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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Mets News and Notes: Teagarden, Hefner, Conforto, Harvey, Rice

Mets News and Notes:

Teagarden in Rehab:
Taylor Teagarden began a rehab assignment Saturday in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Teagarden is serving as the designated hitter for the Gulf Coast League Mets. He has been on the disabled list since June 22 with a strained left hamstring.

That signals the Mets may need to make a decision out of the All-Star break about which catcher to keep at the major league level. Anthony Recker has an option remaining. Teagarden is out of options, so he would need to clear waivers and, even then, also would need to accept an assignment to Triple-A.

Teagarden, 30, hit .143 (4-for-28) with one homer, five RBIs and two walks in nine major league games this season before landing on the DL.

Hefner Pitches a inning:
Jeremy Hefner tossed a 1-2-3 inning for the Gulf Coast League Mets on Saturday morning in Port St. Lucie, Fla. It marked his first time pitching in a game since undergoing Tommy John surgery on Aug. 28, 2013.

Hefner aims to pitch in the majors this season.

Conforto Introduced:
First-round pick Michael Conforto officially was introduced at Citi Field on Friday. He is due to begin his pro career with the Brooklyn Cyclones, although he will be eased into games and actually will travel to Los Angeles next week because he is one of three finalists for the Golden Spikes Award.

Boras says slow down Harvey:
Agent Scott Boras appears to favor a more conservative rehab plan for Matt Harvey than even Sandy Alderson and the Mets. The agent said the optimal rehab time following Tommy John surgery before entering a game is 14 to 16 months.

Scott Rice Spur:
Left-hander Scott Rice, who has been sidelined since June 23 at Triple-A Las Vegas, has been diagnosed with a bone spur in his pitching elbow, a source told

Rice likely will wait several days and then determine if he can tolerate pitching through the spur. If he cannot, he could proceed with surgery to remove it.

That is not a significant procedure, but it could knock out Rice for much of the remainder of this season.

Monday, June 09, 2014

Mets News and Notes: Hefner to Throw off mound, Lannan Reports to Vegas, Prospect Walters Tears UCL

Mets News and Notes:

Hefner to throw off mound
Right-hander Jeremy Hefner plans to take a major step forward Tuesday in his return from Tommy John surgery.

Hefner, 28, is due to throw roughly 15 pitches off a mound in Port St. Lucie, Fla. It will mark his first time throwing off an incline since undergoing the elbow procedure on Aug. 28.

Hefner re-signed with the Mets on a minor-league contract after being non-tendered in December. He went 4-8 with a 4.34 ERA in 24 appearances (23 starts) last season before landing on the disabled list and then undergoing surgery.

Lannan Reports to Vegas
John Lannan, who accepted an assignment to Triple-A Las Vegas but never reported after being dumped by the Mets on April 16, has rejoined the organization.

The team announced the 29-year-old southpaw has reported to Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Monday to get back into pitching shape.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Mets News: Mets Resign Pitcher Jeremy Hefner to minor league deal

Mets News:

The Mets have resigned starter Jeremy Hefner to a minor league deal. Hefner was non-tendered last month with four other players.

He will likely miss all of 2014 recovering from Tommy John surgery, but will be able to rehab at the Mets facilities with his new deal.

In 12 starts between May 13 and July 12, Hefner went 4-2 with a 2.71 ERA, allowing 22 earned runs, 16 walks and seven home runs with 57 strikeouts in 73 innings.

Overall, last season, he posted a 4.34 ERA and 1.293 WHIP, with 99 strikeouts, over 130 2/3 innings in 23 starts.

Monday, December 02, 2013

Mets News: Mets Non-Tender Five Players, Roster Down to 35

Mets News:

The Mets completed their non-tender activity by cutting  Justin Turner, Jeremy Hefner, Scott Atchison, Jordany Valdespin and Omar Quintanilla.

That brings to five the total number of players who became free agents. The Mets are free to re-sign the players, but they also can sign elsewhere.

Hefner was due to miss the 2014 season recovering from Tommy John surgery, so the Mets save his salary. But they would have controlled Hefner in 2015 and beyond if they kept him on the payroll.

