Mets Merized Online » disabled list Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:53:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mid-Season Grades Are Coming In… Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:56:10 +0000 curtis granderson jacob degrom

I always enjoy checking out all the mid-season grades that come out during the All Star break and so far we have Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Mike Puma of the NY Post and Mike Vorkunov of the Star-Ledger checking in. Here is a small spattering of what they are saying:

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Sandy Alderson gets a C+

The final 10 games have mellowed fans, but the Mets still may be headed for their sixth straight losing season, and fourth straight under Alderson. That $7.25 million allotted to Chris Young looks worse and worse with every Nelson Cruz homer. And, let’s be frank: A lot of the recent surge is the result of players inherited by this regime, including Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia and Jacob deGrom on the pitching side.

Curtis Granderson gets a B

An abysmal April had observers making comparisons to the four-year deal signed by Jason Bay, but the ex-Yankee has turned things around. Intended to be Wright’s protection, Granderson has now primarily shifted to the leadoff spot. He’s hitting .274 with 13 homers, 36 RBIs and a .380 OBP since May 1.

David Wright gets a C+

Passed over for the All-Star Game for only the second time in the past nine seasons, Wright (.285, 8 HR, 48 RBIs) candidly said he did not merit being selected. He continues to mend a left rotator cuff bruise and was due to receive a cortisone injection after Sunday’s first-half finale.

Lucas Duda gets a B

Since the April 18 trade of Ike Davis, Duda has outperformed his former teammate. Duda is hitting .256 with 11 homers, 41 RBIs and a .355 OBP since Davis’ departure. Davis, meanwhile, is hitting .237 with four homers, 23 RBIs and a .352 OBP as a Buc.

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Terry Collins gets a C

The fact the Mets have a plus-19 runs differential, but are five games below .500 doesn’t reflect well on Collins. Even so, the Mets haven’t quit, and that reflects positively on the manager.

Bartolo Colon gets a B-

The veteran right-hander has given the Mets a decent return on the two-year contract worth $20 million he received last winter, but his cold finish to the first half might be a cause for concern.

Josh Edgin gets a B+

After struggling with control earlier in his career, Edgin has developed into a dependable lefty reliever. He has actually been tougher on right-handers than lefties.

Chris Young gets a F

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson could have done much better with his $7.25 million. Young is hitting only .202 with eight homers and 27 RBIs. The team might soon need this roster spot.


Juan Lagares gets a B

Expected to be a dynamic defensive player in center field, Juan Lagares has also been a healthy contributor in the Mets lineup. His .734 OPS is fifth best on the Mets and 12th best among center fielders in baseball. The only downside has been two stints on the disabled list.

Jacob deGrom gets an A-

Jacob deGrom has been a revelation. Zack Wheeler continues his development into a front of the rotation pitcher. Jon Niese and Dillon Gee have been excellent between disabled list stints. And except for a few throw-away starts, Bartolo Colon has been great value for his contract. On the whole, the starting rotation has been the best part of the first half for the Mets.

Travis d’Arnaud gets a C

It’s been a topsy-turvy season for Travis d’Arnaud. Always an appreciated and well-received catcher, he struggled at the the plate for the first two months of season before a demotion to Triple-A. But since returning d’Arnaud has become a potent hitter and shown flashes of being the top catcher he is supposed to become.

Mets Bullpen gets a B

Led by Jenrry Mejia and Jeurys Familia, the Mets bullpen has transformed itself into a consistent and, sometimes, dominating group after early hiccups with Jose Valverde and Kyle Farnsworth. Familia is a hard-thrower who has matured into a dependable setup man. Mejia has quickly taken to his role as closer and given the Mets stability and a valuable arm going forward.

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Dillon Gee: “I felt like I was making my debut all over again.” Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:32:43 +0000 dillon gee

What a performance by right-hander Dillon Gee on Wednesday night in his return to the rotation after missing nearly two months to a strained right lat.

Gee stymied the Atlanta Braves for seven innings, holding them to one run on six hits while walking one and striking out four.

