Mets Merized Online » MMO News Desk http://metsmerizedonline.com Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:56:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.18 David Wright Is Swinging A Bat http://metsmerizedonline.com/2017/01/david-wright-is-swinging-a-bat.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2017/01/david-wright-is-swinging-a-bat.html/#comments Wed, 04 Jan 2017 23:28:32 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=228842 david wright

Mets third baseman David Wright was at the Hampton Roads Sports Academy in Norfolk, Virginia and was video taped swinging a bat in their indoors batting cage last week.

 

Wright, 34, was knocked out for the season when he underwent neck surgery last June. Before that, he had hit .226/.350/.438 with seven home runs and 14 RBIs.

According to what general manager Sandy Alderson said last month, Wright is on track to begin full baseball activities in January.

“I think that we’re very hopeful he’s gonna be able to come back and be productive,” Alderson said. However, “I think we have to be realistic about how many games we can expect him to perform.”

Alderson says he hopes for Wright to play four out of every five games in 2017, which would end up being about 130 games. That would most likely include late-game pinch-hitting appearances and not just starts.

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Pitchers and Catchers Report on February 12 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/12/pitchers-and-catchers-report-on-february-12.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/12/pitchers-and-catchers-report-on-february-12.html/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:20:18 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=226544 MLB: New York Mets-Workouts

The New York Mets have announced that pitchers and catchers will report on February 12 of next year.

Position players will report on February 17 with the first workout scheduled for the 19th.

Original Report – Nov 15

The New York Mets today announced that the club will open its 2017 Spring Training Grapefruit League Schedule on Friday, February 24 vs. the American League East champion Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers, Florida.

The Mets first home game in Grapefruit League play will be at 1:10 p.m. on Saturday, February 25 vs. the Washington Nationals in Port St. Lucie, FL.

The Mets will play 35 exhibition games in 2017, including 18 home games in Port St. Lucie.

Season, group tickets and special ticket packages including the Red Sox trip to Port. St. Lucie will go on sale Tuesday, November 29 at 10 a.m. online and at 772-871-2115.

Single game tickets will go on sale Saturday, January 14 at 10 a.m. More information is available online at mets.com, StLucieMets.com or by calling 772-871-2115.

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After opening Grapefruit League play against the Red Sox in Fort Myers, the Red Sox will visit Port St. Lucie, FL at 1:10 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8.

Overall, manager Terry Collins’ squad will play eight games vs. the Marlins, seven against the Astros, five apiece vs. the Nationals and Cardinals, four each with the Braves and Tigers and the two games against the Red Sox.

The Mets will open their 2017 Major League season on Monday, April 3 at 1:10 p.m. vs. the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mets single-game tickets for the 2017 season will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 18 at mets.com/tickets.

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Press Release: St. Lucie County Extends Contract with New York Mets for 25 Years http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/press-release-st-lucie-county-extends-contract-with-new-york-mets-for-25-years.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/press-release-st-lucie-county-extends-contract-with-new-york-mets-for-25-years.html/#comments Tue, 15 Nov 2016 13:31:21 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=226542 tradition field spring

St. Lucie County Commissioners unanimously approved a new Facilities Use Agreement (FUA) with the New York Mets to provide $55 million in renovations to Tradition Field and keep professional baseball in Port St. Lucie for another 25 years.

Furthermore the new agreement provides a substantial increase, roughly $400,000 a year, in promotional efforts by the New York Mets to promote St. Lucie County as a tourist destination within the critical New York market.

Under the terms of the new agreement, St. Lucie County will be seeking a $60 million bond, which includes $55 million for new construction and renovations to Tradition Field – the spring training home of the New York Mets and the summer home of the Florida State League St. Lucie Mets.  Over the 25-year time frame of the agreement, St. Lucie County will pay 53 percent; the Mets will be pay 35 percent and the State of Florida will pay 12 percent. This agreement and construction project is contingent on the State of Florida providing a $20 million grant over the next 20 years.  The county’s contributions toward the construction will be paid for with portions of the 5-cent hotel tax, which is generated from hotel, RV site and/or condo stays within St. Lucie County for less than six months.

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“We are excited about the modernization of the facility which will significantly improve the fan experience,” said New York Mets COO Jeff Wilpon. “St. Lucie County will remain a destination for hundreds of thousands of Mets fans for years to come.”

