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

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mets News and Notes: Lagares Update - Granderson Return? - More Recker - Seinfeld Night - Colon Back - Young Return


Mets News and Notes:


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.
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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.
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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.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Mets News and Notes: Murphy Sluggish, Parnell 50/50, Wheeler faults Himself, Wright-Harvey in Top Jersey Sales


Mets News and Notes:  Murphy Sluggish, Parnell 50/50, Wheeler faults Himself, Wright-Harvey in Top Jersey Sales


Bobby Parnell indicated Thursday that team doctors have told him it is “50-50” whether he will require Tommy John surgery.

The injured closer added that he may make a decision about whether to have surgery in two weeks -- not wait the full six weeks that includes a throwing program Sandy Alderson laid out Wednesday.

That’s because Tommy John surgery has a 10- to 14-month recovery time, and Parnell wants to ensure he does not affect his availability for 2015 if he needs to proceed with the ligament-replacement surgery. Read ESPN (Rubin).
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After missing the first two games of the season while in Florida for the birth of his son, Daniel Murphy went 1-for-3 with a walk in his season debut Thursday. But Murphy also committed a pair of errors at second base in the 8-2 loss to the Washington Nationals.

"I felt good at the plate. Not so much in the field," Murphy said afterward. "I was a little sluggish on defense. It was frustrating." Read More ESPN (Rubin).
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The Washington Nationals ultimately won 8-2 at Citi Field. Yet Zack Wheeler faulted himself, not a bullpen that surrendered five runs or batters that were kept off the scoreboard the final eight innings.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Mets News and Notes: Mejia OK, Ike get Starts, Chris Young down, Murphy in Labor


Mets News and Notes:


Jenrry Mejia was examined by a team doctor and also threw a baseball Sunday and was deemed healthy, Terry Collins said.

The manager added that Mejia is all set to face the Cincinnati Reds on Friday at Citi Field.

Mejia had been struck with a line drive in the right forearm Friday in Montreal. X-rays there were negative, and he was diagnosed with inflammation.
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Your Opening Day starter at first base for the Mets? It's Ike Davis.

Terry Collins said he selected Davis because of his favorable career numbers against Stephen Strasburg (.364, two homers in 11 at-bats).

Still, Collins said all three first basemen will play.

Josh Satin will start Game 2 against left-hander Gio Gonzalez. And Collins sounded like Duda would start Game 3.
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mets News and Notes: Recap, Harvey Rehab, Wright Counseling, Mejia, Viola, Davis, Duda, Farnsworth, Pelfrey, Dice-K, Quintanilla, Fan Poll Results


Mets News and Notes:


Spring Training Recap: Mets 7-3 losers to Nationals....Travis d'Arnaud did hit a wind blow HR off Stephen Strasburg

Matt Harvey and the Mets have settled on a rehab plan. During the season’s first couple of months, Harvey will rehab in New York when the Mets are at home and work out in Port St. Lucie when the big-league club is away from Citi Field. Once he begins expected mound work in June, the rehab will shift nearly exclusively to the team’s Florida complex. Read Here

David Wright was among those counseling Harvey on the rehab subject. Read Joel Sherman in the Post

No Relief Role for Jenrry Mejia. Alderson tells media that he will be a starter this season. Read Here

Frank Viola will require open-heart surgery next Wednesday and will be unable to serve as pitching coach at Triple-A Las Vegas. Read more in Newsday and MLB.com.

The Wilpons’ settlement with the trustee collecting money for victims of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme is down to $80 million, to be paid in equal installments in 2016 and 2017. Read ESPN

Sandy Alderson expects Ike Davis and Lucas Duda both to be on the Opening Day roster. Read more in the Post, Star-Ledger and Newsday.

