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August 31, 2013

MET-ropolitan Hospital: Harvey out for year(Longer?), Surgery for Hefner, Mejia, Updates on Wright and Parnell. Team trades Buck and Byrd, focuses on 2014 and the future

by @ 8:42 am. Filed under 2012 Mets

The Mets season took a major turn for the worst when star pitcher Matt Harvey was diagnosed with a partial tear in the UCL of his pitching elbow after an exam Monday August 26th. Initial reports had the NL All Star game starter undergoing Tommy John surgery but presently Harvey and the team have opted to rest and run further tests in 3 weeks. Team doctors, Mets GM Sandy Alderson and the 2nd year righty will then determine the next step. Interesting to note that Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay, who dealt with a similiar injury in 2006, talked with Harvey for 20 minutes at the request of Mets skipper Terry Collins. Halladay allowed the swelling to subside in his elbow and rehabbed the joint with no further issues. Tommy John surgery would likely keep Harvey out for the entire 2014 campaign. Keep your fingers crossed Mets fans!

Meanwhile, starting pitchers Jeremy Hefner(Tommy John Surgery for Torn MCL in right elbow) and Jenrry Mejia(Bone chips in right elbow) both underwent successful surgeries this week. Hefner will more than likely miss all of 2014 while Mejia’s procedure is typical and the righty should be ready for Spring Training in February. Captain David Wright(Hamstring) continues to make progress from his leg injury and has been jogging,throwing and fielding. The 3B is currently in Florida to begin a rehab assignment this weekend and should return Mid September. The News on closer Bobby Parnell is not as promising as he has seen little improvement from the disk problem in his back and neck. He will receive a 2nd injection in the area before the team determines if he will need back surgery. Veteran Latroy Hawkins has filled in amiably in the 9th inning, converting 6 of 7 saves in August.

With all of the injuries and the team playing out the string with kids and for the future, The Mets made a trade that hurts the 2013 Team but should help down the road, sending two popular veterans in RF Marlon Byrd(Possibly the team MVP) and C John Buck(15 Homers) to the Pittsburgh Pirates for two strong prospects in 2B Dilson Herrera(Pirates 11th rated prospect according to MLB.com, .265,.751 OPS with 11 home runs and 11 steals in 109 Single A games) and Relief pitcher Vic Black(5-3, 17 saves in 53 Triple A Games) on August 28th. Black will help the team immediately and be one of the minor league call ups September 1. Cannot say enough about what Byrd and Buck brought to the team, both did so much on and off the field but this team has outfielder and a strong prospect catcher in Travis d’ Arnaud so they became expendable. Sad to see them go but the Mets are about the future and by the time this team is great, Buck and Byrd will be near the end of the line.

August 25, 2013

Recall of Duda shows September is about the finishing and … BEYOND

by @ 3:19 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

After the Mets showed what they are in a weekend sweep vs the American League Power Detroit Tigers(Gritty group that lacks offense but can pitch, battles and plays hard), New York needs to approach September with a purpose. The recent recall of 1B-OF Lucas Duda further illustrates this point. NY GM Sandy Alderson has money to spend and assets to trade in the 2013-2014 offseason and these final 5 weeks should help the organization determine what is on the shopping list. The team is loaded with talented arms at all levels and should be set in the rotation entering 2014 with phenoms Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler joining veterans Jon Niese and Dillon Gee in a strong top 4. After elbow chip surgery, Jenrry Mejia will more than likely be a strong 5th starter.

The Mets are set at 3B and 2B in the infield and I believe the youngsters at CF(Juan Lagares) and C(Travis d’Arnaud) will open the 2014 season as starters. In other words, Eric Young, Jr(LF-Leadoff) and Ike Davis, Josh Satin and Duda(1B) are battling for jobs. The team must add a major league shortstop, I love Omar Quintanilla and the Mets have played well with him but he is not going to be confused with Cal Ripken Jr. anytime soon. A trade or free agent should be priority one here. If the team can add a top flight corner Outfielder with power(Carlos Gonzalez? Giancarlo Stanton?) a combination of Young in LF and upgrade at SS(Stephen Drew? Starlin Castro? Yunel Escobar?) with a straight platoon at 1B would be a good offseason. So as you watch the Mets close out the 2013 campaign, focus on 1B and LF. Keys to 2014 and FUTURE!!!

August 20, 2013

Catching and Starting Pitching updates, Mets Notes

by @ 8:15 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

With Regular catcher John Buck back from paternity leave Tuesday, the Mets decided to stay with super prospect Travis d’ Arnaud as the everyday starter and optioned popular backup Anthony Recker to Las Vegas. The team will still use Buck more than a normal 2nd catcher but New York wants to see if d’ Arnaud can be the “man” in 2014 over the next 6 weeks. Recker will also likely be recalled with the other September call ups at the end of August.

