Showing posts with label Pedro Feliciano. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pedro Feliciano. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Mets Rumors: Mets send up three players, More moves on the way?


Mets Rumors:


The Mets have moved catcher Anthony Recker, outfielder Matt den Dekker and left-hander Robert Carson from Triple-A Las Vegas to New York to have players available should a trade or trades be consummated.

Now that the Mets have completed a trade for the Byrd/Buck tandem, I would not be surprised to see Feliciano Traded as well.

At least five Mets players are going through the waiver process and Feliciano's name has been mentioned by ESPN.

So the Mets can have another trade in the works.

The Mets have waived the white flag and they want to see what they got or they don't got... Keeping Byrd and Buck on the bench did not go in favor of the players...and they are on a better path that is in contention right now.

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Mets News: Mets promote Pedro Feliciano, Josh Edgin to DL


Mets News:


Exactly 34 months after he last threw a pitch in the majors, lefty reliever Pedro Feliciano has returned to the Mets.

The Mets promoted the 36-year-old reliever from Triple-A Las Vegas for Friday night's game against the Royals.

Feliciano's promotion came after left-handed reliever Josh Edgin was placed on the disabled list with a hairline fracture of a left rib.

Closer Bobby Parnell was also not available for Friday's game with a sore neck.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Mets Rumors: Byrd, Collins, Feliciano, Byrdak, Parnell, Murphy, Buck, Young


Mets Rumors:

The Orioles are interested in the Mets' Marlon Byrd. However, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News writes that Byrd is "highly unlikely" to be traded and Bobby Parnell is "highly, highly unlikely" to be moved .

A Mets executive told Mike Puma of the New York Post that he would be surprised if manager Terry Collins were replaced after the season. The Mets are happy with the job that Collins has done, and the executive says the team is doing a good job of "sprinting to the finish line" with Collins at the helm (Twitter). Collins still only under contract through the 2013 season.

Joel Sherman of the NY Post, tweets that left-handed relief is in such high demand, the Mets actually received calls checking in on how Byrdak and Pedro Feliciano were progressing in their rehab.

Tim Byrdak's contract contains a clause that allows him to leave the Mets should another team offer him a Major League roster spot. After being contacted by an interested team, the Mets would have 48 hours to add Byrdak to their own big league roster. If they chose not to do so, Byrdak would be free to join the new team, and the Mets would receive no compensation.

Nothing has changed on the Marlon Byrd and Bobby Parnell front, according to Sherman (on Twitter). The Mets have received nibbles on both, but not nearly enough to make a deal likely.

The Mets are seeking a "Wheeler type" top prospect in exchange for Parnell, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (on Twitter). Given that exorbitant price tag, it's no surprise that interest hasn't picked up much.

Sherman adds that the Mets had hoped to see interest in Daniel Murphy, John Buck and Eric Young Jr., but to this point they haven't received calls on that group. As such, they're likely to simply try to win as many games as they can with the current group in the season's second half.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/25: Rafael Montero gets win for Vegas, Pedro Feliciano Saves it


Mets Minor League Roundup 7/25:


AAA - LAS VEGAS 5, RENO 3: Mike Baxter hit a solo HR to lead off the game, he ended up 2 for 5. Ruben Tejada was 2 for 5 with 2 runs scored. Eric Campbell and Jordany Valdespin also had two hits a piece while driving in a run each. Prospect RHP Rafael Montero got the win (2-2). Montero went six innings, while giving up 5 hits, 3 runs and striking out only 1. Rehabbing Pedro Feliciano got his first save pitching 2/3 innings. Box

AA - TRENTON 2, BINGHAMTON 0: Despite Darin Gorski's complete-game gem, the B-Mets produced only one hit and were blanked. Reegie Corona hit a two-run homer with two outs in the sixth. Binghamton was shut out for the fifth time this season. The B-Mets got on base with seven walks, three hit-by-pitches and one fielding error, but stranded 11. Their biggest threat came in the third. Trenton starter Nik Turley walked the bases loaded, but Richard Lucas bounced into an inning-ending double play. After Corona's homer, Gorski retired 10 of the final 11 batters. Turley departed after six innings. He struck out eight, walked five and threw 114 pitches. Closer Tommy Kahnle eventually entered with two outs in the eighth. Cesar Puello was in scoring position, but Darrell Ceciliani struck out to end the threat. Binghamton threatened again in the ninth. Alonzo Harris walked with two outs and moved to second on defensive indifference. Daniel Muno then hit a groundball that was booted by first baseman Andrew Clark, putting the tying run on first base. But Josh Rodriguez followed by flying out in foul territory to end the game. Gorski (3-1) had his longest career outing. Both B-Mets pitchers to throw complete games this season have lost. The other: Mark Cohoon, May 23 at New Britain. Ceciliani went 0-for-3, snapping his 17-game hitting streak. Box