Kyle Farnsworth, who is due to be re-signed by the Mets, rode the bus to Viera on Tuesday with the team despite technically not being a member of the organization. Read Here

Friday, September 20, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Turner, Wright, Parnell, Wheeler, Quintanilla/Tovar Platoon


Mets News and Notes:

  • Mets injured infielder Justin Turner has not appeared in a game since Sept. 10 because of a Grade 1 right hamstring strain.
  • When Turner returns is the Question?
  • Turner said that's in the hands of the trainers at this point, but returning this weekend in Philadelphia is not out of the question. He did full baseball activities pregame Thursday, although he only ran at what he estimated was 75 or 80 percent.
  • Terry Collins said before Thursday's 2-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants that it was likely Wright will be in the lineup in Philadelphia for the series opener.
  • Wright has not appeared in a major league game since suffering a Grade 2 hamstring strain on Aug. 2.
  • David Wright told ESPNNewYork.com he will wait until Friday to confer with Terry Collins and team trainers and get the go-ahead to play in the series opener at Citizens Bank Park.

Monday, September 02, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Niese Crampy, Duda at 1B, Wright Rehab on Road, Flores cranky ankles


Mets News and Notes:


Jonathon Niese said the leg issue that prompted Terry Collins to pull the southpaw in the sixth inning on Sunday night was just a left-calf cramp. Niese insisted he will be fine for his next start.

Niese said the issue began earlier in the plate appearance by Bryce Harper, which eventually ended with a walk and him getting pulled.

"I wasn't concerned," Niese said after the 6-5 loss to the Washington Nationals. "I knew it was a cramp. I actually wanted to stretch it out and finish the inning, but it is what it is."

Niese said he took precautions on the humid night.
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Terry Collins and Lucas Duda had a candid conversation after Duda returned from Triple-A Las Vegas on Aug. 24.

"We talked about the situation in the outfield," Collins said. "And he said you, 'You know, I'm a first baseman.' And I said, 'I'm well aware of it.'"

Now, the Mets have the playing time to offer Duda at first base.

Ike Davis is likely lost for the season because of a strained right oblique. Davis will accompany the Mets to Atlanta to take part in the team's Monday night fantasy football draft, after a matinee against the Braves. Davis then will go to New York to have an MRI to get more specifics about the severity of his injury.

Collins figures Duda will perform better at the plate because he is playing a comfortable position rather than the outfield.
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Flores DL?, Francisco Throws, Familia going to Throw, Parnell Progressing, Mejia don't have limit, A Scout's Take on Juan Lagares


Mets News and Notes:

Flores DL?:

Wilmer Flores' sprained right ankle felt worse Tuesday, creating the possibility of a DL trip, Terry Collins said.

Flores twisted the ankle running the bases in the second inning Monday night and limped badly after the game. He remained in the series opener and completed the game after getting the ankle taped.

Collins said a DL determination likely would not be made for a couple of days.

Sandy Alderson said Flores has not undergone X-rays or an MRI.

"It's pretty stiff," Collins said. "In this world we live in, there's always the possibility of the DL. We certainly won't know anything for a day or so. I think the fact that he was taped up might have kept it a little bit intact. But after the game he was very, very uncomfortable. And today he was even worse than last night."

Francisco Throws and Familia going to Throw:


Frank Francisco, who has yet to appear this season, threw off a mound in Port St. Lucie, Fla., Tuesday for the first time since receiving anti-inflammatory injections in his right elbow in mid-July.

Francisco threw only fastballs. He tossed 20 pitches.

Francisco underwent what seemed like a benign surgery on Dec. 18 to remove a bone spur from his right elbow.

Meanwhile, Jeurys Familia is due to throw off a mound Friday for the first time since undergoing surgery on June 5 to clean out his right elbow.

Parnell Progress:

Closer Bobby Parnell was deemed to be making "good progress" in rebounding from a herniated disk in his neck. Parnell had received an epidural injection on Aug. 5.

Parnell recently was reevaluated by team doctors. He remains idle, though.

LaTroy Hawkins primarily has handled the closing duties in Parnell's absence.

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.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Malholm out - Wood In, Turner up - Burke Down, d'Arnaud to play minor league games, Lagares NL Player of the Week


Mets News and Notes:
NL Player of the Week


Atlanta Braves LHP Paul Maholm has been placed on the disabled list with a bruised left wrist and will not face the Mets on Thursday. Rookie southpaw Alex Wood (0-2, 2.45 ERA) instead will start the finale to the four-game series.

