Showing posts with label Zach Wheeler. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Zach Wheeler. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 5/27: Wheeler goes four innings in no decision

Mets Minor League Roundup 5/27:

Class AAA - LAS VEGAS 9, SALT LAKE 7: Zack Wheeler started for the 51s but lasted just four innings, giving up five runs (three earned) on four hits, with four strikeouts and three walks. Wheeler threw 80 pitches, 41 for strikes, and gave up a pair of home runs. He wasn't charged with a loss, however, as Las Vegas (24-25) scored five runs in the fifth to break the game open. Shorstop Omar Quintanilla was 3-for-4, catcher Francisco Pena hit a pair of homers, and center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis went deep as well. Box

Class AA - BINGHAMTON 6, PORTLAND 5: The B-Mets won in the bottom of the ninth. With a runner on third and two outs, Portland's Jeremy Kehrt threw a wild pitch, allowing the winning run to score. First baseman Allan Dykstra was 3-for-5 for Binghamton (29-22), including a home run. Jacob deGrom started and threw six innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on eight hits, with nine strikeouts and two walks. John Church blew the save, giving up three runs in 1 1/3 innings. Jeff Walters got the win, pitching 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief after Church. Box

Class A - ST. LUCIE: Scheduled day off

Class A - SAVANNAH 4, GREENVILLE 1: Gabriel Ynoa improved to 6-2 for the Sand Gnats (29-20), throwing eight innings, giving up one run on six hits, with six strikeouts and no walks. Beck Wheeler picked up his fifth save, pitching a perfect ninth, with a pair of K's. Center fielder Eudy Pina was 3-for-5, including a home run. Left fielder Stefan Sabol also hit one out of the park. Box

Monday, May 27, 2013

Mets News: Zach Wheeler will be capped at 180-185 innings

Mets News:

According to ESPN,  Zack Wheeler likely will be capped at 180 to 185 innings this year, meaning he could face the same mid-September shutdown that Matt Harvey experienced last season.

Wheeler (3-1, 3.91 ERA), who missed one start this year after getting a cortisone injection in his right shoulder for AC joint inflammation, currently is at 48 1/3 innings after nine starts. He pitches against for Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday.

Wheeler threw 149 innings last season between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Buffalo.

“Given that base, he’s probably this year limited to about 180, 185, which ought to be plenty,” Sandy Alderson said. “It’s roughly in the same area [as Harvey last season]. We try to build maybe 30 innings per year. In Matt’s case, he came through the system so quickly that he didn’t really have a chance to build that base quite as high as Zack has. But about 180, I think, 185 is probably something we’re looking at.”

Wheeler is widely expected to be promoted in mid-June, after the Mets are comfortable the Super 2 deadline has passed.
“Zack has pitched once since he had his shoulder examined,” Alderson said. “He came out of that fine. I believe he’s pitching again tomorrow. So we’ll see where he goes from there. Is there a timetable? No, I wouldn’t say there is a timetable. But, at the same time, I would say if he continues to pitch well he will be here sometime in the near future.”

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 5/22: Wheeler earns win going 5 innings, Cowgill hits Grand Slam

Mets Minor League Roundup 5/22:
Cowgill hits grandslam

Class AAA - LAS VEGAS 9, IOWA 4: After missing a turn in the rotation and receiving a cortisone shot for inflammation in the AC joint in his right shoulder, Zack Wheeler earned a win in his return to Pacific Coast League action. Wheeler surrendered solo homers to Brian Bogusevic and Edwin Maysonet and was charged with three earned runs on five hits, two walks and a hit batter while striking out two in five innings. He threw a conservative 67 pitches (43 strikes). Collin Cowgill's fourth-inning grand slam helped the 51s build an 8-2 lead. Ex-Yankee David Aardsma made his Las Vegas debut in the ninth, walking three but also striking out three in a scoreless frame. Kirk Nieuwenhuis had a game-opening homer against Guillermo Moscoso. Omar Quintanilla went 2-for-2 with a triple, two walks and three runs scored. The 51s returned pitching prospect Rafael Montero to Binghamton after the right-hander's spot start Tuesday. Box

