Saturday, July 12, 2014
Teagarden in Rehab:
Taylor Teagarden began a rehab assignment Saturday in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Teagarden is serving as the designated hitter for the Gulf Coast League Mets. He has been on the disabled list since June 22 with a strained left hamstring.
That signals the Mets may need to make a decision out of the All-Star break about which catcher to keep at the major league level. Anthony Recker has an option remaining. Teagarden is out of options, so he would need to clear waivers and, even then, also would need to accept an assignment to Triple-A.
Teagarden, 30, hit .143 (4-for-28) with one homer, five RBIs and two walks in nine major league games this season before landing on the DL.
Hefner Pitches a inning:
Jeremy Hefner tossed a 1-2-3 inning for the Gulf Coast League Mets on Saturday morning in Port St. Lucie, Fla. It marked his first time pitching in a game since undergoing Tommy John surgery on Aug. 28, 2013.
Hefner aims to pitch in the majors this season.
First-round pick Michael Conforto officially was introduced at Citi Field on Friday. He is due to begin his pro career with the Brooklyn Cyclones, although he will be eased into games and actually will travel to Los Angeles next week because he is one of three finalists for the Golden Spikes Award.
Boras says slow down Harvey:
Agent Scott Boras appears to favor a more conservative rehab plan for Matt Harvey than even Sandy Alderson and the Mets. The agent said the optimal rehab time following Tommy John surgery before entering a game is 14 to 16 months.
Scott Rice Spur:
Left-hander Scott Rice, who has been sidelined since June 23 at Triple-A Las Vegas, has been diagnosed with a bone spur in his pitching elbow, a source told ESPNNewYork.com.
Rice likely will wait several days and then determine if he can tolerate pitching through the spur. If he cannot, he could proceed with surgery to remove it.
That is not a significant procedure, but it could knock out Rice for much of the remainder of this season.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Niese Inflamed:Jon Niese underwent an MRI on Monday that revealed inflammation in the AC joint in the top of the shoulder.
Niese has been prescribed anti-inflammatory medication. He still plans to miss only one start and return during the first series after the All-Star break, at San Diego.
A Mets official had said that Niese's MRI looked the same as one taken during spring training, but Niese said there actually were differences.
The spring-training MRI showed weakness in the scapula. He was prescribed strengthening exercises back then. This time inflammation existed in the AC joint.
X-Rays Negative for Torres:Carlos Torres completed the 11th inning and earned the win, but the reliever did get a visit from the trainer after being struck in the bare hand with a two-out line drive off the bat of B.J. Upton during the final inning of the Mets' 4-3 win against the Atlanta Braves on Monday.
An X-ray after the game was negative. Torres officially has a bruise.
To Trade or Not to Trade?Sandy Alderson continued to say Monday that the direction the Mets take at the trade deadline will be dictated by how the team performs heading into the All-Star break.
"Look, let's see where we are at the end of this week," Alderson told reporters. "We're always willing to listen. We may be thinking in terms of the second half of this season. We may be thinking more in terms of next season. We've made a lot of deals in recent years where we've gotten prospects who are a good ways away. I don't think we're thinking that way these days, although sometimes that's the value in a return. So I'd just hate to speculate on it."
Sunday, June 08, 2014
Rookie Travis d'Arnaud has demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas late Saturday.
D'Arnaud had been 3-for-26 since his return from the disabled list for a concussion. He is hitting .180 with three homers and nine RBIs in 128 at-bats this season.
Taylor Teagarden has been promoted to join Anthony Recker behind the plate. Teagarden, 30, had a June 15 out in his contract. He was hitting .279 with eight homers and 19 RBIs with Las Vegas. He had a .402 on-base percentage, but also 36 strikeouts in 104 at-bats.
"I've just got work to do," the 25-year-old d'Arnaud said in terse comments after receiving the news following the Mets' 5-4 walk-off loss to the San Francisco Giants. "I've got to find my swing."
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Catcher Taylor Teagarden has agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Mets.
He hit .167 with two homers and five RBIs in 60 at-bats last season for Baltimore, which designated him for assignment Sept. 1.
The 30-year-old catcher was on the disabled list from April 28 to June 4 after he dislocated his left thumb when hit by a foul ball.
Teagarden, whose deal was announced Monday, has a .206 average with 20 homers and 63 RBIs in six major league seasons. He figures to compete for a backup job behind Travis d'Arnaud.