Monday, July 15, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/14: Pedro Feliciano helps Binghamton in shutout


Mets Minor League Roundup 7/14:

AA - BINGHAMTON 4, PORTLAND 0: Erik Goeddel scattered four hits in six scoreless innings and combined with Ryan Fraser, Pedro Feliciano and Adam Kolarek on the shutout.
Binghamton scored in the first inning for the fifth straight game. With two outs, Portland catcher Chris Vazquez attempted a snap throw to first base to pick off Rhyne Hughes. The throw hit Hughes’ helmet and bounced into the stands, allowing Josh Rodriguez to score from second base. Two innings later, Binghamton extended its lead against Portland starter Matt Barnes. Travis Taijeron hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to plate Daniel Muno.

Portland reliever Nate Striz, in his Double-A debut, got into trouble in the fourth. Wilfredo Tovar singled, stole second and scored on Xorge Carrillo's single. Later in the frame, Carrillo advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Alonzo Harris' single. Fraser took over for Goeddel and tossed a 1-2-3 seventh. He returned in the eighth, but did not record an out. The righty gave up two singles and a walk to load the bases. Feliciano entered and rose to the occasion. He struck out Travis Shaw and Michael Almanzar and got Matt Spring to fly out to escape the jam without surrendering an inherited run. In the ninth, Kolarek worked through a double and a walk to preserve the shutout and give the B-Mets their 58th win. Goeddel (8-3) is now tied for the league lead in wins. Binghamton is 24 games over .500 for the first time since it ended the 2000 season with an 82-58 record. Box

A+ - ST. LUCIE 1, DUNEDIN 1 (suspended): Michael Fulmer pitched three innings and allowed one run while issuing one walk and striking out one before the game was halted. Nick Baligod’s solo homer gave the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead in the second. Sergio Santos pitched a scoreless first inning for the Blue Jays. Aaron Sanchez allowed one run in the second inning, on Matt Reynolds' solo homer. The game will resume Monday. Box

A - GREENVILLE at SAVANNAH (ppd.)

RK - KINGSPORT 6, BURLINGTON 4: Starter Persio Reyes allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings. Joe Tuschak had a second-inning solo homer. Kingsport took a 6-1 lead with a five-run fifth, which included Yeixon Ruiz's two-run double. Box

SS - CONNECTICUT 6, BROOKLYN 4: Starter John Gant took a scoreless effort and 4-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth before stumbling. Gant led off by walking Duncan McAlpine, then struck out Javier Azcona and induced Pat Leyland to fly out. But Brett Harrison was hit by a pitch. And after Curt Powell delivered an RBI single, Brooklyn manager Rich Donnelly summoned David Wynn, who struggled with command. Austin Schotts walked to load the bases. Kasey Coffman then singled, scoring two Tigers and narrowing Brooklyn's lead to 4-3. Wynn then walked Raphael Rhymes, and Paul Paez replaced him. Dominic Ficociello drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the score -- the fourth walk issued in the inning. Paez avoided further damage by inducing McAlpine to pop out to shortstop Ismael Tijerina. Connecticut took its first lead in the eighth with two runs against Paez. Box

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Mets Injury Report 7/11: Turner, Duda, Francisco, d'Arnaud, Byrdak, Feliciano, Atchison


Mets Injury Report:


Justin Turner (intercostal muscle strain) has started hitting off a tee and soft-tossing.

Lucas Duda (intercostal muscle strain) has started outdoors activities, but is not yet swinging a bat.

Frank Francisco (elbow) continues to have a nebulous issue in which doctors cannot detect any structural damage. "You're guess is as good as mine," Collins said about when Francisco might return to the Mets.

Travis d'Arnaud (broken foot) is not yet running full throttle. D'Arnaud has experienced some "discomfort" since beginning running on regular ground, but the Mets believe that is normal and not an indication of a setback.

Tim Byrdak, who is returning from shoulder surgery, has yet to throw back-to-back days with Class A St. Lucie. Collins said Byrdak and Pedro Feliciano both have the same issue: They do not sustain their velocity over multiple starts, which they will need to demonstrate before being a consideration for the major league club.

Scott Atchison will be activated from the disabled list and join the Mets when the team resumes play after the All-Star break next Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field.

