Monday, April 21, 2014
Andrew Brown was shipped to Triple-A Las Vegas before Monday's series opener against the St. Louis Cardinals, clearing the roster spot for the promotion of Bobby Abreu.
Brown was hitting .185 with one homer and five RBIs in 27 at-bats.
Matt Harvey took another step in his rehab from Tommy John surgery Friday. The injured ace moved back to tossing at 90 feet.
The next step would be a move back to 120 feet, Harvey said. He is expecting to be throwing off a mound at some point in June.
“I can't wait to get back up there,” Harvey said Sunday. Harvey has never let go of the goal of pitching at some point this season. The Mets have said that is not the goal, his long-term health is.
The Mets have called up veteran Bobby Abreu from Triple-A after Sunday’s 14-inning 4-3 win over the Braves.
He is expected to join the team before Monday night’s series opener with the Cardinals at Citi Field. No corresponding move was announced.
Abreu signed a minor-league deal with the Mets this spring after being released by the Phillies. His contract has an opt-out if he was not called up to the majors by April 30.
In 15 games with Las Vegas, Abreu was hitting .395 with four doubles, a home run and nine RBI.
The 40-year old rightfielder last played in the majors in 2012, hitting .242 in stints with the Angels and Dodgers.
Over the winter, Abreu played for Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens in Venezuela. Hudgens said in the spring that Abreu’s hitting style fits in well with the Mets philosophical approach. He also felt he would be a good role model for the younger Mets hitters..
In 17 years in the majors, Abreu is a two-time All Star who is a career .292 hitter with 287 home runs and 1,349 RBI, though he hasn’t hit over .255 in four years.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Mets News:Video: SNY
The New York Mets traded Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday, in exchange for right-handed reliever Zack Thornton and a player to be named later.
The deal was announced just minutes prior to the Mets game against the Atlanta Braves.
Davis was made available to reporters outside the Mets clubhouse as the game got underway.
"Honestly, it's a little weird," Davis said. "I've been with the Mets organization for a long time, and made some really good friendships and stuff like that. That's the toughest part, I think.
"I really had a blast in New York. I made my dreams come true, childhood dreams come true, playing in the big leagues here. But it's just a stepping-stone. It happens to a lot of people, getting traded. Now [I'll] go help my team in Pittsburgh."
Thornton, 25, was pitching for the Pirates' Triple-A affiliate in Indianapolis. He will report to the Mets' Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas.
The Mets filled Davis' spot on the 25-man major league roster with outfielder Chris Young, who was on the disabled list.
"We're very happy with the trade," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said. "We're happy for Ike, in the sense that he'll get another opportunity elsewhere. It's a situation that we needed to resolve here, and we're happy with the return."
A source close to the situation said, “He needed a fresh start. It was an awful situation with him knowing they didn’t want him. He feels like a huge weight has lifted off him.”
Ike Davis Career Stats:
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Zack Thornton Career Minor League Stats:
Thursday, April 17, 2014
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN, Mets personnel will be in attendance when free-agent closer Joel Hanrahan has a showcase for interested teams Thursday.
Hanrahan, 32, is removed 11 months from Tommy John surgery. He made nine appearances last season with the Boston Red Sox before undergoing the May 16, 2013 elbow procedure.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The Mets are bringing up pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka to replace John Lannan on their big league roster.
Matsuzaka's contract was selected Wednesday from Las Vegas, and New York sent Lannan outright to the Triple-A team.
Matsuzaka, a 33-year-old right-hander, was 3-3 with a 4.42 ERA in seven starts for the Mets last year and 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA in two starts for Las Vegas this year.
Lannan, a 32-year-old left-hander, was 1-0 with a 15.25 ERA in five relief appearances for the Mets this year. He has the choice to refuse the outright assignment and elect to become a free agent.
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.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Outfielder Chris Young, who was put on the disabled list with a strained quad participated in an extended spring training game in Port St. Lucie. He went 2 for 2 with 2 walks and a sac fly.
Young, if all goes right and has no setbacks should make his way to Vegas-AAA by this weekend.
Young is eligible to return from the DL next Friday, when the Mets open a 10-game homestand with a series against the Atlanta Braves.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, The Lucas Duda Audition is over.... For the time being?
Terry Collins told ESPN that Ike Davis will start Thursday's series finale against the Atlanta Braves. Duda is 2-for-13 since a two-homer game last Friday.
The Mets face left-handed pitchers on Friday and Sunday against the Angels (Tyler Skaggs and C.J. Wilson), so that may end up being an opportunity for Josh Satin to start.
Overall Duda is hitting .182 with two homers and four RBIs through 22 at-bats this season.
Meanwhile, Davis is hitting .400 with one homer and four RBIs in only 10 at-bats.