Reliever Greg Burke has been optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to clear the roster spot for Justin Turner's activation from the disabled list.

Burke was selected for the demotion over rookie Gonzalez Germen, who has allowed only one hit and three walks while striking out six in 3 2/3 innings spanning four appearances. Germen twice has inherited bases-loaded situations and wriggled free.

Burke had allowed a combined six runs over his past two appearances.

Travis d'Arnaud has been cleared to begin playing in minor league games later this week, a team source told ESPNNewYork.com.

D'Arnaud received the go-ahead during a Monday exam in New York. He will run the bases Tuesday and Wednesday, then is scheduled to play in his first minor league game Thursday since suffering a broken left foot.

D'Arnaud, the organization's top catching prospect, suffered a fractured first metatarsal while catching with Triple-A Las Vegas on April 17.

He initially is expected to play in minor league games in Port St. Lucie before returning to the Pacific Coast League. D'Arnaud is projected to be a September call-up.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Marcum Out for Season, Harvey to Miss Start?, Lyon released


Mets News and Notes:


New York Mets right-hander Shaun Marcum will undergo surgery next Monday in St. Louis to address numbness and coldness in his pitching hand and will miss the remainder of the season, assistant general manager John Ricco said Tuesday.

Manager Terry Collins said right-hander Carlos Torres will move into Marcum's rotation spot, at least until left-hander Jonathon Niese returns from the disabled list.

Torres may start Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates in place of Matt Harvey. The decision is unresolved, Collins said.

Harvey has been dealing with a blister, although Collins said Harvey reported improvement Tuesday. Another motivation for potentially skipping Harvey on Saturday is that the Mets are looking for ways to limit his innings count without shutting him down at the end of the season.

Four days after being designated for assignment, Brandon Lyon has been placed on release waivers by the Mets. Assuming unclaimed, Lyon will become a free agent.

Lyon, 33, was 2-2 with a 4.98 ERA in 37 relief appearances.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Niese gets positive exam, Wright picks HR Derby Teammates, Germen up - Marcum DL?, Bochy leaning for Harvey to start ASG


Mets News and Notes:


Jonathon Niese had a favorable reexamination on Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan and has been cleared to go to the team's complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., to begin the rehab process, a source told ESPNNewYork.com.

Niese had landed on the disabled list after a June 20 start with what the team labeled a partial tear of the rotator cuff in his pitching shoulder.

NL Home Run Derby captain David Wright has selected Carlos Gonzalez, Bryce Harper and Michael Cuddyer to join him as teammates for the July 15 event at Citi Field.

Robinson Cano on the American League side selected Prince Fielder, Chris Davis and a yet-to-be-determined participant.

Wright said the rationale for his picks was straightforward: He picked the NL home run leader (Gonzalez), the leading vote-getter by a large margin by fans (Harper) and one choice for himself -- his childhood friend Cuddyer. Wright said all three accepted, so he never got further down on his list, despite other deserving candidates.

Gonzalez Germen is en route to San Francisco, the Mets announced, signaling Shaun Marcum appears headed to the disabled list.

Because Germen has not been in the minors 10 days, he can only return if a major league player lands on the DL.

Germen is not due to arrive until late in Monday's game at the earliest, so he will not be active for the series opener and Marcum will not be placed on the DL tonight.

Marcum was examined by a specialist in St. Louis on Monday because of tingling and numbness in his cold right hand. Assistant GM John Ricco said full details would not be disclosed until Tuesday.

Dillon Gee visited the same specialist, doctor Robert Thompson, last July at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Niese hits the DL, Zach Attack at Citi, Mets looking to trade Cowgill, d'Arnaud running in rehab pool


Mets News and Notes:

Leading off:  Jonathon Niese has been diagnosed with a partially torn rotator cuff, although surgery is not immediately being recommended, assistant general manager John Ricco said.

The diagnosis came after Niese was examined by team doctor David Altchek on Friday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. The southpaw landed on the disabled list Friday.

The Mets called up submariner Greg Burke to take Niese's roster spot.

Ricco said Niese will rest and undergo physical therapy for the next two weeks, after which he will have another MRI and revisit Altchek.

