Showing posts with label Mike Baxter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mike Baxter. Show all posts

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Mets News: Mets Cut Four, Down to 36

Mets News:

First Off, Mike Baxter was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Dodgers. If any fan missed it

Baxter, 28, hit only .189 with four RBIs in 132 at-bats at the major league level this season.

"It's definitely sad that my time in New York is going to come to an end," said Baxter, a Queens native and 2002 Archbishop Molloy High School graduate. "I'm just thankful they gave me an opportunity to come in and fulfill a childhood dream playing for the Mets. I'll look at that time fondly. I really enjoyed playing in New York."

The Mets' 40-man roster stands at 36 (with eight pending free agents and eight players on the 60-day DL).

Of course, Baxter's signature play as a Met was his seventh-inning catch on a shot to left field off the bat of Yadier Molina that preserved Johan Santana's June 1, 2012 no-hit bid.

"Obviously that's the highlight of my time there, being involved in such a fun night like that -- a night that was historical for the Mets, being the first one and doing it behind Johan," Baxter said.

Baxter suffered a displaced right collarbone and fractured rib cartilage on the catch, which Terry Collins believes affected his performance this past season.

Left-hander Robert Carson's tenure with the Mets also has ended.  Carson, 24, was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Angels.

The Mets also removed relievers Greg Burke and Sean Henn from the 40-man roster.

Carson allowed nine homers in 19 2/3 innings at the major league level this season while compiling an 8.24 ERA. He was sent down to Triple-A Las Vegas after an Aug. 28 appearance, ostensibly to help the Pacific Coast League team in the playoffs, but suffered two losses in the first-round series and was not recalled in September.

Henn has the right to declare free agency, while Burke will become a free agent after the World Series.

Other Pending moves could be to letting Jordany Valdespin taking a flying leap off the roster...

Monday, September 09, 2013

Mets News: Mets will promote Baxter, Harang, and Centeno - Will wait on Tejada

Mets News:

Outfielder Mike Baxter, right-hander Aaron Harang and catcher Juan Centeno officially were promoted for today’s series opener.

Ruben Tejada’s promotion apparently will wait. If the Mets stall promoting Tejada, they will delay his free-agency eligibility from after the 2016 season until after the 2017 season. A Tuesday call-up would give Tejada two years, 171 days of service time at the end of the season. Credit for a full MLB season comes at 172 days.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Mets News: Lucas Duda has been recalled from Triple-A Vegas, Mike Baxter gets demoted

Mets News:

The Mets announced that they have recalled Lucas Duda from Triple-A Las Vegas and Mike Baxter has been optioned back down to the minors.

Duda batted .235/.353/.438 with 11 home runs and 23 RBI through 68 games this season prior to landing on the disabled list with an oblique strain in late June.

After completing a rehab assignment, the 27-year-old was optioned to Triple-A, where he hit .306 (19-for-62) with zero homers, three doubles and a 15/14 K/BB ratio over 18 games.

Adam Rubin of notes, because Duda was in the minors for less than 20 days after being optioned, the Mets will not lose his option status for this year. This means he will have one option left for 2014.

Duda primarily played first base while in Triple-A, but it’s unclear what role he’ll have now that he’s back with the big club. Ike Davis owns a .272/.435/.439 batting line in 41 games since returning from his demotion, though he’s currently in a 5-for-29 funk. While Eric Young, Jr. has struggled at the plate over the past month or so, the Mets probably don’t want to see Duda lumbering around in left field again.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/21: Jordany Valdespin has Big Night for Vegas, Baxter and Tejada also contrbute in win

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/21:

AAA - LAS VEGAS 15,  RENO 8: Jordany Valdespin went 4 for 6 with 5 RBI's, one of his hits was a 2-run HR. Mike Baxter and Ruben Tejada, who batted first and second respectively combined for 5 for 11 with 1 double, 1 triple, 3 RBI's and 4 runs scored!  Box

