Showing posts with label Miguel Batista. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Miguel Batista. Show all posts

Friday, July 27, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Harvey, Trades, Mejia, Duda, Francisco, Baxter, Batista

Mets News and Notes:

ESPN Stats & Information compiled this summary of Matt Harvey's 11-strikeout outing, which set the franchise record for Ks in a major league debut:

Harvey became the first player in modern baseball history (since 1900) to strike out 10-plus batters and produce two hits as a batter in his major league debut. Also according to the Elias Sports Bureau, Harvey's 11 strikeouts match the most in a major league debut with fewer than six innings pitched since 1900. Tim Hudson also had 11 strikeouts in 1999, in five innings.

Assistant GM John Ricco acknowledged the Mets' second-half swoon has impacted how the organization is approaching Tuesday's trade deadline. “We’re not as aggressive as we were a couple of weeks ago on the buying, but if there is an upgrade there, we would definitely consider it,” Ricco told Mike Puma in the Post. “We’re talking to everybody, but we don’t have a big name we’re looking to [trade] or looking to acquire.” 

Jenrry Mejia is headed back to Triple-A Buffalo's rotation, even though he continues to project as a reliever in the majors...

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Mets Nightly News and Notes: Baxter, Broxton, Batista, Harvey, Wheeler, Trading for Starting Pitching

Mets Nightly News and Notes:

After getting rained out Monday, Mike Baxter resumed his rehab assignment with Class A St. Lucie.

Baxter, returning from a displaced right collarbone, went 2-for-6 with two doubles, a walk and two RBIs on Tuesday while serving as the designated hitter in a doubleheader. It was his second game since beginning the rehab assignment Sunday.

Position players are allowed a maximum of 20 days on a rehab assignment before being activated, so Baxter is on the clock.

Sandy Alderson said the Mets are focused on acquiring relief help at the trade deadline, much more so than a righty bat.

A major league source said one arm to which the Mets are paying close attention is Kansas City closer Jonathan Broxton.

Broxton, 28, is 1-1 with a 2.14 ERA and 22 saves in 33 appearances with Kansas City. He is making $4 million this season.

Sandy Alderson said Miguel Batista will start over Matt Harvey on Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, as the Mets prioritize Harvey's development over immediate major league needs.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Gee's Replacement, Bay, Baxter, Duda, Trade Options

Mets News and Notes:

Matt Harvey will audition Monday with Triple-A Buffalo against Toledo for the rotation spot vacated by Dillon Gee, who underwent potentially season-ending surgery Friday in St. Louis to repair a damaged artery in his pitching shoulder.

Terry Collins said a bevy of front-office executives will watch Harvey's International League start to gauge his readiness to face the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday at Citi Field. Collins said the decision for Gee's replacement essentially is down to Harvey and Miguel Batista. Zack Wheeler undoubtedly will be a consideration for a promotion soon as well, but not now, according to Collins.

Jason Bay's rehab assignment moved to Buffalo on Saturday after two games with Class A St. Lucie. He went 1-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts as the DH. Collins said it's realistic for Bay to return Tuesday, when the Mets open a series against the Nationals.  

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Young, Batista, Santana, Davis, Tejada , Bay

Here are some Mets News and Notes:

Chris Young will start Tuesday for the Mets in the series opener at Washington. It will be Young's first major league action since May 1, 2011 -- before surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his right shoulder. That is the same surgery Johan Santana underwent the previous September.

Miguel Batista (lower back/oblique) also will be activated from the disabled list. He work in the bullpen behind Young, who likely will be capped at 80-85 pitches.

One of the two roster spots will be forfeited by reliever Jack Egbert, who will be removed from the 40-man roster. It's unclear if Rauch is a DL candidate and will open the other 25-man roster spot, although that seems plausible. The Mets did not end up placing Ramon Ramirez (hamstring) on the DL before Monday's game.

Johan Santana, it turns out, will get two extra days of rest after his 134-pitch no-hitter. The southpaw will pitch Friday's series opener at Yankee Stadium.

The Mets will go with a six-man rotation for one turn. After Young Tuesday in D.C., Jeremy Hefner faces the Nats on Wednesday and R.A. Dickey on Thursday. Dillon Gee faces the Yankees on Saturday and Jon Niese on Sunday, keeping the Mets' two southpaws separated by a right-hander.