“St. Lucie County has had an excellent working relationship with the Mets since they agreed to come to Port St. Lucie in 1988. And this new agreement only strengthens that partnership to keep them here another 25 years, but also provides some additional exposure for our county to our No. 1 tourism market,” added St. Lucie County Administrator Howard Tipton.

St. Lucie County staff will now begin the process to apply for the $20 million in state funding and move forward on hiring a project manager and architect to oversee the $55 million in renovations to Tradition Field. Proposed improvements to Tradition Field include a new entrance; a walkway connector around the outfield; a new practice field; a players’ academy for the Mets; a Little League/softball complex for public tournaments; new major league and minor league clubhouses, offices and locker rooms. Construction could begin as early as the spring of 2017.

Owned and operated by St. Lucie County’s Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department, Tradition Field is located at 525 NW Peacock Blvd., Port St. Lucie. Originally built as Thomas J. White Stadium, the complex has been the spring training home of the New York Mets and summer home of the Florida State League St. Lucie Mets since it opened in 1988. In addition to hosting professional baseball games, the complex can hold more than 7,000 people and has been used for numerous community events, festivals and fundraisers.

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Syndergaard Will Not Require Surgery For Bone Spur http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/syndergaard-will-not-require-surgery-for-bone-spur.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/syndergaard-will-not-require-surgery-for-bone-spur.html/#comments Tue, 08 Nov 2016 22:24:21 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=226188 noah-syndergaard-2

Sandy Alderson met with reporters on Tuesday, and said right-hander Noah Syndergaard will not have surgery to remove a bone spur in his pitching elbow.

“I think this one is so insignificant in the eyes of the physicians,” said Alderson. “It was probably blown a little out of proportion last year, which tends to happen around the Mets.”

Syndergaard, 24, showed no signs of being affected by the spur, going 14-9 with a 2.60 ERA in 30 starts for the Mets.

Alderson is not worried about the bone spur posing any problems next season.

“We’ve been told it’s not something we should be concerned about either going into the season or during the course of the season.”

Syndergaard showed his mettle during the wild-card game, tossing seven scoreless innings and allowing only two hits and three walks while striking out 10, in what was arguably the best start of his career.

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Mets Asst. GM Ricco Not Getting Twins Job http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mets-asst-gm-ricco-not-getting-twins-job.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mets-asst-gm-ricco-not-getting-twins-job.html/#comments Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:30:09 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=223098 John Ricco

Update - 

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, Mets assistant GM John Ricco is no longer in the mix for the Minnesota Twins VP of Baseball Operations job.

Original Report September 16th -

The Minnesota Twins are expected to ask the New York Mets for permission to speak to assistant general manager John Ricco for a baseball operations role in their front office, according to La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Ricco, is one of Sandy Alderson’s top lieutenants and considered by many to be the heir apparent for the general manager position once Alderson steps down.

Minnesota has also reportedly looked at other candidates, many like Ricco without any GM experience.

Ricco is one of the longest tenured executives in the Mets front office and has been with the organization since 2004, and in his current position as assistant GM since 2006.

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Jacob deGrom Will Have Elbow Surgery This Week http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/jacob-degrom-will-have-elbow-surgery-this-week.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/jacob-degrom-will-have-elbow-surgery-this-week.html/#comments Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:40:36 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=222556 jacob-degrom

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom has opted for season-ending surgery to repair the ulnar nerve in his right elbow. He will have the procedure this week, Terry Collins told reporters before Tuesday’s game with the Braves.

DeGrom, 28, was initially slated to pitch last Sunday, but after throwing a bullpen session Friday, he felt the recurring pain in his right elbow while tossing a ball during practice.

Doctors will move the ulnar nerve, which had been causing intermittent elbow discomfort as well as finger numbness over his last 5-6 starts. DeGrom went 7-8 this season with a 3.04 ERA in 24 starts.

Original Report – Sep 18

Jacob deGrom who was expected to rejoin the rotation and start on Sunday, is likely out for the season according to general manager Sandy Alderson who spoke to reporters at Citi Field before the game on Saturday.

After throwing a bullpen session on Saturday, deGrom felt a twinge and some pain in his elbow and team doctors determined he will need surgery to repair the ulnar nerve in his elbow.

“I think we knew that it was something that was going to have to be done in the offseason, and we were trying to put it off until then. It’s definitely disappointing,” said deGrom.

