Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Catching prospect Kevin Plawecki, who has been out of the starting lineup at Triple-A Las Vegas since Thursday, has been diagnosed with a mild case of vertigo, assistant GM John Ricco said.
Plawecki, 23, is hitting .234 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 15 games since a promotion from Double-A Binghamton. He hit .326 with six homers and 43 RBIs in 224 at-bats to begin the season with the B-Mets.
Plawecki has experienced dizziness. Ricco suggested the issue typically resolves itself and there was no incident that precipitated it.
Tejada's Hand Swollen, No X-Rays:
Ruben Tejada did not require an X-ray on his swollen left hand after being struck with a fifth-inning pitch from Mariners starter Erasmo Ramirez on Tuesday, the shortstop said.
Tejada finished the game.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Mets News and Notes: Conforto Debuts Saturday, Niese Throws Bullpen Session, Dice-K in bullpen, No Trade Talks Yet with Mets
First Round Pick Conforto makes debut Saturday:
First-round pick Michael Conforto will make his professional debut as the DH for the Brooklyn Cyclones on Saturday.
Conforto, the 10th overall pick in the draft, officially signed a week ago. The Oregon State outfielder attended the Golden Spikes Award ceremony on Thursday in Los Angeles. He was one of three finalists, but did not win the award.
Keith Law rates Conforto as the No. 32 prospect in MLB. Law writes about the two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year:
Conforto was the most advanced college bat in the draft class this year, leading Division I in OBP despite playing in a major conference (Pac-12, for Oregon State), while showing above-average power and adequate defense in left field. He doesn't have huge upside, but he's very close to major league ready and should be at least an above-average regular with a higher ceiling if the power exceeds expectations. The Mets should fast-track him if his performance warrants it.
Niese Throw Bullpen Session:
Jon Niese threw a pregame bullpen session Friday at Petco Park and pronounced himself ready to come off the disabled list on Monday to face the Seattle Mariners.
Niese has been on the DL with a strained left hamstring since June 22.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Mets News and Notes: Wright's Cortisone Shot, Niese getting ready for second half, No Call Up for extra infielder, Prospects Showcase themselves at Future's Game
Mets News and Notes:
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David Wright insisted he does not deserve to represent the Mets at Tuesday's All-Star Game. More candidly, the captain confessed Sunday morning, even if the National League needed a late replacement, he would be unable to perform.
Dogged by a bruised left rotator cuff and inflammation that recently sidelined him for a week, Wright told ESPNNewYork.com he will receive a cortisone injection in the shoulder after Sunday's first-half finale. He then will spend the All-Star break "out west," allowing the shot to take effect.
Niese getting ready for second half
Jon Niese threw 21 pitches in the home bullpen at Citi Field on Sunday morning, took a break to simulate a half-inning, then threw an additional 17 pitches. It was his first time working off a mound since a 12-pitch appearance on July 4, when he departed after getting struck with a line drive in his lower back.
Niese officially landed on the DL the following day with a left shoulder strain. An MRI last Monday revealed inflammation in the AC joint.
The Mets plan to activate Niese from the DL to face the Seattle Mariners on July 21, to open the second series after the All-Star break. The southpaw will throw another bullpen session when the Mets reconvene Friday in San Diego to affirm his readiness.
Niese is eligible to return from the DL next Sunday, on the final day in San Diego, but Terry Collins prefers having Niese wait until Seattle, where lefty-hitting Robinson Cano poses a big danger.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
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.
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 ESPNNewYork.com.
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.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Niese Inflamed:Jon Niese underwent an MRI on Monday that revealed inflammation in the AC joint in the top of the shoulder.
Niese has been prescribed anti-inflammatory medication. He still plans to miss only one start and return during the first series after the All-Star break, at San Diego.
A Mets official had said that Niese's MRI looked the same as one taken during spring training, but Niese said there actually were differences.
The spring-training MRI showed weakness in the scapula. He was prescribed strengthening exercises back then. This time inflammation existed in the AC joint.
X-Rays Negative for Torres:Carlos Torres completed the 11th inning and earned the win, but the reliever did get a visit from the trainer after being struck in the bare hand with a two-out line drive off the bat of B.J. Upton during the final inning of the Mets' 4-3 win against the Atlanta Braves on Monday.
An X-ray after the game was negative. Torres officially has a bruise.