Monday, June 04, 2012

Mets getting Healthy: Pitchers Chris Young, Miguel Batista Expected Back Tuesday, Tejada Not Far Behind

Mets announced that RHP Chris Young, who’s been rehabbing from shoulder surgery, will be called up to start on Tuesday.

Miguel Batista will be activated from the DL on the same day to piggyback Young, who will likely be on a limited pitch count.

This will give Johan Santana a extra day off after his 134 pitch No-Hitter.

Ruben Tejada (quadriceps) will begin a rehab assignment today with Triple-A Buffalo. Wally Backman indicated Tejada is scripted for five innings apiece Monday and Tuesday, seven innings Wednesday and a full game Thursday with the Bisons. Collins expects Tejada to be activated from the DL for Friday's game in the Bronx.

Other Notes:
Mike Baxter, who had the no-hitter-saving catch for Santana, officially landed on the DL with a displaced collarbone and fractured rib cartilage Sunday.

The Mets promoted corner infielder Josh Satin from Buffalo. The Mets also brought left-hander Robert Carson to New York, but Ramon Ramirez -- who injured a hamstring en route to the Santana postgame celebration -- remains active at least until a doctor's exam today.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Injury Updates: Thole, Tejada, Young, Batista, Bay

Here are some Mets injury updates from across the web:

Josh Thole, nearing a return to the Mets from a concussion, is slated to DH for Triple-A Buffalo tonight and catch Chris Young on Thursday morning with the Bisons.

Thole then is expected to be activated Friday. The Mets could ever-so-briefly carry three bona fide catchers, but eventually they likely will have to make a choice of whom to retain at the major league level between Rob Johnson and Mike Nickeas. Either can be demoted without being exposed to waivers.

The news is not as positive for Ruben Tejada (quadriceps) as is the case with Thole. Alderson said the shortstop, who was examined by team doctors Tuesday in Manhattan, will remain in New York getting treatment at least through Friday.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Injury Updates: Tejada, Cedeno, Thole, Young, Batista

Ruben Tejada has been out since straining the quad running to first base on May 6.

He attempted some baserunning Friday that went “so-so,” Terry Collins said, then adding “it’s not a setback.”

“He still has some point tenderness in the thigh so it has not changed,” the manager said. “When he runs the bases he said he was still uncomfortable, so they slowed him down.”

Collins said Friday that when Tejada is able to come off the DL, he will return as the starting shortstop because the club needs his hitting (he was batting .305).

But when asked about the level of concern, he said, “It didn’t heal as fast as I had hoped but that’s what every manager wants – a guy to get well fast. Anytime you have a strained muscle it may take three weeks. We were hoping we’d get him back faster but it looks like it’s going to have to run the course.”

Though the Mets don’t want him running, Tejada has been taking infield and will play DH in an extended spring training game on Monday.

Ronny Cedeno came out of Saturday’s game after drawing a walk in the eighth inning, feeling a cramp in the calf. He got treatment Sunday. Of the severity of the pain he said, “I don’t feel anything (serious). After the cramp, my calf feels sore.”

Right hander Chris Young makes his fourth minor league start on Thursday for Triple-A Buffalo as he works back from last May’s shoulder surgery . . .

Catcher Josh Thole, on the 7-day DL with a concussion since May 8, will be behind the plate in an extended spring training game on Monday. . . .

Righthander Miguel Batista, on the 15-day DL with a lower back strain, will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Mets Batista will hold the fifth spot in the rotation down for now, Jenrry Mejia might be on the way!

Miguel Batista was Tuesday’s starting pitcher against the Phillies and will take at least one more turn , but he is not necessarily the Mets’ fifth starter until Chris Young returns from shoulder surgery, which the team hopes will happen within a month.

Batista can hold down the fifth spot if he pitches effectively. But the Mets actually have an old friend in mind as a possible alternative,  Jenrry Mejia, who underwent Tommy John surgery last May.

“A lot of people might forget about Mejia,” said one high-ranking team official.
“But he is progressing very well, and he could be in position to make a start for us before long.”