Manager Terry Collins said that deGrom was very upset when learning his season was over because of continued pain in his elbow and forearm.

“I talked to him again this morning, and he’s still very upset at the fact he still feels it today. I just said ‘look, you’ve got to move forward and you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.”

“We just have to prepare not to have him,” Collins continued. “It was hard. When he walked in, I could tell something was wrong. But again, you want to try to make sure. He was really down about it because he was so excited about coming back.”

Alderson said that the surgery is not as serious as Tommy John surgery, but that it’s still a significant procedure and an unfortunate loss for the club.

The likely recovery time for ulnar nerve surgery is anywhere between 4-6 months although each case is very different. DeGrom has already had Tommy John surgery on that elbow to repair the ulnar collateral ligament.

The 28-year old righty ends his season having made 24 starts for the Mets and posting a 3.04 ERA and 1.20 WHIP while striking out 143 batters in 148 innings pitched. DeGrom had a 7-8 record.

The Mets have now lost Matt HarveyZack Wheeler and deGrom for the season. All three are expected to be ready for spring training.

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Mets Fire Long-Time Minor League Medical Coordinator Mike Herbst http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mets-fire-long-time-minor-league-medical-coordinator-mike-herbst.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mets-fire-long-time-minor-league-medical-coordinator-mike-herbst.html/#comments Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:40:40 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=223375 mike-herbst

The Mets have fired their long-time medical coordinator for the minor leagues, Mike Herbst, as reported by ESPN’s Adam Rubin.

Herbst had been head trainer Ray Ramirez’s assistant at the big-league level in between his stints as the minor league medical coordinator. He also served as the athletic trainer for the Brooklyn Cyclones back in 2001.

I’m sure many will read more into this than is warranted, but after 15+ years Sandy Alderson decided it was time for a change. It will be interesting to see if this is just the first of some dominoes to fall.

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Noah Syndergaard In Line To Start Wild Card Game http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/noah-syndergaard-in-line-to-start-wild-card-game.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/noah-syndergaard-in-line-to-start-wild-card-game.html/#comments Mon, 19 Sep 2016 23:18:41 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=223323 colon-syndergaard-2

Terry Collins has the postseason on his mind. This afternoon at Citi Field, the Mets’ manager told reporters that the rotation is set up so that right-hander Noah Syndergaard is in line to start the National League Wild Card game on Wednesday, October 5.

In two starts against the Giants this season, Syndergaard is 1-1 with a 2.63 ERA. In 13.2 innings he allowed seven hits, four walks and struck out 12 batters.

In his only start against the Cardinals, Syndergaard allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits and three walks while striking out eight batters.

If the Mets win the Wild Card game and advance to the National League Division Series, veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon will start Game 1 against the Chicago Cubs.

In two starts against the Cubs this season, Colon allowed eight runs on 12 hits and five walks in 10.1 innings with six strikeouts. Three of the hits were home runs.

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Montero Will Start in Place of DeGrom on Tuesday http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/montero-will-start-in-place-of-degrom-on-tuesday.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/montero-will-start-in-place-of-degrom-on-tuesday.html/#comments Sat, 03 Sep 2016 23:07:37 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=222054 rafael montero 3

RHP Rafael Montero is expected to get the start on Tuesday when the New York Mets take on the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.

Montero will be pitching in place of the injured Jacob deGrom, who was diagnosed with right forearm inflammation and prescribed more rest.

Terry Collins explained that Montero will be making an abbreviated start on Saturday for Double-A Binghamton, so that he can get some work in before his assignment on Tuesday.

While filling in for deGrom last week, Montero lasted five innings against the Miami Marlins, and despite walking six batters, he allowed just two hits and finished with a scoreless 100-pitch outing.

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Neil Walker Explains Decision To Have Season-Ending Back Surgery http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/neil-walker-explains-decision-to-have-season-ending-back-surgery.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/neil-walker-explains-decision-to-have-season-ending-back-surgery.html/#comments Thu, 01 Sep 2016 20:39:36 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=221732 neil walker

Neil Walker told reporters that after seriously deliberating his situation and considering the advice of several doctors, he made the difficult decision to end his season and have surgery to repair the herniated disc in his back which also caused numbing in one of his toes.

The surgery typically has a three-month recovery, and Walker said he wrestled with the decision because he wanted “nothing more than to be on the field.”