AA - BINGHAMTON 5, NEW BRITAIN 3: Binghamton produced a season-high seven doubles, beginning with Allan Dykstra's run-scoring two-bagger in the first. The Rock Cats used a pair of solo homers to grab the lead against B-Mets starter Erik Goeddel -- by Nate Hanson and Miguel Sano. Binghamton took a 4-2 lead with a three-run third that included doubles by Alonzo Harris, Josh Rodriguez, Cesar Puello and Travis Taijeron. Goeddel bounced back after Sano’s homer with three scoreless innings. In the sixth, Sano ripped a single past shortstop Wilfredo Tovar to start the inning and Daniel Ortiz walked. Dan Rohlfing’s innocent flyout to right proved costly for Binghamton. As Sano tagged up to third, Tovar received Puello’s throw and fired to first in attempt to nab Ortiz. The shortstop’s toss skipped into the seats and allowed Sano to score, trimming Binghamton’s lead to 4-3. But with the tying run on third, Goeddel struck out Jordan Parraz. He then handed the reins to Adam Kolarek. The southpaw struck out Angel Morales looking to end the threat. Kolarek returned for the seventh and worked around a leadoff double by Danny Santana in a scoreless frame.

The B-Mets added an insurance run against Ryan O’Rourke in the seventh. With the bases loaded after an intentional walk to Puello, Dykstra lifted a sac fly. Pedro Feliciano struck out two in a perfect eighth. Closer Jeff Walters surrendered a pair of two-out singles in the ninth, but escaped with his 26th save. Goeddel (9-3) allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and matched a season high with eight strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings. He matched teammate Logan Verrett and Akron’s Matt Packer for the league lead in wins. Box

A+- ST. LUCIE 5,  DAYTONA 3: Dustin Lawley hit his 20th HR in the Ninth Inning which ended up being a insurance run, he ended up 3 for 5 with two RBI's.. Jayce Boyd was 2 for 5 with a HR (4). 2011 Draft Pick Michael Fulmer started the game got a no-decision. He went 4.1 innings,  giving up 4 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks, and 5 K's.. Angel Cuan got the win (7-2). Tim Byrdak who is still rehabbing in St.Lucie went a scoreless inning, striking out the side. T.J. Chism got the save in the ninth (15). Box

A - SAVANNAH 4, DELMARVA 2: Eudy Pina and Jorge Rivero had consecutive RBI doubles in a three-run first. Pina's solo homer in the eighth gave the Gnats (55-40) a two-run cushion. Beck Wheeler hit a batter, then struck out three straight in the ninth for his 11th save. Shawn Teufel and Hunter Carnevale combined for three scoreless relief innings. Steven Matz (4-4) allowed two runs on three hits and three walks in five innings. Box

RK - KINGSPORT 8, PRINCETON 1: Chris Flexen tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out 11. Champ Stuart went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.Victor Cruzado also drove in two runs. Box

SS - BROOKLYN 3, BATAVIA 2 (10 innings): Julio Concepcion's single plated Justin Turner in the 10th as the Cyclones (15-18) notched their fourth walk-off win of the season. Turner, in likely his final rehab game and again playing shortstop, led off the inning with a single. He advanced to second on L.J. Mazzilli's single. Jared King then advanced both runners with a sac bunt. After Matthew Oberste was intentionally walked to load the bases, Concepcion's single won it. Starter John Gant allowed one run on two hits in five innings. Relievers Cristian Chivilli, Paul Paez and David Wynn combined for five no-hit relief innings. James Roche's second-inning RBI double gave Brooklyn a 1-0 lead. Batavia scored an unearned run in the eighth to take a 2-1 lead, on a bases-loaded walk issued by Paez. Brooklyn evened the score in the bottom half. Mazzilli singled and King reached on a fielder's choice. Alex Sanchez then singled to advance King to third with one out. Concepcion followed with a grounder to shortstop Javier Lopez, who made the flip to second baseman J.T. Riddle. Concepcion beat out the double-play attempt as the Cyclones evened the score at 2. Box

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/22: Mike Baxter HR's, Ike Davis goes hit-less for Vegas

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/22:

AAA - LAS VEGAS 4,  SALT LAKE 1: After being on a HR Rampage of late, Ike Davis only walked and scored a run in the second going officially 0 for 3. Rylan Sandoval was 2 for 4 with two doubles and a RBI. Mike Baxter hit a HR in the fifth, a solo shot. He is currently batting .233 for Veags. D.J. Mitchell the starter, got the win (4-3) going 5 innings, giving up 4 hits, 3 walks and striking out eight. Robert Carson got the Save (2) striking out one..  Vegas is  now (39-35) Box

AA - BINGHAMTON 6, ERIE 5 (10 innings): Binghamton (45-28) overcame a four-run deficit in the ninth, then enjoyed a walk-off winner an inning later. Josh Rodriguez's one-out double in the bottom of the 10th scored Darrell Ceciliani, who had walked and advanced to third on Wilfredo Tovar's single. Down 5-1 in the ninth, Allan Dykstra had an RBI double and Rhyne Hughes delivered a two-out, three-run homer. Tovar finished 3-for-4. Box

