Showing posts with label Mets News. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mets News. Show all posts

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Mets News: Dice-K to DL, Carlyle back up with big club

Mets News:

The Mets place Daisuke Matsuzaka on the 15 day disabled list with elbow inflammation and call up pitcher Buddy Carlyle.

The Mets outrighted Carlyle earlier this week. The righty has appeared in five games for the Mets this season. He posted a 2.16 ERA with 9.7 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9 in 33 1/3 innings for Triple-A Las Vegas.

Mets News: Mets send Dice-K to NY to take a look at pitching elbow

Mets News:

The New York Mets sent Daisuke Matsuzaka to NY to take a look at his right elbow after he felt discomfort  in the 9-1 loss against Milwaukee Thursday Night.

Terry Collins added that after Thursday's game it was bothering him pretty good.

“We had it looked at here,” Collins said. “We decided to send him to New York.”

I'm sure Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero have their ear on the phone waiting to know the extent of his injuries.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Mets News: Mets demote Kirk Nieuwenhuis to add spot for Flores

Mets News:

A day after Ruben Tejada was beaned with a fastball and departed Wednesday's game in Seattle, the Mets have decided to promote Wilmer Flores from Triple-A Las Vegas. Kirk Nieuwenhuis has been demoted.

Flores is starting at shortstop and batting seventh in Thursday's series opener at Milwaukee.

The Mets did not have a bona fide backup shortstop on the major league roster, and otherwise would have needed to use Eric Campbell at the position. Although Tejada continues to suffer no ill effects from the beaning by Taijuan Walker, Terry Collins had indicated Wednesday that Tejada was likely to get at least one day off.

Mets News: Wilmer Flores called up from Vegas

Mets News:

Wilmer Flores will be called up from Triple-A, the Mets announced.

He will join the team in Milwaukee.

Flores is hitting .341 with a .376 OBP in 93 plate appearances since July 1. He has eight home runs and 28 RBI over 21 games, and recently had a 23-game hitting streak snapped.

Ruben Tejada was hit in the helmet by a fastball during Wednesday’s game, but was later cleared by the medical staff and traveled with the team to Milwaukee. Eric Campbell took over at shortstop for Tejada.

The Mets said a corresponding roster move will come later in the day.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mets News: Mets DFA (P) Buddy Carlyle to make room for Jon Niese

Mets News:

The Mets have designated right-handed reliever Buddy Carlyle for assignment to clear the roster spot for Monday's activation of Jon Niese from the disabled list.

Carlyle, 36, has produced a 1.29 ERA in five major league appearances this season.

He also was outrighted to Las Vegas on June 7 after clearing waivers. That time, Carlyle accepted the assignment to Triple-A.

That also means that Daisuke Matsuzaka is now a reliever, although he will be on standby Monday in case Niese has an issue in his first game action since a 12-pitch effort on July 4. Niese officially has been on the DL with a left shoulder strain. The Fourth of July start separately was shortened by getting struck with a line drive in the lower back.

Matsuzaka opened the season in the bullpen, marking the first time in his career in that role. He has a 2.22 ERA and opponents are hitting only .145 in 17 relief appearances this season. Still, he has walked 19 in 24 1/3 innings in that role.

Collins met with Matsuzaka on Sunday morning to inform him of the decision. Matsuzaka is 2-3 with a 4.24 ERA in nine starts in 2014.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Mets News: Gonzalez Germen sent down to make room for Dillon Gee

Mets News:

Following their 8-3 win over the Braves on Tuesday night, the Mets optioned relief pitcher Gonzalez Germen to Triple-A Las Vegas.

That clears a roster spot for Dillon Gee, who the team plans to activate from the disabled list on Wednesday and send to the mound against Atlanta.

The 26-year-old Germen has made 21 appearances for the Mets this season, last pitching on Sunday against the Rangers. In 26 1/3 innings, he has a 4.78 ERA, with 26 strikeouts and 11 walks.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Mets News: Daniel Murphy Named to the 2014 NL All-Star Squad, David Wright Snubbed at Third

Mets News:

Daniel Murphy was named to the 2014 NL All-Star Squad on Sunday. The Mets' second baseman is among the National League leaders in hits. 

Murphy has never been an All-Star before, but he was the natural choice on a team that was most likely to be limited to a single representative. The Mets have had multiple All-Stars every year since 2003 (when Armando Benitez was their lone All-Star), but this year's team wasn't loaded with candidates.