“The more I tried to push through it, the more I realized I was hurting the team and myself,” Walker said.

Mets doctors advised him that he could continue playing through it but other doctors warned against it, telling him he could worsen the condition and possibly jeopardize his career.

“After two or three eyes on the MRI, some of the best back specialists in the world, they’ve told me that the best course of action is to get it done now.”

We wish Neil a speedy recovery.

Previous Report – Aug 31

Mets second baseman Neil Walker met with doctors for a second opinion today and according to Terry Collins, he will opt for season ending back surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back.

Walker will address the media on Thursday, but essentially his season is over. 

Earlier today, general manager Sandy Alderson explained that he has a herniated disk that is causing limited weakness in his foot — similar to in 2012 with the Pirates. But also added that team doctors believed he could play through it.

Huge blow! Wilmer Flores just became the most important infielder on the Mets tonight. And you could also kiss that qualifying offer to Neil Walker and the draft pick goodbye.

- – Joe D.

Original Report – Aug 30

Manager Terry Collins told reporters at Citi Field on Tuesday that second baseman Neil Walker will need to rest his back every few games whenever he eventually returns to the lineup. He is out of the starting lineup for a third consecutive game tonight.

Without providing any specifics, Collins cautioned that it’s possible Walker could be spending significant time on the bench for the remainder of the season. ”There’s a lot of concern about it,” Collins said.

“It’s going to certainly be something that he’s going to have to manage as he continues to play. If he gets back in the lineup, is he going to be an everyday guy? Yeah, but with days of rest mixed in. I think we’ll know more tomorrow how he’s going to handle it. But will he play five, six days in a row? No.” (MLB.com)

Walker has been dealing with a chronic lower-back issue that goes back to last August when he was with the Pittsburgh Pirated, and has caused him to miss a few chunks of time over the past two seasons.

When Collins was asked if he was worried about losing Walker for the rest of the season, he responded:

“Not just yet,” Collins said. “There’s always a possibility. He’s had tests. He’s seen a doctor. It’s just another day of rest. …So we’ll see how he’s feeling tomorrow.”

Both Wilmer Flores and Kelly Johnson have logged some time at second base and Collins will continue to rely on them when Walker is out of the lineup. Utility infielder T.J. Rivera will also see some time once rosters expand on Thursday.

Walker, 30, has been one of the team’s most productive players, batting .408 with seven home runs and 14 RBI since July 31. He has 23 homeruns and an .823 OPS in his first season with the Mets. He is a free agent at the end of the 2016 season.

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Mets Announce Two-Year Extension With Las Vegas 51s http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-announce-two-year-extension-with-las-vegas-51s.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-announce-two-year-extension-with-las-vegas-51s.html/#comments Tue, 30 Aug 2016 21:35:07 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=221726 Brandon-Nimmo

The Las Vegas 51s of the Pacific Coast League and the New York Mets announced today a two-year extension of their Player Development Contract (PDC), maintaining the two teams’ affiliation through the 2018 season.

The 51s and Mets originally signed the PDC on September 17, 2012 and then renewed on August 28, 2014. Las Vegas is completing its 34th season as a member of the PCL.

“The Mets have been a great affiliate for us in Las Vegas over the past four seasons,” 51s President Don Logan said. “They have a tremendous farm system and the fans in Las Vegas have seen many of the Mets young stars play here at Cashman Field. Also, having Wally Backman as our manager over the past four years has been an added bonus.”

In 2016, 13 players have been promoted to the Mets from Triple-A Las Vegas (who began the season in the minor leagues): Josh Edgin (pitcher), Sean Gilmartin (pitcher), Erik Goeddel(pitcher), Robert Gsellman (pitcher), Ty Kelly (INF/OF), Seth Lugo (pitcher), Brandon Nimmo (outfielder), Matt Reynolds (infielder), Rene Rivera (catcher), T.J. Rivera (infielder), Josh Smoker (pitcher), Gabriel Ynoa (pitcher).

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said the following in a statement: “We are excited about continuing our partnership with the Las Vegas 51s and the city of Las Vegas, one which values equally player development, winning and community involvement.”

