Thursday, June 26, 2014
Centerfielder Juan Lagares was activated from the disabled list after the Mets' 8-5 loss to the A's Wednesday night, and infielder Wilmer Flores was demoted. That leaves Terry Collins without a true backup shortstop, so Ruben Tejada will be expected to start every game for the time being.
In an emergency, Eric Campbell will be the shortstop. He's played only two games there, both this year with Triple-A Las Vegas. He made two errors, according to baseball-reference.com.
Lagares' return also means the outfield will become more talented, and more crowded, too. Collins admits he hasn't figured out how he can share the at-bats.
Curtis Granderson is assured of starting most games. Lagares was playing well as the everyday centerfielder before he left a game June 1 with pain in his rib cage, so presumably he'll play most days. That leaves Eric Young Jr., Chris Young and Bobby Abreu for one spot.
Friday, June 20, 2014
Lagares to play rehab games soon
Terry Collins told ESPN he expects outfielder Juan Lagares to enter a rehab game "soon."
Lagares has been batting in simulated games in Port St. Lucie, Fla., this week, according to the manager.
He has been on the disabled list since June 2 with an intercostal strain on his right side.
Gee getting rehab start Tuesday?
The Mets are eyeing Tuesday for Dillon Gee to make his first minor-league appearance since landing on the disabled list on May 11 with a strained right lat muscle. The rehab start would occur in the Gulf Coast League.
Gee, who has been working out 120 miles north in Port St. Lucie, Fla., visited the Mets on Thursday at Marlins Park along with fellow rehabbing pitchers Matt Harvey and Bobby Parnell.
Gee threw a 50-pitch bullpen session for pitching coach Dan Warthen. It marked the right-hander's second time throwing off a mound since the injury.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Mets News and Notes: Gee will be with Mets on Thursday, Lagares hitting BP, Trading Chris Young, Mets demote Brown instead of den Dekker
Gee will be with Mets on Thursday
Dillon Gee is due to be at Marlins Park on Thursday for a bullpen session with Mets staff before the team's series opener against the Miami Marlins.
Gee threw off a mound on Monday in Port St. Lucie, Fla., for the first time since landing on the disabled list on May 11 with a strained right lat muscle.
That mound session Thursday should be the final step before Gee is cleared to face batters.
Lagares hitting BP
Meanwhile, Juan Lagares faced John Lannan in batting practice on Monday in Port St. Lucie. That signaled to Terry Collins that Lagares is nearing the beginning of a rehab assignment.
Lagares has been on the DL since June 2 with a strained intercostal muscle on his right side.
Trading Chris Young
In an ideal world, the Mets would be able to trade Chris Young before the July 31 deadline -- or even before Aug. 31, since his $7.25 million contract should easily pass through waivers. But even a team insider acknowledged having a market for him is a long-shot given his current production, even if the Mets picked up the remaining salary.
In the series opener at Busch Stadium, C.Y. was out of the lineup for a second straight day since striking out four times Saturday. He is hitting .196 with four homers in 163 at-bats.
Mets demote Brown instead of den Dekker
The Mets demoted Andrew Brown to clear the roster spot for the return of E.Y. Jr. from the disabled list. Terry Collins indicated a primary factor in selecting Brown over Matt den Dekker is den Dekker's ability to play center field.
Monday, June 02, 2014
The New York Mets placed center fielder Juan Lagares on the disabled list with a strained rib-cage muscle before Monday's series finale against the Phillies.
Lagares was diagnosed with an intercostal strain Monday after undergoing an MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. He had departed Sunday's game at Citizens Bank Park in the 10th inning complaining of pain in his right rib cage.
The Mets promoted outfielder Matt den Dekker from Triple-A Las Vegas, but den Dekker never left.
After 14-inning games Friday and Saturday, the Mets had demoted den Dekker before Sunday's game to add an extra arm, Dana Eveland, from the minor leagues. Den Dekker was due to fly to Las Vegas on Sunday night, but was told to remain in Philly after Lagares' situation worsened.
Normally players need to spend 10 days in the minor leagues after being optioned, but an exemption is made for a return in a shorter time frame if a DL move coincides.
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According to ESPN, Juan Lagares is headed to the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan for a Monday morning MRI of his painful right rib cage as the Mets make initial preparations to put the center fielder on the disabled list.
Matt den Dekker, who was due to fly from Philly to Las Vegas on Sunday night, instead has been told to skip the flight and stick around. Den Dekker, demoted before Sunday's game when the Mets added extra arm Dana Eveland, would be re-promoted for Monday's series finale assuming Lagares lands on the DL, which is expected.
