Thursday, June 28, 2012
Daniel Murphy's drought without a homer ended in a big way with two long balls and Ike Davis crossed .200 for the first time this season as the Mets routed the Cubs, 17-1, Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley Field to salvage the series finale.
Murphy downplayed homering in consecutive plate appearances after going 352 at-bats without a long ball. But, he allowed about the two shots beyond the ivy-covered outfield wall: “It was funny, I guess, if you go that long. I don’t know the at-bats, but apparently it was a long time.” It was the first two-homer game of Murphy's major league career.
Not only did Davis cross .200, he also made amends with umpire Manny Gonzalez, whom Davis touched with his glove arguing a call Tuesday. Davis has yet to hear the amount of his fine and whether he will steer clear of a modest suspension.
Sunday, May 06, 2012
As a result, the Mets brought in another reliever after their 4-3 win over the D-backs, activating D.J. Carrasco from the disabled list and optioning infielder Jordany Valdespin to Triple-A Buffalo.
Carrasco was the logical choice, given his contract status -- he is in the final season of a two-year, $2.4 million deal -- and recent run of success.
The right-hander fired two shutout innings for Triple-A Buffalo on Friday night, allowing just one run over a nine-inning rehab assignment split between Buffalo and Class A St. Lucie. He struck out five during that assignment and walked one.
Carrasco, who posted a 6.02 ERA in 42 appearances last season and spent a portion of the summer in the Minors, had been sidelined since mid-March with a sprained right ankle.
The Mets had debated Carrasco in favor of a second left-hander to complement Tim Byrdak in the bullpen. But given the lack of obvious options at Buffalo and Carrasco's strong form, they went the conventional route instead.
Saturday, May 05, 2012
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.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Minor Moves: Mets sign (1B) Val Pascucci & (C /OF) Vinny Rottino to Minor League Contracts, Nick Evans declares Free Agency
The New York Mets today announced they have signed first baseman Val Pascucci and catcher/outfielder Vinny Rottino to minor league contracts and invited both to major league Spring Training.
Pascucci, who turns 33 today, split last season between Buffalo (AAA) of the International League and the Mets. He hit the first pinch-hit home run of his career on September 24 off Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels. The 6-6, 270-pounder appeared in 130 games for Buffalo (AAA) of the International League last season, hitting .264 (117-443) with a team-leading 91 RBI and was presented the Stan Barron MVP award.
A former 15th round pick by the Montreal Expos in the 1999 June Free-Agent Draft, Pascucci made his major league debut in 2004. He appeared in 42 games over parts of two major league seasons for the Expos and Mets, hitting .192 (14-73) with three home runs and eight RBI.
Rottino, 31, spent last season with the Florida Marlins’ organization, playing in 119 games for New Orleans (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League and eight games with the Marlins. The 6-0, 215-pounder hit .304 (142-467) with 10 home runs and 59 RBI for the Zephyrs, earning a nod to the Pacific Coast League All-Star Game. Rottino was promoted to the Marlins on September 6 and hit .167 (2-12). Rottino also appeared in 18 major league games over parts of three seasons for Milwaukee (2006-08), and is a .194 (7-36) career hitter with four RBI.