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Rotation Realignment: DeGrom Will Start Friday, Syndergaard Pushed To Saturday http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/rotation-realignment-degrom-will-start-friday-syndergaard-pushed-to-saturday.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/rotation-realignment-degrom-will-start-friday-syndergaard-pushed-to-saturday.html/#comments Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:21:47 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=221642 noah syndergaard jacob degrom

Jacob deGrom will return to the rotation on Friday when the New York Mets open up a three game series against the Washington Nationals. Originally schedule to pitch tonight against the Miami Marlins, the Mets opted to give him and additional four days of rest after back to back rough outings.

In his last two starts, deGrom has given up 13 earned runs on 25 hits including three home runs in 9.2 innings of work. In his previous nine starts, he was 4-1 with a 1.29 ERA, .217 BAA and 58 strikeouts in 60.1 innings pitched.

Manager Terry Collins explained that deGrom has always responded with a strong effort whenever he’s pitched on extra rest.  ”When he’s had time off, he’s bounced back and been dominant.”

So here’s how things shape up for the rest of the week. Rookie right-hander Seth Lugo will start for the Mets on Tuesday, followed by the veteran Bartolo Colon on Wednesday. Then left-hander Steven Matz will close out the series against the Marlins on Thursday, when he  will return from the disabled list.

Tue. RHP Tom Koehler (9-9, 3.85) vs. RHP Seth Lugo (1-2, 2.51)

Wed. RHP David Phelps (7-6, 2.52) vs. RHP Bartolo Colon (12-7, 3.44)

Thurs. RHP Jose Urena (2-5, 5.83) vs. LHP Steven Matz (9-8, 3.40)

With deGrom getting the start on Friday, Noah Syndergaard will start the second game against the Nats on Saturday, giving him an extra day of rest, and then Lugo will pitch the series finale on Sunday.

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Mets Option Montero To Las Vegas, Expected To Recall Verrett http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-option-montero-to-las-vegas-expected-to-recall-verrett.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-option-montero-to-las-vegas-expected-to-recall-verrett.html/#comments Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:43:04 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=221691 logan verrett

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York is hearing that RHP Logan Verrett will likely be recalled by the Mets to replace RHP Rafael Montero who was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas after last night’s game.

The Mets added Montero to the 25-man roster for Monday’s start in place of Jacob deGrom and tossed five scoreless innings against the Marlins despite walking six batters. After tossing 100 pitches in his emergency spot start, the Mets are taking an opportunity to add a fresh arm to the bullpen.

Verrett has appeared in dual roles for the Mets this season, going 1-6 with a 6.45 ERA in 12 starts, while posting a 1.29 WHIP and 2.81 ERA in 18 relief appearances.

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Collins Says Bruce Trying To Do Too Much http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/collins-says-bruce-trying-to-do-too-much.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/collins-says-bruce-trying-to-do-too-much.html/#comments Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:00:18 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=221489 jay bruce

Right fielder Jay Bruce singled in his first at-bat on Sunday, but struck out in his final three at-bats. He ended his series with the Phillies going 1-for-8  with seven strikeouts.

“He’s trying to do too much,” manager Terry Collins said after the Mets’ 5-1 loss. “He’s really, really put a lot of heat on himself, so we’ve got to get him to somehow calm down.”

“We got him for a reason, and we’ve got to somehow get him to settle in and do some damage for us, because that’s certainly a big spot in the lineup. When you don’t have Yoenis Cespedes, there’s spots in your outfield you need some production, and he’s in one of those spots.” (New York Post)

Bruce is now batting .164 with a .515 OPS,  two home runs, and six RBI in 23 games with the Mets while striking out 26 times.

Original Report – Aug 27

A day after striking out four times against the Phillies on Friday night, right fielder Jay Bruce is out of the lineup on Saturday even though there’s a right-hander on the mound.

Terry Collins told reporters at Citi Field that he wanted to give Bruce a day off primarily to clear his head. “He really needs a mental break.”

Bruce had already missed a couple of games with a strained right calf, and had just returned to the lineup on Friday night.

However, despite the Mets exploding for nine runs, 11 hits, four home runs and three walks against the Phillies, Bruce saw his struggles continue as he struck out in all four of his plate appearances and earned himself the dreaded golden sombrero.

Bruce, 29, is now hitting .160 (13-for-81) with 23 strikeouts and a .516 OPS since joining the Mets.

The Mets have a $13 million team option on Bruce for the 2017 season with a $1 million buyout.