“I felt like I was making my debut all over again,” Gee said.

Gee hit the ground running, facing the minimum 15 batters through his first five innings. A single by Tommy La Stella was wiped out by a double play, while a walk to B.J. Upton was erased after he was caught stealing.

“He was sailing along about as good as you can possibly do. He made pitch after pitch,” Collins said. “That’s the Dillon Gee we have known to love.”

Gee pitched into the eighth, but was pulled after the Braves put runners on first and second with no outs after a pair of singles. He was on a 95 pitch limit, but needed only 88 pitches on the night.

The significance of that was not lost on reliever Vic Black. ”Incredible. We assumed he was on a pitch count, but then it was, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s the sixth inning already and we haven’t moved. Awesome. Absolutely awesome.”

Gee’s strong performance led to a 4-1 Mets victory and the Mets are now in good position to complete a 4-game sweep against their division rivals.

“I’ve been gone so long,” said Gee about the feeling in the clubhouse. “I don’t know what they were going through. I just know it’s nice now. I know we’re expecting to win.”

So the Mets Opening Day starter returns and picks up right where he left off, winning his fourth game of the season and lowering his ERA to 2.56 in nine starts this season.

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Niese Will Likely Miss Just One Start, Gee Will Face Braves On Wednesday Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:51:50 +0000 niese recker

The Mets placed Jonathon Niese on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain on Sunday and promoted right-handed reliever Buddy Carlyle to take his spot on the roster.

The team announced that Dillon Gee will be activated from the DL and make Niese’s start on Wednesday against the Braves.

Terry Collins said that Niese is only expected to miss only one start and that he’ll return after the All-Star break and likely start on July 20 against the Padres in San Diego.

Niese insisted he is uninjured, but the team was concerned over his reduced fastball velocity which is averaging a career-low 88.6 mph this season, down from 90.2 mph in 2013.

July 5

According to a report by Danny Knobler for ESPN New York, lefthander Jon Niese is likely heading to the disabled list with a shoulder issue.

Niese, who wasn’t available to the media before Saturday’s game, was said not to be in agreement with the decision.

The Mets announced early in Saturday night’s game with the Texas Rangers that veteran reliever Buddy Carlyle will join the team from Triple-A Las Vegas. No corresponding move was immediately announced.

According to Knobler, the Mets have had some concern about Niese’s shoulder, in part because the velocity on his fastball has been down this season. Niese had consistently averaged between 90 and 91 mph the last three seasons, but this season, his fastball has averaged just 88.6 mph.

Terry Collins suggested Saturday that the Mets wouldn’t be bringing Niese back early, but then added that there were unspecified health concerns other than the bruise on his side.

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Trade Deadline Buzz: Dodgers Unwilling To Move Kemp, Castro Is Cubs Centerpiece, Tulo Tired Of Losing Sun, 06 Jul 2014 15:03:06 +0000 The MLB trade deadline is just over three weeks away and while it’s tough to say who is or isn’t on the block, or who are and aren’t sellers, we are getting some clarity on a few issues.

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It’s hard to envision Troy Tulowitzki wearing anything other than a Colorado Rockies uniform, but the team’s recent slide that has them 13 games out of first place and on pace for 95 losses has drawn the ire of the All Star shortstop. In comments made to Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post, Tulo sounded like he wants out.

“In Todd Helton, there’s someone who’s easy to look at his career here and how it played out. I have the utmost respect for Todd, but at the same time, I don’t want to be the next in line as somebody who was here for a long time and didn’t have a chance to win every single year.”

“He played in a couple postseason games and went to one World Series. But that’s not me. I want to be somewhere where there’s a chance to be in the playoffs every single year.”

Tulowitzki is signed through 2020 and owed about $115 million. Doesn’t sound like he’s as convinced in the Rockies’ plan as David Wright is in the Mets’ plan.

