Mets Quick Hits: Johan Getting Close, Power Outage, Trading Wright
HEAD TURNER: Justin Turner leads or is near the top in several rookie categories: is first in the majors with a .337 (31-92) batting average; first in the majors with a .384 on-base percentage; fifth in the majors with a .467 slugging percentage and ranks third in the NL and fifth in the majors with 21 RBI. Since May 14, Turner is second in the majors with 18 RBI, four behind Cincinnati’s Jay Bruce.
SEEING IS BELIEVING: David Wright will undergo an X-ray on Thursday to determine when he can resume baseball activities, GM Sandy Alderson said. Wright has a stress fracture in his lower back. The GM said the Mets are now unsure whether Wright suffered the stress fracture on April 19 diving to tag Houston’s Carlos Lee at third base, or it was a pre-existing injury that was aggravated — not that it is material to the recovery.
PRODIGAL SON RETURNS: Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said the club expects shortstop Jose Reyes to return from bereavement leave in time for Thursday’s matinee against the Pirates. Reyes is in San Tiago, Dominican Republic, mourning the death of his grandmother.
COMING SOON: Johan Santana has been throwing off a mound in 15-pitch intervals in Port St. Lucie, Fla., although he has not yet thrown all of his pitches. Alderson expects Santana will begin throwing batting practice in the near future.
THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE: David Wright and not Jose Reyes may be the one on the move as it’s not a foregone conclusion that Reyes is the one who will be gone. General manager Sandy Alderson instead may choose to deal Wright next offseason, a source familiar with the organization’s thinking told ESPNNewYork.com. “It will be a very ticklish situation because of what David has meant to the team for so long, but that’s not a concern of Sandy,” the source said. “There will be some capital there to spend on Reyes if they choose to go that direction. Now, he can’t obviously get monster money. If Reyes wants monster money, no, the Mets won’t keep him.”
POWER OUTAGE: The Mets failed to hit a home run for the 10th straight game, equaling the sixth-longest stretch in club history. The Mets also failed to homer in 10 straight games from August 26 – Sept. 4, 1979. They’ve also gone ten straight home games without going deep. The last time they went ten straight home games without a homer was Sept. 9 – Sept. 20, 1979. Daniel Murphy hit the last Met home run (on May 20 at Yankee Stadium). Jason Pridie hit the last Met homer at Citi Field, against Los Angeles on May 6. – ESPN.com
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