"Hopefully it will start healing itself and he won't need surgery," Ricco said. "But we'll know more after a couple of weeks of rest. According to the doctors, it's a small enough tear that with rest ... they're hopeful it won't need surgery. It's not 'full thickness' or a significant tear at this point."

Niese had been battling what the team labeled as shoulder tendinitis for several weeks, even missing a start while avoiding the disabled list. But Ricco said the partial rotator cuff tear is a new injury that did not appear on an MRI at that time.

With the Mets' rotation now back to five starters, there is more clarity about when Zack Wheeler will pitch.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Mets News and Notes: OF Matt den Dekker returns to game action, Travis d'Arnaud starts to run, Justin Turner going to DL?


Mets News and Notes:


Matt den Dekker, who suffered a fractured right wrist during a March 24 Grapefruit League game, has returned to game action.

Den Dekker is making his first appearance with Class A St. Lucie, leading off and playing center field,  Monday night.

A week after being cleared to remove his protective boot, catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud was given the go-ahead Monday to begin a "running progression program."

D'Arnaud suffered a broken first metatarsal in his left foot while playing with Triple-A Las Vegas on April 17.

Terry Collins expects Justin Turner to land on the disabled list Tuesday with a strained intercostal muscle on his left side.

Turner stayed behind in New York when the Mets left for Atlanta on Sunday night. He underwent an MRI on Monday morning at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Collins said Turner had been bothered by the injury for a few days.

With the Mets allowed to carry 26 players on Tuesday for the doubleheader, Collins expected the Mets would place Turner on the DL, activate Zack Wheeler and Scott Atchison from the DL, and play a bench player down for the day.

Atchison has been on the DL since feeling numbness in the fingers on his pitching hand during a May 13 appearance at St. Louis. He pitched on back-to-back days with Double-A Binghamton to complete a rehab assignment.

Collins said Jordany Valdespin would serve as Omar Quintanilla's backup at shortstop.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Mets in Snowy Situation, Marcum to start Sunday, Gardenhire on Harvey, Fire at Citi Field, Shawn Teufel goes to AA


Mets News and Notes:

After Sunday’s postponement, the Mets have relocated from Minneapolis to Denver, but the forecast is not exactly better at this stop.

Tonight’s forecast, via weather.com: “Periods of snow. Low near 30F. NNE winds at 20 to 30 mph, diminishing to 10 to 15 mph. 2 to 4 inches of snow expected.”

Weather-permitting, Dillon Gee opposes right-hander Juan Nicasio in the series opener.

If the four-game series materializes uninterrupted, Aaron Laffey will proceed with Tuesday’s start, followed by Jeremy Hefner on Wednesday and Jonathon Niese on Thursday.

Matt Harvey is lined up to face Stephen Strasburg in Friday’s opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.

Shaun Marcum may be activated from the disabled list to start Sunday instead of Laffey, assuming Marcum gets through a tune-up on Tuesday.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told Mike Puma in the Post that Matt Harvey reminded him of Zack Greinke.

“We were trying to figure out guys he reminds you of,” Gardenhire told Puma. “It would kind of be hard to place him because he is so poised. But his stuff is comparable to Greinke because he can add and subtract with his fastball and his command of the strike zone and changeup and everything are all solid. Well above-average pitches, so he’s kind of like Greinke. ... I would be excited about him. That’s a nice looking young man and a good looking pitcher.”

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Feliciano still throwing, Young not signed, Turner in the lineup


Mets News and Notes:


Pedro Feliciano, who agreed to remain with the organization when the Mets passed on placing him on the Opening Day roster, will not appear in a minor league game anytime soon.

Pitching coach Dan Warthen said Feliciano will continue to work at the team's Port St. Lucie complex to build shoulder strength. Feliciano threw an inning in a simulated game Tuesday, as did Frank Francisco.

Before the Mets broke camp, Feliciano said he expected to pitch for Class A St. Lucie. But that is now not expected in the near future.

Despite the Mets losing Johan Santana for the season and Shaun Marcum getting examined today for a pain in his neck and shoulder, the Mets continue to refrain from pursuing Chris Young.

