From Tom Seaver to Dwight Gooden to David Wright, A look at the New York Mets past, present and future.
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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 début: 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.
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