To Trade or Not to Trade?Sandy Alderson continued to say Monday that the direction the Mets take at the trade deadline will be dictated by how the team performs heading into the All-Star break.
"Look, let's see where we are at the end of this week," Alderson told reporters. "We're always willing to listen. We may be thinking in terms of the second half of this season. We may be thinking more in terms of next season. We've made a lot of deals in recent years where we've gotten prospects who are a good ways away. I don't think we're thinking that way these days, although sometimes that's the value in a return. So I'd just hate to speculate on it."
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Mets News and Notes: Wright back Friday, Gee to pitch for Cyclones Friday, Wright Falling Behind in Polls, Payday for Bonilla
Wright back Friday:
The Mets plan to play shorthanded in Atlanta while David Wright remains active. Wright is missing the Braves series and instead is getting treatment at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan for a bruised left rotator cuff. Terry Collins now expects Wright will rejoin the team and be available to play on Friday when the Mets return to Citi Field to face the Texas Rangers.
Gee to pitch for Cyclones Friday:
Dillon Gee will again pitch for the Brooklyn Cyclones on Friday as his rehab assignment nears its conclusion.
Gee will pitch at Coney Island on the Fourth of July, against Aberdeen at 6 p.m.
Mets officials previously have indicated Gee is expected to be activated from the disabled list after that start. However, Terry Collins said Tuesday that there will at least be consideration to leaving Gee in the minors until after the All-Star break, to keep his idle time to a minimum.
Gee logged 55 pitches Sunday for the Cyclones in his second rehab start. He has been on the DL since May 11 with a strained right lat muscle.
Wright Falling Behind in Polls:
With internet polls set to close on Thursday at 11:59 p.m., David Wright continues to lose ground in All-Star balloting. The final intermediate tally at third base for the National League:
Thursday, June 19, 2014
The Mets tentatively plan to promote Travis d'Arnaud to the major league club during next week's June 24-25 series against the Oakland Athletics at Citi Field, according to ESPN.
D'Arnaud is hitting .410 with five homers and 12 RBIs in 39 at-bats since his June 7 demotion.
By keeping d'Arnaud in the minors less than 20 days, d'Arnaud's option will be rescinded -- meaning he will retain the option to be used during the 2015 season or beyond, if the club desires to demote him again.
D'Arnaud was hitting .180 with three homers and nine RBIs in 128 at-bats when he was dispatched to Las Vegas.
Nieuwenhuis back with big club
The Mets demoted Matt den Dekker to Triple-A Las Vegas after Wednesday's series finale against the St. Louis Cardinals. Fellow lefty-hitting outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis will join the Mets for Thursday's series opener in Miami.
Den Dekker batted .156 (7-for-45) with one RBI in 17 games.
Nieuwenhuis is hitting .272 with 10 homers and 28 RBIs in 180 at-bats with Vegas. He has produced four multi-hit games in his past five starts with the Pacific Coast League club.
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.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Mets News and Notes: Lutz to Japan, Rice demoted - Germen activated, Harvey will not pitch in Majors in 2014, Terry's Job Safe for Now
Zach Lutz is headed to Japan to play for the Rakuten Eagles, according to ESPNNewYork.com.
The 28-year-old third baseman was hitting .291 with seven homers and 37 RBIs in 227 at-bats with Triple-A Las Vegas this season.
He appeared in 22 games for the Mets in 2012 and '13, producing a combined .226 average and two RBIs in 31 at-bats.
Rice demoted, Germen activated
Scott Rice, who had a banner rookie season last year after spending 14 seasons in the minors, is headed back to Triple-A.
Rice was demoted to Las Vegas after Tuesday's 6-2 win against the Milwaukee Brewers, leaving Josh Edgin and Dana Eveland as the left-handers in the bullpen.
Gonzalez Germen will be activated from the disabled list, where he had been since May 6 with a virus and abscess.
Rice was 1-2 with a 5.93 ERA in 32 relief appearances totaling 13 2/3 innings. That was perhaps a residual effect of last season's 73 appearances through Sept. 3, after which he required dual sports-hernia surgeries.
Monday, June 09, 2014
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.
Sunday, June 08, 2014
Mets News and Notes: Tejada Lead-off?, Boston Tea Party for Wilpons?, Nimmo OK after being struck by pitch, Wright Benched?