Den Dekker normally would have to spend 10 days in the minors after a demotion, but that rule is waived if a major league player simultaneously is placed on the DL.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Mets News and Notes: d'Arnaud Concussion DL?, Tejada Over Flores, EY Over Lagares, Super 2 Decision, Edgin on the way
d'Arnaud Concussion DL?:
Wednesday, the New York Mets began to have concerns that it could be something more serious. And now there's a real chance that d'Arnaud could be heading for baseball's seven-day concussion disabled list.
d'Arnaud passed initial concussion tests Tuesday night, after Soriano inadvertently hit him on the helmet with his backswing in a ninth-inning at-bat. The Mets catcher even remained in the game to catch the final out.
But d'Arnaud was still feeling the effects of the hit Wednesday, and when he felt more symptoms after going through workouts at Citi Field, the Mets decided to administer further concussion tests. Manager Terry Collins said Wednesday night that d'Arnaud will have another test on Thursday.
The Mets have summoned catcher Juan Centeno from Triple-A Las Vegas. While Centeno has not yet been added to the roster, the Mets want him available in case d'Arnaud goes on the DL.
Tejada over Flores:
Collins gave a simple explanation for giving Ruben Tejada a fourth consecutive start at shortstop, after saying Tuesday that he expected Wilmer Flores to play.
"He's too hot to take out," Collins said.
Tejada lost his job a week ago when the Mets called up Flores from Triple-A Las Vegas, then got a reprieve when Flores got sick and had to miss Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies. Tejada has reached base seven times in three games since then, and has also impressed the Mets with his play at shortstop.
Thursday, May 01, 2014
Juan Lagares has been officially activated from the disabled list for Thursday's series opener against the Colorado Rockies.
Lagares replaces Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who has been optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Lagares is returning from a pulled right hamstring. He appeared in one game for Class A St. Lucie and three games with Las Vegas this week.
Terry Collins has indicated his four primary outfielders will share three starting spots.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Outfielder Juan Lagares believes he is ready to rejoin the Mets.
Lagares, who has been on the DL with a pulled right hamstring, is expected to play one final rehab game with Triple-A Las Vegas on Wednesday night, then rejoin the Mets for Thursday's series opener at Colorado.
“My leg feels loose. It feels good,” Lagares told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I’ve been running a lot, and I don’t feel anything. ... I think right now I’m 100 percent. I’m ready.”
Monday, April 28, 2014
Juan Lagares' rehab assignment will move to Las Vegas beginning Monday night.
Lagares played seven innings in center field for Class A St. Lucie on Sunday.
He is eligible to be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday, but would appear more likely to meet the Mets in Denver during a four-game series that begins Thursday.
Lagares is on the DL with a pulled right hamstring.
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Juan Lagares went 1-for-4 with a strikeout and logged seven innings in center field on Sunday in his first official rehab game with Class A St. Lucie.
Lagares, on the DL with a pulled right hamstring, previously had seen action in extended spring training.
He is eligible to be activated Wednesday, although the Mets may wait until at least the weekend in Colorado. Terry Collins has said he expects Lagares' rehab tour to include a stop with Las Vegas.
Mets Manager Terry Collins told reporters that Juan Lagares is progressing and has already taken at-bats in extended spring training games in Port St. Lucie, Fla., but not always running after making contact.
Juan Lagares landed on the disabled list with a pulled right hamstring on April 14 vs Arizona...
Collins is not sure if Lagares will return from the disabled list when he is eligible Wednesday, when the Mets will be completing a two-game series in Philadelphia.
But reports say Lagares will first make a stop in Triple-A Las Vegas for rehab games, so it seems more logical Lagares will join the Mets sometime while they are in Denver for a four-game series that begins Thursday.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Mets News and Notes: Lagares Update - Granderson Return? - More Recker - Seinfeld Night - Colon Back - Young Return
Juan Lagares, who underwent an MRI on Tuesday for his pulled right hamstring, believes the injury is not severe.
Lagares told the Star-Ledger that team trainers, briefed on the MRI results, believe it is only a one to two week injury.
Lagares is on the 15-day DL, so he will not be eligible to return until April 30. He departed Monday's game in the seventh inning.
After Anthony Recker homered and doubled in the Mets’ 5-2 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday, Terry Collins suggested he likely would begin giving the backup catcher more playing time.
Recker lifted his average to .286 (4-for-14) with two walks. He has homered in two of his three starts behind the plate.
Meanwhile, Travis d’Arnaud is hitting .154 (6-for-39) with one homer and two RBIs.
Curtis Granderson literally offered a thumbs up in the clubhouse when asked how his first action since being forced from Monday's game went.
Granderson, pinch-hitting for Dillon Gee in the eighth, grounded out to second base in the Mets' eventual 5-2 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
He had departed Monday's game in the sixth inning with bruises to his left wrist, ribs and knee after colliding with the outfield wall earlier in that game.