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers are poised to make a big move in search of another starting pitcher, but have let it be known that they will not part with any of their outfielders to get a deal done. The Dodgers are concerned with injuries and won’t use an outfielder as a trade piece. Yasiel Puig is too consistent to let go and Matt Kemp appears to have turned his season around. They cannot afford to trade either of them while Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier and top prospect Joc Pederson deal with injuries.

The Dodgers were hoping to get Crawford back into the lineup with the intentions of trading either him or Ethier, but he has suffered a setback and the team is shutting him down temporarily. The Dodgers are considered major players for David Price if he becomes available.

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So much for all the Starlin Castro trade buzz. Yesterday, Cubs President Theo Epstein called agent Paul Kinzer to assure him Castro’s future is secure after acquiring highly rated shortstop prospect Addison Russell on Friday. He then told reporters that the 24-year old Castro is the centerpiece of the the future of the organization.

“You can never have too many shortstops,” Epstein said. “They end up all over the field.”

“We would have been very open to get quality pitching in a deal, but there was no pitcher available who was even close to the caliber of player Addison Russell is,” Epstein said.

“We’re realistic about the fact that not all prospects work out,” Epstein said, “and we’re open to the fact at some point in the next few years, we’re going to make trades.

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Niese Feels Fine After Being Struck, GM Says Very Unlikely Southpaw Is Traded Sat, 05 Jul 2014 04:09:33 +0000 jon niese

Jon Niese feels fine after being struck in the left rib cage area by a line drive in the first inning of the game on Friday.

Niese insisted to manager Terry Collins and trainer Ray Ramirez that he was fine and wanted to remain in the game. But despite tossing only 12 pitches, Niese was pulled from the game and replaced by Carlos Torres.

Niese was not even allowed to throw a warm-up pitch, as Ramirez was concerned that he may have suffered a fractured rib.

X-rays were negative and Niese was diagnosed with a simple bruise. “I knew it was just a bruise. It kind of went away there,” he said. “I wanted to stay in there.”

The Mets lefthander now wants to come back early and get two more starts before the All-Star break, according to a report on ESPN New York.

Adam Rubin says it could spell bad news for Daisuke Matsuzaka, who could now end up in the bullpen without making another start.

Dillon Gee should be ready to return from the disabled list on Wednesday, which is when Niese’s official next turn would be. So Niese can merely jump into Matsuzaka’s slot a day or two earlier.

“I’m going to try to talk them into going out earlier,” Niese said. “I only threw 12 pitches.”

Earlier this week and again on Friday, Sandy Alderson said the team has no desire to trade Niese, who is currently 5-4 with a 2.88 ERA.

“We like Jonathon,” Alderson told CBS Sports. “He’s the only lefty in the rotation. We’d be hard-pressed to trade Niese.”

Niese has been the most consistent member of the starting rotation this season and has a very team friendly deal, earning $5 million this season, $7 million in ’15 and $9 million in ’16. Additionally the Mets have team options for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. 

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ESPN NY: Chris Young Could Be Cut When Lagares Returns Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:20:29 +0000 chris young

Adam Rubin of ESPN NY writes that Juan Lagares‘ rehab tour has shifted to Double-A Binghamton, and the Mets are eyeing Thursday for the center fielder’s activation from the disabled list.

Rubin adds that a team insider acknowledged Chris Young‘s “days are numbered” with the organization, which is prepared to eat the remainder of this year’s $7.25 million salary. The internal debate at this point centers on whether to pull the trigger this week, but it’s definitely being seriously weighed, a source told

Young is hitting .201 with four homers and 17 RBIs in 179 at-bats this season.

Rubin adds that Collins could start Young against left-handers Scott Kazmir and Brad Mills during the two-game midweek Oakland Athletics series, which could be the ex-Diamondback’s last chance to save his job.

Read Rubin’s full article here.

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Thor Returns From DL Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:16:58 +0000 syndergaard

Noah Syndergaard, who was on the disabled list with a sprained left shoulder, made his return for the 51s last night and didn’t fare very well. The right-hander pitched just four innings, allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out three and walking one.