Atchison landed on the DL with a groin injury, which he suffered while throwing warm-up pitches in Atlanta on June 18. He had missed the previous month with an elbow bone-spur issue that was causing tingling and numbness in his fingers.

Atchison has made two rehab appearances in the past week with the Gulf Coast League Mets.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Mets Minor league Roundup 4/29: Feliciano Pitches Scoreless Inning


Mets Minor League Roundup 4/29:

Class AAA - LAS VEGAS 9, RENO 5: Ex-Yankee D.J. Mitchell took a scoreless effort into the sixth before reliever Sean Henn allowed an inherited run charged to Mitchell to score. Mitchell's final line in his Triple-A debut with the organization after signing as a free agent: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K. The 51s built a 9-0 lead en route to snapping a five-game losing streak. Brian Bixler, Andrew Brown and Wilmer Flores drove in two runs apiece. Greg Peavey was charged with three runs in relief. Box

Class AA - BINGHAMTON 4, ERIE 3: Cesar Puello’s two-run double capped a four-run eighth in Binghamton's come-from-behind win. The B-Mets used three hits and two Erie errors in the decisive frame after getting handcuffed for seven innings by Erie starter Warwick Saupold. Facing reliever Michael Morrison and trailing 3-0, Alonzo Harris reached on third baseman Corey Jones fielding error. Darrell Ceciliani followed with a single and Josh Rodriguez walked to load the bases. With Allan Dykstra at the plate, catcher James McCann fired to third in attempt to nab Harris. The throw skipped into left field, allowing Harris to score. Dykstra followed with an RBI double, cutting Erie’s lead to one. Puello capped the comeback by bouncing a go-ahead double down the first base-line, plating Rodriguez and Dykstra. The SeaWolves had jumped out to an early lead by tagging B-Mets starter Erik Goeddel for three runs in the first four innings. Daniel Field homered in the first, McCann collected an RBI single in the third and Luis Castillo added a run-scoring double in the fourth. Goeddel battled to complete five innings and handed the reins to Josh Edgin in the sixth. The lefty allowed two hits, but no runs thanks to Cory Vaughn’s strong throw to the plate, which retired Castillo to end the inning. Edgin returned for the seventh and posted a perfect frame in his first game since a demotion from the Mets. Vaughn left the game after that throw with a sensation in his arm, according to the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin. Chase Huchingson (1-0) retired all three batters he faced in the eighth and became the winner after Binghamton’s four-run frame. Box

Class A - ST. LUCIE 7, TAMPA 1: First baseman Rylan Sandoval's sixth-inning grand slam staked St. Lucie to a 7-0 lead. Sandoval went 3-for-5 and drove in five runs. Starter Robert Gsellman tossed four scoreless innings in his season debut. Pedro Feliciano also contributed a scoreless inning in his first Florida State League action since returning from a food-poisoning scare. Feliciano surrendered one hit and struck out one. Chasen Bradford closed out the game with two scoreless relief innings. Leadoff hitter T.J. Rivera went 2-for-5 and scored twice. Box

Class A - WEST VIRGINIA 10, SAVANNAH 1: West Virginia snapped Savannah's six-game winning streak as Power DH Stetson Allie pounded a pair of homers that accounted for five runs. With eight homers, Allie is now tied for the South Atlantic League lead. His second homer of the night, a rare opposite-field shot at Historic Grayson Stadium, gave the Power an 8-0 lead in the seventh. The Gnats (15-9) scored their only run in the eighth when Chad Zurcher doubled down the left-field line to bring home Stefan Sabol. The Gnats have not been shut in 2013. Savannah starter Luis Cessa allowed six runs (five earned) on 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out six and did not walk a batter while taking his first loss of the season. Power starter Tyler Glasnow earned his first career victory for shutting out the Gnats through five innings with seven strikeouts and two hits allowed. Box

Monday, April 29, 2013

Mets News: Frank Francisco feels OK - Not great, Feliciano has food poisoning


Mets News:

Frank Francisco threw 25 pitches Saturday in Florida and felt "OK" but "not great," manager Terry Collins said.

The reliever, who is on the disabled list after experiencing elbow inflammation, is not imminently returning to the Mets.

Collins said doctors have reexamined Francisco and found no structural damage. Francisco had a bone spur removed from his right elbow in December, which typically is a benign procedure from which pitchers quickly return.

Francisco -- who is earning $6.5 million this season -- has yet to work back-to-back days, which is a prerequisite for being activated from the DL, according to the manager.

"He's the only one who can tell us how he feels," Collins said.

