Showing posts with label Jordany Valdespin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jordany Valdespin. Show all posts

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!


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...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Pic of the Day: Jordany Valdespin at his finest


ESPN's Adam Rubin got this tweet from Mets PR director Jay Horowitz. Jordany Valdespin looks like he is fucked up sitting on a plastic lawn chair...

Monday, August 05, 2013

Mets News: 2B Jordany Valdespin and OF Cesar Puello Suspended for 50 Games


Mets News:


Jordany Valdespin has joined Cesar Puello as the players from the Mets organization accepting 50-game MLB suspensions as part of the Biogensis investigation.

The duo were among 12 players across baseball agreeing to the suspensions.

This could signal the end of Valdespin's tumultuous Mets career. He had been on shaky ground anyway because of repeated behavioral issues, including having a blow-up when the Mets demoted him to the minor leagues in mid-July. Valdespin had just returned Sunday with Triple-A Las Vegas from a three-game suspension for his part in a bench-clearing brawl.

The suspensions would drop the Mets' full 40-man roster to 38 players.

Their penalties should be completed this season because suspended 40-man roster players in the minors can have their big league club's September games counted toward the total. Minor league seasons end early next month.

"We have and continue to support Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Testing program," the Mets said in a statement.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Valdespin PCL Player of the Week, Syndergaard EL Player of the Week, Niese throwing in Miami, Duda Moved to St.Lucie, Jason Bay DFA'd by Seattle


Mets News and Notes:

Jordany Valdespin has been named Pacific Coast League Player of the Week.

Since a demotion to Triple-A Las Vegas, Valdespin is hitting .500 (22-for-44) with two homers and 21 RBIs in 11 games.

The last Las Vegas player to win the league's weekly award: Ike Davis.

Right-hander Noah Syndergaard has been named Eastern League Player of the Week.

Syndergaard, obtained with Travis d'Arnaud and Wuilmer Becerra from the Toronto Blue Jays for R.A. Dickey in December, is 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA in seven starts since joining the B-Mets. He has struck out 46 and walked eight in 36 innings since the promotion to Double-A.

Jonathon Niese is visiting the Mets in Miami today and plans to throw a bullpen session for staff. Niese tossed two innings Saturday with the Gulf Coast League Mets in his first game action since returning from a partially torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder.

Lucas Duda's rehab assignment for an intercostal muscle strain is shifting from the Gulf Coast League to the Class A St. Lucie Mets today. Travis d'Arnaud (foot) remains with the GCL club.

Jason Bay has been designated for assignment by the Seattle Mariners to clear a spot for the return of Michael Morse from the disabled list. Bay was hitting .204 with 11 homers in 206 at-bats.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/27: Valdespin goes 3 for 3 for Vegas, Brooklyn tops Staten Island, Jon Niese pitches two innings for GCL


Batting .513 for Vegas

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/27:


AAA - LAS VEGAS 9, SACRAMENTO 4 : Jordany Valdespin is still hitting for Vegas going 3 for 3 with a double, triple, and 1 RBI. He is now batting .513. Matt den Dekker went 2 for 4 with 3 RBI's. Catcher Juan Centino went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI's and Leadoff hitter Mike Baxter went 1 for 3 with a double and 2 RBI's. Giancarlo Alvarado started the game got the no-decision going just 4 innings. Justin Hampson got the win in relief (5-2). Rehabbing Pedro Feliciano closed the game striking out 1. Box

AA - TRENTON at BINGHAMTON (ppd.)

A+ - LAKELAND 13, ST. LUCIE 1: Starter Alex Panteliodis allowed seven runs in two innings. Cory Vaughn drove in St. Lucie's lone run. Box

A - SAVANNAH 3, AUGUSTA 2
SAVANNAH 3, AUGUSTA 1: The Gnats posted a walk-off win in Game 1 as Eudy Pina delivered a game-tying single and Cole Frenzel followed with a game-ending single in Savannah's final at-bat. Marco Camarena tossed a seven-inning complete game. In Game 2, Matt Koch took a perfect game into the seventh, when he allowed a leadoff triple. Koch allowed only one hit and one run in a seven-inning complete game. Frenzel drove in two of the Gnats' three runs. Box 1, Box 2

