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

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


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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


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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


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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.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Collins on Murphy, Wright, Santana, Mex on C's, Wheeler, Francisco Updates


Terry Collins said the Mets are eyeing the middle of next week to get David Wright at-bats, but caution will be the priority as the captain returns from a strained intercostal muscle on his left side.

“Each and every step is a positive with David," Collins said after Wright hit off a tee and hit flips Saturday. "We’re looking at the middle of next week for possible at-bats as we head into next weekend. Once again, I’m going to be very cautious. This guy is a huge piece. The last thing we need to do is to try to tell him he needs to rush or he needs to hurry. But we’ll see where he is in the middle of next week.”

Meanwhile, Daniel Murphy may enter a minor league game Sunday. Murphy last played in a minor league game eight days ago, logging five innings at second base, but his injured right side subsequently became tight.

“I think it’s too early to tell,” Collins said about whether Murphy could be ready for Opening Day. “A minor league game -- is he going to play four innings? Two innings? Three innings? How many at-bats is he going to get? … The last time he played in a minor league game he rushed it and he took a huge step backward. I will be the first guy in the morning to make sure he does not overdo it tomorrow.”

On Johan Santana, Collins said: "I've kind of had that feeling for a while that he's going to be very cautious getting himself back, making sure his shoulder is at the same strength it was last year when he left here. This guy started throwing last December [in 2011]. You're looking at December, January, February, March last year before he left here. And his arm was in great shape. We're starting in basically February this year. I don't necessarily think it's going to take four months, but it may take six weeks to get him where he wants to be."

Keith Hernandez, the first captain in Mets history, said he regrets wearing the "C" on his jersey to denote the role.

"I kind of liked it from the beginning," Hernandez told Newsday. "It's kind of an ego thing. But the more and more I wore it, the more it got a little bit ... it was too big."

"I wish I hadn't," Hernandez continued. "It was like a hockey 'C' instead of the smaller 'C'. But that's what they did. But [Derek] Jeter doesn't wear a 'C'. It's not necessary. Everybody knows."

Zack Wheeler pitched in a minor league intrasquad game Saturday, and the various MLB scouts who flocked to the event could not stop raving.

Wheeler was pumping fastballs with a smooth delivery at 96-98 mph, and also was flashing a curveball, slider and an occasional changeup.

"He's got four pitches," one scout observed.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Mets Outfield, Murphy DL?, Wright Running, Marcum Plan, Santana Staying Put


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Sandy Alderson said there is no cavalry coming to the rescue in the outfield. That means it will be Lucas Duda, Collin Cowgill, Marlon Byrd, Mike Baxter and Jordany Valdespin in the outfield in some configuration to open the season in all likelihood, as long as Valdespin isn't pressed into infield duty by injuries.

"We're going to go with the guys we have," Alderson told Newsday about the outfield.

Terry Collins confirmed Friday that Byrd should be an everyday player, not in a platoon role, although Collins said he has not resolved how Byrd's time will be spread between right and center field.

"Due to his background ... we need to find out what he brings to the table, because he's got a track record of being a pretty good player, a pretty good offensive player," Collins said. "I want to see early enough what he can do."

The manager, who emphatically said at the start of camp that Duda would be his regular left fielder, was not quite as forceful as camp nears an end.

Asked if Duda remained the everyday left fielder, Collins only said Friday: "That's a possibility."

Terry Collins recently predicted that if Daniel Murphy did not enter a game by this weekend, it was virtually impossible for him to be ready by Opening Day.

Well, Collins said Murphy is not ready to enter a game Saturday. And it's becoming more likely Murphy opens the season on the disabled list than at second base at Citi Field on April 1.

Murphy played five innings in the field a week ago in a minor league game, but has not reentered a game since because stiffness surfaced. He has not had any spring-training at-bats. Murphy originally received a cortisone injection on his right side on Feb. 19 in New York for a strained intercostal muscle.

Collins said that Murphy did take batting practice Friday.

“We had a conversation this morning," the manager added. "He said, ‘I’ll be ready by Opening Day.’ I said, ‘Well, let’s talk about that next Wednesday or Thursday.’”

Friday, March 22, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Turner Back, Nieuwenhuis Back, Murphy Not, Wright Maybe?, Hefner for Santana, Niese Opening, Captain Wright


Mets News and Notes:

For the first time since spraining his right ankle Saturday, Justin Turner reappeared in a game. Two games, actually.

Turner had three at-bats in a minor league game, then delivered a pinch-hit single in the Grapefruit League contest.

Turner passed a pair of tests as far as his ankle. He doubled and scored from second in the minor league game, then went first-to-third on a single by Marlon Byrd while facing St. Louis.

“I didn’t feel it at all,” Turner said.