Class AA - BINGHAMTON 8, NEW BRITAIN 3: Josh Rodriguez led Binghamton’s 11-hit attack with two run-scoring singles and a double. The Rock Cats sent seven men to the plate in the second inning against starter Erik Goeddel and plated two runs. The righty surrendered three hits, including an RBI single by Danny Santana, and issued a bases-loaded walk. New Britain starter Alex Meyer faltered in the fourth. After Allan Dykstra (nine-game hitting streak) started the inning with a walk, Binghamton loaded the bases on singles by Cory Vaughn and Darrell Ceciliani. Blake Forsythe put the B-Mets on the board with a sac fly. Richard Lucas followed by rolling a potential inning-ending double play to shortstop. Santana fielded it cleanly, but double-clutched and fired errantly to second. Vaughn scored, tying the game at 2. Wilfredo Tovar and Rodriguez then provided RBI singles.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Mets News: d'Arnaud will have to stay in boot for two more weeks, Wheeler to pitch Wednesday

Mets News:

Catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud will need to remain in a walking boot for two more weeks without any weight-bearing activity. The determination was made after team doctor Struan Coleman examined d'Arnaud Friday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.

The Mets hoped d'Arnaud would be cleared to start putting pressure on the left foot, which was fractured four weeks ago on a foul ball while catching in a game with Triple-A Las Vegas.

D'Arnaud experienced some tenderness to the touch in the area of the broken first metatarsal.

On a positive note, Zack Wheeler will reenter the Las Vegas rotation Wednesday at Iowa. Wheeler was placed on the seven-day DL, but that is backdated to his last start and merely allows the 51s to carry another player in the interim. Wheeler received a cortisone shot for mild inflammation of the AC joint in his right shoulder on Wednesday in Manhattan.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Mets News: Zack Wheeler receives a cortisone shot, will miss one start

Mets News:

Zack Wheeler received a cortisone shot for "a little inflammation" in the AC joint in the front of his right shoulder and will be free to resume throwing in 48 hours, assistant GM John Ricco said.

Wheeler is due to rejoin Triple-A Las Vegas today in Omaha. He will skip only one start, then reenter the rotation, Ricco said.

Wheeler was examined Wednesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. Doctors indicated they had seen similar inflammation in other pitchers and it was not alarming.

"I think we were somewhat conservative by having him checked out," Ricco said. "We still think it's the right decision."

Said Terry Collins: "I'm relieved. I'm very relieved. ... Any time you have a kid with that kind of talent, when they talk about arm stuff, especially when they talk about the shoulder area, it scares you to death. So it's great news. So he's going to miss a start. That's no big deal."

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Mets News: Wheeler and d'Arnaud going for medical exams in NY

Mets News:

Top prospect Zack Wheeler told trainers on Monday about soreness in his right clavicle and is being dispatched to New York for further examination, assistant GM John Ricco said.

Manager Terry Collins said the initial belief is the injury in the front of the shoulder is not serious and Wheeler will only need to miss one Triple-A start.

Ricco said Wheeler already has been examined by a doctor in Las Vegas, but out of an abundance of caution given the importance of Wheeler to the organization, Mets doctors will take a firsthand look.

Wheeler, in his third straight strong start, limited Albuquerque to two runs in 7 1/3 innings Saturday. He has a 1.35 ERA over his past three starts.

"He's going to most likely miss his next start," Ricco said. "It was nothing that happened during the last outing. It was something that he felt a couple of days after. It's near his right clavicle. That's all I have right now until we have a doctor see him tomorrow. I think we're being a little bit conservative given who it is."

Wheeler joins top catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud as a Las Vegas player on the shelf and with an appointment to be examined by team doctors. D'Arnaud, who suffered a left foot fracture four weeks ago, is scheduled for a Friday exam with team doctors and hopes to shed a walking boot.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Mets News: Wheeler's Delay to Mets is All about the Money

Mets News:

Avoiding an extra year of arbitration eligibility for Zack Wheeler is important to the Mets a team insider told Adam Rubin of ESPN NY and it is a priority. The Mets top prospect may not make his major league debut for another month.

Still, the insider projected, Wheeler will spend a half-season in the majors to get any growing pains out of the way before the 2014 season begins.