RK - KINGSPORT 7, BRISTOL 5: Jonathan Leroux went 3-for-5 with three doubles and two RBIs. Starter Chris Flexen (4-1) allowed three runs in seven innings. Box

SS - BROOKLYN 3, STATEN ISLAND 2: Patrick Biondi's seventh-inning single scored Colton Plaia and Juan Carlos Gamboa as the Cyclones took the decisive one-run lead. Kevin McGowan tossed three scoreless relief innings for his second save. Box

RK - GCL NATIONALS 8, GCL METS 5: After Jonathon Niese allowed four runs (one earned) in his first rehab assignment, reliever Lenny Rosario allowed four runs in two innings. Travis d'Arnaud drove in three runs. Box

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/26: Valdespin goes 4 for 4 in Vegas losing effort, Bowman tosses 6 scoreless for St.Lucie


Mets Minor League Roundup 7/26:


AAA - SACRAMENTO 9, LAS VEGAS 3: Jordany Valdespin was 4 for 4 with a double and 3 RBI's in a losing effort. Chris Schwinden took the loss (4-6), he went 4 innings giving up 4 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks, and K'd 3. Box

AA - TRENTON 4, BINGHAMTON 1
BINGHAMTON 4, TRENTON 1: Richard Lucas hit a game-deciding grand slam and Jeff Walters logged his B-Mets single-season record 29th save in the nightcap as the B-Mets earned a doubleheader split. In Game 1, Trenton scored three first-inning runs against Erik Goeddel. Ramon Flores doubled and scored when Goeddel tossed a wild pitch. Andrew Clark and Kyle Roller added RBI doubles. Binghamton responded with one run in the bottom half. Alonzo Harris blooped a double and scored on Cesar Puello's infield single. In the fifth, Goeddel walked Reegie Corona. With Corona later on third, Clark hit a groundball through the legs of first baseman Joe Bonfe. Goeddel (9-4) surrendered four runs (three earned) in 4 2/3 innings. Both starters, Mikey O’Brien and Greg Peavey, held their opponents hitless through three innings in the nightcap. Trenton then produced three hits against Peavey in the fourth, and Roller cracked the scoreboard with an RBI single. The B-Mets got to O'Brien in the fifth. Lucas blasted a grand slam to give Binghamton its first lead of the series. Peavey, who had been relieving with Triple-A Las Vegas, departed after four innings. He allowed one run and three hits in his first start this season. Armando Rodriguez, demoted with Peavey from the 51s, was credited with the win. He faced the minimum six hitters and struck out four in two innings. In the seventh, Binghamton handed the ball to Walters. After allowing two singles, he forced Casey Stevenson to ground out to end the game. It was Walters’ 29th save of the season, passing Jerrod Riggan for the most by a B-Met in a single year. Box 1, Box 2

A+ - ST. LUCIE 5, LAKELAND 1
ST. LUCIE 2, LAKELAND 0 (9 innings): Matthew Bowman tossed six scoreless innings in the opener. In a scoreless Game 2 in the top of the ninth, Cory Vaughn and Robbie Shields had RBI singles, making a winner of Hamilton Bennett (3-0). Hansel Robles, Tim Byrdak, Randy Fontanez and Bennett combined on the shutout. Box 1, Box 2

A - SAVANNAH 9, AUGUSTA 4: The Gnats pounced for nine runs in the first three innings and starter Gabriel Ynoa won his South Atlantic League-leading 11th game. In the first, Maikis De La Cruz and Stefan Sabol each singled. They scored when Eudy Pina’s double traveled over Augusta center fielder Andrew Cain’s head. Then, with the bases loaded in the second, back-to-back two-run doubles from De La Cruz and Sabol put the Gnats up 6-0. Ynoa battled through five innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits. In the third, Phillip Evans and Brandon Nimmo each had run-scoring singles as the Gnats opened a 9-2 lead. Evans finished 3-for-5. Wanel Mesa tiptoed around four walks in three innings to earn his first save of 2013. Box

RK - KINGSPORT 7, BRISTOL 0: Yoan Gonzalez tossed seven scoreless innings and combined with Tyler Bashlor and Edioglis Villasmil on a five-hit shutout. Amed Rosario had a three-run homer. Joe Tuschak added a solo shot in the ninth and finished with two RBIs. Box