Other Notes:

It turns out that Pedro Feliciano's absence from Class A St. Lucie games was more than skipping a Florida State League road trip. Feliciano had a serious case of food poisoning, multiple people aware of the issue told ESPNNewYork.com.

Because doctors detected a heart issue with Feliciano during spring training, they were particularly concerned and hospitalized the lefty reliever.

The Mets hope to get Feliciano back on a mound this week.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Mets News: Pedro Feliciano pitching with St.Lucie



Left-handed reliever Pedro Feliciano has officially joined Class A St. Lucie.

Feliciano spent the past two weeks building up shoulder strength.

The Mets asked Feliciano to give them a month in the minors from Opening Day before leaving the organization.

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.

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.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Santana/Wheeler Throwing, Murphy Near?, Mejia, Feliciano, Marcum, Hawkins, Santana to open season on DL?


Mets News and Notes:

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NYJohan Santana and Zack Wheeler threw on flat ground Wednesday side by side. Santana then stepped on the mound for the second time since resuming that type of activity.

Santana's session was not intense. Pitching coach Dan Warthen served as his catcher. Santana also went through fielding drills, with instructor Al Jackson hitting him comebackers.

Wheeler (oblique strain) threw on flat ground for the second straight day.

Daniel Murphy, who has yet to appear in a Grapefruit League game, is nearing game action.

Murphy has started swinging in a batting cage and only needs to take full batting practice before entering games.

He received a cortisone injection in New York for a strained intercostal muscle on his right side on Feb. 19.

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Horowright, Hawkins, Santana, Parnell, Murphy, Feliciano


Mets News and Notes:
Photo courtesy, ESPN NY

Before departing for the WBC on Saturday, David Wright stopped by the complex and got PR man Jay Horwitz to slip into the third baseman's uniform. The idea came from an early morning tweet from @Jay_HorwitzPR, who wrote: "Now that David Wright has left for WBC, thinking of dressing up in his uniform today. Will anyone know the difference? Look about the same."

LaTroy Hawkins, who has yet to appear in a game for the Mets, is slated to enter Grapefruit League play during the upcoming week.

Hawkins, 40, cited the long spring training as the reason he has not been pitching in spring-training games since those started a week ago. He said he will get into games at a date comparable to past spring trainings.

"Spring training really starts this week coming up," Hawkins said. "That's the way I've always done it. The whole extra week we have for the WBC, I don't think I'd go for pitching a week's more games just because the WBC is starting."

Hawkins, a right-handed reliever, went 2-3 with a 3.64 ERA in 48 relief appearances for the Los Angeles Angels last season. In 42 innings, he allowed 45 hits and 13 walks while striking out 23.

Hawkins is on a minor league deal, but is a sound bet to make the team. He said he felt no particular urgency to get into games from the outset to impress his new employer and soldify a spot.

Friday, March 01, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Valdespin in RF?, Murphy Update, Feliciano Update, Wheeler Update, Mets Concerts, Byrdak


Mets News and Notes:

Jordany Valdespin, who singled in each of his first two at-bats Thursday and is off to a quick start in the Grapefruit League with a .455 average, will get a look in the outfield soon, Terry Collins said.

Daniel Murphy (strained muscle on right side) is about a week from entering Grapefruit League action, at which point Collins plans to look at Valdespin in the outfield. Valdespin's early Grapefruit League action has come at second base.

Valdespin is coming off a Caribbean Series in which he played right field.

The Mets likely can only carry three lefty-hitting outfielders, so Valdespin probably would have to displace Kirk Nieuwenhuis to make the Opening Day roster as an outfielder, since Lucas Duda as the left fielder and Mike Baxter as a role player/right fielder seem pretty solid.

Nieuwenhuis, who started in left field, went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Thursday's 4-4 tie against the Washington Nationals. He is hitless in 12 at-bats, with six strikeouts, since opening Grapefruit League play with a single.

Pedro Feliciano, who has been cleared to resume baseball activities with the stipulation he wears a heart monitor, has been diagnosed with a rare genetic condition known as left ventricular noncompaction that should not affect his ability to pitch, his agent indicated.

Feliciano received the diagnosis Wednesday at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Clinic at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. He underwent an electrocardiograph, echocardiogram and a cardiovascular MRI.

"I am ready to return to spring training with my team," Feliciano said in a statement released through his agent's PR firm. "I will attend to my ailment that was discovered during a routine checkup and not because of pain, but I can honestly say it will not keep me up at night. I will be on top of my condition, but it will not stop me from playing baseball."