Happy Holidays to Justin Turner who just completed a Holiday video that also included Lucas Duda (below). No one is safe on the Mets!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Mets News: Jenrry Mejia has surgery to clean out bone spur, should be ready for Spring Training

Mets News:

Jenrry Mejia underwent surgery Wednesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan to remove a bone spur from his pitching elbow.

Mejia had hoped to get through the season before undergoing the elbow cleanout procedure, but the discomfort became too great during an Aug. 17 start at San Diego and he was shut down.

Especially if Matt Harvey will miss 2014, Mejia should be a factor in competing for a rotation spot in spring training. He was 1-2 with a 2.30 ERA in five major league starts this season.

Elbow cleanouts typically are benign procedures (Frank Francisco being an exception), so Mejia should be ready in plenty of time for the opening of camp in February.

In other related news, Jeremy Hefner tweeted his Tommy John surgery has been completed on Wednesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Mets News: Confirmed, Hefner to have Tommy John Surgery

Mets News:

After receiving a second opinion on his partially torn MCL in his right elbow, the consensus is that Mets starter Jeremy Hefner will need Tommy John surgery, according to ESPN reports...

The belief is that Hefner will undergo the season-ending operation.

Tommy John surgery had been recommended for Hefner by the Mets' doctors, but Hefner wanted a second opinion and scheduled an appointment with Dr. James Andrews.

After not receiving a different opinion, Hefner appears ready to undergo the surgery that could sideline him through 2014.

Hefner said on Aug. 21 that he expected to have the surgery, and while it could keep him out for a full year, he aims to return next year.

"Hopefully 10, 11 months I can come back," Hefner said. "It's all about how your arm rebounds. I look at it as another challenge in my career and hopefully I can come back stronger from it."

Hefner is 4-8 with a 4.34 ERA this year, but he pitched well. After a slow start, he entered the All-Star break with MLB's best ERA dating back to June 4. He struggled after the break as he went 0-2 with a 9.13 ERA in five starts. The Mets originally demoted him to Triple-A before the examination showed the partial tear.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Injury Updates: Wright, Hefner, Mejia, Parnell

Injury Updates:

  • Third baseman David Wright (hamstring) expects to return this season, but hasn't begun baseball activities just yet. He's not sure when he'd return.
  • Tommy John Surgery was recommended for starter Jeremy Hefner, who has a partial tear of the MCL in his right elbow. Hefner is considering getting another opinion, according to Mets manager Terry Collins, but surgery likely would be soon.
  • Jenrry Mejia (elbow) will have season-ending surgery likely within the next seven to 10 days to remove the bone spur in his right elbow, and get the elbow cleaned out. The surgery had always been planned, but Mejia felt discomfort during his Saturday start.
  • Bobby Parnell's (herniated disc in neck) symptoms have lessened but not to the point where he can begin baseball activities.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Mets News: Jeremy Hefner may need Tommy John Surgery, Wilmer Flores should play Saturday

Mets News:

Jeremy Hefner, already on the DL with a strained MCL in his right elbow, may require Tommy John surgery.

Sandy Alderson said Hefner will see another doctor on Monday to determine if the procedure is necessary.

Tommy John surgery recovery usually lasts 12 months or more and would knock out Hefner for much if not all of the 2014 season.

"I don't know how serious a possibility, but we have not been able to rule that out at this point," Alderson said.

Wilmer Flores should return to the starting lineup Saturday for the first time since twisting his right ankle in Monday's game at Dodger Stadium.

Flores tested the balky ankle running before Friday's game at Petco Park. His only appearance since Monday came two days later, when he had a pinch-hit single in the ninth at L.A. and then departed for a pinch runner.