Young opted out with the Washington Nationals at the end of spring training after producing a 2.25 ERA in 16 Grapefruit League innings.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Mets Outfield Set, Rice, Mets Opening Day Lineup, Turner, Wheeler


Mets News and Notes:


Collins said he will use a regular outfield of Lucas Duda in left field, Collin Cowgill in center field and Marlon Byrd in right field, while trying to find opportunities off the bench for Jordany Valdespin, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Mike Baxter.

Nieuwenhuis likely will be a late-game defensive replacement for Duda.

"One of the things we've got to make sure we do, that's cover ourselves defensively," Collins said. "Be it center field, be it late for Lucas, or whatever it might be, he's the best outfielder we've got, in my opinion. Defensively he can really play center field. So we thought we could take him. Hopefully if he starts swinging, like he did last year, I'm sure he's going to get a lot of playing time. But he does give us a lot of security."

In his 15th professional season, 31-year-old Scott Rice is poised to make his major league debut during the upcoming week.

Rice, who played independent ball in 2008 with the Long Island Ducks and the following year with the Newark Bears, beat out Robert Carson to serve as a second lefty, alongside Josh Edgin, in the bullpen.

Collins said it was a no-brainer to put Rice on the roster -- even though it required making 40-man roster room -- because the southpaw is a “groundball machine.”

Mets Opening Day Lineup:

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Wright Hitting, Hefner Elbow, den Dekker out two months, Feliciano still a Met, Marcum Concerns


Mets News and Notes:


Shuttling between a pair of minor league fields to maximize his at-bats, David Wright went 1-for-5 as a DH on Tuesday, singling and scoring in his final at-bat. The game was Wright's first since March 12, when he produced five RBIs against Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic and cemented his "Captain America" nickname.

Wright expects to play in another minor league game Thursday.

“It felt OK,” Wright said. “I haven’t played since a couple of weeks ago. I felt like the timing was OK, better towards the fifth at-bat. But it was good to get that number of ABs that quickly. It felt as comfortable as, I guess, I could taking the two weeks off. … I finally got on base the fifth at-bat, so I was able to stretch the legs out a little bit. So it felt good.”

As for Opening Day, Wright said: “I’ve been optimistic about Opening Day since I came back to St. Lucie and I talked with the doctors and the trainers about the diagnosis. As I said yesterday, it’s kind of the same thing today: It’s another step closer. I’m still very optimistic.”

Jeremy Hefner was struck in the right elbow with a one-hop comebacker in the fourth inning of Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the St. Louis Cardinals and departed. Hefner was headed for X-rays on the elbow, but the Mets did not believe the injury was severe, pitching coach Dan Warthen told ESPN's Tim Kurkjian.

The Mets already are dealing with issues to starting pitchers Johan Santana (shoulder) and Shaun Marcum (neck).

Matt den Dekker, who suffered a fractured right wrist on an attempted catch, will near to wear a cast for six weeks.

That means, even conservatively, that den Dekker will be sidelined from game action into June.

After considering opting out, Pedro Feliciano has agreed to remain with the organization.

Late Mets News and Notes: Marcum Discomfort, Dave Howard to MSG, Murphy Plays Again, Collins on Feliciano decision


Mets News and Notes:


Shaun Marcum is an important piece of the Mets’ starting rotation, but a stalled bullpen session Monday left the team wondering if he will be ready to start the season.

Two major league sources told the Daily News that Marcum complained of neck discomfort Monday. That occurred during a bullpen session intended as a final check to make sure he was ready to make a Grapefruit League start on Thursday. According to the sources, Marcum is now highly unlikely to make that start.

Asked if Marcum’s readiness for the regular season next week was a concern, a source said, “That’s fair to say.”

It is unclear who would take Marcum’s spot in the rotation if, as the team now fears, he is not ready for the season.

Lefthander Aaron Laffey, sent to minor league camp after a rough start on Sunday, had been considered next in line, but one source said that he “doubt(ed) it would be Laffey.”

Mets executive vice president for business Dave Howard is leaving the ballclub. He will become president of MSG Sports, the company announced. He will begin work April 9.