Mejia, the phenom from 2010 who is still just 22 years old, is scheduled to make a rehab start in the Florida State League on Wednesday. Organizational sources say that the Mets are leaning toward viewing Mejia as a reliever long-term, but that it is possible he could be a stopgap starter within weeks.

At the very least, the team expects him at Citi Field before any of their other top pitching prospects, Matt Harvey, Jeurys Familia and Zack Wheeler.

“Mejia will likely be in New York sooner than the other three,” said a team official.

With Young progressing well from surgery to repair torn anterior capsule in his right shoulder, the Mets feel that they might only need to plug four or five turns in the rotation, if all other starters remain healthy.

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Mets Making Roster Moves: Option Schwinden, Call up Rottino, Batista will start in 5th spot

The Mets on Friday announced that Batista will take Chris Schwinden's place in the rotation. Batista will be available out of the bullpen throughout this weekend, before starting Tuesday's game in Philadelphia.

That could last for any number of starts, with manager Terry Collins indicating he would like for Batista to stay in that role at least until Chris Young is ready to join the team.

The Mets optioned the struggling Schwinden to Triple-A Buffalo prior to Friday's game, activating utility man Vinny Rottino to take his place on the roster.

Rottino's stay in New York will be temporary; once Batista moves out of the bullpen, the Mets will replace him with another reliever -- most likely D.J. Carrasco, who has moved up to Buffalo in his rehab from a sprained right ankle.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Mets will have doubleheader today, Johan Santana pushed back a day

Sunday's game between the Mets and Giants was postponed due to rain, resulting in a doubleheader Monday and prompting the Mets to push Johan Santana back in their rotation.

Miguel Batista and Dillon Gee will start the two halves of Monday's single-admission doubleheader, beginning at 4:10 p.m. ET at Citi Field. Preferring to keep the rest of their rotation in order, the Mets bumped Santana from Monday's series finale against the Giants back to Tuesday's opener against the Marlins.

"It's about the entire staff," manager Terry Collins said. "We talked all spring long about making sure we keep our five starters in sync. And if we don't, we end up getting them out of sync if we don't back somebody up. We talked to Johan. He was on board with it. As a matter of fact, he said, 'The worst thing we can do is screw up somebody else.' So we decided to go that way."

In lieu of Santana, Batista will face Tim Lincecum in Game 1 after last throwing 10 pitches on April 18. Batista has not thrown more than 35 pitches in any game this season, though he has served as a spot starter often in the past and is accustomed to that role.

Gee, who was originally scheduled to start Sunday, will pitch Game 2 opposite Madison Bumgarner.

Light rain began falling in Queens around 10 a.m. Sunday, prompting a late-morning meeting between umpires and staff. With heavier rain forecast into the evening, the Mets and Giants officially called the game more than an hour before first pitch.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Veteran Miguel Batista Makes Mets Opening Day Roster

The Mets have informed 41-year-old right-hander Miguel Batista that he has made the Opening Day roster, all but finalizing the bullpen. Batista, who is scheduled to start Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Marlins, will serve as a long reliever and spot starter.

"He keeps himself in terrific shape," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He knows what he's doing on the mound. He gives us that veteran presence in the bullpen, which helps. We've got some young people on this team and they can turn to him for some leadership, which he can provide."

The Mets had to inform Batista by Friday morning if he was going to make the team. Had they cut him after that deadline, they would have owed Batista a $100,000 retention bonus.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Mets re-sign RHP Miguel Batista, Add RHP Fernando Cabrera and SS Sean Kazmar to minor league squad

Here's the team's official announcement:

The New York Mets today announced the club has signed RHP Miguel Batista and RHP Fernando Cabrera to minor league contracts and invited both to major league Spring Training.