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Neil Walker Activated, T.J. Rivera Optioned to Vegas http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/neil-walker-activated-t-j-rivera-optioned-to-vegas.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/neil-walker-activated-t-j-rivera-optioned-to-vegas.html/#comments Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:15:26 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=221008 neil walker

Update 2:00 PM August 26th -

The Mets have announced that Neil Walker has been activated from the paternity list with infielder T.J. Rivera being optioned back to the Las Vegas 51s.

Rivera went 0 for 4 in his second stint with the Mets and is now hitting .314/.306/.371 in 36 plate appearances at the big league level.

Original August 25th - 

Second baseman Neil Walker will return from paternity leave on Friday, manager Terry Collins confirmed on Friday. Neil and his wife Niki celebrated the birth of their newborn daughter Nova on Tuesday.

Walker, 30, has been raging hot this month, batting .403 with a .448 on-base and .677 slugging while hitting five homers. He’ll rejoin the team as they begin a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field.

The Mets promoted T.J. Rivera from Triple-A to temporarily replace Walker on the roster, and it’s most likely that he’ll return to Las Vegas once Walker is activated on Friday.

Original Report – Aug 21

Second baseman Neil Walker returned to action on Saturday after missing four games with a sore lower back. He picked up right where he left off going 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the Mets’ 9-5 win over the San Francisco Giants. He also impressed in the field, making two wide ranging diving stops to prevent a couple of base hits with runners on base.

Walker, 30, has been raging hot this month, batting .403 with a .448 on-base and .677 slugging while hitting five homers.  His 22 home runs this season are the second-most he’s hit in his career and the third-most by a Mets second baseman in franchise history. Only Edgardo Alfonzo who hit 27 homers in 1999 and 25 home runs in 2000 had more.

A free agent at season’s end, Walker  is batting an NL-leading .455 (35-77) with two doubles, one triple, six home runs, 14 RBI and 14 runs scored in his last 19 games dating to July 27. He also has a .488 OBP during that stretch which is fourth in the majors.

Following Sunday’s game, Walker is flying home to be with his wife Niki for the birth of the couple’s first child, a daughter. Doctors are going to induce labor on Monday and then Walker will go on the paternity list until Friday when the Mets take on the Phillies at Citi Field.

Walker will miss the upcoming Cardinals series in St. Louis which begins on Tuesday after a day off on Monday. There’s a good chance we might see T.J. Rivera back for that series, unless the Mets decide to carry an extra reliever for those three games and turn to Wilmer Flores to play second base.

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Jay Bruce Not In Lineup, Remains Out With Strained Calf http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/jay-bruce-not-in-lineup-remains-out-with-strained-calf.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/jay-bruce-not-in-lineup-remains-out-with-strained-calf.html/#comments Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:07:45 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=221295 jay bruce

Right fielder Jay Bruce is not in tonight’s lineup after suffering a strained right calf on Wednesday night. Batting cleanup for the Mets tonight is James Loney who is batting .143 (6-42) with no extra-base hits and two RBI in his last 12 games.

Terry Collins said Bruce should be available to pinch hit tonight and will likely return to the lineup tomorrow.

Original Report – Aug 24

After legging out a leadoff double in the top of the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night,  right fielder Jay Bruce was removed from the game with a cramp in his right calf.

Bruce was assisted off the field by trainer Ray Ramirez and was replaced with pinch runner Alejandro De Aza.

Terry Collins said Bruce’s calf “knotted up” when he was jogging out to right field in the first inning. The leg tightened after his double and Collins said it looked a little  swollen when he got back in the dugout.

Bruce is hoping he could play in the rubber game against the Cardinals on Thursday night, but said he won’t know for sure until how it feels tomorrow. 

“In San Francisco I fouled a ball off my shin, which I’ve done too many times in my career,” Bruce said. “I think it has to do with the way the swelling is dispersing through my muscle. I’m shooting for returning tomorrow.”

“We’ve been taking care of it in the training room. I was running out to the outfield in the first inning and I it kind of grabbed on me and got tight. I figured it would go away and told them I wanted to take the at-bat and see if it loosened up at all. It really didn’t…. I don’t consider it serious at all. I just didn’t want it to get serious, and try to head it off before it got too bad.”