Syndergaard, who is widely regarded as the Mets top prospect, is now 5-4 with a 4.78 ERA in 58.1 innings for Triple-A Las Vegas in 2014.

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Mets Minors Notes: Montero Has Left Oblique Strain, Syndergaard Returns Today Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:00:41 +0000 Noah Syndergaard 2

Adam Rubin of ESPN NY writes that Rafael Montero left Saturday’s Las Vegas start after just five pitches with a left-oblique strain.

Montero, who was sent back to Vegas after a 6-5 loss to the Phillies on May 30, has not pitched well since returning to Triple A, tossing 8.2 innings, while going 0-1 (two ND), and allowing four earned runs on 13 hits.

Noah Syndergaard, who injured his left shoulder in a June 5 collision while covering the plate on a wild pitch, is due to return from the disabled list to start Monday’s game for the 51s.

(Photo Credit: Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun)

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Dillon Gee Making Progress Fri, 13 Jun 2014 14:07:13 +0000 dillon gee

Mike Vorkunov of the Star-Ledger writes that Dillon Gee is throwing from 120 feet on flat ground in Port St. Lucie, but the Mets hope he can get on a mound this weekend.

“Which is a great sign,” says Terry Collins.

Gee is still on the disabled list with a strained right lat muscle, but Collins tells Vorkunov that he hopes Gee can pitch in a game next week.

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Mets Activate Germen From DL, Demote Rice To Vegas Wed, 11 Jun 2014 03:32:31 +0000 Gonzalez - Germen

Adam Rubin of ESPN NY reports that Scott Rice, was demoted to Vegas after Tuesday’s 6-2 win against the Milwaukee Brewers, leaving Josh Edgin and Dana Eveland as the only left-handers in the bullpen.

Rubin adds that Gonzalez Germen will be activated from the disabled list, where he had been since May 6 with a virus and abscess.

When Rice was given word on his demotion, Marc Carig of Newsday tweeted his response, “I’m obviously not happy. But I understand their decision. I wasn’t getting the job done so they had to make a move.” Rice continued, ”I’ll go to Vegas and work my butt off to get back here.”

In 32 relief appearances with the Mets, Rice was 1-2 with a 5.93 ERA in 13.2 innings.

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Syndergaard To Miss 5-7 Days With Sprained AC Joint Sat, 07 Jun 2014 00:50:22 +0000 syndergaard

June 6 – Updated 6:30 pm

Mets announced that further x-rays conducted on Syndergaard were all negative with no broken bones.

The officially, the Mets are saying it’s a sprained A/C joint in his left, non-throwing shoulder.

He will refrain from throwing for five to seven days and as long as the pain subsides he can resume pitching in the Las Vegas rotation.

Sounds like he’ll be missing just two or three starts..

June 5

Top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard left his start tonight in Las Vegas with an apparent injury to his collarbone and non-pitching shoulder.

After Syndergaard threw a wild pitch, he attempted to cover home plate to make a tag play and tumbled over the baserunner, falling hard to the ground.

After the play Syndergaard threw two warm-up pitches and grimaced in pain while grabbing at his left shoulder/collarbone area. He was removed from the game.

The Mets are initially calling it “left shoulder discomfort” and he’s on his way to get X-Rays.

Syndergaard was making his first start since being placed on the disabled list with a minor elbow strain. For the night, he lasted just 2/3 of an inning while allowing three runs.

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Rave Reviews For deGrom In What Wright Calls A Spectacular Performance Fri, 16 May 2014 14:04:45 +0000 jacob degrom smiles

For the second night in a row, the  New York Mets marched out one of their pitching prospects to make their major league debut.  On Wednesday night it was Rafael Montero and on Thursday night it was Jacob deGrom.

DeGrom was originally called up to pitch out of the bullpen, but a stint on the disabled list by Dillon Gee changed all of that.

In a start that wasn’t as heralded as Montero’s, deGrom came out and baffled the Yankee hitters just about all night.  He was reaching in the mid-90′s and was able to execute his secondary pitches which led to his success. He threw the pitch for strikes 66 percent of the time.

