Update 4/1 7:15 am
General Manager Omar Minaya told reporters that Mike Jacobs, who is in camp on a minor-league deal, is the front-runner for the position to start the season.
“I wish that did not happen, but we have to always be prepared,” Minaya said. “That’s why we come to spring training having signed free agents to minor-league deals as insurance.”
That would mean Chris Carter or Frank Catalanotto will battle it our for the final roster spot.
Update 4:15 pm
Daniel Murphy has been diagnosed with a Grade One sprain of the MCL in his right knee and according to Brian Costa the injury could sideline him up to six weeks. He will be placed on the disabled list immediately, and Omar Minaya will talk to reporters very soon.
This will most likely open the door for Chris Carter and mean more playing time for Fernando Tatis and Mike Jacobs. Or… Ike Davis could be recalled, but probably not.
Original Post 2:55 pm
According to Steve Popper of The Record, Daniel Murphy was examined by Mets doctors at Digital Domain Park and is now undergoing an MRI to try to find out the extent of the injury to his sprained right knee.
Murphy, injured the knee yesterday when he was caught in a rundown between third and home against the Cardinals. He left the game limping and in pain.
The Mets originally were calling it a bruised right knee, but later reported that it was a sprained knee. By days end, Murphy’s entire leg was immobilized and placed in a brace that covered him from his ankle ankle to his hip.
Before todays game against the Marlins, David Lennon of Newsday reported that he observed Daniel Murphy leaving the clubhouse limping badly and in street clothes.
Kevin Burkhardt then tweeted that it doesn’t look good as far as Murphy being ready for Opening Day.
David Waldstien of the NY Times added,
If Murphy has to be placed on the disabled list, the Mets would have two real options, including bringing back Ike Davis from Class AAA Buffalo to start the season. Davis, 23, had a terrific spring but the Mets sent him down because they want him to play every day. Minaya would not rule out recalling Davis. “We don’t know yet,” he said.
Ike Davis who was at the neighboring minor league field was asked to comment and said,
“I hope he’s not hurt badly,” Davis said. But he added, “I think I’m ready if they need me to be ready.”
Another possibility is just to have Mike Jacobs start at first base. Jacobs got the start today and so far has a double in the game.
Stay tuned for more updates as they come in…
In other Mets news, Fernando Martinez and Omir Santos were both cut and sent to minor league camp, and reliever Pat Misch cleared waivers and will report to minor league camp as well.