A+ - PALM BEACH 6, ST. LUCIE 5: With scheduled starter Noah Syndergaard promoted to Binghamton, Carlos Vazquez stepped in and allowed two runs in four innings. St. Lucie took a 4-1 lead with a four-run fourth that included a run-scoring triple by Dustin Lawley as well as RBI singles from Jayce Boyd and Charley Thurber. Estarlin Morel (4-3) suffered the loss in relief after allowing three sixth-inning runs. Boyd finished 2-for-4 and is hitting .538 through three A+ games. Boyd started the season with Savannah... Box

A - LEXINGTON 2, SAVANNAH 0: Left-hander Steven Matz limited Lexington to two hits and three walks while striking out nine in six scoreless innings, but the Gnats were shut out. Julian Hilario surrendered a pair of eighth-inning runs that broke a scoreless tie. Phillip Evans and Chad Zurcher had two-out singles in the ninth, but Eudy Pina had a game-ending strikeout. Box

Monday, June 10, 2013

Mets News: Mets demote Ike Davis, Mike Baxter, and Robert Carson

Mets News:

Fed up after getting swept by the Miami Marlins for a second straight weekend, the New York Mets demoted three players to Triple-A Las Vegas after Sunday's defeat: first baseman Ike Davis, outfielder Mike Baxter and left-handed reliever Robert Carson.

Davis, making $3.125 million and a staple at first base for the Mets since April 2010, was the highest-profile player demoted. Manager Terry Collins pinch hit for Davis, who is hitting .161 (30-for-186) with 66 strikeouts this season, on Sunday for the second straight game.

"At some point you just have to say to yourself this is not in his best interest," general manager Sandy Alderson said about Davis. "I was one of his biggest supporters. I just felt at some point we've got to get him out of here. Hopefully he'll be back in a short period of time. But he needs to go there. He needs to be able to play every day. He needs to be able to work on his swing without worrying necessarily about the outcome. We think it's in his best interest."

Alderson offered no indication that Collins and his staff are in any danger.

"This is not a staff issue," Alderson said. "This is a player issue."

Team captain David Wright, who successfully lobbied for Davis not to be demoted amid struggles last season, acknowledged after Sunday's loss that change was inevitable with the Mets (23-35) in free fall. Since sweeping the New York Yankees in four games, the Mets are 1-6.

"When you're struggling the way we're struggling, changes come -- whether you like it or not," Wright said. "That's the name of the game. I think what every player, what every front office, what every coach strives for is consistency. But you can't have consistency when you are a dozen or so games under .500."

The Mets plan to promote first baseman Josh Satin, outfielder Collin Cowgill and left-handed reliever Josh Edgin, according to a league source.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Feliciano, Wheeler, Beltran, d'Arnaud, Murphy, Baxter, Santana, Francisco

Mets News and Notes:

Sandy Alderson confirmed Pedro Feliciano's Twitter pronouncement that the southpaw can resume baseball activity while an evaluation of his heart continues.

"Pedro will wear the monitor for the next two weeks, but he has been cleared to resume baseball activity during that time," Alderson Said..

Zack Wheeler predicted he would be ready to pitch in his next Grapefruit League assignment on schedule, but it's hard to fathom the Mets giving him that opportunity.

Given the length of time remaining in spring training and the importance of Wheeler to the franchise, the Mets will conservatively treat Wheeler's right oblique strain, which has been labeled "mild" by Sandy Alderson.

"No question," Terry Collins said. "He said he could even pitch today. He said, 'I could have pitched.' And I said, 'No, there's no sense in pushing it.'

"We're not even to March yet. [Pitching coach] Dan [Warthen] brought up the other day that this time last year we were throwing batting practice. I said, 'You've got a long time. Just make sure you get your treatment."

Carlos Beltran announced that he thought the Mets were winners in the trading-deadline deal two years ago that sent him to San Francisco for Zack Wheeler.

“It worked out better for them,” Beltran said, referring to the Mets as the winners. “I thought we were going to go to the playoffs and it didn’t happen. But it is what it is. I took the chance of going to the team that was fighting for a playoff spot and it didn’t work out for me. But it worked out for the Mets.”