SS - BROOKLYN 2, STATEN ISLAND 0: Robert Gsellman lowered his ERA to 1.74 while earning his first New York-Penn League win this season. Both Cyclones runs came via catcher Eddie Rohan, on a homer and RBI double. Gsellman had not allowed an earned run in his first three Brooklyn starts, spanning 18 innings. Friday, he tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing no walks and two hits while striking out five. Ricky Knapp recorded his first save, with two scoreless relief innings. Rohan entered the game with only one RBI for the Cyclones. Box

RK - GCL METS 5, GCL NATIONALS 4: Starter Andrew Church (2-1) tossed five scoreless innings. The Nats scored three runs in the top of the ninth againt Ty Williams, but Cameron Griffin entered with two outs and the tying run on second base and struck out Garrett Gordon to preserve the win. Shortstop Jean Rodriguez had three RBIs. Box

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/22: Jordany Valdespin hits another HR in Vegas win


Mets Minor League Roundup 7/22:


AAA - LAS VEGAS 7, RENO 2: Jordany Valdespin is certainly trying to make a statement to Mets management. The emotionally troubled player went 1 for 3 with a HR and 3 RBI's. He is now batting .455 since being sent down. Zach Lutz also drove in two. Giancarlo Alvarado started the game went six solid innings giving up six hits, two runs, and two walks , while striking out four. Other players of note: Ruben Tejada (.315) went 1 for 3 with two runs scored. Matt den Dekker (.222) went 2 for 4 with a double and RBI. Box

AA - READING 5, BINGHAMTON 4 (7 innings): Binghamton tied the score with four runs in the fifth, but Sebastian Valle hit a solo homer in the sixth against Logan Verrett in what became a rain-shortened victory for Reading. Trailing 4-0 in the fifth with two outs against Reading starter Seth Rosin, Daniel Muno blooped a hit into left-center. After Josh Rodriguez walked, Cesar Puello put the B-Mets on the scoreboard with an RBI single. The highlight of the inning came next for Binghamton, as Allan Dykstra tied the score with a three-run homer. The B-Mets were held scoreless in the bottom of the sixth. Rain then halted the game in the seventh. Verrett (9-5) allowed a season-high three homers. Darrell Ceciliani went 3-for-3, extending his hitting streak to 15 games. Dykstra leads the B-Mets with 18 homer. Verrett has allowed 18 homers, which is the second most in the Eastern League. Box

A+ - ST. LUCIE at DAYTONA (ppd.)

Monday, July 22, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/21: Jordany Valdespin has Big Night for Vegas, Baxter and Tejada also contrbute in win


Mets Minor League Roundup 7/21:

AAA - LAS VEGAS 15,  RENO 8: Jordany Valdespin went 4 for 6 with 5 RBI's, one of his hits was a 2-run HR. Mike Baxter and Ruben Tejada, who batted first and second respectively combined for 5 for 11 with 1 double, 1 triple, 3 RBI's and 4 runs scored!  Box

AA - BINGHAMTON 5, NEW BRITAIN 3: Binghamton produced a season-high seven doubles, beginning with Allan Dykstra's run-scoring two-bagger in the first. The Rock Cats used a pair of solo homers to grab the lead against B-Mets starter Erik Goeddel -- by Nate Hanson and Miguel Sano. Binghamton took a 4-2 lead with a three-run third that included doubles by Alonzo Harris, Josh Rodriguez, Cesar Puello and Travis Taijeron. Goeddel bounced back after Sano’s homer with three scoreless innings. In the sixth, Sano ripped a single past shortstop Wilfredo Tovar to start the inning and Daniel Ortiz walked. Dan Rohlfing’s innocent flyout to right proved costly for Binghamton. As Sano tagged up to third, Tovar received Puello’s throw and fired to first in attempt to nab Ortiz. The shortstop’s toss skipped into the seats and allowed Sano to score, trimming Binghamton’s lead to 4-3. But with the tying run on third, Goeddel struck out Jordan Parraz. He then handed the reins to Adam Kolarek. The southpaw struck out Angel Morales looking to end the threat. Kolarek returned for the seventh and worked around a leadoff double by Danny Santana in a scoreless frame.

