until Saturday, when the Mets are sure he is ready to go.

If Wright is not ready for a big-league game, they can backdate his time on the disabled list and minimize the time he misses.

Mets News: Justin Turner could start the season on DL

Justin Turner was forced from Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Houston Astros with a left calf strain.

Turner only recently had returned from a sprained right ankle.

Given Opening Day is five days away, it's entirely conceivable Turner opens the season on the DL and both Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Omar Quintanilla make the Opening Day roster.

"It just cramped up," Turner said. "The top of the second inning -- I don't remember who was hitting -- he hit a groundball down the third-base line and it was foul. When I took my first step, I kind of felt it knot up a little bit. I came up to hit in the next inning. And I hit the groundball and I was going down the line and it just cramped up on me. I got out of there and got some treatment on it, and we'll see how it feels tomorrow.

"You know, I think it was a little tight from maybe compensating a little bit for my ankle. I don't know 100 percent. I would bet that has a little bit to do with it. It's not really sore to walk around or stretch or anything. It's more sore to touch. Like I said, when I pushed off is when I felt it. Hopefully I'll just get in and get all the treatment I need and take whatever pills they have and get this thing calmed down in a day or two."

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Mets News: Jenrry Mejia will be Idle for two weeks with tendinitis

Mets News:  

Jenrry Mejia will be idle for another two weeks before being allowed to resume throwing a baseball.

Mejia was diagnosed with forearm tendinitis, the Mets announced. He was examined by team doctors in New York.

Pitching coach Dan Warthen had thought Mejia had discovered his cutter during a March 11 appearance against the Detroit Tigers, but Mejia has been unable to pitch since.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Tweet: Matt Den Dekker says he will not need surgery

Matt den Dekker         @UpperDekker
Best possible news no surgery just gotta wear this thing for a month

Mets News and Notes: Mets Bullpen Shaping Up, Wright All Good, Murphy Playing, Marcum Starting Thurs, Byrdak Ahead of Schedule, Mets Opening Rotation

Mets News and Notes:

The Mets have asked reliever Pedro Feliciano to go to Triple-A for a month to build up his arm strength, and informed Feliciano he will not make the team's Opening Day roster.

"They told me I'm going to Triple-A for a month and get my strength back," Feliciano said. "I have to talk to my agent first and then see what we're going to decide."

The Mets' decision came at the deadline to inform Feliciano whether he had made the club. Remaining with the club at the minor league level would obligate the Mets to give him a $100,000 retention bonus because of his veteran status.

"They made that decision," he said of the Mets. "I'm going to think about it and see what I decide. Hopefully somebody picks me up. We'll see what happens."

This is affirming that Robert Carson is in great shape to make the Mets' Opening Day roster, the Mets will carry two left-handers in the bullpen.

Fellow lefty Scott Rice remains in camp, but seemingly would be at an overwhelming disadvantage because, unlike Carson, he is not on the 40-man roster.

Josh Edgin is expected to be Collins' primary lefty in the bullpen.

Carson, 24, had a 4.73 ERA in 17 relief appearances in 2012, during his inaugural major league season. Lefty batters hit .286 (8-for-28) with a homer, three walks and five strikeouts.

At the contractual deadline for him to be notified, the Mets have told LaTroy Hawkins he has made the Opening Day roster.

Hawkins, 40, has not allowed a run in 5 2/3 Grapefruit League innings. Opponents have a .227 batting average against him. Hawkins has surrendered five hits and two walks while striking out four over the six appearances.

He went 2-3 with a 3.64 ERA in 48 relief appearances for the Los Angeles Angels last season.

David Wright said he was "all good" the day after ramping up his activity by taking live batting practice for the first time Sunday.

Mets News and Notes: Hicks Outrighted, D'Arnaud to Minors, den Dekker Injury, Murphy Gets AB's, Wright Swings

Mets News and Notes:

Brandon Hicks has been outrighted by the Mets.

Left unsaid but resulting from the decision: Omar Quintanilla has won the backup shortstop job and will replace Hicks on the 40-man roster.