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN, "Since John Lannan already has more than five years of MLB service. And that normally would mean Lannan cannot be sent to the minors without his consent. But before Lannan was added to the Opening Day roster, the Mets had Lannan sign an "advance consent" waiver. That means Lannan preauthorized the Mets to send him to the minors at any point during the first 45 days of the season -- which also would negate receiving his full $1.5 million big-league salary, which otherwise would have been guaranteed."
He may be seeing the minor league pastures soon as his relief woes continue...as Adam Rubin describes it..
Lannan has been converted to relief for the first time in his career this season, has struggled in the role.
Lannan now has allowed four runs, four hits and a walk while recording only three outs this season. He allowed a Freddie Freeman single Wednesday Night in the 4-3 Loss, It was his only batter he faced... His ERA is now 36.00
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
According to ESPN, Former Cy Young Award winner Frank Viola was released from New York Presbyterian Hospital on Tuesday, six days after undergoing open-heart surgery.
Viola, 53, had a heart issue detected during his spring-training physical with the New York Mets. He had been slated to serve as Triple-A Las Vegas pitching coach.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson recently said that Viola still hoped to serve in that role later this season, although doctors first would need to sign off.
Tom Signore is filling in as Las Vegas pitching coach.
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Reliever Vic Black has landed on the disabled list at Triple-A Las Vegas with a pinched nerve on the right side of his neck, although the injury is believed to be minor.
He resumed throwing Sunday with no ill effects and should be activated from the DL later this week.
Sunday, April 06, 2014
New York Mets closer Bobby Parnell has decided to proceed with Tommy John surgery and will miss the remainder of the 2014 season. Team doctor David Atlchek is scheduled to perform the procedure Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.
Parnell was diagnosed Tuesday with a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right elbow, a day after suffering a blown save in the season opener.
General manager Sandy Alderson indicated at the time that the tear was in a thick part of the ligament. Alderson added that Parnell first intended to rest for two weeks and then attempt a throwing program that might last for another month to determine the need for surgery.
However, Parnell ultimately decided to have the surgery without first attempting the rehab. He reasoned that Tommy John surgery requires a 10-to-14-month recovery time, and he wanted to avoid impacting his availability for 2015.
Friday, April 04, 2014
Mets News: Mets going to play Duda at 1B against Reds and Beyond?According to ESPN's team insiders, The Mets plan to use Lucas Duda at First base during the Cincinnati Reds Series and possibly beyond that.
The Mets do not face any left-handers against the Cincinnati Reds or Atlanta Braves the next two series, so it is an opportune time, since Josh Satin would not be used anyway.
The Mets will have the DH after that in Anaheim. You can assume they play both Duda and Ike Davis in the lineup with Duda DH'ing...
Duda told ESPN he had not been informed of any such decision.
Duda started his first game of the season in Thursday's 8-2 loss to the Washington Nationals and went 0-for-3 with a walk. He is 0-for-6 with a walk and three strikeouts for the season, having appeared in all three games.
Thursday, April 03, 2014
The Mets have placed OF Chris Young on the 15 day DL. Wilmer Flores is expected to stay up until Jon Niese is available to come off the DL on Sunday. Andrew Brown is expected to stay on the roster, who is filling Niese's spot.
Young, who missed the Mets' opening day game because of a right quadriceps strain, couldn't make it through the first inning of Game 2 and was replaced by Andrew Brown.
Young, a free-agent signing last winter, suffered the injury over the weekend in the final spring training games in Montreal.
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Mets Starter Jon Niese is getting tuned up and appears ready to return from the disabled list Sunday to face the Cincinnati Reds.
Niese logged 4 2/3 innings and tossed 76 pitches in a minor-league intrasquad game Tuesday night in Port St. Lucie, allowing two earned runs, five hits and walking one, while striking out four.
This is Niese's second time pitching on the mound against minor-league competition since receiving a cortisone injection in his pitching elbow.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
The Mets have called up infielder Wilmer Flores and relief pitcher Kyle Farnsworth.
Second baseman Daniel Murphy, who missed opening day, is expected to go on paternity leave on Wednesday.
Farnsworth will replace Bobby Parnell in the bullpen. Parnell has a partially torn MCL in elbow.
In a shocking development, New York Mets closer Bobby Parnell has a partially torn ligament in his pitching elbow and might need surgery, the team announced Tuesday.
The Mets said Parnell received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his elbow and will rest for approximately two weeks before undergoing further evaluation, when the determination will be made whether he will have surgery.
The injury means 36-year-old Jose Valverde is likely to take over as closer in an already thin bullpen.
Parnell complained of tightness in his right forearm after Monday's season-opening loss to the Washington Nationals. The Mets said he was examined Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery, had an MRI and was diagnosed with a partial tear of the right medial collateral ligament.
The New York Mets have officially signed OF Bobby Abreu to a minor league contract. Abreu 40, was released from the Phillies. He will report to Triple-A Vegas.