In March, an executive with another MLB club estimated a team would need to wait until June 15 to call up a prospect in order to delay arbitration eligibility by a year.

Now, that executive says: “We still have the same target date, and possibly a few days later.”

The Mets, internally, right now estimate the imprecise date a little sooner -- from the final days of May to as late as June 10.

With that consideration in mind, a June 17-20 five-game series over four days in Atlanta, when the Mets will need an extra starter anyway, seems like a fit for Wheeler's major league debut because it is almost assuredly after that “Super Two” deadline and also fills a major league need.

The issue becomes whether Wheeler is paid for two full seasons in the majors at a price set by the club near the minimum (roughly $500,000), or three years at that rate, before becoming eligible for arbitration.

"Why not put yourself in a better position long term?" a team insider reasoned about having more financial flexibility in 2016 and potentially beyond for other pursuits by delaying Wheeler's promotion only a handful of weeks.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 5/11: Wheeler has another solid start

Mets Minor League Roundup 5/11:

Class AAA - LAS VEGAS 4, ALBUQUERQUE 3: Zack Wheeler produced his third straight solid start.  The Mets top prospect limited the Isotopes to two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out seven in 7 1/3 innings -- his longest outing in 15 Triple-A starts over two seasons. Wheeler threw 99 pitches (61 strikes) and shaved his ERA to 3.74. He surrendered a game-tying solo homer to Matt Angle in the seventh, but Eric Campbell answered with a homer in the bottom half against reliever Red Patterson to give the 51s a 3-2 lead. Wheeler has now limited opponents to three runs on 14 hits and three walks while striking out 19 in 20 innings over his past three starts. Wheeler's lone walk Saturday night came to the final batter he faced. He received a no-decision when Justin Hampson surrendered a run in the top of the ninth that evened the score at 3. Peter Moylan walked pinch-hitter Reese Havens with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. Campell homered for the second straight day. Ex-Met Aaron Laffey, who declared free agency and signed with the Dodgers after being removed from Toronto's 40-man roster, limited Las Vegas to two hits in six innings and received a no-decision. After walking Josh Satin, Laffey surrendered a two-run homer to Wilmer Flores in the fourth as Las Vegas took a 2-1 lead. Box

Class AA - HARRISBURG at BINGHAMTON (ppd.): The rainout will be made up as part of a 12:05 p.m. doubleheader Sunday.

Class A - PALM BEACH at ST. LUCIE (ppd.): Because the teams do not play again during the first half, the game will not be made up.

Class A - SAVANNAH 3, ROME 2: Robert Gsellman was charged with one run in 5 1/3 innings and earned the win in his Gnats debut. Savannah took a 2-0 lead in the fourth. Eudy Pina singled and Kevin Plawecki doubled up the left-center gap to put both in scoring position. Cole Frenzel drove in a run with a groundout. Maikis De La Cruz then singled to score Plawecki. Gsellman, who had made two starts for Class A St. Lucie before swapping teams with Matt Bowman, allowed a walk and a single to place runners at the corners in the sixth, ending his outing. Reliever Julian Hilario allowed one inherited runner to score. Gsellman surrendered four hits and two walks while striking out two. Jayce Boyd's solo homer in the bottom half of the sixth reestablished a two-run lead. Rome pulled within a run in the eighth, but Savannah reliever Hunter Carnevale struck out Carlos Franco to strand the tying run at second. Box

Friday, May 10, 2013

Mets News: Wally Backman thinks Zack Wheeler is only weeks away from joining the Mets

Mets News:

Las Vegas manager Wally Backman believes Zack Wheeler's big league promotion could be about two weeks away.

"Personally, I think if he has a couple of more starts like his last start he'll be headed to the big leagues, and rightfully so," Backman told Las Vegas' ESPN radio affiliate.

Wheeler, who next pitches Saturday on an extra day of rest opposite Albuquerque's Aaron Laffey, has limited his past two opponents to a combined one run on eight hits and two walks while striking out 12 in 12 2/3 innings. Wheeler last pitched Sunday, tossing six scoreless innings at Sacramento to trim his Pacific Coast League ERA to 4.00.