Still, Beltran was complimentary about their brief pregame meeting and Zach Wheeler’s upside.

“All I’ve heard is he’s a good prospect,” Beltran said. “He has good stuff. I mean, he’s a young guy. I think they’ve got the people here to mold him to be the pitcher he can be for the organization -- the ace that they’re looking for.”

The Mets have decided catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud is too valuable to be blocking the plate. Terry Collins said he met with the 24-year-old d'Arnaud on Wednesday to relay the organization's preference and reasoning.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Mets Streak, Duda, Patterson, Wheeler, Bay, Baxter, Valdespin, 2013 All-Star Logo, Santana, Ramirez, Parnell

Mets News and Notes:

The Mets, who had an 0-6 homestand before embarking on a three-city trip, now have lost eight straight at Citi Field. That is the team's longest home losing streak since also dropping eight straight at Shea Stadium in September 2007.

Lucas Duda appears to be heating up with Buffalo. After going 3-for-25 in his first six games following a demotion, Duda has a five-game hitting streak during which he is hitting .471 (8-for-17) with two homers. Duda has started the past two games in left field, after manning first base for two games.

Newly acquired right-hander Scott Patterson allowed two runs on three hits in an inning in his Buffalo debut Monday, although he had not thrown off a mound for more than a week. Patterson, 33, had asked for his release from the Mariners organization. He had received a recruiting call during the offseason from Terry Collins, but opted to sign with Seattle over Baltimore and the Mets. Patterson had a 2.89 ERA and four saves in 26 relief appearances at Triple-A Tacoma, but was not being considered for a major league promotion with Seattle.

Zack Wheeler’s second Triple-A start is scheduled for Saturday against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees) in Buffalo.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Hairston, Torres, Francisco, Baxter, Edgin, Acosta, Mejia, Wheeler

Mets News and Notes:

Scott Hairston remains a Met as the trade deadline approaches at 4 p.m. ET today. And Terry Collins expects the same roster tonight, for Game 2 of the series against the Giants.

Andres Torres was greeted warmly by Giants fans, then was forced to leave Monday's game in the eighth inning because he was unable to swing from the left side of the plate due to a right thumb injury suffered three innings earlier. Ex-Met Angel Pagan suffered a hand injury too, although Pagan's apparently was self-inflicted in frustration.

Frank Francisco's rehab assignment for a strained left oblique will resume with scheduled outings Tuesday and Wednesday with Double-A Binghamton. Johan Santana is expected to throw a bullpen session Thursday for the first time since landing on the disabled list.

Mike Baxter had a pinch-hit single in the 10th in his return from a separated shoulder. Baxter should be in the starting lineup tonight against Lincecum.

Josh Edgin picked up his first major league win and Manny Acosta ended up with the save despite issuing two walks and surrendering a run in the 10th.

Jenrry Mejia went three innings and tossed 57 pitches in return to a starting role with Triple-A Buffalo.

Zack Wheeler's Triple-A debut is expected to occur Sunday, after one final start for Binghamton tonight.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Mets Nightly News and Notes: Nieuwenhuis, Baxter, Wright, Bay, Hairston

Mets Nightly News and Notes:

The Mets demoted Kirk Nieuwenhuis to Triple-A Buffalo after Sunday's 5-1 win against the Diamondbacks to clear a roster spot for the return of Mike Baxter from the disabled list for the series opener in San Francisco. Baxter had been sidelined since suffering a separated shoulder on a June 1 catch that preserved Johan Santana's no-hit bid.

Nieuwenhuis, who had joined the Mets right after Andres Torres suffered a calf strain on Opening Day, was hitting .252 with seven homers and 28 RBIs in 282 at-bats. He had a team-high 98 strikeouts. Nieuwenhuis was only 9-for-his-last-73.

Although David Wright went 1-for-3 with an RBI double, two walks and two runs scored in Sunday's 5-1 win against the Diamondbacks, Terry Collins senses the third baseman needs a day off.

Wright had gone 1-for-12 through the first three games of the series. And he has started every Mets game since May 19.

The Jason Bay watch is at 0-for-22 after the left fielder went hitless in three at-bats Sunday while also walking. Bay's average has slipped to .159.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, the hitless streak is two shy of matching Bay's career high -- a 24 at-bat stretch last season with the Mets. Bay's third-longest career streak also came as a Met last year, at 20 at-bats. He has had 18 at-bat hitless streaks three times -- in 2005, 2011 and this season.