The only blemish on his night came in the 7th inning when a missed opportunity on a double play, extended the inning for the Yankees which led to an RBI single by Alfonso Soriano.

Jacob deGrom’s line for the night: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K, on 91 pitches

“It makes you feel good when you go and your debut is good,” deGrom would say. “It’s a feeling I’ll probably never have again. It was really cool.”

He became the first pitcher in Mets history to allow no more than one run over seven innings who took the loss in his debut, according to ESPN. The last Mets starter to allow one run to lose his debut was current Mets broadcaster Ron Darling in 1983.

“I was very, very impressed,” manager Terry Collins said. “As the game went on, he got better.”

Prior to Thursday night’s game against the Yankees, the Mets pitchers were 0-for-the season at the plate.  In his first major league at-bat, deGrom singled to left ending the historic drought.

It is very unfortunate that the Mets couldn’t score any runs for him and he is the pitcher of record on the losing side if the score holds up.  He left the game trailing 1-0.

David Wright was ecstatic over both deGrom and Montero’s performance. “It’s amazing. You can’t say enough good things about those two guys.”

“deGrom’s performance tonight was spectacular. Some of the guys that got on third were very complimenting on both those guys. That’s good to hear from a good lineup. Both of those guys are going to be good ones.”

“It just goes to show you the poise and composure with both those guys in their first big-league start, at home, in front of a big crowd, against the Yankees, and they stay that calm and end up giving you those types of performances. That’s solid.”

deGrom is scheduled to make his second start on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  There was a lot to be excited about these past two days as the future may be now for the Mets.

It will be interesting to see what happens in the rotation when Gee is activated from the disabled list, but for now we can enjoy the glimpse we are getting from two promising arms who should be a big part of a bright future.


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Eric Young Jr. Likely Heading to the Bench Fri, 02 May 2014 14:25:54 +0000 terry collins dugout

May 2

Before last night’s loss to the Rockies, Terry Collins addressed reporters and did a little backpedaling regarding his proposed four man outfield rotation.

“I don’t mind it for awhile,” Collins said. “I think in the long run, you’ve got to have three guys you’re going to run out there. To pick and choose your spots and who should play when, you can do that right now. But I think you’re going to look up and you’re going to want to have three guys that are primarily your guys are going to be out there.”

Initially, Collins said that Eric Young Jr., Chris Young, Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares were all good and deserved to play everyday.

“I don’t think there’s one guy you can point your finger at and say, hey, you’re not playing.”

Eric Young Jr. was not in Thursday’s starting lineup and Collins suggested for the first time that he might be better suited as a fourth outfielder because he can play all three outfield positions, as well as cover second base. This has been the majority sentiment all along among the fan base.

“It’s always amazing how many times late in the game you’ve got the pitcher coming up to lead off the inning,” Collins said. “And [Young] is the ideal guy to go hit in that spot. He can switch hit. And when he gets on, things happen. So it’s nice to have those types of guys over there.”

April 30

First, the good news. Barring any setbacks, the Mets plan to activate Juan Lagares from the disabled list on Thursday when they begin a four game series against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

Terry Collins told reporters in Philadelphia that he intends to meet with Lagares, Curtis Granderson, Chris Young and Eric Young Jr. and educate them on his plan for the outfield going forward.

“They’re all good, and we can only play three of them. That’s the general message,” Collins said.

“The only message you can say is, ‘Listen, only three of you can play. So somebody is going to have some nights off. Each and every one of you are going to get some nights off.’ There’s no other way to really phrase it.”

“I think all of them deserve to be out there at some time,” Collins said. “They all have a key part on our club, and I don’t know how I’m going to rotate it just yet, but I think they all deserve an opportunity. I don’t think there’s one guy you can point your finger at and say, ‘Hey, you’re not playing.’”

Collins says that his plan will ensure that no player will miss back-to-back games.