"It usually happens every year. There's a little bit of a slow start, you start making tweaks and adjustments and find it," Wheeler told after Sunday's start. "I just want to carry it from here. It's baseball, you know. You gotta make those adjustments and just pitch.

Monday, May 06, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 5/5: Zach Wheeler strong in six for win

Mets Minor League Roundup 5/5:

Class AAA -LAS VEGAS 6, SACRAMENTO 2: Zack Wheeler limited Sacramento to three hits and a walk in six scoreless innings. Wheeler struck out four in a 90-pitch effort. It was his second straight strong start. Wheeler (2-1) was coming off an outing in which he allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings at Reno. His ERA has been shaved to 4.00. Las Vegas built a 6-0 lead, capped by a three-run homer by Collin Cowgill in the seventh against Pedro Figueroa. Justin Hampson surrendered a two-run homer to Josh Horton in the bottom half of that inning. Box

Class AA - BINGHAMTON 6, HARRISBURG 1: The B-Mets launched a season-high three homers and struck out a season-high 15. Third baseman Josh Rodriguez set the tone early. After Danny Muno worked out his team-leading 21st walk in the first against Harrisburg starter Caleb Clay, Rodriguez homered for a 2-0 lead. Binghamton starter Mark Cohoon flirted with danger in his second start, but came out unscathed. He allowed seven baserunners through his first four innings, but used six strikeouts to escape. He capped his day with two strikeouts in a perfect fifth. Binghamton added to its lead in the sixth against Clay. Alonzo Harris started with a bunt single, stole second and came home on a single by Muno. Richard Lucas capped the inning by blistering a solo homer to

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 4/30: Wheeler strikes out 8 in win

Mets Minor League Roundup 4/30:

Class AAA - LAS VEGAS 10, RENO 2: Zack Wheeler produced his best line in six starts in the Pacific Coast League: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K. Wheeler (1-1) surrendered a first-inning run. He retired 13 of 14 batters during one stretch, with the lone batter reaching during that span coming on a fielding error by second baseman Wilmer Flores. After a two-out walk in the seventh put two runners on base, Wheeler departed with his pitch count at 108. Armando Rodriguez struck out Tyler Bortnick to strand both runners. Wheeler sliced his ERA to 4.80. Andrew Brown had three RBIs. Jamie Hoffmann went 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored. Box

Class AA - ERIE 5, BINGHAMTON 6:  BINGHAMTON 6, ERIE 5: The B-Mets blew a pair of two-run leads but prevailed as Danny Muno capped a three-hit game with a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth. Blake Forsythe started the rally by doubling against reliever Blaine Hardy. Muno brought him home by bouncing a line-drive single in front of right fielder Luis Castillo. Given a one-run advantage, Jeff Walters retired all three SeaWolves he faced in the ninth to collect his league-leading eighth save. In a contest pitting two spot-starting southpaws, the B-Mets struck first against Erie starter Matt Crouse. With two aboard, Wilfredo Tovar produced an RBI single. Alonzo Harris doubled the lead with a sacrifice fly. B-Mets starter Mark Cohoon made the lead stand. Making his first start this season and pitching in his first game since April 14, the lefty faced one over the minimum over four scoreless innings.

Erie scratched out its first run in the fifth, against reliever Shawn Teufel. Tyler Collins reached on a fielding error by Tovar and took second on an errant pickoff throw by Teufel. James Robbins brought him in with a single. After Binghamton answered with a run on a David Kopp wild pitch in the fifth, the SeaWolves tied the score in the sixth against Jack Leathersich. A leadoff walk came back to bite the lefty when Collins threaded a game-tying two-run homer over the left-field wall. Forsythe offered a quick rebuttal in the bottom half of the frame. The B-Mets catcher tattooed a 2-2 offering from Kopp over the left-field fence. Joe Bonfe extended the lead with a sac fly. The two-run lead did not last. Leathersich fell into more trouble in the seventh. The SeaWolves loaded the bases on two singles and hit batsman. Hernan Perez provided a sac fly and Ramon Cabrera capped a nine-pitch at-bat with a game-tying RBI single. Chase Huchingson (2-0) entered in the eighth and worked around a two-out double to preserve the tie. Box.