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Niese Will Have Knee Surgery Thursday, Mets Recall Goeddel http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/niese-will-have-knee-surgery-thursday-mets-recall-goeddel.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/niese-will-have-knee-surgery-thursday-mets-recall-goeddel.html/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2016 23:52:49 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=221288 jon niese

The New York Mets announced that LHP Jon Niese will undergo arthroscopic surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery tomorrow to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee. Mets Team Physician Dr. Struan Coleman will perform the procedure.

Niese, 29, said he has been dealing with pain in his knee since June, but felt no pain warming up in the bullpen before Tuesday’s start against the St. Louis Cardinals.

However, in the first inning he felt a pop in his knee after the second batter, and then experienced a shooting pain down his left leg, eventually prompting his removal from the game after facing just four batters by Terry Collins.

“It progressively got worse and worse,” said Niese, who likely ends his second tenure with the Mets with an 11.45 ERA in six appearances. “Every pitch, there was just a sharp, shooting pain down my leg. … I’ve got to get it fixed. I can’t keep going out there like that.”

For now, rookie right-hander Robert Gsellman will take Niese’s next turn in the rotation this Sunday. Gsellman threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief after Niese left the game on Tuesday. 

The Mets recalled RHP Erik Goeddel to take Niese’s spot on the 25-man roster. He will pitch out of the bullpen.

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Do You Believe The Mets Will Win A Wild Card Spot? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/do-you-believe-the-mets-will-win-a-wild-card-spot.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/do-you-believe-the-mets-will-win-a-wild-card-spot.html/#comments Thu, 18 Aug 2016 15:18:49 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=220827 jay bruce

After getting pummeled by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night and limping out of Phoenix having lost two of three to one of the dregs of the National League, the New York Mets find themselves back at .500 with a 60-60 record.

The Mets have cruised through the easiest part of August’s schedule with nothing to show for it in terms of any ground gained in their pursuit of a playoff spot. In fact, they’ve widened their gap from 1.5 games back to 4.0. Is this a team that will be playing postseason games in October or killing time at the Red Flush online casino?

Here are the National League Wild Card standings:

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According to the latest postseason odds by Fangraphs, here is how they size up the chances of securing a Wild Card for all five contenders:

  • Cardinals – 62.4%
  • Giants – 53.0%
  • Pirates – 36.1%
  • Marlins – 14.8%
  • Mets – 11.7%

The Mets will not only need to start putting together a significant run to pull this wild card off, but they will also need three of those teams above them to all fall flat on their face including one of the Giants or Cardinals.

Maybe the Mets have a Hail Mary pass in them, as they are due to have Yoenis CespedesAsdrubal Cabrera and Justin Ruggiano activated from the disabled list over the next two nights.

“I think getting a Yoenis Cespedes back helps everyone,” said Jay Bruce who is batting only .186 since the Mets added him to bolster the offense. “We look forward to that. We look forward to being healthy and hopefully start playing with a little more consistency.”

So here’s the bottom line. With 42 games left to the season, the Mets find themselves sitting at .500 and needing to go 28-14 to get them to 88 wins which now appears to be the magic number for that second Wild Card spot.

With the Mets in San Francisco for four games against the Giants followed by three games against the Cardinals in St. Louis, it’s do or die for the Amazins. These are the two teams the Mets absolutely need to beat and ideally sweep over the next week.

The next seven games can keep hope alive for the New York Mets, or they will see their chances of going to the postseason for a second straight year come to a sad and unfortunate end.

Can the Mets pull it off? That’s what we want to know from you. Do you believe the Mets will win a Wild Card spot? Vote below.

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Asdrubal Cabrera To Be Activated From DL Thursday http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/asdrubal-cabrera-to-be-activated-from-dl-thursday.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/asdrubal-cabrera-to-be-activated-from-dl-thursday.html/#comments Thu, 18 Aug 2016 04:55:44 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=220661 asdrubal cabrera

Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera both played six innings for High-A St. Lucie on Wednesday as they continued their rehab assignments.

After tonight’s 13-5 loss to Arizona, manager Terry Collins said Cabrera will be activated on Thursday when the Mets begin a four game series with the Giants in San Francisco.

The team is expected to option a reliever to Las Vegas to make room for Cabrera.

Previous Report – Aug 16

Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrera went 1-for-3 with a double and run scored while playing four innings at shortstop in his first game on a rehab assignment with High-A St. Lucie on Tuesday.

“I felt really good,” Cabrera told a team representative. “I felt comfortable running the bases and in the field. I plan on playing seven innings at short tomorrow.”

