Sunday Mets Notes: Wright Out Indefinitely, Hairston Sidelined With Oblique, Intrasquad Lineups

An article by posted on March 4, 2012

Updated Sunday AM

This morning, Sandy Alderson told reporters David Wright has continued discomfort in his left rib cage, and will not play again until he’s asymptomatic. According to Adam Rubin, the Mets are treating this very conservatively in part because of Scott Hairston straining an oblique muscle in Saturday’s intrasquad game. Wright was scratched from Saturday’s intrasquad because of soreness on his left side (rib cage) which has been bothering him since Monday. Yesterday, he played down the soreness and said if it was a real game, he would have played.

Here are the starting lineups for today’s intrasquad game, which starts at 10:45 am.

Team Blue
1. Juan Lagares LF
2. Justin Turner 2B
3. Mike Baxter RF
4. Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF
5. Zach Lutz 3B
6. Valentino Pascucci 1B
7. Rob Johnson C
8. Ronny Cedeno SS
9. Lucas May DH
Jonathon Niese LHP
Team Orange
1. Matt Den Dekker CF
2. Vinny Rottino 3B
3. Josh Satin 1B
4. Cesar Puello RF
5. Adam Loewen LF
6. Jordany Valdespin 2B
7. Omar Quintanilla SS
8. Mike Nickeas C
9. Mike Pelfrey RHP

Updated Saturday PM

Scott Hairston was removed from Saturday’s intrasquad game after striking out looking against Chris Schwinden to end the first inning of Saturday’s intrasquad game. Hairston later said he has a strained left oblique, the same injury that saw him end the season on the disabled list. as last year. He is expected to get a cortisone injection Monday. Hairston was re-signed as a fourth outfielder for $1.1 million this offseason. The thing about oblique injuries is that they sometimes take a long time to heal.

In what was his final tuneup before Tuesday’s Grapefruit League game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Port St. Lucie, Johan Santana threw a 40-pitch bullpen session today, It was his first activity since he threw batting practice to Mets hitters on Thursday.

After being forced to stop throwing batting practice on Friday because of pain on his right side, pitching prospect Robert Carson got a good diagnosis from the Mets medical staff. Carson suffered a mild intercostal strain which required an injection, and will be able to resume light tossing as soon as today.

Former Met Frank Viola has been named the Savannah Sand Gnats pitching coach, after serving in that capacity with the Brooklyn Cyclones last year.

Here is a surprising development… The Mets haven’t eliminated the possibility of keeping Kirk Nieuwenhuis as a spare outfielder on the Opening Day roster, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. Captain Kirk showed off  his power yesterday when he belted a two-run homer during yesterday’s intrasquad game. “He’s got great skills, and he plays the game the way you want it played,” Terry Collins would later say about Nieuwenhuis.

Finally, Team Blue beat Team Orange, 4-1 in today’s intrasquad game. Bay, Pascucci, Murphy, Davis and Duda all doubled. Dickey pitched two scoreless innings, while Beato and Carrasco got smacked around pretty good.

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