The B-Mets added an insurance run against Ryan O’Rourke in the seventh. With the bases loaded after an intentional walk to Puello, Dykstra lifted a sac fly. Pedro Feliciano struck out two in a perfect eighth. Closer Jeff Walters surrendered a pair of two-out singles in the ninth, but escaped with his 26th save. Goeddel (9-3) allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and matched a season high with eight strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings. He matched teammate Logan Verrett and Akron’s Matt Packer for the league lead in wins. Box

A+- ST. LUCIE 5,  DAYTONA 3: Dustin Lawley hit his 20th HR in the Ninth Inning which ended up being a insurance run, he ended up 3 for 5 with two RBI's.. Jayce Boyd was 2 for 5 with a HR (4). 2011 Draft Pick Michael Fulmer started the game got a no-decision. He went 4.1 innings,  giving up 4 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks, and 5 K's.. Angel Cuan got the win (7-2). Tim Byrdak who is still rehabbing in St.Lucie went a scoreless inning, striking out the side. T.J. Chism got the save in the ninth (15). Box

A - SAVANNAH 4, DELMARVA 2: Eudy Pina and Jorge Rivero had consecutive RBI doubles in a three-run first. Pina's solo homer in the eighth gave the Gnats (55-40) a two-run cushion. Beck Wheeler hit a batter, then struck out three straight in the ninth for his 11th save. Shawn Teufel and Hunter Carnevale combined for three scoreless relief innings. Steven Matz (4-4) allowed two runs on three hits and three walks in five innings. Box

RK - KINGSPORT 8, PRINCETON 1: Chris Flexen tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out 11. Champ Stuart went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.Victor Cruzado also drove in two runs. Box

SS - BROOKLYN 3, BATAVIA 2 (10 innings): Julio Concepcion's single plated Justin Turner in the 10th as the Cyclones (15-18) notched their fourth walk-off win of the season. Turner, in likely his final rehab game and again playing shortstop, led off the inning with a single. He advanced to second on L.J. Mazzilli's single. Jared King then advanced both runners with a sac bunt. After Matthew Oberste was intentionally walked to load the bases, Concepcion's single won it. Starter John Gant allowed one run on two hits in five innings. Relievers Cristian Chivilli, Paul Paez and David Wynn combined for five no-hit relief innings. James Roche's second-inning RBI double gave Brooklyn a 1-0 lead. Batavia scored an unearned run in the eighth to take a 2-1 lead, on a bases-loaded walk issued by Paez. Brooklyn evened the score in the bottom half. Mazzilli singled and King reached on a fielder's choice. Alex Sanchez then singled to advance King to third with one out. Concepcion followed with a grounder to shortstop Javier Lopez, who made the flip to second baseman J.T. Riddle. Concepcion beat out the double-play attempt as the Cyclones evened the score at 2. Box

Friday, July 19, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/18: Jordany Valdespin debuts for Vegas, Justin Turner still hitting for B-Mets, Dominic Smith goes 1 for 1 with 2 RBI's in GCL


Mets Minor League Roundup 7/18:


AAA - LAS VEGAS 3, RENO 2: Jordany Valdespin made his Las Vegas debut, starting at second base. He was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI's. Matt den Dekker  went 1 for 3 with a solo HR, which gave the B-Mets the lead in the seventh inning. Jacob deGrom got the win (3-1), he went 6 innings, giving up six hits, 2 runs, while striking out three. Robert Carson picked up his fifth save in relief. Demoted Shortstop Ruben Tejada went 2 for 5 with a run scored. Wilmer Flores (ankle) was placed on the DL before the game.  Box

AA - BINGHAMTON 4, NEW BRITAIN 3: The B-Mets scored three runs with two outs in the ninth inning to rally for the win. Rhyne Hughes capped the furious comeback by lining a go-ahead, two-run single against Matt Hauser. Rehabbing Justin Turner started the rally by deliverying a two-out single. Josh Rodriguez followed with a walk and Allan Dykstra blooped an RBI single to left. After Wilfredo Tovar pinch-ran for Dykstra, Cesar Puello walked to load the bases. Hughes then hammered Hauser’s 2-1 offering through the hole and into right field. Rodriguez scored easily. Tovar dove headfirst, ahead of the throw from Evan Bigley with the game-deciding run.