Mets officials want to keep their 2012 edition as competitive as possible. So, barring an offer too good to refuse, it appears likely Scott Hairston will remain a Met beyond Tuesday's trade deadline.

There's no doubt Hairston is an attractive piece to a contender, though. He again came through Sunday, going 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs as the Mets beat the Diamondbacks, 5-1.

Hairston also is particularly attractive to other teams because he's making only $1.1 million before being eligible for free agency again this offseason.

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...

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Byrdak, Thole, Johnson, Nickeas, Francisco, Baxter, Hairston, Wheeler

Mets News and Notes:

Tim Byrdak clashed with Josh Thole and then pitching coach Dan Warthen after surrendering a homer to Adam LaRoche in the homestand finale. The incident helped prompt a postgame team meeting and tongue-lashing from Terry Collins. Getting the sign from the bench, Thole called for a fastball to LaRoche. Byrdak twice shook off Thole wanting a breaking ball, but the catcher continued to call for a fastball. Byrdak eventually threw a fastball over the heart of the plate -- not where Thole set up on the outside corner. LaRoche deposited the pitch into the right-field stands for a two-run homer in the seventh inning to provide the Nats with a four-run lead. In the dugout afterward, Byrdak first had an exchange with Thole, then with Warthen, the latter of which prompted David Wright to intercede. "I don't think anything can get any worse than this right now," Thole told reporters before the Mets departed for Arizona. "I can't wait to get out of here."

The Mets continued to shuffle the roster on the margins. A day after officially demoting Pedro Beato and Lucas Duda, Mike Nickeas was dispatched to Triple-A Buffalo. Fellow righty-hitting catcher Rob Johnson will replace Nickeas. Harvey this week named Johnson as being invaluable in terms of guidance in Buffalo. Johnson undoubtedly will catch Harvey's major league debut considering the Mets are facing Arizona rookie left-hander Wade Miley in the series opener at Chase Field.

Frank Francisco failed to complete an inning with Double-A Binghamton in the closer's first minor league rehab game since straining his left oblique and landing on the disabled DL June 23. Francisco surrendered three hits, including two doubles, and walked one among the six New Britain batters he faced. Francisco's rehab tour twice had been delayed -- by a cranky oblique when he was due to pitch for Class A St. Lucie, then by knee discomfort earlier this week that required a cortisone shot. Mets officials had said Francisco might need as few as two rehab appearances before being activated in Arizona, but that was before Francisco's struggles with the B-Mets on Wednesday. Alderson indicated Francisco was accompanying the B-Mets back to Binghamton, where they open a four-game series against Portland tonight.

Mike Baxter went 1-for-3 and walked twice while logging a full game in right field in Buffalo's 5-4 loss at Louisville. Baxter is now 5-for-11 in three games with the Bisons, after also playing three games with Class A St. Lucie. Baxter's two previous rehab games in the outfield in the minors had come in left field. But Duda since has been demoted, so the exposure to right field makes sense. Baxter actually has appeared in 392 minor league games in right field in his career -- far more than any other position. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Tejada, Alderson, Francisco, Collins on Harvey, Baxter

Some Mets News and Notes:
Ruben Tejada did not require stitches on the gashes he sustained on his right shin when Roger Bernardina slide into him in the 10th-inning.

Will the Mets be sellers or buyers at the trade deadline?  

Sandy Alderson suggested the answer may just be neither.

“You’ve got to be realistic and take into account where you are from day to day,” Alderson said before Monday’s series opener against the Nationals, which the Mets entered a game below .500. “We’re certainly not in the same position today that we were four or five days ago. That doesn’t mean we’re sellers. But I’d say right now we’re exploring a lot of different scenarios.

“It’s important for us to win games,” the GM continued. “We’re trying to change the perception here. And part of that is actually winning games, which we realize. So if we were to make a trade, we would want to make sure it made sense not just in terms of acquiring additional talent but also taking into account the importance of the balance of this year.

“The other thing is that Carlos was a commodity that was in significant demand. So taking into account what the demand was versus what we thought the benefit would be to us over the remainder of the season, it was probably a little bit different than the average player that we or some other club might have available.” 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Baxter, Second Half , Dismantle, Snooki, Stormtroopers, Francisco, Tapia, Mejia

Mets News and Notes:

Mike Baxter's rehab tour, now in Day 9, is moving to Triple-A Buffalo. That suggests Baxter may be ready to be activated from the disabled list this weekend, when the Mets visit Arizona.