Batista, 40, split last season between St. Louis and the Mets, finishing 5-2 with a 3.60 ERA (24 earned runs/60.0 innings) in 35 games, five starts between the two clubs. The 6-1, 210-pounder started the year with the Cardinals and went 3-2 with a 4.60 ERA (15 earned runs/29.1 innings) in 26 games, one start, before the team released him on June 22. He signed with the Mets on July 5 and made 10 appearances with Buffalo (AAA) of the International League, compiling a 3-0 record and a 4.24 ERA (22 earned runs/46.2 innings) for the Bisons. The Mets selected his contract on August 26 and Batista went 2-0 with a 2.64 ERA (nine earned runs/30.2 innings) in nine games, four starts for the team. He became the oldest pitcher in franchise history to toss a complete-game shutout when he blanked Cincinnati, 3-0, on September 28 of last year in the final game of the season.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Mets Starting Small, Looking to sign Miguel Batista

According to FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi, the Mets are looking to re-sign Miguel Batista.

Batista threw a two-hitter against the Reds in New York's 2011 season finale and wound up registering a 2.64 ERA in 30 1/2 innings for the team. He should come cheap.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Jose Reyes and six other Mets players file for free agency

According to the NY Daily News, Seven Mets were among the 148 major leaguers listed by the Players' Association as free agents Sunday, but all winter intrigue in Flushing will involve one name,  Jose Reyes.

In addition to Reyes, Willie Harris, Scott Hairston, Chris Young, Chris Capuano, Jason Isringhausen and Miguel Batista will be able to sign with other clubs starting at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday. Until then, teams have exclusive negotiating rights with their players.

As the Daily News reported Friday, the Mets will not sign Reyes during that period, and will allow other teams to set the market for the shortstop. Once that market is set - and team insiders are expecting the process to stretch into December or beyond - the Mets will decide if they consider it reasonable.

Beyond that slow-rolling drama, the Mets are highly unlikely to be high-end shoppers this offseason. If they do not re-sign Reyes, the team will look at the middle of that 148-player list, not the top. Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and C.J. Wilson will wear other uniforms next season, as none of those top-tier names fits the Mets' needs and/or budget.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Mets News and Notes: Hairston, Batista, Bay

The New York Mets have officially put outfielder Scott Hairston on the 15-day disabled list and promoted right-hander Miguel Batista from Triple-A.

The Mets made the moves before Friday night's game against Atlanta. They also scratched left fielder Jason Bay from the starting lineup because of a jammed right shoulder.

Hairston's move was retroactive to Aug. 24, a day after he strained his left oblique while taking a swing.

The 40-year-old Batista began the season with St. Louis and was 3-2 with a 4.60 ERA in 26 games, including one start. He joined the Mets in July and went 3-0 with a 4.24 ERA at Buffalo.

Batista is set to pitch for his 10th team in the majors. The Mets need a spot starter next week and may use Batista.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Mets Starting Pitcher Candidates to replace Jon Niese in the rotation..

The Mets may need as many as two starters from Triple-A Buffalo during next week's series against the Marlins, but rainouts are forecast, potentially alleviating the need to use two of three from Miguel Batista, Pat Misch and Chris Schwinden.

Insiders predict the 40-year-old Batista, who was released by the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this season, may be with the Mets as soon as this Friday's series opener against the Braves and is the best option to start. (The Post says a Sunday rainout against the Braves could be made up during a series in Atlanta in September, with the Mets as home team one game, although the more likely scenario is a mutual Sept. 8 off-day.)

Batista, meanwhile, allowed four runs on nine hits, including a pair of homers, in 5 2/3 innings in his past start, but the newly promoted Nickeas said: "That line can be taken with a grain of salt a little bit because it was in Columbus. The couple of homers that they hit, it's a small park, and the wind was blowing out. I would say they actually didn't hit him that hard. They just hit homers there."

Nickeas went on to say Batista has "a lot" left at age 40.

"His velocity has been good," Nickeas said. "His command has improved steadily since he started."

Monday, July 04, 2011

Mets sign Miguel Batista to minor league contract

According to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, the Mets have signed RHP Miguel Batista to a minor league contract.

Batista was released by the Cardinals in June, as he went 3-2 with a 4.60 ERA in 26 appearances and one start, walking 19 batters and allowing 27 hits in 29 1/3 innings this season.

The 40 year old Batista has played for the Diamondbacks, Nationals, Mariners, Blue Jays, Royals, Pirates, Cardinals, Cubs and Marlins over his 17 year career. He’s 99-112 with a 4.51 ERA, and has served as both a starter and a reliever in his career.
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