Class A - TAMPA 1, ST. LUCIE 0 (suspended): The game was suspended in the top of the second inning with the Mets trailing, 1-0. That game's resumption, plus the regularly scheduled contest, will be played beginning 11 a.m. Wednesday. Box

Friday, April 26, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 4/25: Wheeler Roughed Up

Mets Minor League Roundup 4/25:

Class AAA - TACOMA 13, LAS VEGAS 12: Zack Wheeler surrendered five earned runs on six hits, three walks and a hit batter in five-plus innings. He struck out seven in a 102-pitch effort (62 strikes). After allowing consecutive doubles to open the game, Wheeler retired 12 of the next 13 batters before his outing unraveled in the fifth. Staked to a 7-1 lead, Wheeler surrendered a leadoff homer in the fifth to Carlos Triunfel. Tacoma eventually loaded the bases with two outs on two walks and an infield single. Alex Liddi then delivered a two-run double on a first-pitch fastball. An inning later, Wheeler again allowed a leadoff homer, this time to Stefen Romero. After hitting the next batter, Triunfel, with an 0-2 pitch, Wheeler was lifted by Wally Backman. Kirk Nieuwenhuis started in center in his 51s debut. Nieuwenhuis had an RBI single but also had four strikeouts in five at-bats.

With Las Vegas leading 10-6, Justin Hampson allowed a pair of batters to reach to open the ninth. Bidding for his first professional save, Greg Peavey entered, loaded the bases, then issued three consecutive walks to force in runs with none out. Armando Rodriguez then entered a bases-loaded, no-out jam with the 51s clinging to a 10-9 lead. Rodriguez coaxed a pop-out to shortstop before surrendering a game-tying single. He then uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Tacoma to take the lead

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 4/19: Wheeler Pitches, Satin Hurt, Nimmo still red hot, Plawecki big night

Mets Minor League Roundup 4/19:

Class AAA - LAS VEGAS 10, SACRAMENTO 5: Zack Wheeler was charged with four earned runs on three hits and six walks while striking out four in 4 1/3 innings. He threw a season-high 108 pitches. Three runs charged to Wheeler scored after Greg Peavey inherited the bases loaded. Josh Satin, who is hitting .350, was forced to leave the game after fouling a pitch off an ankle. Eric Campbell homered and scored three runs. Reese Havens, who replaced Satin, also went deep. Box

Class AA - NEW HAMPSHIRE 5, BINGHAMTON 2: Ryan Schimpf homered in the first inning against B-Mets starter Erik Goeddel. Binghamton answered a half-inning later on an RBI groundout from Blake Forsythe. But New Hampshire broke the tie with two runs in the second. After the first two batters reached against Goeddel, Adam Loewen stroked an RBI single up the middle and John Tolisano produced a sac fly. Kevin Pillar stretched the lead to three in the third by banging an inside-the-park homer -- the second inside-the-parker the B-Mets have surrendered this week. The B-Mets struggled against New Hampshire starter Austin Bibens-Dirkx. After allowing a single to Richard Lucas in the second, he retired 12 of the next 13 B-Mets he faced, five via strikeout.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Mets Rumors: Marlins Giancarlo Stanton to the Mets? It will cost Wheeler and possibly d'Arnaud

According to Andy Martino of the NY Daily News, the Mets then spent time at the winter meetings debating whether to make Wheeler available in a variety of trades, including for Arizona’s Justin Upton and Kansas City’s Wil Myers. Neither of those outfielders seemed worth the organization’s top pitching prospect, but Giancarlo Stanton is in a different category.

Although they do not know if the Marlins will move him (Miami declined to shop Stanton even after the outfielder tweeted about being “pissed off” after the Reyes trade), the Mets continue to monitor the situation, fully realizing that any deal would almost certainly have to include Wheeler and top catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud.

Martino asked a Mets official, "Would you trade for Stanton if it meant dealing Wheeler and/or d'Arnaud?"

“In a heartbeat,” said one Mets official, who is not in Alderson’s inner-circle of decision-makers, but has a voice in discussions. The guy then snapped his fingers. “Nothing against those kids, but it’s Giancarlo.”

Said another Mets official, also not in the top tier of decision-makers: “If you could do that, you would have to. You trade the pitcher for the everyday player almost every time.”