Jeff Walters then notched his league-leading 25th save. B-Mets starter Mark Cohoon dealt with only one baserunner through three innings, on a fielding error by Turner at shortstop. Eddie Rosario put New Britain on the board with a solo homer on Cohoon’s first pitch of the fourth. New Britain pounded out three more hits in the inning, but the B-Mets defense shined to prevent the Rock Cats from adding to their lead. Bigley was thrown out at home by Alonzo Harris when he tried to score on Josmil Pinto’s single. Darrell Ceciliani followed by making a diving catch in the left-field corner, robbing Miguel Sano of an extra-base hit. Binghamton capped the inning by nabbing Pinto at the plate after Nate Hanson laced a double to the right-field alley. Ex-big leaguer Nick Blackburn kept the B-Mets in check through five scoreless innings. In the sixth, Ceciliani started a rally with a double. He advanced on a sac bunt and tied the score at 1 on Danny Muno’s sac fly. Cohoon preserved the tie by posting zeroes from the fifth through seventh innings. The Rock Cats broke the tie in the eighth against Cohoon on Rosario's RBI single. Chasen Bradford took over for Cohoon and allowed one inherited runner to score. Bradford (1-1) earned his first Double-A victory thanks to Binghamton’s comeback. Box

Monday, July 15, 2013

Mets News: Valdespin has temper tandrum about his demotion to Triple-A


Mets News:


Jordany Valdespin, who was teary-eyed when speaking with reporters Saturday night, did not handle word of his demotion well, the Star-Ledger reported.

Valdespin started "yelling furiously while his startled teammates looked on, according to two people who witnessed the episode," according to the report, which said bullpen coach Ricky Bones had to calm Valdespin.

“He’s not helping himself. Everyone gets upset when that happens. But you just need to shut up and pack your bags," one anonymous person told the Star-Ledger.

Said another: "He still doesn't get it."

The Post subsequently reported Valdespin called Terry Collins an expletive and demanded to be placed on the disabled list instead of a demotion.

"We've talked about this many times: It's hard for a young player who has pretty much spent his whole career as an everyday player to come up and play, maybe, once a week and then come off the bench and hit," Collins said. "It's very difficult. So he's got to go get some playing time. He's got to go get his swing back -- certainly get back in the lineup. If he's going to come back, at least he's got to get some at-bats."

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Santana not ready, D'Arnaud going to minors?, Captain America, Murphy, Nieuwenhuis, Valdespin


Mets News and Notes:

Perhaps it was stating the obvious, but Terry Collins acknowledged Wednesday that Johan Santana is “not too close” to returning to a mound.

“Each and every day we’ll see how he feels,” Collins said. “When he thinks his arm -- the strength -- is there to get on the mound and throw a bullpen, he’ll do it. But he’s the only source we have as to how he feels. We checked with him this morning and found out what he was going to do today. And tomorrow, we’ll leave tomorrow until when I see him tomorrow and see where we stand.”

Sandy Alderson acknowledged meeting with Santana earlier this week.

“Just to make sure we were on the same page,” Alderson said. “He understood from our standpoint he would be ready when he’s ready and there wouldn’t really be any further comment about it in terms of a precise date that he’d be ready to pitch. If that was clearing the air, that was clearing the air, I guess.”

Did the air need clearing?

“Not from my standpoint. Perhaps from his,” Alderson said. “Whatever purpose it served, we had a conversation.”

Travis D'Arnaud went 0-for-3 Wednesday against the Washington Nationals, but he still is hitting .261 in Grapefruit League play.

His days in camp may be numbered, though.

The Mets, like other major league teams, must ship out prospects on the 40-man roster by Friday if they want to minimize the risk to the organization.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Wheeler Among Cuts, Santana DL?, Francisco, Valdespin, Wright


Capt. America
Mets News and Notes:

Wheeler headlined a wave of cuts Sunday at Mets camp. Also dispatched to the minor league side: left-hander Darin Gorski, right-handers Gonzalez Germen, Collin McHugh, Elvin Ramirez and Hansel Robles, infielders Reese Havens and Wilfredo Tovar, and outfielders Juan Lagares and Cesar Puello. The Mets now have 45 players in major league camp.

Zack Wheeler came through a session throwing live batting practice without issue as he ramps up following a right oblique strain.

Wheeler threw 27 pitches, including a pair of pitch outs. The batters included ex-Cub Corey Patterson.