Meanwhile, the news on the medical front for both Jeremy Hefner and Jenrry Mejia regarding their dual elbow injuries is a mixed bag. Hefner has been advised to have Tommy John Surgery and is seeking a 2nd opinion. Mejia,who also had the procedure last year, will have a minor procedure to clean out bone chips in the next 7-10 days. He is more than likely going to be healthy enough to pitch Winter Ball. Mejia was excellent in 5 Starts for the Mets, posting a 2.20 ERA, 1.171 WHIP and striking out 27 while walking 4. A Big piece of the future for the Mets!

METS NOTES: Since the Mets recalled Zach Wheeler, the team has gone 34-27. Prior to his recall, 23-39…. Cannot say enough about what a signing OF Marlon Byrd has been for the Mets. SNY analyst and Ex Met great Keith Hernandez made a great point on tonight’s telecast about how this is the move of the year. In 112 games, Byrd has hit .287 with a team high 21 homers(had 1 in all of 2012) and 70 RBI. The 11 year pro ranks ninth in the NL with a .862 OPS! He also also played a great right field. Not bad for a spring training invitee!!!…. Mets are 9-3 in Wheeler’s starts and the rookie is 3-0 vs his hometown Atlanta Braves…. Add Eric Young Jr. and rookie Juan Lagares in with Byrd and the Mets Outfield is the biggest surprise on the team. Solid offensively and all 3 are vacuums defensively. Lagares, who has only played in 85 games,ranks 2nd among Major League Centerfielders in runs saved according to an ESPN stat with 20.

August 17, 2013

Niese returns, Hefner hurt, Travis D up, More Mets notes

by @ 11:02 am. Filed under 2012 Mets

The Mets have added a starting pitcher(LH Jon Niese) and lost another(Jeremy Hefner) in the past week but continue to play solid ball. Niese has pitched well in 2 starts since returning with a shoulder issue that kept him out almost two months and is pain free. He struck out a season high 9 Padres August 16th during a 5-2 Mets win. Meanwhile, Hefner’s season is in serious jeopardy due to damage his right pitching elbow. After two exams revealed partially torn MCL, he is due for third test Monday to determine if he needs season ending Tommy John Surgery. This is tough news for the Mets, as Hefner was one of the top pitchers in all of MLB for for about 6 weeks in June and July when he posted a 1.76 ERA in 8 starts before the All Star Break. However, post break, he was not himself and was lit up at 9.13 ERA in 5 games. This injury also impacts management’s plan to go with a 6 man rotation to limit the work and innings loads on youngsters like Matt Harvey and Zach Wheeler. Terrible, terrible news for one of the good guys on the 2013 Mets.

d’Arnaud d├ębut: The Mets have recalled super prospect C Travis d’Arnaud(NY’s #2 rated prospect according to MLB.com) and he is set to join the team for tonight’s game in San Diego. The move is for at least 3 games(MLB paternity leave rules) as starter John Buck is back in NYC with his wife after the birth of the couple’s child. d’Arnaud is an offensive catcher and since being brought up to Triple A Las Vegas, he has 8 hits in 20 at bats with a homer and 4 rbi while drawing 9 and K-ing 4 times. The Mets will more than likely have to send down popular back up C Anthony Recker when the leave is up after Monday’s make up game in Minnesota.

METS NOTES: INF Wilmer Flores(ankle) should be back in the lineup tonight after injuring this leg earlier this week(Monday, Pinch hit Wednesday). The exciting rookie has hit .286 with a .333 OBP and a homer and 9 rbi in 8 games since his recall from Triple A and has helped ease the loss of team captain David Wright at 3B…. 1B Ike Davis has really come on and although he is not hitting home runs(2 since July 26th), the slugger has a .462 on base percentage and .911 with 10 doubles and RBI in 130 plate appearances in 36 games since his recall from Las Vegas. In 54 August plate appearances, he has 7 extra base hits and a .574 OBP in 15 games… Wright continues to rehab his injured hamstring at the Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC but the team has no timetable for his return. Meanwhile, closer Bobby Parnell’s injured neck(Herniated disk) is improving and like Wright, the team has no specific date for when he will rejoin the big club.

August 6, 2013

2 Mets minor leaguers suspended in PED scandal, Parnell DL-ed, Flores recalled

by @ 8:30 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

Two prominent Mets prospects were part of the BioGenesis suspensions handed out Monday August 5th as OF Cesar Puello, one of the top position players in the NY farm system, and INF-OF Jordany Valdespin, who has 324 MLB at bats, are 2 of the 13 players linked to the Florida anti-aging clinic. The two are suspended 50 games apiece and are eligible to return to either the majors or minors after serving their punishments. This could spell the end of Valdespin’s Mets career when you factor in his lack of a defined defensive position and off field issues.