David Wright led the NL voting for a while at third base but ended up losing to Aramis Ramirez of the Brewers by a little more than 300,000 votes. Wright was an All-Star seven of the past eight years and started six times, but he was left off this year in favor of Todd Frazier of the Reds and Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals.

Murphy finished fourth in the voting at second base. Chase Utley of the Phillies won the fan vote and will be the starter. Dee Gordon of the Dodgers was also named to the team as a second baseman.

The only other Met who finished among the announced leaders in the fan voting was Curtis Granderson, who ranked 22nd among outfielders.

Mets News: Two Mets Minor Leaguers Arrested for Drag Racing

Mets News:

Two Mets minor leaguers who were arrested and charged with drag racing were arraigned Monday morning in Kingsport, Tenn., according to Kingsport Police Department public information officer Tom Patton.

Wuilmer Becerra, 19, and Vicente Lupo, 20, are accused of driving at speeds in excess of 100 mph.

Patton indicated that Becerra and Lupo, who play for the Kingsport Mets, each posted $500 bond and were released within a couple of hours of their Friday arrest, which occurred shortly after midnight without incident.

They were charged with Class B misdemeanors, so they likely will only face a fine, although the judge will make that final determination, according to Patton. The judge could order the seizures of the 2013 Dodge Challenger and 2012 Ford Mustang, although that is not likely. Neither Becerra nor Lupo had a U.S. driver's license. Both are from Venezuela. Had their licenses been from Tennessee, those would have been revoked.

The Mets prospects owned the cars in which they were driving. Alcohol was not involved.

The incident allegedly occurred in an area with a speed limit of 45 mph.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Mets News: Niese to DL, Carlyle gets Call Up from Vegas

Mets News:

The Mets announced in the first inning of their 5-3 loss to Texas on Saturday night that righty Buddy Carlyle was heading to New York from Class AAA Las Vegas. Although no corresponding move was announced, it appears likely that he will be taking Niese’s spot on the roster. Manager Terry Collins said after the game he would talk about Niese’s status today, and it seems imminent that he will be placed on the disabled list.

However, Niese’s physical problem apparently isn’t his lower back, which was bruised when he was hit by a line drive off the bat of Alex Rios. Multiple reports indicate the issue is his shoulder, and Collins had said before the game that Niese had "other issues" besides his back.

The Mets RHP Dillon Gee (strained right lat), who has been on the DL since May 11, appears ready to return. Gee had a good rehab outing for Class A Brooklyn on Friday, striking out 10 in six innings. Gee said after Saturday’s Mets game he "absolutely" is ready to return to the majors. And because he pitched Friday, he would be right on track to take Niese’s scheduled start.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Mets News: Mets GM Addresses Major Topics of Interest

Mets News:

Mets GM Sandy Alderson addressed the media on the State of the New York Mets on Friday. He addressed major topics like if the Mets Mets were Buyers or Sellers?, Harvey Mound Work, Mets 90 Win Season, and Trading Daniel Murphy just to name a few...

Here is a brief description on some of the topics that were talked about:

Buyers or Sellers?:
On the buyer/seller topic, Alderson said he would be “surprised” if any determination were made before the All-Star break. The Mets next have a four-game series against the first-place Atlanta Braves, which should be instructive.

Alderson did seem to intimate that no activity is the most likely scenario.

“We like the team as it’s developing,” the GM said. “That, in and of itself, would make us reluctant to move players at the deadline. Now, we’re practical as well. We’ve made deals at the deadline. And there’s no reason we’d hesitate to do that if we felt it was the right thing. But I think our team is on the right track. I don’t think we’re that far away. That would indicate some caution when it comes to the trade deadline.”

Alderson said it is “certainly our preference” to get back major league talent, or talent on the verge of breaking into the majors, in any trade. He noted, though, that makes a trade with a contender that much less likely, because buyers want to part with minor leaguers, not parts helping their club now.

The GM added that despite a surplus of starting pitching, trading it is not prudent.

Harvey Mound Work:
Despite the ace's hope otherwise, Matt Harvey will not get on a mound until after the All-Star break, according to the GM.

90 Win Season:
Alderson knows he is getting mocked for his 90-wins goal this season, but reiterated it was intended to “change a mindset” of losing.