  • Eric Young, who is batting .216 this season, is getting worse and is batting .162/.296/.216 during the two weeks since Lagares went on the DL.
  • Curtis Granderson is mired in a season-long slump and is batting .129 in 99 plate appearances, and .079 over the last 14 days.
  • Chris Young is batting .194 in ten games since being activated from the DL but has also been making solid contact of late.
  • Juan Lagares continues to lead the team with a .314 batting average and .816 OPS while providing stellar defense and limiting the opposition’s runs scored.

Don’t worry, Terry’s got this…

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Vic Black Placed On Minor League DL With Pinched Nerve Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:18:23 +0000 vic black

Adam Rubin is reporting that reliever Vic Black has landed on the disabled list at Triple-A Las Vegas with a pinched nerve on the right side of his neck, although the injury is believed to be minor.

Black walked two and hit a batter in his first 51s appearance, apparently feeling healthy. The next morning he felt the pinched nerve. He resumed throwing Sunday with no ill effects and should be activated from the DL later this week.

The neck issue is new and not believed to have contributed to Black’s spring-training control issues that led to him opening the season in Vegas.

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Niese Sharp In Final Tuneup Before April 6 Start Wed, 02 Apr 2014 02:00:25 +0000 Jon_Niese

April 1 update by Joe D.

Jon Niese threw 4.2 innings in a simulated game in Port St. Lucie tonight, allowing four runs (two earned) while walking one and striking out four. He threw 49 of 76 pitches for strikes.

This is the second minor league start since Niese received a cortisone shot in his pitching elbow to alleviate inflammation.

“For the most part, I think I’ll get better with each start,” Niese said. “I’m still kind of in the process of getting my arm in shape, but my next outing will be 90 or 95 pitches. The timetable is still the same.”

Niese looked very sharp and is on target to be activated on Sunday, April 6 for his start against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field.

As the only lefthander in our rotation, Niese keeps progressing and distancing himself from that elbow scare last month.

Quite frankly, this team could use some good news right about now and having Niese step on a mound this weekend and deliver a strong performance will be a nice shot in the arm. (Get it? Shot in the arm?)

Our own Destry Swaim projected Niese as follows:

When he’s on and healthy, Niese is one of the best left handed starters in baseball.  He’s not an ace, but he can be a #2.  He’s only 27 years old, and will be all season long.

Niese has great stuff and throws a 90-91 MPH fastball,  88-89 MPH cutter, 74-76 MPH curveball, and 82-84 MPH change up.  He falls in love with his cutter sometimes, and it seemed like he lost the feel for his curve somewhat last season, but he can command all of his pitches, and throw them all for strikes at any point in the count.

2014 Projection: 23 GS – .271 BAA – 1.30 WHIP – 3.64 ERA – 1.3 WAR

March 27- 4:05 PM

Jon Niese tossed 57 pitches this afternoon in a minor league outing. The 27-year old southpaw held his opponents scoreless while striking out three, walking one and allowing just three hits. His fastball was sat 87-89, and topped out at 92 during the outing.

Afterwards he spoke with reporters. “There was kind of a little bit of worry, just because I haven’t pitched in a game where it didn’t hurt. And today it felt amazing,” Niese told ESPN. “It felt like I felt at the end of last year.”

The next step in the process will be another turn in the minors in five days, where it’s expected that he’ll up his pitch count to 75-80. If all goes well he could head to New York to face the Cincinnati Reds on April 6th. The Ohio native also took the time to share his thoughts on his experiences this spring.

“It started off pretty s—–,” Niese said, using an expletive. “And it got a lot better today. I was pretty low there for a while at the beginning. And then it got even lower when the elbow started flaring up. And then it was real concerning. But after today, or after the last week, it’s been great. And today was a huge step because I felt amazing.”

Hopefully this the end of Niese’s battle with this most recent injury, and he can move forward towards a healthy 2014 season.