"It felt good, but my timing was off a little bit and stuff like that, so a lot of my pitches weren't crisp," Wheeler said at the Mets' complex in Port St. Lucie. "... I've only thrown two innings in a game to live batters. It's kind of different once they get up there. It's something that will come around."

Johan Santana might open the season on the disabled list and Jonathon Niese will get the Opening Day start against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field.

So the question becomes: Will Santana be ready to be activated April 7, the first time the Mets need to go to a fifth starter? Or will Jeremy Hefner plug the rotation hole for at least a few turns?

The Mets will presented Bill Parcells with an autographed Mets jersey pregame in recognition of Parcells being selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

For the first time since reporting to spring training, Frank Francisco threw off a mound.

Terry Collins said the Sunday session in Port St. Lucie, Fla., appeared to go without incident.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Wheeler, Francisco, Santana, Davis, Francisco, Wright, Byrd, Valdespin


Mets News and Notes:

Zack Wheeler said he came through a 30-pitch bullpen session feeling OK, although he noted he was not throwing full throttle.

Wheeler was on top of a mound for the first time since being scratched eight days earlier with a right oblique strain.

"Honestly, today is probably the first day that it's 100 percent," Wheeler said. "Leading up to this day, it was getting better every day. So I expected it. I'll continue to get treatment for it probably throughout spring training -- a little preventitive thing.

"That was the first time on the mound in -- what -- a week, a week and a half, whatever it is? I was throwing 70, 75 percent. I let a few of them go just to see how it feels. It felt good."

Frank Francisco said he aims to step on a mound Saturday for the first time in camp.

Francisco, who has been battling elbow inflammation, long tossed at distances up to 130 feet Thursday morning.

"I just feel like I've got to get my strength -- throw a little more maybe, get my power back," Francisco said. "I feel like I'm not loose yet, like I don't have power, my whole body. I feel like I don't have my release point yet. That takes a while."

He remains likely to open the season on the disabled list, but the absence may be limited to the first six days of the season because of backdating rules.

Friday, March 01, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Valdespin in RF?, Murphy Update, Feliciano Update, Wheeler Update, Mets Concerts, Byrdak


Mets News and Notes:

Jordany Valdespin, who singled in each of his first two at-bats Thursday and is off to a quick start in the Grapefruit League with a .455 average, will get a look in the outfield soon, Terry Collins said.

Daniel Murphy (strained muscle on right side) is about a week from entering Grapefruit League action, at which point Collins plans to look at Valdespin in the outfield. Valdespin's early Grapefruit League action has come at second base.

Valdespin is coming off a Caribbean Series in which he played right field.

The Mets likely can only carry three lefty-hitting outfielders, so Valdespin probably would have to displace Kirk Nieuwenhuis to make the Opening Day roster as an outfielder, since Lucas Duda as the left fielder and Mike Baxter as a role player/right fielder seem pretty solid.

Nieuwenhuis, who started in left field, went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Thursday's 4-4 tie against the Washington Nationals. He is hitless in 12 at-bats, with six strikeouts, since opening Grapefruit League play with a single.

Pedro Feliciano, who has been cleared to resume baseball activities with the stipulation he wears a heart monitor, has been diagnosed with a rare genetic condition known as left ventricular noncompaction that should not affect his ability to pitch, his agent indicated.

Feliciano received the diagnosis Wednesday at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Clinic at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. He underwent an electrocardiograph, echocardiogram and a cardiovascular MRI.

"I am ready to return to spring training with my team," Feliciano said in a statement released through his agent's PR firm. "I will attend to my ailment that was discovered during a routine checkup and not because of pain, but I can honestly say it will not keep me up at night. I will be on top of my condition, but it will not stop me from playing baseball."

Feliciano does not have a hole in his heart, which he previously indicated might be the case.

"This was not true," he said. "It was not clear from the start, and it was too early to really determine a prognosis. I had a heartbeat irregularity and that is why the Mets organization sent me to get additional testing to obtain a final diagnosis.”

Pitcher Zack Wheeler's absence from game action with a mild strain of his right oblique muscle may be only about a week.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Dickey Goes to Surgery, Valdespin to 2B


Future Double Play Combo?
According to Adam Rubin of  ESPN NY,  R.A. Dickey is scheduled to undergo surgery Thursday to repair a torn abdominal muscle.