“It’s always a goal, but when it was articulated, it was intended to be a mindset,” he said. “I’ve said that more than once. I think everybody should understand how it was intended, notwithstanding that it was a private conversation.”

Trading Murphy:
On the topic of trading Daniel Murphy, Alderson was asked whether it made sense to think about dealing him since the Mets already are committed to large salaries for Wright and Curtis Granderson. Murphy is making $5.7 million this year, is eligible for arbitration one more time, then is eligible for free agency after the 2015 season, so his price tag may be at $10 million or more soon.

“I think we have the flexibility,” Alderson said about fitting Murphy’s future salary within the payroll with Wright and Granderson. “That doesn't mean we shouldn't consider other options. Obviously, the more large contracts you have, the less and less flexibility you have. But I think we still have the flexibility to address Daniel’s situation.”

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Mets News: Mets sign two Venezuelan Shortstops

Mets News:

The Mets announced that they have signed Venezuelan shortstops Yoel Romero and Edgardo Fermin as the period for signing international 16-year-olds begins.

Ben Badler at Baseball America reports Fermin received $250,000. Badler writes:

At 6 feet, 145 pounds, Fermin’s game will benefit from additional strength, with solid tools that play up because of his advanced instincts and feel for the game. He’s a below-average runner with a fringy arm but is smooth at shortstop and moves around well at the position. He has shown a line-drive stroke from the right side with occasional gap power and the ability to hang in against good velocity.

Badler also reports in Baseball America that Romero received $300,000. He writes:

At 6 feet, 175 pounds, Romero moves around well at shortstop with good agility and average arm strength that plays up because of his short arm stroke and quick release. More quick than fast, he’s a fringy runner with gap power from the right side and projection to grow into more strength.

Also on the international signing front, the Mets have signed left-hander Daniel Guzman from Venezuela and right-hander Agustin Casilla, outfielder Claudio Geraldo and shortstop Hansel Moreno from the Dominican Republic.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Mets News: David Wright has bruised shoulder, should miss DL for now

Mets News:

New York Mets third baseman David Wright has been prescribed rest and anti-inflammatory medication for his ailing left shoulder but will not need surgery, assistant general manager John Ricco said Saturday.

Ricco said team doctor Struan Coleman diagnosed Wright with a bruised rotator cuff. The captain will remain in New York until he is re-examined on Monday.

Wright did not require a cortisone shot -- "not yet anyway," Ricco said -- and will stay off the disabled list at least until after that follow-up exam, when the team has a better handle on how long Wright may miss. Ricco added that the team will not call up an infielder now, even though the Mets only have one backup infielder at the moment -- Eric Young Jr., who primarily is an outfielder.
"Right now they don't think it's a DL, but they'll re-examine him on Monday and we'll have a clearer picture at that point," Ricco said. "... So it's good news. They want to see if it feels better after a couple of days' rest. They don't anticipate it being a DL stint. If he's still feeling the same, we'll reassess it at that time."

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Mets News: David Wright to get MRI on Shoulder

Mets News:

New York Mets third baseman David Wright was scratched from Friday night's lineup and is being sent to New York for an MRI on his ailing left shoulder.

Wright indicated he had been experiencing discomfort in his non-throwing shoulder for three weeks, since sliding headfirst on a steal on June 12 on a muddy surface at Citi Field. Video shows Wright uncomfortably moving the shoulder as he led off second base immediately after that slide.

The shoulder became painful during Thursday's series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates, first as he reached to tag out former teammate Ike Davis on a fourth-inning rundown, then further while reaching for Pedro Alvarez's ground ball in the eighth.

Eric Campbell replaced Wright in Friday's lineup.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Mets News: Mets Send Down Wilmer Flores to make room for Juan Lagares

Mets News:

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

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.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Mets News: Mets Promoting Prospect Catcher Plawecki

Mets News:

According to ESPN, Mets Prospect catcher Kevin Plawecki is due to be promoted to Triple-A Vegas very shortly...

Plawecki, 23, is hitting .329 with six homers and 43 RBIs in 222 at-bats with Double-A Binghamton. He also has a .376 on-base percentage.

Plawecki was the 35th overall pick in the 2012 draft, out of Purdue. The Mets received that extra pick as compensation for losing Jose Reyes to the Miami Marlins.