PARNELL DL-ed:Mets closer Bobby Parnell has been diagnosed with a herniated disk in his neck and was placed on the 15 day DL August 6th. After he did not respond to anti inflammatory medication last week and another medical procedure Monday, the team felt this was the best move. The DL stint is retroactive to July 31st and Parnell could be back August 15th. However, If he does not improve over the next week or so, season ending surgery might be needed. This is a huge loss for NY and Bobby as well, who has flourished in the 9th inning role, converting 22 of 26 chances with a 2.16 ERA and a 44/12 strikeout to walk ratio. Mets skipper Terry Collins will use every reliever outside of long time veteran Scott Atchinson as the closer. Latroy Hawkins and David Aardsma have both been effective major league closers at different points in their careers. To fill Parnell’s roster spot, the team called up INF Wilmer Flores, the Met’s #4 rated prospect according to MLB.com. He will take over Captain David Wright’s spot at 3B most of the time while Captain America recovers from a hamstring strain.

August 3, 2013

Breaking Mets News :David DL-ed, Bullpen injuries-changes, Collins contract, Mets notes

by @ 3:46 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

Things took a major turn for the negative during The Mets extra inning win Friday August 2nd when the face of the franchise, superstar 3B David Wright pulled up lame running to first base. New York’s best player and team leader was diagnosed with a strained right hamstring after an MRI this morning. The strain is classified as moderate and Wright could miss anywhere from 3 to 5 weeks. The leg acted up earlier this week and was noticeable in Wednesday’s game in Miami but the captain felt he could play thru it at around 75-80%. However, the muscle gave out and this injury further depletes an already flawed offense. The Mets #3 hitter, Wright has hit .309 with 16 home runs and 54 RBI plus 17 steals and a .904 OPS. The team does not have an ideal fill in at 3B on the current roster or at Triple A and has recalled OF Mike Baxter from Las Vegas. Look for INF’s Justin Turner and Josh Satin to get most of the reps at Third. Daniel Murphy, who came up as a 3B, could also play in a pinch.

BULLPEN BONANZA:Mets closer Bobby Parnell(stiff neck) has not pitched since Tuesday after experiencing pain mid week. The team medical staff has prescribed medication and rest until Monday August 5th at the earliest. Veteran David Aardsma has assumed the role as closer in Parnell’s absence. The 6th year ML has been huge part of the Mets turn around and has converted 22 of 26 save opportunities while winning 5 games and posting a 2.16 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. He has also K-ed 38 and walked only 12. Meanwhile, LHRP Josh Edgin was placed on the 15 day DL Friday August 2 with a rib fracture and could miss the rest of the year. After a brutal April(9.64 ERA in 11 games) the hardthrowing southpaw has posted a 1.29 ERA in 9 June games and 0.73 in 14 July contests. This is a big loss and if Parnell does not recover soon, the relief corps takes a major hit. The team recalled fan favorite Pedro Feliciano from AAA and the Mets single season appearance leader has returned to the majors for the 1st time since 2010.

COLLINS CONTRACT: Anyone who reads this blog knows I love the Mets manager and the job he has done in the transition towards respectability. The 2013 Mets are not the 1948 NY Yankees but they show up and compete. A big part of that is both the manager and captain. This team battles for 27 outs and then some(played 16 extra inning games) while not having the best talent in the sport. He has pieced together an effective bullpen and blended a nice mix of veterans and kids into a nice everyday lineup. The future is bright and I want TC to be part of it. Time to extend Terry Collins past 2013. He deserves it!

METS NOTES: Mets GM Sandy Alderson made no moves at the trade deadline and holding on to veterans like RF Marlon Byrd, C John Buck, Parnell and RP Latroy Hawkins was an important step….. Like most fans, I am down on 1B Ike Davis. This team needed him to follow up on his strong 2012 2nd half and he has been a major disappointment in 2013. But if you want to give up and move Ike, take a look at the Baltimore Orioles and their slugging 1B. Another Davis that a team gave up on. Chris Davis, who the Texas Rangers lost patience with. He has 40 Homers going into play tonight… With all of the injuries to the pitching staff, Collins elected to move Carlos Torres back to the bullpen and a normal 5 man rotation until LHSP Jon Niese (Rotator cuff) returns. The Mets have an off day Monday August 5th and after the lefty makes his final rehab start Tuesday he will assume his rotation spot later in the week.

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