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Kyle Farnsworth, Wilmer Flores To Join Team In NY Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:52:13 +0000 Kyle_Farnsworth

The Mets will be adding Kyle Farnsworth to the 40 man roster to replace Bobby Parnell who is headed to the disabled list with a partial MCL tear in his right elbow.

The Mets are also calling up Wilmer Flores to replace Daniel Murphy who will be placed on paternity leave after celebrating the birth of his son on Monday. He’ll miss up to three days beginning on Wednesday.

By adding Farnsworth to the 40 they will also need to clear up a spot and cut someone. They could just put Parnell on the 60-day DL immediately speculates Jared Diamond of the WSJ.

We’ll know soon enough, but the Mets say both Flores and Farnsworth are expected to be with the club on Wednesday when they play the the second game of their series with the Nationals.

Flores won’t be here long, probably just a taxi squad move. But the Farnsworth promotion was odd. I guess the team is really down on Vic Black.

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Remembering David Wright’s Debut As He Turns 31 Today Fri, 20 Dec 2013 13:15:54 +0000 EXPOS METS

In this photo by Julie Jacobson, a starstruck David Wright takes in the grandeur of an empty Shea Stadium before taking his first batting practice, after the New York Mets called up their top prospect on July 21, 2004.

Two hours later, the 21-year old Wright would see his lifelong dream fulfilled when he would make his Major League debut against the Montreal Expos. He took the field wearing the uniform of the team he had rooted for ever since that first catch he had with his dad back home in Chesapeake, Virginia,

“When I was a kid, I would have loved the chance to come to Shea and see the players I grew up watching in Norfolk.” And here he was.

“I didn’t get much sleep,” said Wright, after receiving a call the night before that he’d be flying to New York to join the team first thing in the morning. “It’s an incredible feeling. This has been my dream.”

At the time of his promotion, Wright was batting .298 with eight home runs in 31 games at Triple-A Norfolk after starting the season at Double-A Binghamton where he hit .363 with 10 home runs.

“It’s a big surprise, a shock you don’t expect,” he said. “I expect to do my part to help the team win if I can play up to expectations. My expectations are higher on myself.”

Wright batted seventh and went 0-for-4 in his debut, but as you all know, the best was yet to come. The rookie third baseman got off to a slow start and was batting .240 after his first two weeks with the team.

But on August 5th everything would change as Wright would finally have his coming out party and showed the baseball world why the Mets selected him with their first round pick in 2001. 

Wright delivered his first three-hit game, driving two opposite field doubles into the gap and also blasting his fourth home run of the season – a three-run shot – as the Mets beat the Milwaukee Brewers 11-6 . In what was also Victor Zambrano‘s Mets debut, Wright would drive in six runs that night while scoring two.

“Some guys go a career without six RBIs,” Mets manager Art Howe would say. “He was Johnny on the spot.”

Wright’s major league career was well underway, and he would go onto providing us with so many more thrilling highlights and memories as a Met. Today, the Mets Captain turns 31. All of us at MMO wish David a Very Happy Birthday!

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Wright To Be Activated Prior To Tonight’s Game Against Phillies Fri, 20 Sep 2013 12:29:03 +0000 david wrightThe Mets have announced that David Wright will be activated from the 15-Day Disabled List prior to tonight’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Wright has been on the disabled list since August 3rd with a grade two tight hamstring strain.

The Mets’ captain has hit 17 home runs at Citizens Bank Park during his career, the second-most in any visiting ballpark. (He has connected on 18 home runs at Atlanta’s
Turner Field) Wright also has 58 career RBI in Philadelphia, the most in any visiting city.

Sounds like perfect timing to me…

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Terry Collins told reporters that he expects David Wright to be activated from the disabled list when the Mets play the Phillies this weekend.

Over the weekend I wrote that I’d bet anything Wright would be back in the lineup for the Giants series.

Wright continues to work his way back form a strained hamstring that shelved him over a month ago, and insists he’ll return this season.

“I think David is going to play, you’re going to see him back on the field before the season’s over,” said Collins.