"He ran good," Terry Collins said about Flores' pregame activity Friday.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Mets Matchup Report: Jeremy Hefner vs Marlins Hitters

Miami Marlins Career statistics vs. Jeremy Hefner
Rob Brantly2 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 .500 .667 1.000 1.667
Greg Dobbs6 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 .167 .167 .667 .833
Adeiny Hechavarria3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667
Jeff Mathis3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667
Juan Pierre6 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .500 .500 .500 1.000
Placido Polanco7 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .429 .429 .429 .857
Justin Ruggiano5 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .286 .000 .286
Donovan Solano6 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 .333 .500 .333 .833
Giancarlo Stanton10 1 0 0 0 1 0 5 .100 .100 .100 .200

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Mets Matchup Report: Jeremy Hefner vs Phillies Hitters

Philadelphia Phillies Career statistics vs. Jeremy Hefner
Domonic Brown1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Kevin Frandsen0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 .000 1.000 .000 1.000
Freddy Galvis2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Ryan Howard1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
John Mayberry Jr.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
Jimmy Rollins5 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 .400 .400 .600 1.000
Carlos Ruiz1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Chase Utley2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000

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.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Wright Hitting, Hefner Elbow, den Dekker out two months, Feliciano still a Met, Marcum Concerns

Mets News and Notes:

Shuttling between a pair of minor league fields to maximize his at-bats, David Wright went 1-for-5 as a DH on Tuesday, singling and scoring in his final at-bat. The game was Wright's first since March 12, when he produced five RBIs against Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic and cemented his "Captain America" nickname.

Wright expects to play in another minor league game Thursday.

“It felt OK,” Wright said. “I haven’t played since a couple of weeks ago. I felt like the timing was OK, better towards the fifth at-bat. But it was good to get that number of ABs that quickly. It felt as comfortable as, I guess, I could taking the two weeks off. … I finally got on base the fifth at-bat, so I was able to stretch the legs out a little bit. So it felt good.”

As for Opening Day, Wright said: “I’ve been optimistic about Opening Day since I came back to St. Lucie and I talked with the doctors and the trainers about the diagnosis. As I said yesterday, it’s kind of the same thing today: It’s another step closer. I’m still very optimistic.”

Jeremy Hefner was struck in the right elbow with a one-hop comebacker in the fourth inning of Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the St. Louis Cardinals and departed. Hefner was headed for X-rays on the elbow, but the Mets did not believe the injury was severe, pitching coach Dan Warthen told ESPN's Tim Kurkjian.

The Mets already are dealing with issues to starting pitchers Johan Santana (shoulder) and Shaun Marcum (neck).

Matt den Dekker, who suffered a fractured right wrist on an attempted catch, will near to wear a cast for six weeks.

That means, even conservatively, that den Dekker will be sidelined from game action into June.

After considering opting out, Pedro Feliciano has agreed to remain with the organization.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Turner Back, Nieuwenhuis Back, Murphy Not, Wright Maybe?, Hefner for Santana, Niese Opening, Captain Wright

Mets News and Notes:

For the first time since spraining his right ankle Saturday, Justin Turner reappeared in a game. Two games, actually.

Turner had three at-bats in a minor league game, then delivered a pinch-hit single in the Grapefruit League contest.

Turner passed a pair of tests as far as his ankle. He doubled and scored from second in the minor league game, then went first-to-third on a single by Marlon Byrd while facing St. Louis.

“I didn’t feel it at all,” Turner said.

Turner and Kirk Nieuwenhuis (knee bruise) both are slated to again play in a minor league game Friday.

Nieuwenhuis went 1-for-2 with three walks but did not play the field Thursday against the Triple-A Springfield Cardinals.

Daniel Murphy (side) is not yet ready to enter a minor league game.

Jeremy Hefner, the rotation plug for Johan Santana, allowed two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four in five innings. He surrendered a fourth-inning solo homer to David Freese.

“I wasn’t as sharp as I’d like to be today,” Hefner said. “They’re a real aggressive team, so I tried to throw a few more offspeed pitches early in the count. And that kind of got me behind in the count because I wasn’t getting them over for strikes.”

Jonathon Niese officially has been named the Mets' Opening Day starter.

“This guy, as we move forward, is going to be the head of this staff,” Terry Collins said.

Said Niese: “It means a lot. I’m real excited, obviously, getting this opportunity. But I’m going to treat it as any other start, just like if I’m the fifth starter, if I’m the second, third, fourth. I’m going to prepare the same and just go out and compete.”

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Nieuwenhuis update, Mejia's Cutter, Hefner

Mets News and Notes:

The Mets hoped Kirk Nieuwenhuis would be back in a Grapefruit League game Wednesday. Instead, that is now targeted as the first day Nieuwenhuis is scheduled to participate in baseball activity outdoors, Terry Collins indicated.