Turner and Kirk Nieuwenhuis (knee bruise) both are slated to again play in a minor league game Friday.

Nieuwenhuis went 1-for-2 with three walks but did not play the field Thursday against the Triple-A Springfield Cardinals.

Daniel Murphy (side) is not yet ready to enter a minor league game.

Jeremy Hefner, the rotation plug for Johan Santana, allowed two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four in five innings. He surrendered a fourth-inning solo homer to David Freese.

“I wasn’t as sharp as I’d like to be today,” Hefner said. “They’re a real aggressive team, so I tried to throw a few more offspeed pitches early in the count. And that kind of got me behind in the count because I wasn’t getting them over for strikes.”

Jonathon Niese officially has been named the Mets' Opening Day starter.

“This guy, as we move forward, is going to be the head of this staff,” Terry Collins said.

Said Niese: “It means a lot. I’m real excited, obviously, getting this opportunity. But I’m going to treat it as any other start, just like if I’m the fifth starter, if I’m the second, third, fourth. I’m going to prepare the same and just go out and compete.”

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Turner Ankle, Nieuwenhuis Playing, Wright/Murphy Ribs, Ike Adjusts


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Justin Turner said the right ankle he sprained on Saturday is virtually full healed, but he will not be making the trip to Kissimmee on Wednesday night to face the Houston Astros.

"Full activity -- except for going on the trip," Turner said.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who suffered a bone bruise on his left knee sliding into second base on March 10, is due to play in a minor league game today. It will mark Nieuwenhuis' first game action since the injury.

Nieuwenhuis plans to play three innings in the outfield and also take at-bats. He likely would just jog to first base should he make contact, since he has not yet run the bases for trainers.

Nieuwenhuis plans to do that running test postgame.

"It feels pretty good," Nieuwenhuis said. "For sure."

In part because of the injury setback, Nieuwenhuis is likely to open the season at Triple-A Las Vegas.

The availability of David Wright and Daniel Murphy for Opening Day remains murky as both players continue to deal with intercostal muscle strains.

Wright received a cortisone injection on his left side Friday in New York and still aims to be in the lineup on April 1 against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. But given Murphy suffered an injury to the same muscle a month ago, received a cortisone shot on Feb. 19 and still is not ready, how confident can Wright be?

Monday, March 18, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Wheeler, Mets Rotation, Buck, Wright, Murphy, d'Arnaud


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For the first time since suffering a right oblique strain and being scratched from a Feb. 27 Grapefruit League game, Zack Wheeler pitched in a game Monday. Wheeler was demoted to minor league camp a week ago.

Wheeler Tweeted: "Felt good to get back in a game today. Tossed 3innings and 1 hit. Felt great"

The Mets' rotation order is beginning to become clearer.

While the Mets have yet to commit, it appears Jonathon Niese will be followed in the rotation by Shaun Marcum in Game 2 against the San Diego Padres and Matt Harvey in Game 3.

That will allow the Mets to separate similar-throwing Marcum and Dillon Gee in the rotation.

Gee would likely go in Game 4, the opener of a series against the Miami Marlins. The Mets then can go back to Niese in Game 5 before turning to Jeremy Hefner.

John Buck, who had been scheduled to catch on Sunday and today, instead has been given off by Terry Collins.

Buck has been dealing with the flu, according to the manager.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Murphy, Nieuwenhuis, Francisco, Laffey


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A day after his first game activity of spring training, Daniel Murphy did not feel up to playing in another minor league game. Murphy, who has been sidelined with a strained intercostal muscle on his right side, was "pretty stiff," according to Terry Collins.

Murphy had played five innings in a minor league game Friday -- playing second base and running the bases, but not hitting.

"It wasn't a setback -- just a little fatigue," Sandy Alderson said. "So we sat him out today."

Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who suffered a bone bruise on his left knee while sliding two weeks ago, is nearing entering a minor league game.

Nieuwenhuis participated in the team's warm-up routine Saturday and also hit, tossed a baseball and went through outfield drills.

The lone remaining hurdle before entering a game is to run the bases.

Nieuwenhuis now is more likely to be ticketed for Triple-A Las Vegas to open the season.

Frank Francisco threw his third bullpen session of the week Saturday morning as he works back from elbow inflammation. Francisco said he would expect to throw two more bullpen sessions before advancing to batting practice.

He remains likely to open the season on the disabled list.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Murphy Playing, Wright Intercostal, Hudgens Managing, Send Three Down


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Daniel Murphy, who is returning from a strained intercostal muscle on his right side, offered a positive review of his first minor league action. Murphy took batting practice before the game, but did not hit in-game. He did man second base for five innings and pinch-run for Shaun Marcum.