Giancarlo Stanton's Career Stats:
2010 FLA 359 45 93 21 1 22 59 5 2 34 123 .259
2011 FLA 516 79 135 30 5 34 87 5 5 70 166 .262
2012 MIA 449 75 130 30 1 37 86 6 2 46 143 .290
2013 MIA 30 1 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 8 12 .167
4 Yrs 1354 200 363 83 7 93 232 16 9 158 444 .268
162 Game Avg. 574 85 154 35 3 39 98 7 4 67 188 .268
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Mets News: Zach Wheeler has blister on right middle finger

Mets News:

Mets Super Hero Prospect Zack Wheeler, who has struggled with control during his first two starts with Las Vegas, had been dealing with a blister issue on his right middle finger.

The blister issue annually occurs with Wheeler, dating to his time with the San Francisco Giants, and affects his offspeed pitches.

Wheeler is OK now and not expected to miss any starts. He did undergo an MRI between his first two Pacific Coast League starts to check out the issue.

Wheeler is 0-1 with a 3.12 ERA in two starts. He has allowed 11 hits and six walks in 8 2/3 innings.

The Post first reported the Mets sending Wheeler for an MRI.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Mets Outfield Set, Rice, Mets Opening Day Lineup, Turner, Wheeler

Mets News and Notes:

Collins said he will use a regular outfield of Lucas Duda in left field, Collin Cowgill in center field and Marlon Byrd in right field, while trying to find opportunities off the bench for Jordany Valdespin, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Mike Baxter.

Nieuwenhuis likely will be a late-game defensive replacement for Duda.

"One of the things we've got to make sure we do, that's cover ourselves defensively," Collins said. "Be it center field, be it late for Lucas, or whatever it might be, he's the best outfielder we've got, in my opinion. Defensively he can really play center field. So we thought we could take him. Hopefully if he starts swinging, like he did last year, I'm sure he's going to get a lot of playing time. But he does give us a lot of security."

In his 15th professional season, 31-year-old Scott Rice is poised to make his major league debut during the upcoming week.

Rice, who played independent ball in 2008 with the Long Island Ducks and the following year with the Newark Bears, beat out Robert Carson to serve as a second lefty, alongside Josh Edgin, in the bullpen.

Collins said it was a no-brainer to put Rice on the roster -- even though it required making 40-man roster room -- because the southpaw is a “groundball machine.”

Mets Opening Day Lineup:

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Mets News: Mets Top Pitching Prospect Zach Wheeler Will Not Go North With Big Club

Even with potentially gaping holes in the Mets' rotation, Zack Wheeler is not a consideration to break camp with the team.

Terry Collins said Wheeler needs more development time at Triple-A Las Vegas. There's also the unsaid matter that if Wheeler opens the season with the team and never departs, he would be eligible for free agency after the 2018 season instead of after the 2019 season.

Collins said there is a parallel between Matt Harvey last season and Wheeler now in that both heralded prospects will be promoted when they are ready, not rushed because of need.

"There's a reason why we sent him out," Collins said about Wheeler. "He needs to go to Triple-A. He needs to face hitters in Triple-A. Believe me, we will take into consideration where he's pitching. There's no question. He's going to pitch in Vegas, where a routine fly ball is going to go off the fence. I'm very aware of that. But he needs to go work on his stuff, and he needs to be able to do what he did toward midseason [in 2012], and that is pound the strike zone. Thus far, in the games he's thrown over there, they said he's been a little wild."

Mets Fan Poll:

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Collins on Murphy, Wright, Santana, Mex on C's, Wheeler, Francisco Updates

Terry Collins said the Mets are eyeing the middle of next week to get David Wright at-bats, but caution will be the priority as the captain returns from a strained intercostal muscle on his left side.

“Each and every step is a positive with David," Collins said after Wright hit off a tee and hit flips Saturday. "We’re looking at the middle of next week for possible at-bats as we head into next weekend. Once again, I’m going to be very cautious. This guy is a huge piece. The last thing we need to do is to try to tell him he needs to rush or he needs to hurry. But we’ll see where he is in the middle of next week.”