Matt den Dekker exclusively has led off for the Mets this past week against right-handed pitching. But things could change soon.
Terry Collins said Saturday that coaches have kicked around the idea of using Ruben Tejada in the leadoff spot.
Tejada is hitting .424 (14-for-33) with two homers and six RBIs over his past 10 games.
Boston Tea Party for Wilpons?
The Boston Red Sox selected Connecticut high school right-hander Bradley Wilpon in the 36th round of the draft on Saturday. Yes, it's the son of Jeff Wilpon and grandson of Fred Wilpon.
Bradley Wilpon has committed to play baseball at Penn and still plans to be a Quaker in 2014-15. He will attend the Wharton School of Business.
Nimmo OK after being struck by pitch
Brandon Nimmo, who was forced to leave Friday's Class A St. Lucie game an inning after getting struck in the right wrist with a pitch, has avoided a fracture.
X-rays taken on the 2011 first-round pick came back negative, Paul DePodesta said.
Nimmo nonetheless is out of the lineup for Saturday's Florida State League game.
Nimmo, 21, is hitting .327 with four homers, 24 RBIs and nine steals in 214 at-bats. He has a league-best .448 on-base percentage.
Top prospect Noah Syndergaard similarly avoided a fracture diagnosis on his left shoulder this week after being involved in a home-plate collision at Las Vegas.
With the Mets on a season-high-matching five-game losing streak, David Wright approached Terry Collins postgame and asked to play in Sunday's series finale against the San Francisco Giants. The manager's response: no.
Wright, who has started every game this season, was told by Collins he will be sitting Sunday.
Eric Campbell instead is expected to start Sunday at third base. Wright committed a critical error in the 5-4 loss.
Saturday, June 07, 2014
Mets News and Notes: No Return imminent for Gee, EY has Hammy Setback, Johan has Torn Achilles Tendon, Syndergaard will miss week
NO Return imminent for Gee
Dillon Gee resumed throwing Wednesday on flat ground, but it still will be a while before he returns to the New York Mets rotation.
Gee had refrained from throwing since experiencing discomfort in his strained right lat muscle on May 25 while attempting to toss a baseball.
Because Gee will ultimately have spent about a full month away from a mound, the right-hander will probably need at least two minor league rehab appearances. And he's not even back on a mound yet.
EY has Hammy Setback
Eric Young Jr. will not be returning from the disabled list when he is eligible Tuesday.
Young felt tightness in his strained right hamstring running at the Mets' complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and has been backed off his rehab program.
He was placed on the DL on May 25.
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Mets News and Notes: Harvey Back on Mound?, EY ready to start running, Wright/Murphy day off soon, Germen Rehab Starts
Harvey back on mound?
The Mets continue to plan for Matt Harvey to throw off a mound next Monday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Harvey is currently throwing on flat ground at 150 feet in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
He underwent the elbow procedure on Oct. 22.
Harvey has suggested he wants to make five to seven major league starts this season, although Sandy Alderson has been more cautious in his pronouncements.
EY ready to start running
Eric Young Jr., out with a right hamstring strain, is expected to run outdoors Tuesday in Port St. Lucie, Fla., for the first time since landing on the disabled list on May 25.
E.Y. Jr. might have attempted that activity Monday, but sloppy weather at the Mets' complex kept him indoors, running on a submerged treadmill that limits the impact.
Sunday, June 01, 2014
Mets News and Notes: Mets Scolded for Leaving Field Early?, Familia not balking, No DL for Lagares, DeGrom impressive, despite no wins yet, Eveland on the way...
Mets News and Notes:Mets Scolded for Leaving Field Early?
The Mets knew they would prevail in a challenge, but they still were not supposed to leave the field. And they got a tongue-lashing as a result.
In Saturday's 14-inning win over the Phillies, second-base umpire Doug Eddings ruled Domonic Brown safe on a two-out steal attempt in the bottom of the fifth.
Mets manager Terry Collins challenged the ruling. And once the Mets saw the replay on the scoreboard and concluded they were in the right, they left the field, even though the umpiring crew had yet to formally reverse the safe call.
“They scolded me,” Collins said. “I took it like a man, like I always do. It’s not the first. It won’t be the last. [The players] just saw the replay on the board so they came off the field. They’re supposed to stay on the field. They’ve been out there so much they want to get off.”