This will cause some new problems at the catcher position in all levels because Plawecki will have the priority for playing time once he is promoted to Las Vegas. So assuming Anthony Recker is optioned to Triple-A once Travis d'Arnaud is promoted, Recker would go from a major leaguer to a backup in the Pacific Coast League. If it's Taylor Teagarden the Mets drop, that is one more reason for Teagarden to opt out rather than report to Vegas.

Juan Centeno, a 40-man roster member, will be penalized, too. If Plawecki and Recker are in Triple-A, Centeno could be pushed down a level. If it's Teagarden who is dropped from the major league team and is claimed off waivers or opts out, Centeno still recedes to the backup with Las Vegas.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Mets News and Notes: Lagares to play rehab games soon, Gee getting rehab start Tuesday?

Mets News and Notes:

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.

Mets News: Mets Promote Seven More Minor Leaguers, Demote Five

The Mazzilli's

Mets News:

The Mets promoted seven more minors leaguers Thursday Night. Gavin Cecchini, Robert Coles, L.J. Mazzilli, Jeff McNeil, Kevin McGowan, and Tim Peterson all will play for St.Lucie from Savannah.

LHP T.J. Chism got demoted from Binghamton to St.Lucie, Savannah also added Hunter Carnevale, Alex Panteliodis, Yeixon Ruiz, Nelfi Zapata from St.Lucie..

Here are the full minor-league transactions:

Las Vegas adds:
Matt Reynolds, IF, from Binghamton

Binghamton adds:
Randy Fontanez, RHP, from St. Lucie
Dilson Herrera, IF, from St. Lucie
Steven Matz, LHP, from St. Lucie
Brandon Nimmo, OF, from St. Lucie
T.J. Rivera, IF, from St. Lucie

St. Lucie adds:
Gavin Cecchini, SS from Savannah
T.J. Chism, LHP, from Binghamton
Robert Coles, RHP, from Savannah
L.J. Mazzilli, 2B, from Savannah
Jeff McNeil, IF, from Savannah
Kevin McGowan, RHP from Savannah
Tim Peterson, RHP, from Savannah

Savannah adds:
Hunter Carnevale, RHP, from St. Lucie
Alex Panteliodis, LHP, from St. Lucie
Yeixon Ruiz, IF, from St. Lucie
Nelfi Zapata, C, from Binghamton

Mets News: Matt Harvey still on flat ground, no timetable for mound work yet

Mets News:

Matt Harvey continues to long toss on flat ground, including Thursday at Marlins Park while visiting teammates.

One team insider told ESPN, Harvey is "waiting for the powers that be to give a date" for him to begin throwing off a mound.

Harvey had expected to begin the mound activity last Monday as a step toward making five to seven major league starts this season, but the front office put it on hold.

Sandy Alderson recently indicated that Harvey, as a precaution, would not pitch in a major league game any sooner than Sept. 22 -- 11 months after the Tommy John surgery. And, the GM added, the fall instructional league would be preferable. That pretty much prevents Harvey from appearing in the majors this season. The regular season ends Sept. 28.

Mets News: First Round Pick Conforto Agrees to Terms on Contract with Mets

Mets News:

First-round pick OF Michael Conforto has agreed to the terms of a contract with the Mets, according to ESPN.

Conforto, a Scott Boras client, will sign for $2,970,800, which is the precise MLB recommendation for the 10th overall pick, according to MLB's Jim Callis.

Conforto is the two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year.

He hit .345 with seven homers and 56 RBIs in 203 at-bats with Oregon State during his junior season and produced a .504 on-base percentage. He set a single-season school record with 55 walks.

Sandy Alderson has said Conforto is close to having a completed deal with the club.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Mets News: Mets Promote Six Minor Leaguers

Mets News:

Middle infielder Matt Reynolds is headed to Triple-A Las Vegas as part of system-wide promotions at the midpoint of the minor-league season.

Reynolds, 23, is a second-round pick out of the University of Arkansas in 2012.

He was hitting .355 with one homer and 21 RBIs in 211 at-bats at Double-A Binghamton. Reynolds also had a .430 on-base percentage.

Five members of the St. Lucie Mets were also promoted to Double-A Binghamton after the Florida State League team was eliminated from claiming a postseason berth on the final day of the first half.

2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo, Long Island native Steven Matz, Bronx native T.J. Rivera, ex-Pirates prospect Dilson Herrera and closer Randy Fontanez all were promoted, according to reporter Jon Santucci

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