Nieuwenhuis suffered a bone bruise to his left knee eight days ago on a slide.

Jenrry Mejia beamed after appearing in his first Grapefruit League game in two weeks. He had more to celebrate than his return from inaction after a thyroid issue.

“Now I’ve got my cutter back,” the 23-year-old right-hander said.

Ever since returning from Tommy John surgery early last season, Mejia had seemed to lose the sharp cutting action on his fastball, which once had drawn comparisons to Mariano Rivera’s movement.

Pitching coach Dan Warthen determined Mejia had started to throw too overhand since returning from surgery. So Warthen worked with Mejia over the past week, since Mejia returned from a thyroid issue, to restore a three-quarters arm angle and reinvigorate the cutter.

“I threw too on top,” Mejia said.

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Santana, Hefner, Francisco, Cut 3, Wright, Mejia, Collins on Tejada

Mets News and Notes:

Johan Santana did not join teammates for the morning workout before Saturday's game against the Houston Astros.

Sandy Alderson said Terry Collins may address the issue postgame. A team insider said there was no major setback, but thought Santana might be slowed.

Jeremy Hefner starts against the Astros, and it's not a leap to expect he likely will open the season in the rotation, with Santana on the DL.

The Mets had targeted Thursday for Santana's first Grapefruit League action.

Frank Francisco (elbow inflammation) said he now expects to throw off a mound for the first time in spring training on Sunday.

Travis d'Arnaud, who was struck below the right elbow with a pitch Friday, participated in the full morning workout and said he was fine.

The Mets have made their first cuts of spring training, dispatching right-handers Cory Mazzoni and Rafael Montero and catcher Juan Centeno to minor league camp.

Mazzoni, a second-round pick in 2011 from NC State, started the Grapefruit League season quickly with five scoreless innings over his first two appearances. Overall, he finished with a 3.38 ERA in eight innings.

Montero, who split last season in Class A between Savannah and St. Lucie, made two appearances spanning four innings. He had a 4.50 ERA and allowed six hits and no walks with one strikeout.

Centeno was 0-for-1. He appeared in two Grapefruit League games.

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.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Dickey, Santana, Torres, Carson, Hefner

Mets News and Notes:

R.A Dickey had a chance to move closer to 20 wins, but his teammates couldn't score against the Rockies so Dickey remains stuck on 15. The Mets are now a season-worst eight games under .500 and are tied with the Phillies for third place.

The biggest news of the day, though, involves their other veteran star pitcher, Johan Santana. After initial deciding that Santana would make his next start, the Mets announced that Santana has a stiff back. He will have an MRI on Tuesday.

For more Santana reports, the Post, News, Newsday, Star-Ledger , and the Bergen Record have stories. 

The slumping Andres Torres won't make any excuses about his hitting. He is 7-for-his-last-33 and finally broke an 0-for-19 slump with a ninth inning single on Monday.

Adam Rubin reports that lefty Robert Carson is being promoted. Carson will be promoted from Triple-A Buffalo for Tuesday's game. Jeremy Hefner will be placed on paternity leave to temporarily open a roster spot.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Byrdak, Olson, Nieuwenhuis, Tejada, Reyes, Hefner

Mets News and Notes:

Reliever Tim Byrdak has an anterior capsule tear in his left shoulder. That's a career-threatening diagnosis since Byrdak is 38 years old. Johan Santana and Chris Young both had anterior capsule tears, and required surgeries that cost significant time. The Mets did not announce a firm surgery decision for the lefty reliever, who is 2-2 with a 4.40 ERA and National League-high 56 appearances.

The Mets have promoted Garrett Olson to pair with Josh Edgin as a left-hander in the bullpen, although the team has not announced the corresponding roster move. The most likely casualty is rookie Elvin Ramirez. Olson had split duty between starting and relieving with Buffalo, and is not a true lefty specialist. In fact, lefties are hitting .270 and righties are hitting .272 against him this season in Triple-A. Byrdak already had landed on the disabled list with the shoulder discomfort when Frank Francisco was activated in San Diego. 

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