Meanwhile, Daniel Murphy may enter a minor league game Sunday. Murphy last played in a minor league game eight days ago, logging five innings at second base, but his injured right side subsequently became tight.

“I think it’s too early to tell,” Collins said about whether Murphy could be ready for Opening Day. “A minor league game -- is he going to play four innings? Two innings? Three innings? How many at-bats is he going to get? … The last time he played in a minor league game he rushed it and he took a huge step backward. I will be the first guy in the morning to make sure he does not overdo it tomorrow.”

On Johan Santana, Collins said: "I've kind of had that feeling for a while that he's going to be very cautious getting himself back, making sure his shoulder is at the same strength it was last year when he left here. This guy started throwing last December [in 2011]. You're looking at December, January, February, March last year before he left here. And his arm was in great shape. We're starting in basically February this year. I don't necessarily think it's going to take four months, but it may take six weeks to get him where he wants to be."

Keith Hernandez, the first captain in Mets history, said he regrets wearing the "C" on his jersey to denote the role.

"I kind of liked it from the beginning," Hernandez told Newsday. "It's kind of an ego thing. But the more and more I wore it, the more it got a little bit ... it was too big."

"I wish I hadn't," Hernandez continued. "It was like a hockey 'C' instead of the smaller 'C'. But that's what they did. But [Derek] Jeter doesn't wear a 'C'. It's not necessary. Everybody knows."

Zack Wheeler pitched in a minor league intrasquad game Saturday, and the various MLB scouts who flocked to the event could not stop raving.

Wheeler was pumping fastballs with a smooth delivery at 96-98 mph, and also was flashing a curveball, slider and an occasional changeup.

"He's got four pitches," one scout observed.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Wheeler, Mets Rotation, Buck, Wright, Murphy, d'Arnaud

Mets News and Notes:

For the first time since suffering a right oblique strain and being scratched from a Feb. 27 Grapefruit League game, Zack Wheeler pitched in a game Monday. Wheeler was demoted to minor league camp a week ago.

Wheeler Tweeted: "Felt good to get back in a game today. Tossed 3innings and 1 hit. Felt great"

The Mets' rotation order is beginning to become clearer.

While the Mets have yet to commit, it appears Jonathon Niese will be followed in the rotation by Shaun Marcum in Game 2 against the San Diego Padres and Matt Harvey in Game 3.

That will allow the Mets to separate similar-throwing Marcum and Dillon Gee in the rotation.

Gee would likely go in Game 4, the opener of a series against the Miami Marlins. The Mets then can go back to Niese in Game 5 before turning to Jeremy Hefner.

John Buck, who had been scheduled to catch on Sunday and today, instead has been given off by Terry Collins.

Buck has been dealing with the flu, according to the manager.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Wheeler Among Cuts, Santana DL?, Francisco, Valdespin, Wright

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Mets News and Notes:

Wheeler headlined a wave of cuts Sunday at Mets camp. Also dispatched to the minor league side: left-hander Darin Gorski, right-handers Gonzalez Germen, Collin McHugh, Elvin Ramirez and Hansel Robles, infielders Reese Havens and Wilfredo Tovar, and outfielders Juan Lagares and Cesar Puello. The Mets now have 45 players in major league camp.

Zack Wheeler came through a session throwing live batting practice without issue as he ramps up following a right oblique strain.

Wheeler threw 27 pitches, including a pair of pitch outs. The batters included ex-Cub Corey Patterson.

"It felt good, but my timing was off a little bit and stuff like that, so a lot of my pitches weren't crisp," Wheeler said at the Mets' complex in Port St. Lucie. "... I've only thrown two innings in a game to live batters. It's kind of different once they get up there. It's something that will come around."

Johan Santana might open the season on the disabled list and Jonathon Niese will get the Opening Day start against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field.

So the question becomes: Will Santana be ready to be activated April 7, the first time the Mets need to go to a fifth starter? Or will Jeremy Hefner plug the rotation hole for at least a few turns?

The Mets will presented Bill Parcells with an autographed Mets jersey pregame in recognition of Parcells being selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

For the first time since reporting to spring training, Frank Francisco threw off a mound.

Terry Collins said the Sunday session in Port St. Lucie, Fla., appeared to go without incident.

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