Familia Not Balking
Mets manager Terry Collins and pitching coach Dan Warthen got into an animated discussion with the umpiring crew after Saturday's 14-inning win over the Phillies. And it's a discussion they have had before.
The Mets repeatedly have been told that an aspect of Jeurys Familia's delivery involving his right leg can be considered a balk. The Mets continue to counter that it's part of Familia's natural delivery and therefore permissible.
“It’s part of his delivery that he does that they said it almost can constitute a balk at times,” Collins said. “I told them, ‘You’re the 10th umpire that’s talked about it.’ Nobody has ever called it. So we’ll let it roll.”
No DL for Lagares
Mets manager Terry Collins does not expect Juan Lagares to be in the lineup Sunday, but also does not expect the standout center fielder to land on the disabled list.
Lagares was scratched from Saturday’s start shortly before the first pitch with a right rib-cage injury, which the Mets are calling a spasm. The injury is toward the back of the rib cage, not in the side area which can be particularly problematic when swinging.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Mets News and Notes:
Gee Not Returning Soon
Dillon Gee's original, ambitious goal to return from the disabled list after missing only two starts has long been thrown out the window.
Gee is taking a more cautious approach that suggests Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom may be in the rotation for the foreseeable future.
Gee packed up his belongings after Tuesday's 4-2 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates and prepared to travel to the Mets' complex in Florida. He has been on the disabled list with a strained right lat muscle since May 11.
Gee said he threw two pitches on flat ground on Sunday with the intention of stepping onto a mound for the first time that day when he had to abort the session because he was uncomfortable.
Now, there is no set day he plans to attempt to step on a mound again. Gee said that's because he did "too much too quickly" and aggravated the lat muscle on Sunday.
d'Arnaud Coming Back
Travis d'Arnaud got in only two innings behind the plate on Tuesday before weather resulted in the suspension of Binghamton's game against New Hampshire.
Monday, May 26, 2014
Mets News and Notes: Gee Setback?, den Dekker Up - Black Down, EY to DL? , d'Arnaud HR's for Binghamton
Injured Mets starter Dillon Gee did not throw a bullpen session on Sunday as planned, general manager Sandy Alderson revealed following the team's 4-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the nightcap of a doubleheader at Citi Field.
"Dillon Gee did not feel comfortable today throwing a 'pen," Alderson said. "It never got that far. So we’ll back him off a little bit."
Gee, off to a great start this season (3-1, 2.73 ERA), was placed on the 15-day disabled list May 14 with a strained right lat muscle. He told reporters Sunday morning that he did plan to throw Sunday, so something clearly changed.
Gee's setback means we'll likely see more of rookies Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom, who both joined the starting rotation recently, replacing Gee and Jenrry Mejia (who is now the Mets' closer).
den Dekker Up - Black Down
Alderson also revealed that reliever Vic Black is headed back to Triple-A Las Vegas, and confirmed that outfielder Matt den Dekker is headed from Las Vegas to New York, with outfielder Eric Young Jr. likely headed to the disabled list with a hamstring injury (reported first by ESPNNewYork.com colleague Adam Rubin).
Black was called up as the Mets' extra man for Sunday's doubleheader but did not pitch in either game.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Mets News and Notes: Doubleheader Notes, Vic Black up, Dice-K to start, d'Arnaud making progress:
As we all know by now, Friday's game between the Mets and D-backs was postponed in the middle of the fourth inning, with Arizona leading, 2-0. That score will be wiped from the record books, and the two teams will play a single-admission doubleheader on Sunday beginning at 1:10 p.m. ET at Citi Field.
Only fans holding tickets marked "Sunday, May 25 -- Game 27" will be admitted to the doubleheader. Banner Day will continue as scheduled, with registration beginning at 10 a.m. Family Sunday pregame activities at Mets Plaza will begin at 11 a.m. The Mr. Met postgame dash around the bases for kids will follow the second game.
Those holding a paid ticket for Friday's game can exchange it for a comparably priced ticket to another home game within 12 months, subject to availability.
With the Mets able to add a 26th player for Sunday's doubleheader, the club has selected right-handed reliever Vic Black for a promotion from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Black had produced a 3-0 record, 3.46 ERA and 1.154 WHIP in 15 late-season relief appearances with the Mets in 2013 after being acquired on Aug. 29 with minor-league second baseman Dilson Herrera for Marlon Byrd and John Buck.