Terry Collins expects Granderson will return to the starting lineup Friday, when the Mets open a series at Citi Field against the Atlanta Braves.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The Mets have officially put OF Juan Lagares on the 15 day DL with a strained hamstring and have recalled OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis.
Lagares was leading the Mets in Avg (.314), second in OBP (.345), second Slugging PCT (.471).
Chris Young is expected to come off the DL on Friday, so if Granderson is not ready to play on Tuesday, that leaves the Mets with Eric Young, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Andrew Brown, and of course Lucas Duda for emergency use.
Terry Collins might have to use both Ike Davis and Lucas Duda in the lineup
Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares departed Monday's 7-3 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks in consecutive innings with injuries.
Lagares suffered a pulled right hamstring running to first base on a fielder's choice grounder in the seventh inning and is a disabled list candidate.
Granderson departed an inning earlier with bruises to his left forearm, rib cage and knee. X-rays of all three body parts were negative, although Granderson struggled to put on his shoes after the game.
Manager Terry Collins said the Mets would bring a Triple-A Las Vegas player to Phoenix, to be activated assuming Lagares lands on the DL after he is re-evaluated Tuesday.
That is expected to be outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who is hitting .310 with two homers and eight RBIs in 42 at-bats in the Pacific Coast League.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014
The Mets are expected to start Bartolo Colon on Saturday and Jenrry Mejia on Sunday in Las Vegas, when they play a pair of split-squad exhibition games against the Chicago Cubs.
David Wright, Curtis Granderson, Travis d'Arnaud, Bobby Parnell, Juan Lagares, Wilmer Flores, Omar Quintanilla, Jacob deGrom, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Kevin Plawecki, Anthony Seratelli and Eric Campbell are among the other players expected to make the trip.
The Mets are partly playing in Vegas to support their Triple-A affiliate, although the primary reason is the big-league club is turning a profit on the trip.
The remainder of the Mets will remain in Florida for split-squad games Saturday against the Twins in Port St. Lucie and Sunday against the Cardinals in Jupiter.
Monday, February 17, 2014
The Mets outfield is crowded with many guys that can play centerfield...
Terry Collins has not made any clues about who will get that role or what the composition of the outfield will be. Chris Young and Curtis Granderson are assured of everyday roles but Eric Young Jr. and Juan Lagares are battling for the third starting job.
"I don’t know where everybody is going to be," Collins said. "Again, there’s a lot of things happening between now and April 1st. I told Curtis the one thing you gotta do is get used to right field a little bit…We got four guys right now that can go catch it."
However it plays out, Young is confident the Mets' outfield can be among the best.
"I think we can be one of the best in baseball in the outfield," he said. "You’re talking about guys with a lot of experience out there, a lot of speed, guys with good arms."
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
The Wilpon family has strong ties to Michigan University as Fred Wilpon and son Jeff Wilpon are both graduates there... Mike Barwis, who is the football team’s strength and conditioning coach became friends with Jeff Wilpon and eventually, the Mets hired Barwis as a consultant.
The Mets GM Sandy Alderson after the 2013 season wanted to offer a more regimented off-season training program for some of their younger players.
The Mets have suggested the Michigan training program to players Ruben Tejada, Wilmer Flores, Lucas Duda, Dominic Smith, Patrick Biondi, and Phillip Evans, two recently drafted players, became part of the group, as well.
The program was voluntary, the cost split between the organization and each player.
The players reported for about four weeks in the fall and have returned recently to put in a few more weeks before spring training. Juan Lagares, the Mets center fielder has joined the others this time around.
Barwis evaluates each of the players and comes up with a nutrition and workout regimen. The players have worked on their balance, explosiveness, strength, speed and flexibility.
Read More: NY Times
Sunday, September 01, 2013
Mets News:Starting in right field for the first time in his major league career in order to accommodate Matt den Dekker starting alongside him, Lagares recorded his National League-leading 12th outfield assist.
Lagares threw out Bryce Harper attempting a triple in the eighth inning to tie Tsuyoshi Shinjo’s 2001 mark for the Mets’ rookie outfield assist record.
“That’s great,” Lagares said about his assists. “I like to throw when I’ve got the ball. I just want to keep throwing, keep doing what I’ve been doing.”
As for moving to right field to allow den Dekker to play center, Lagares added: “I understand the situation. I played a lot of right field in the minors. I know ‘Dek’ is very good at center field, but he doesn’t play in right field. I think it makes sense.”
Said Terry Collins: “I talked to him before the game -- ‘Hey, look, you’re a center fielder. I know that. You know that. But the other guy has not played right field. And it would be tough for him to go out there. And I know you can play out there.’ So when they’re both in the game, that’s probably how it’s going to line up. But he played very well out there tonight.”
Source: ESPN NY