“It felt good,” Murphy said in Port St. Lucie. “It was good to get out there. I really appreciate the minor league guys, the coaching staff letting me come out there. It took a little while to get my legs underneath me, but I felt better at the end than I did at the beginning.

“We’ll see how it feels tomorrow and evaluate it."

New York Mets third baseman David Wright has been diagnosed with a moderate strain of the intercostal muscle on his left side, which has forced him to withdraw from the World Baseball Classic and potentially will land him on the disabled list to open the season.

General manager Sandy Alderson announced the diagnosis Friday afternoon, and manager Terry Collins latersaid he was sure Wright will be sidelined "two to three weeks."

Wright was examined earlier in the day by team doctors at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.

He indicated he had been bothered by the issue for a week, but he played through it for Team USA and only was scratched from Thursday's WBC game after batting practice once the Mets intervened.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Santana not ready, D'Arnaud going to minors?, Captain America, Murphy, Nieuwenhuis, Valdespin


Mets News and Notes:

Perhaps it was stating the obvious, but Terry Collins acknowledged Wednesday that Johan Santana is “not too close” to returning to a mound.

“Each and every day we’ll see how he feels,” Collins said. “When he thinks his arm -- the strength -- is there to get on the mound and throw a bullpen, he’ll do it. But he’s the only source we have as to how he feels. We checked with him this morning and found out what he was going to do today. And tomorrow, we’ll leave tomorrow until when I see him tomorrow and see where we stand.”

Sandy Alderson acknowledged meeting with Santana earlier this week.

“Just to make sure we were on the same page,” Alderson said. “He understood from our standpoint he would be ready when he’s ready and there wouldn’t really be any further comment about it in terms of a precise date that he’d be ready to pitch. If that was clearing the air, that was clearing the air, I guess.”

Did the air need clearing?

“Not from my standpoint. Perhaps from his,” Alderson said. “Whatever purpose it served, we had a conversation.”

Travis D'Arnaud went 0-for-3 Wednesday against the Washington Nationals, but he still is hitting .261 in Grapefruit League play.

His days in camp may be numbered, though.

The Mets, like other major league teams, must ship out prospects on the 40-man roster by Friday if they want to minimize the risk to the organization.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Nieuwenhuis update, Mejia's Cutter, Hefner


Mets News and Notes:

The Mets hoped Kirk Nieuwenhuis would be back in a Grapefruit League game Wednesday. Instead, that is now targeted as the first day Nieuwenhuis is scheduled to participate in baseball activity outdoors, Terry Collins indicated.

Nieuwenhuis suffered a bone bruise to his left knee eight days ago on a slide.

Jenrry Mejia beamed after appearing in his first Grapefruit League game in two weeks. He had more to celebrate than his return from inaction after a thyroid issue.

“Now I’ve got my cutter back,” the 23-year-old right-hander said.

Ever since returning from Tommy John surgery early last season, Mejia had seemed to lose the sharp cutting action on his fastball, which once had drawn comparisons to Mariano Rivera’s movement.

Pitching coach Dan Warthen determined Mejia had started to throw too overhand since returning from surgery. So Warthen worked with Mejia over the past week, since Mejia returned from a thyroid issue, to restore a three-quarters arm angle and reinvigorate the cutter.

“I threw too on top,” Mejia said.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Wheeler Among Cuts, Santana DL?, Francisco, Valdespin, Wright


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Mets News and Notes:

Wheeler headlined a wave of cuts Sunday at Mets camp. Also dispatched to the minor league side: left-hander Darin Gorski, right-handers Gonzalez Germen, Collin McHugh, Elvin Ramirez and Hansel Robles, infielders Reese Havens and Wilfredo Tovar, and outfielders Juan Lagares and Cesar Puello. The Mets now have 45 players in major league camp.

Zack Wheeler came through a session throwing live batting practice without issue as he ramps up following a right oblique strain.

Wheeler threw 27 pitches, including a pair of pitch outs. The batters included ex-Cub Corey Patterson.

"It felt good, but my timing was off a little bit and stuff like that, so a lot of my pitches weren't crisp," Wheeler said at the Mets' complex in Port St. Lucie. "... I've only thrown two innings in a game to live batters. It's kind of different once they get up there. It's something that will come around."

Johan Santana might open the season on the disabled list and Jonathon Niese will get the Opening Day start against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field.

So the question becomes: Will Santana be ready to be activated April 7, the first time the Mets need to go to a fifth starter? Or will Jeremy Hefner plug the rotation hole for at least a few turns?

The Mets will presented Bill Parcells with an autographed Mets jersey pregame in recognition of Parcells being selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

For the first time since reporting to spring training, Frank Francisco threw off a mound.

Terry Collins said the Sunday session in Port St. Lucie, Fla., appeared to go without incident.

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