Cabrera was playing in his first game action since suffering a strained patellar tendon in his left knee. He hopes to rejoin the Mets this weekend when they face the Giants in San Francisco.

Cabrera, 30, was hitting .255 with 19 doubles, 13 home runs, 42 runs scored and 33 RBI in 403 plate appearances before he went on the disabled list.

Original Report – 9:00 AM

New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera will begin a rehab assignment with High-A St. Lucie on Tuesday as he continues his comeback from a strained left patellar tendon on July 31.

Cabrera will be the designated hitter on Tuesday and then is expected to play at shortstop for the duration of his rehab assignment.

Assistant GM John Ricco told reporters on Monday that Cabrera is about a day behind outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and that the team is hoping both players can return this weekend when the Mets face the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park.

Cabrera, 30, was hitting .255 with 19 doubles, 13 home runs, 42 runs scored and 33 RBI in 403 plate appearances before he went on the disabled list.

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Ynoa Pitches Perfect Inning, Earns Win In Big League Debut http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/ynoa-pitches-perfect-inning-earns-win-in-big-league-debut.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/ynoa-pitches-perfect-inning-earns-win-in-big-league-debut.html/#comments Sun, 14 Aug 2016 04:13:41 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=220466 gabriel ynoa

Gabriel Ynoa made his major league debut on Saturday night and earned his first career major league win after pitching 1.0 scoreless inning against the San Diego Padres. The Mets won the game 3-2 in 11 innings.

The last Mets pitcher to make his major league debut as a reliever and pick up the win was Kenny Greer, who made his major league debut in relief on September 29, 1993 vs. the St. Louis Cardinals.

Ynoa, 23 needed just 13 pitches to retire the Padres in order and also collect his first big-league strikeout. ”I just wanted to retire the first three batters fast.” Ynoa said after the game. ”I was very emotional. I was trying to soak in the experience.”

Ynoa was promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas before the game and replaced Logan Verrett who was optioned back to Las Vegas.

The right-hander was 10-5 with a 4.42 ERA in 23 starts with Las Vegas. He was signed as a non-drafted free agent on November 19, 2009.

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Reyes To Begin Rehab Assignment Thursday With Brooklyn http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/reyes-to-begin-rehab-assignment-thursday-with-brooklyn.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/reyes-to-begin-rehab-assignment-thursday-with-brooklyn.html/#comments Wed, 10 Aug 2016 19:27:55 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=219916 jose reyes

Update – Aug 10

Reyes will fly to Brooklyn tonight and start a three game rehab assignment with the Cyclones beginning on Thursday and ending on Saturday.

Update – Aug 9

Sandy Alderson confirmed today our report that Jose Reyes will not begin his rehab assignment tonight as was expected.

As we wrote yesterday, Reyes still feels some discomfort swinging the bat right-handed.

“It’s a day-to-day proposition. He was better today than he was yesterday,” Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson said.

“That was really the reason we put him on the disabled list in the first place, that while he’s swinging fine from the right side he was having some discomfort from the right side. That’s diminished but it hasn’t completely resolved itself so we’re going to back him up a day or two.”

Update – Aug 8

A source tells me that shortstop Jose Reyes may not begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday as Terry Collins told reporters on Saturday.

We’re being told that today in Port St. Lucie, Reyes was only able to swing a bat from the left side and that he’s not able to swing right-handed yet because of lingering discomfort.

The same source says that Reyes made it known this afternoon, that he does not want to start a rehab assignment until he feels comfortable swinging from both sides of the plate.

Reyes is nursing an intercostal strain and was expected to be activated from the DL this Thursday. Doesn’t sound like that is still happening.

We’ll continue monitoring the situation on MMO…

… Michael Mayer, MMO Senior Editor

Original Report – Aug 7

Mets infielder Jose Reyes is expected to play in a simulated game Monday before beginning a rehab assignment on Tuesday, manager Terry Collins said Saturday.

Reyes, who was placed on the disabled due to an intercostal strain, is expected to return from the DL when first eligible on Aug. 11.

Playing mostly third base, Reyes was batting .239 with a .278 OBP and .493 SLG with three home runs and eight RBIs in 67 at-bats with the Mets this season.

However, with Asdrubal Cabrera out with a sprained knee, Reyes will likely take over at shortstop once he returns or at least split time there with Matt Reynolds.

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