Hicks hit .116 and committed four errors.

Also sent to minor league camp Sunday: Aaron Laffey, Andrew Brown, Brian Bixler and Jamie Hoffmann.

Laffey will serve as a starter with Triple-A Las Vegas, potentially making him the next call-up should another rotation vacancy arise. His departure from big league camp signals the Mets are confident Shaun Marcum will be OK. Marcum missed a start and received a cortisone shot in his pitching shoulder, but is slated to resume pitching in a game Thursday.

Top catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud has been optioned to minor league camp.

D'Arnaud hit .343 with four RBIs in 35 Grapefruit League at-bats.

"He played very well," Sandy Alderson said. "He met all of our expectations, which I think for the organization and Mets fans were fairly high. He did a very nice job. We're hopeful he'll have a long career in New York. But we're happy with what John Buck has done. We've got an investment in him as well. I think our pitching staff and team overall will benefit overall from John Buck's presence, and ultimately Travis is going to be a very good player for us."

If d'Arnaud spends the first 20 days of the season in the minors, the Mets can delay his free agency from after 2018 season until after the 2019 season.

The Mets can delay d'Arnaud's first year of arbitration eligibility by a year if they ensure he is roughly not one of the top 22 percent of rookies called up this season. One major league executive estimated a call-up after June 15 probably would allow d'Arnaud to miss the "Super Two" designation. The same logic applies to Zack Wheeler.

"As I said, we've got a big investment in John Buck, too," Alderson said when asked about "Super Two" being a motivating factor with d'Arnaud. "I know people talk about control and 'Super Two' and all of that. If John Buck gets hurt tomorrow, Travis d'Arnaud is the front-line catcher."

Matt den Dekker suffered a broken right wrist on Sunday's attempted catch.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Collins on Murphy, Wright, Santana, Mex on C's, Wheeler, Francisco Updates

Terry Collins said the Mets are eyeing the middle of next week to get David Wright at-bats, but caution will be the priority as the captain returns from a strained intercostal muscle on his left side.

“Each and every step is a positive with David," Collins said after Wright hit off a tee and hit flips Saturday. "We’re looking at the middle of next week for possible at-bats as we head into next weekend. Once again, I’m going to be very cautious. This guy is a huge piece. The last thing we need to do is to try to tell him he needs to rush or he needs to hurry. But we’ll see where he is in the middle of next week.”

Meanwhile, Daniel Murphy may enter a minor league game Sunday. Murphy last played in a minor league game eight days ago, logging five innings at second base, but his injured right side subsequently became tight.

“I think it’s too early to tell,” Collins said about whether Murphy could be ready for Opening Day. “A minor league game -- is he going to play four innings? Two innings? Three innings? How many at-bats is he going to get? … The last time he played in a minor league game he rushed it and he took a huge step backward. I will be the first guy in the morning to make sure he does not overdo it tomorrow.”

On Johan Santana, Collins said: "I've kind of had that feeling for a while that he's going to be very cautious getting himself back, making sure his shoulder is at the same strength it was last year when he left here. This guy started throwing last December [in 2011]. You're looking at December, January, February, March last year before he left here. And his arm was in great shape. We're starting in basically February this year. I don't necessarily think it's going to take four months, but it may take six weeks to get him where he wants to be."

Keith Hernandez, the first captain in Mets history, said he regrets wearing the "C" on his jersey to denote the role.

"I kind of liked it from the beginning," Hernandez told Newsday. "It's kind of an ego thing. But the more and more I wore it, the more it got a little bit ... it was too big."

"I wish I hadn't," Hernandez continued. "It was like a hockey 'C' instead of the smaller 'C'. But that's what they did. But [Derek] Jeter doesn't wear a 'C'. It's not necessary. Everybody knows."

Zack Wheeler pitched in a minor league intrasquad game Saturday, and the various MLB scouts who flocked to the event could not stop raving.

Wheeler was pumping fastballs with a smooth delivery at 96-98 mph, and also was flashing a curveball, slider and an occasional changeup.

"He's got four pitches," one scout observed.

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