Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Mets Nightly News and Notes: Baxter, Broxton, Batista, Harvey, Wheeler, Trading for Starting Pitching
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.