After making his final 2012 start in Miami, the knuckleballer revealed he tore and possibly detached the stomach muscle during his second start of the season, on a cold April 13 night in Philadelphia. He dealt with "dull pain" in his stomach area throughout the season.

The surgery will take place in Philadelphia -- not with Mets doctors.

"Should be no big deal," Dickey tweeted Wednesday.

One other date to watch with Dickey: The National League Cy Young Award will be announced on Nov. 14.

After two games in right field, Jordany Valdespin started at second base on Wednesday night in the Dominican Winter League.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Mets Plan for 2013, Reyes Speaks, Greenberg AB, Dickey Surgery, Valdespin, Familia


Team sources gave insights to ESPNNewYork.com about the Mets' 2013 roster composition.

In the news story, a team executive expresses optimism David Wright will remain a Met long term, then become an ambassador for the organization, akin to the role 68 Year Old Tom Seaver currently holds. An official would not rule out trading Dickey.

It is unlikely Jon Rauch and Ramon Ramirez are re-signed. Andres Torres and Mike Pelfrey are expected to be non-tendered. The Mets would welcome back free-agent-to-be Scott Hairston, but believe he may get a two-year deal elsewhere and depart.

If Hairston departs, the outfield is barren. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who ended this season on the minor league DL with a partially torn plantar fascia in his right foot, will get strong consideration as the starting center fielder, a team official said. Lucas Duda would man a corner-outfield spot if the Mets do not trade Ike Davis and move Duda to first base. Mike Baxter would return as a backup outfielder.

A team official said the Mets will work hard during spring training with outfield prospect Matt den Dekker to cut down his strikeouts (154 in 533 at-bats between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Buffalo this season) to make him a 2013 option. Unfortunately for the Mets, den Dekker is a lefty hitter like Nieuwenhuis. The duo would be a quality platoon if one hit from the right side.
 
The Mets would like to upgrade over Kelly Shoppach, but the price may be right for a return when all is said and done. Ronny Cedeno likely will first look for a starting shortstop job elsewhere.

Lefty reliever Tim Byrdak, whose contract is expiring, likely will be unable to contribute in 2013. He underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder last month. While rookies Josh Edgin and Robert Carson have emerged as viable lefty options in the pen, the Mets also would like to bring in an established southpaw reliever, manager Terry Collins has said.


Team officials maintain anyone will be available in a trade for the right price, with Davis, Dickey, Daniel Murphy, Niese and Bobby Parnell among the pieces that might command the most. The organization, however, is conscious of its lack of power. So team officials recognize they cannot trade Davis, who has 31 homers this season, without getting a comparable power bat in return in that deal or otherwise. The Red Sox reportedly had two scouts at Monday’s Mets-Marlins game, with speculation they were watching Davis.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Official Call-ups, Gee, Strasburg, Final Game in Buffalo, Cyclones, Drama in the Ninth


Mets News and Notes:

With Buffalo's season complete, the Mets have summoned six additional minor leaguers to St. Louis: Jordany Valdespin, right-handers Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia and Elvin Ramirez, left-hander Justin Hampson and outfielder Fred Lewis.

Buffalo manager Wally Backman is due to join the Mets on Sunday. Zach Lutz, Nickeas and McHugh already had been added -- giving the Mets nine extra players in total.

Dillon Gee joined the Mets in St. Louis. He already has been cleared to begin tossing a baseball following surgery to repair a damaged artery in his pitching shoulder.

Stephen Strasburg's final start of the season will be Sept. 12 against the Mets at Citi Field.

Buffalo was rained out at Lehigh Valley on Monday in what is expected to be its final game affiliated with the Mets. Las Vegas has been widely speculated as the Mets' next Triple-A home, but a minor league source said do not rule out Nashville over Las Vegas if the Mets have a choice between those markets. The Brewers currently are affiliated with Nashville and may re-up, though.

Meanwhile, The Brooklyn Cyclones sliced its magic number to one with two games remaining to clinch the New York-Penn League's wild card. Like Buffalo, Binghamton and Savannah completed their seasons Monday. St. Lucie opens the Florida State League.

Finally, Collin McHugh's second major league start lasted only four innings, with McHugh surrendering four runs.