This season, he is 0-1 with a 1.45 ERA and has converted seven saves in eight chances with Vegas. He also has surrendered 12 hits, 17 walks (one intentional) and hit a batter in 18 2/3 innings.
With the Mets needing an extra starter on Sunday for a doubleheader, Daisuke Matsuzaka will step into the rotation for a spot start in Game 2. Rafael Montero will proceed in the 1:10 p.m. opener, as had been originally intended.
Pitching coach Dan Warthen suggested Matsuzaka will be capable of throwing 100 pitches on Sunday.
Travis d'Arnaud hit outdoors and was due to catch a bullpen session Friday as he works back from a concussion, although rain may interrupt the catching responsibility.
Terry Collins said d'Arnaud could be cleared by the team trainer and doctor later Friday to enter games. An MLB doctor then would need to review d'Arnaud's records and sign off.
Since d'Arnaud has not appeared in a game since getting struck on the top of the head 10 days ago, Collins said he expects the catcher will first go on a minor league rehab assignment, even if d'Arnaud needs only eight or 10 at-bats in the minors.
Friday, May 23, 2014
Mets News and Notes: d'Arnaud Cleared, Mejia Clears Hurdle, Gee Rehab Start, The "Soup" will get playing time
Travis d’Arnaud was cleared Thursday to begin baseball activities including running, throwing and hitting in a cage. The go-ahead came nine days after d’Arnaud suffered a concussion as the result of getting struck on the top of the head by Alfonso Soriano's backswing in the Bronx.
D’Arnaud still may be several days away from returning to the lineup. Terry Collins mentioned he would like d’Arnaud to get at-bats on a rehab assignment. Physicians will need to sign off before any game activity occurs.
D’Arnaud said he was symptom-free for the first time Wednesday. Previously, he was dealing with “a lot of headaches,” sensitivity to light and sound, and trouble sleeping.
D’Arnaud indicated he has now suffered three concussions during his professional career. One came on April 25, 2011, while he was playing in Double-A with the Toronto Blue Jays, when he was struck with consecutive foul balls and immediately became dizzy. He departed that game an inning later. The other came in 2008 on a play at the plate as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, when he took a foot to the face after discarding his mask.
Mejia Clears Hurdle
Jenrry Mejia cleared a psychological hurdle Thursday while notching his second career save.
Mejia worked back-to-back days for the first time since June 5-6, 2010 while completing the Mets’ 5-3 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Mejia has been leery about working on consecutive days because he feels the injury woes he suffered earlier in his career were linked to a bullpen-type workload rather than the consistency of starting.
Mejia is warming to closing, even though he staunchly has said he prefers starting.
Mejia’s light workload Wednesday -- eight pitches in a scoreless inning -- proved a perfect opportunity to get the emerging closer work for a second straight day.
Friday, May 16, 2014
New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud, who was struck on the top of the head with Alfonso Soriano's backswing in the ninth inning on Tuesday, has landed on the seven-day concussion disabled list.
Juan Centeno has been promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas to take d'Arnaud's spot. Centeno caught right-hander Jacob deGrom's major league debut on Thursday night against the New York Yankees at Citi Field.
Centeno and Anthony Recker will form the Mets' catching duo for the next week.
Because d'Arnaud already has sat out Wednesday's game, he will be eligible to return next Wednesday, for the second game of a series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field.
The Mets plan to use Jenrry Mejia as the closer on Thursday night should they have a late and close lead. And Terry Collins believes over time Mejia will emerge as the regular closer.
Still, Collins said Mejia cannot be anointed to the role yet because the 24-year-old right-hander is not ready to pitch on consecutive days.
Mejia has not worked on back-to-back days at any professional level since June 5-6, 2010 -- his last time as a reliever in the majors.
Mejia is transitioning from a starting role to relief. He had a wonderful first appearance back in the bullpen, recording four outs at Yankee Stadium on Monday, hours after learning he had lost his rotation spot.
Four different Mets have recorded saves this season: the newly dumped Kyle Farnsworth (three), Jose Valverde (two), Carlos Torres (one) and Daisuke Matsuzaka (one). Planned closer Bobby Parnell landed on the disabled list after Opening Day and subsequently underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery.
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.