The Mets indicated that team executives Paul Asencio, Leigh Castergine and David Newman will now join Mike Landeen in reporting to Jeff Wilpon to absorb Howard's role for the near future. Wilpon also will pick up some of Howard's duties.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Mets Bullpen Shaping Up, Wright All Good, Murphy Playing, Marcum Starting Thurs, Byrdak Ahead of Schedule, Mets Opening Rotation


Mets News and Notes:

The Mets have asked reliever Pedro Feliciano to go to Triple-A for a month to build up his arm strength, and informed Feliciano he will not make the team's Opening Day roster.

"They told me I'm going to Triple-A for a month and get my strength back," Feliciano said. "I have to talk to my agent first and then see what we're going to decide."

The Mets' decision came at the deadline to inform Feliciano whether he had made the club. Remaining with the club at the minor league level would obligate the Mets to give him a $100,000 retention bonus because of his veteran status.

"They made that decision," he said of the Mets. "I'm going to think about it and see what I decide. Hopefully somebody picks me up. We'll see what happens."

This is affirming that Robert Carson is in great shape to make the Mets' Opening Day roster, the Mets will carry two left-handers in the bullpen.

Fellow lefty Scott Rice remains in camp, but seemingly would be at an overwhelming disadvantage because, unlike Carson, he is not on the 40-man roster.

Josh Edgin is expected to be Collins' primary lefty in the bullpen.

Carson, 24, had a 4.73 ERA in 17 relief appearances in 2012, during his inaugural major league season. Lefty batters hit .286 (8-for-28) with a homer, three walks and five strikeouts.

At the contractual deadline for him to be notified, the Mets have told LaTroy Hawkins he has made the Opening Day roster.

Hawkins, 40, has not allowed a run in 5 2/3 Grapefruit League innings. Opponents have a .227 batting average against him. Hawkins has surrendered five hits and two walks while striking out four over the six appearances.

He went 2-3 with a 3.64 ERA in 48 relief appearances for the Los Angeles Angels last season.

David Wright said he was "all good" the day after ramping up his activity by taking live batting practice for the first time Sunday.

Mets News and Notes: Hicks Outrighted, D'Arnaud to Minors, den Dekker Injury, Murphy Gets AB's, Wright Swings


Mets News and Notes:

Brandon Hicks has been outrighted by the Mets.

Left unsaid but resulting from the decision: Omar Quintanilla has won the backup shortstop job and will replace Hicks on the 40-man roster.

Hicks hit .116 and committed four errors.

Also sent to minor league camp Sunday: Aaron Laffey, Andrew Brown, Brian Bixler and Jamie Hoffmann.

Laffey will serve as a starter with Triple-A Las Vegas, potentially making him the next call-up should another rotation vacancy arise. His departure from big league camp signals the Mets are confident Shaun Marcum will be OK. Marcum missed a start and received a cortisone shot in his pitching shoulder, but is slated to resume pitching in a game Thursday.

Top catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud has been optioned to minor league camp.

D'Arnaud hit .343 with four RBIs in 35 Grapefruit League at-bats.

"He played very well," Sandy Alderson said. "He met all of our expectations, which I think for the organization and Mets fans were fairly high. He did a very nice job. We're hopeful he'll have a long career in New York. But we're happy with what John Buck has done. We've got an investment in him as well. I think our pitching staff and team overall will benefit overall from John Buck's presence, and ultimately Travis is going to be a very good player for us."

If d'Arnaud spends the first 20 days of the season in the minors, the Mets can delay his free agency from after 2018 season until after the 2019 season.

The Mets can delay d'Arnaud's first year of arbitration eligibility by a year if they ensure he is roughly not one of the top 22 percent of rookies called up this season. One major league executive estimated a call-up after June 15 probably would allow d'Arnaud to miss the "Super Two" designation. The same logic applies to Zack Wheeler.

"As I said, we've got a big investment in John Buck, too," Alderson said when asked about "Super Two" being a motivating factor with d'Arnaud. "I know people talk about control and 'Super Two' and all of that. If John Buck gets hurt tomorrow, Travis d'Arnaud is the front-line catcher."

Matt den Dekker suffered a broken right wrist on Sunday's attempted catch.

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