Feliciano does not have a hole in his heart, which he previously indicated might be the case.

"This was not true," he said. "It was not clear from the start, and it was too early to really determine a prognosis. I had a heartbeat irregularity and that is why the Mets organization sent me to get additional testing to obtain a final diagnosis.”

Pitcher Zack Wheeler's absence from game action with a mild strain of his right oblique muscle may be only about a week.

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.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Mets to Lose Money?, Upton/Bourn Notes, Duda, Gee, Niese, Syndergaard, Mets Fishing


Mets News and Notes:

Josh Kosman in the Post reports the Mets again will lose money this season. Writes Kosman:

The team is expecting to lose more than $10 million this year, after bleeding red the past two seasons, while attendance is projected to fall for a fifth straight year, The Post has learned.

The owners can expect to take about $65 million from separately owned SportsNet New York cable network, which airs Mets games. However, Citi Field saps $43 million in debt payments, leaving a net gain of $22 million from those two assets. That means there won’t be much left to sink into the ballclub. …

The team should have more financial freedom next year, when some $50 million in payroll comes off the books, thanks to expiring contracts with Johan Santana, Jason Bay and Frank Francisco, although Bay will continue to receive deferred payments.

However, the Mets have paid only some of the $320 million in principal due lenders in 2014, making next year’s talks potentially tense if the Mets do not hit their own not-so-rosy projections, the source said.

John Harper in the Daily News says the Mets pitched trading Daniel Murphy or Ruben Tejada to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Justin Upton late in the offseason. As for the draft-pick issue with Michael Bourn, Harper reported the Mets received a favorable initial reaction from MLB about getting the No. 11 draft pick protected, but other teams began to complain when the Mets’ desire became public. MLB then changed its stance.

Pedro Feliciano will be held out from baseball activity for two weeks while he wears a monitor that will allow team doctors to gauge the severity of his heart issue.

Lucas Duda, who is adjusting his routine at the plate, struck out in all four plate appearances against the Astros and is now 0-for-7 with six strikeouts in Grapefruit League play. Terry Collins said Duda is getting caught with his front foot still in the air as the ball reaches the plate.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Mets Reliever Pedro Feliciano will be shut down for two weeks


Mets LHP Pedro Feliciano will be shut down for at least two weeks from baseball activity while he wears a heart monitor to investigate what has been labeled a potentially serious heart condition, general manager Sandy Alderson said Sunday morning.

Alderson said it's still unclear whether Feliciano has a "hole" in his heart. The GM added that doctors are still seeking to determine if that's the case.

Health concerns are the priority, but being idle for at least the next two weeks also is a blow to Feliciano joining Josh Edgin as the second left-hander in the bullpen. If Feliciano does not make the Opening Day roster, the Mets could carry only one left-hander in the bullpen. Otherwise, Scott Rice, Darin Gorski, Robert Carson and Aaron Laffey would be considerations.

"The doctors have asked that he be monitored over the next couple of weeks," Alderson said. "And so he will be hooked up to a telemeter and monitored over the next two weeks. Until that time, we won't really have a diagnosis. With respect to his comment that he has a hole in his heart, I don't think that's clear at this point. I think that what we need to do is wait over the next couple of weeks, until there's a final diagnosis. At this point we don't have a diagnosis, per se. And so it's a little preliminary.

"In the meantime, however, while he's beeing monitored, he will not be involved in any baseball activity."

Monday, January 21, 2013

Mets sign Feliciano to Minor League Deal, Settle with Ike Davis


Left-hander Pedro Feliciano is returning to the New York Mets, who also settled their salary arbitration case with first baseman Ike Davis.

The Mets said Monday that Feliciano had agreed to a minor league contract after two injury-plagued seasons across town with the Yankees. The 36-year-old left-hander never pitched in a game for the Yankees, spending two years of the disabled list because of a torn capsule in his left shoulder after signing an $8 million contract.

Feliciano had surgery Sept. 8, 2011, and made 10 injury rehabilitation appearances in the minors last year. He has a 1.23 ERA in seven games with Leones de Ponce of the Puerto Rican Winter League.

Eligible for arbitration for the first time, Davis gets $3,125,000, six times the $506,690 he earned last year when he hit .227 with 32 homers and 90 RBIs. He had asked for $3.7 million when players and teams swapped figures last week and had been offered $2,825,000.

The Mets announced the agreement Saturday.

Second baseman Daniel Murphy is the only Mets player remaining in arbitration. He asked for a raise from $512,196 to $3.4 million. The team offered $2.55 million.

Without an agreement, a hearing would be held next month.
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