The drama, though, came late. With the Mets trailing by a run in the ninth, Andres Torres seemingly led off with a double. But at the instruction of injured ex-Met Carlos Beltran, the St. Louis Cardinals successfully appealed to rookie ump Dave Rackley that Torres missed the first-base bag. The Mets, deprived of the baserunner, lost shortly thereafter, 5-4, on Monday afternoon at Busch Stadium.

Rackley and crew chief Dale Scott stood by the call, despite vehement protest from the Mets. The crew noted neither Torres nor first base coach Tom Goodwin initially complained about the call.

Rackley told Terry Collins he would not have made the ruling had he not been positive it was correct.

"He went over the front corner with his toe and it just kicked dirt up onto the base," Rackley said.

Said Scott after reviewing the video with his crew: "It was exactly what [Rackley] described. His foot went over [the bag], the toes hit the ground, the heel never did [hit the bag]. And did you see where [Rackley] was? He was right there to make the call."

Countered Murphy: "We had access to video. I'm sure you guys did, too. So we know the answer to that."

Monday, August 27, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Collins, Expected payroll, Signing Dickey/Wright, Gee, Slumping Murphy, Valdespin, Wheeler, Second-half Swoon



Mets News and Notes:

A source tells Mike Puma in the Post there is "no chance" Terry Collins will be fired after the season.

Sandy Alderson said he expected the 2013 payroll to be in the vicinity of $100 million -- comparable to this season -- although he again maintained during a Q&A with season-ticket holders Sunday that he has yet to get a firm figure from ownership.

"I have not talked to Fred [Wilpon] or anyone else about where that payroll is going to be, but I’m hopeful we’ll be in the same range if not somewhat higher," Alderson said. "But I can’t confirm that at this point. What I look at is what our needs are and how we fill those needs. And there’s no question that being able to add to the payroll is an important part of being able to address those. So is the willingness to make trades, trade prospects, bring players in from outside -- so lots of things to take into account.

"I wish I could tell you exactly where we’re going to be. You can probably sense where my sentiments would be. It’s something we have to address, various scenarios. We’ll see exactly where we land. It’s an important point, an important question, and I wish I could give you a better answer at this point. But I expect to be able to give you a better answer in the next few weeks -- well, before I have to spend it, anyway." 

The GM expressed his intent to re-sign David Wright and R.A. Dickey, although that also was his official position with regards to Jose Reyes. Wright and Dickey are under control for next season through team options. Wright has indicated he is uninterested in negotiating during the 2013 season -- with Dickey less resolute on that subject. Essentially, the Mets have this offseason to try to negotiate an extension with Wright or he may be testing free agency.

“I fully expect that David Wright and R.A. Dickey will be here not only next year, but long term," Alderson said. "As you all know, we have options on both those players, and it’s not our intention to simply rely on those options and go into next season and deal with their free agency after 2013. We’re going to deal with it up front while we still have a little bit of room to maneuver. But we’re committed to trying to bring those two back. I hope they’ll both be back, and I’m excited about the possibilities they will be."

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Mets Streak, Duda, Patterson, Wheeler, Bay, Baxter, Valdespin, 2013 All-Star Logo, Santana, Ramirez, Parnell


Mets News and Notes:

The Mets, who had an 0-6 homestand before embarking on a three-city trip, now have lost eight straight at Citi Field. That is the team's longest home losing streak since also dropping eight straight at Shea Stadium in September 2007.

Lucas Duda appears to be heating up with Buffalo. After going 3-for-25 in his first six games following a demotion, Duda has a five-game hitting streak during which he is hitting .471 (8-for-17) with two homers. Duda has started the past two games in left field, after manning first base for two games.

Newly acquired right-hander Scott Patterson allowed two runs on three hits in an inning in his Buffalo debut Monday, although he had not thrown off a mound for more than a week. Patterson, 33, had asked for his release from the Mariners organization. He had received a recruiting call during the offseason from Terry Collins, but opted to sign with Seattle over Baltimore and the Mets. Patterson had a 2.89 ERA and four saves in 26 relief appearances at Triple-A Tacoma, but was not being considered for a major league promotion with Seattle.

Zack Wheeler’s second Triple-A start is scheduled for Saturday against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees) in Buffalo.

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