“I think it’s going to be important for David to know he’s 100 percent healthy, and I think it’s important for our team, for our organization and our fanbase to know, ‘Hey look, our star is going to be OK when it comes spring.’”

Wright, 30, is batting .309 with 16 home runs and 54 RBIs in 105 games for the Mets this season with a .391 on-base percentage.

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No Stars To Align Sat, 31 Aug 2013 16:00:44 +0000 me crazy, but at some point a long disappointing season can wear even a die hard fan down. As many of you know, I’m an out of market fan. As such, whenever the Mets visit the district my wife and I make sure to attend at least one game each series. This series will be no different, but I chose instead not to take advantage of a pretty rare opportunity.

As I looked over my ticket options for tonight’s game, I came across a disillusioned Nationals season ticket holder. Two rows off the Mets dugout within an arm’s reach of the on deck circle. But for $100 per seat?

I did the math in my head.. It is Wheeler Day, and I’m yet to see either he or d’Arnaud play in-person. Not only that, but I’d be close enough for Terry Collins to hear my arm chair coaching criticisms.  I’d also be close enough to snag (and then promptly hand over) a ball destined for a young fan. But still, for $100 per seat?

This would certainly be a no brainer in Queens, but in DC you can snag very good seats from the Nationals directly for as little as $20. It becomes tough to justify dropping another $160, plus food and beverage, plus parking and transportation, when there just isn’t anyone I have to see up close.  Maybe that makes me a terrible fan in the eyes of some, but without Harvey or Wright there simply isn’t much must see talent for the Metropolitans right now.

This is something the Mets should, and I expect will, address this winter. It’s also only fair to note that there is plenty of star potential in many of the youngsters on the roster now, who are only starting to mold their raw talent into major league form. But for now, with nothing to play for but pride and the best players the Mets have to offer on the disabled list, this is one Mets die hard who will save his pennies for a better day, because right now.. they just aren’t worth it.

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Are The Mets Delaying The Inevitable With Parnell? Fri, 23 Aug 2013 11:52:52 +0000 bobby parnellWhile New York Mets closer Bobby Parnell continues on the shelf with the prospect of surgery on his herniated disk, the question burns: What are he and the Mets waiting for?

Perhaps he can rehab to where surgery isn’t needed, but those odds are getting long.

Yes, yes, it is his body and nobody can force surgery upon him, but reading between the lines, if it doesn’t happen, Parnell will risk not being ready for spring training and consequently pushing the envelope to the point of further injury.

Who can’t see the prospect of him slowly being worked into shape during spring training, and perhaps forcing the issue until he hears a “pop’’ and goes on the disabled list again with surgery being the only option?

If so, then say good-bye to 2014.

Parnell said if he doesn’t have surgery soon, there will come a time when the Mets will “push for it,’’ but until then it’s only about therapy now.

“My ultimate goal is to be ready for spring training so I can be here for the team next year,’’ said Parnell, whose doctors told him it is a five-month process – and, of course, you always add one – after surgery to be ready.

Backdating from mid-January, when he would begin off-season throwing, if he were to have it tomorrow there’s already a good chance he wouldn’t be ready.

Parnell, who last pitched July 30 and went on the disabled list, Aug. 6, is practicing in wishful thinking if he believes he’ll be back this year. Parnell said he’s supposed to be re-examined next week, but after that there should be serious consideration of a second opinion if he’s to have any chance of being ready for the start of next season.

Parnell isn’t the only Mets pitcher facing surgery this winter.

Jeremy Hefner as a partial tear of the MCL in his right elbow, but is considering a second opinion. Hefner was the Mets’ hottest pitching heading into the All-Star break, but fell flat at the start of the second half and was replaced in the rotation.

Jenrry Mejia, whom the Mets projected would need surgery to remove a bone spur in this right elbow at the time he was promoted, aggravated the injury twice and went on the disabled list last weekend. He’s to have surgery within the next two weeks.

Ironically, Parnell and Hefner were among the chips the Mets were considering dealing at the trade deadline.

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