Baxter suffered a displaced right collarbone and fractured rib cartilage on the catch that preserved Johan Santana's no-hit bid on June 1.

He had solely DH'd the first week of his rehab assignment before manning left field Sunday for Double-A Binghamton.

In seven games between Class A St. Lucie and the B-Mets, Baxter hit .280 (7-for-25) with five RBIs and two walks.

The Mets have been notorious second-half collapse artists in recent years. They were 31-40 in the second half last season. In 2010, they were 31-43 post-All-Star break. In 2009, it was 28-47. And folks certainly remember '07 and '08 all too well, even though the Mets actually had winning records both of those second halves.

A team official last week insisted the Mets would not dismantle, citing how the club held Jose Reyes last year in part to keep things competitive. But it's worth noting the Mets traded Carlos Beltran last July 28 when they had a 52-51 record and were four games out of the wild-card lead. An AL executive said after Sunday's sweep about the Mets trading Hairston and/or Byrdak before July 31: "I think they will."

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Familia, Baxter, Francisco, Mets Trade Front

Mets News and Notes:

Jeurys Familia limited Toledo to one run and three hits in a career-high eight innings, but Triple-A Buffalo lost in extra innings to the Mud Hens. With St. Lucie, Mike Baxter went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts as the DH in the fourth day of a maximum 20-day rehab assignment.

Jon Rauch had his knees drained before the series opener and was unavailable Tuesday. He returned to game action Wednesday and pitched a scoreless eighth with two strikeouts.

The Mets are aiming for Frank Francisco (oblique) to begin a rehab assignment next Friday, so the closer should miss the upcoming homestand against the Dodgers and Nationals.

On the Trade Front:

David Lennon in Newsday reports the Mets have targeted Oakland reliever Grant Balfour.

Only Choice Left?
Sandy Alderson tells Andy McCullough in the Star-Ledger: “We’re not interested in doing something just to create the impression that we’re doing something." McCullough reports the Mets have scouted Milwaukee’s Francisco Rodriguez, San Diego’s Huston Street, Kansas City’s Jonathan Broxton and Houston’s Brett Myers.

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.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Harvey, Wheeler, Bay, Baxter, Duda

Mets News and Notes:

All eyes now turn on Monday's off-day to Buffalo, where Matt Harvey will state his case while pitching for the Bisons against Triple-A Toledo at 7:05 p.m. in an SNY-televised game.

Mets brass will attend to gauge whether the 2010 first-round pick is ready to make his major league debut Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field.

Otherwise, the start appears poised to go to Miguel Batista.

A scout who has watched Zack Wheeler pitch twice this season said he is equipped to face major league hitters now. Still, Terry Collins was resolute Sunday in dismissing the Double-A phenom as a consideration for Saturday's start against L.A., saying Harvey is the consideration for a call-up.

Jason Bay also could complete a rehab assignment with Buffalo and be activated for Tuesday's series opener against Washington. Bay went 2-for-4 with a walk and steal and played nine innings in left field for Buffalo on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Mike Baxter had a two-hit, two-RBI performance with Class A St. Lucie in his first rehab game since dislocating his right collarbone on a no-hitter-saving catch June 1 at Citi Field.

Lucas Duda is due to get a strained left hamstring examined in New York today. Collins did not believe Duda was a DL candidate.

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.  

Friday, June 29, 2012

News and Notes: Wright, Bay, Baxter, Pelfrey, Davis, Wheeler, Dykstra

Some Mets News and Notes:

David Wright, who is already the franchise's RBI, runs and doubles leader, passed Darryl Strawberry for the franchise record for walks in his final plate appearance Thursday.

Earlier, Wright had launched a solo shot against Capuano to pull even with Howard Johnson for third on the Mets' all-time homer list.

On the injury front:

Jason Bay rode a stationary bicycle Wednesday and did not have any post-concussion symptoms arise, Terry Collins said.  

Mike Baxter (displaced collarbone) has not done any significant physical activity, the manager added.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Mets Outfielder Mike Baxter will be back after the All-Star Break

Mike Baxter, who suffered a displaced right collarbone on the no-hitter-saving catch on June 1, said the original six-week timetable for returning to the majors remains the most precise estimate.

Baxter has stayed in New York, where he is doing range-of-motion physical therapy as well as work in a pool and stationary bicycle.

If the six weeks hold, Baxter would return after the July 9-12 All-Star break.
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