Mets Merized Online » WBC Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:28:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mets Notes: Turner Injury Update, Spin Leading Off, Niese Starts Tonight Fri, 22 Mar 2013 18:34:20 +0000 justin turner

The Mets will be in action tonight against the Miami Marlins at 7:05 at Roger Dean Stadium. Newly appointed Opening Day Starter Jonathon Niese will be on the hill, and Jordany Valdespin will bat leadoff. Including tonight’s contest, the Mets have just ten Grapefruit League games left to play, and will play their final game on March 30. Four of the Mets ten remaining games will be televised; two will air on SNY and two on PIX 11. You can check the television schedule here.

Today, Justin Turner started at third base in a minor league game. On Thursday, Turner had a pinch-hit single in what was his first game action since injuring his ankle last week.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis started in center field in a minor league game in Port St. Lucie today. He also played in a minor league game on Thursday, and went 1-2 with a double and three walks, but did not play the field.

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Mets Make It Official, David Wright Named Team Captain Thu, 21 Mar 2013 20:31:27 +0000 wright spring

Updated on 3/21

Terry Collins just announced that the Mets have named David Wright the captain of the New York Mets.

Wright becomes the fourth captain in team history, joining Keith Hernandez, Gary Carter, and John Franco.

“This is probably one of the proudest days of my career so far,” Wright said.

“To be viewed in this light – by ownership, by Sandy and the front office, the coaching staff, and most importantly by the players – means a great deal to me. I’m honored and proud to be on the short list of guys of captains of this franchise. It’s a dream come true, to say the least, and something I am very, very proud of.”

Wright will not wear the “C” on his jersey, unlike the captains before him.

Interestingly enough, yesterday I think I told Clayton (was it you Clayton?) that this news was going to break today.

Original Post 3/13

From Bakersfield, California to Bayonne, New Jersey, Mets third baseman David Wright has become an overnight sensation as he continues to shine for Team USA in the World baseball Classic. Step aside Justin Bieber.

From trending nationally on Twitter to being the hot baseball topic on sports talk shows from coast to coast, Wright has gone from face of the Mets franchise to the face of Team USA and his fans now number in the millions.

david wright Team USA diving stop

Meanwhile, back in Port St. Lucie, the buzz about Wright goes beyond his exploits in the WBC and questions regarding his captaincy still continue. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, caught up with Mets COO Jeff Wilpon, who is happy for Wright and said It’s nice that they’re calling him Captain America.

When asked if Wright would be named the Mets’ team captain before Opening Day, Wilpon responded by saying he could not talk about it, but Rubin believes it sounded like something could be happening soon. If it does happen, Wright would become the fourth captain in team history, joining Keith Hernandez (1987-89), Gary Carter (1988-89) and John Franco (2001-04).

david wright safe team usa wbc

Of course, the big story of the Spring is David Wright’s dominating performance in the WBC for Team USA. He leads the team with a .438 batting average, .750 slugging percentage and a 1.276 OPS. Wright’s 10 RBIs are also the most in the WBC.

captain america wright

This great graphic of Wright as Captain America was designed and posted by @theroar_24 on Twitter and has been making the rounds all over the Mets blogosphere. I love it!

Team USA will battle against the powerhouse Dominican Republic at Marlins Park on Thursday night at 7:00 PM in what is certain to be an epic clash. The winner will move onto the semi-final round at San Francisco’s AT&T Park.

Former Met and reigning NL Cy Young R.A. Dickey will be on the mound for Team USA and will face-off against Samuel Deduno for the DR.



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Will Wright Be Ready For Opening Day? Tue, 19 Mar 2013 02:20:21 +0000 WrightDavid Wright is correct, his rib injury could have happened anytime. It could have happened carrying groceries from the car.

That isn’t the issue.

The issues are Wright was injured while at the World Baseball Classic – whatever he was doing at the time, it was away from the Mets – and did not report his injury in a timely fashion.

Also an issue is Wright has a strained left intercostal muscle and faces the strong possibility of being on the disabled list to start the season. What should be an issue if you’re the Mets is Wright gave no sign of regret about the WBC, and the perception of minimizing the injury.

“You can get hurt in spring training,’’ Wright told reporters prior to today’s 2-1 loss to Atlanta. “You can get hurt before spring training. Playing baseball, there’s some risk that comes along with that. … It has nothing to do with the tournament itself. It has everything to do with some bad luck.’’

Sure, it is bad luck, but that’s not Mets fans want to hear. They want to know if their All-Star third baseman, who was just signed to a $138 million package, will be able to play Opening Day. The WBC is a hard enough sell as it is in the United States, and Wright was injured participating in the international tournament. Mets fans don’t care about promoting baseball around the globe.

There is also the perception Wright placed his personal desire to represent his country – as admirable as that is – over his obligation to the Mets.

“Of course I owe it to the Mets to be honest with them, and I was,’’ Wright insists. “Ultimately when I started going in and getting treatment for it, the Mets saw that and they called me. I was honest with how I was feeling.

“Once it got to the point where I started not being able to sleep, or when it was painful to lounge around, that’s when obviously I started going to get treatment and talking to [trainer] Ray [Ramirez] and [general manager] Sandy [Alderson] and those guys.’’

Wright said those conversations took place Wednesday, which contradicts Alderson’s assertion the Mets didn’t become aware until shortly before game time Thursday. That doesn’t help the Mets’ image. The Mets have been known for their sloppy handling of injuries, ranging from Ryan Church’s concussion to Carlos Beltran’s knee to Johan Santana’s shoulder this spring.

That won’t go away, especially if Wright isn’t ready for the season, as appears the case. Wright can’t commit to Opening Day, saying he needs to be cautious and not risk further injury and be out even longer. So, where was the caution when Wright felt pain for a week before reporting it to WBC trainers?

“Once it got to the point where I thought it might obviously prohibit me from coming back and producing with the Mets, that’s when it was time to make that decision,’’ Wright said. “I feel like I have a pretty good sense of what’s tolerable and what’s not tolerable.’’

Well, how about when Wright played a month with pain in his lower back which was later diagnosed as a stress fracture? And, last spring he had the same injury and was out a month. Nobody ever questioned Wright not being a gamer, but that isn’t the issue.

Wright’s desire to represent his country and honor his commitment is admirable. However, it is his judgment here that is in question. His first obligation is to the Mets.

Thoughts from Joe D.

Another wrinkle to this story comes this morning. Terry Collins reported that David Wright will do whatever he can and whatever it takes to be ready to play by Opening Day.

I don’t like the sound of that. What does that mean exactly? Does it mean he will play through the pain again because he’s “a gamer?” New Yorkers love their gamers…

The fact that he required a cortisone shot in his left rib cage on Friday does show the seriousness of this intercostal injury. In mild cases you get a few days and up to a week of rest, and in moderate cases you get a shot and then hold vigil for a week while waiting for a miracle healing that almost never comes.

In Daniel Murphy‘s case the Mets have been holding vigil for a month now, and yesterday we learned of a setback that has shut him down indefinitely from all baseball activity.

“OK, ok, ok… It’s just a little pin-prick… There’ll be no more ahhhh-ahhh-ah… But you may feel a little sick.  ~  Pink Floyd

We will know more by Thursday or Friday when Wright is expected to get re-examined, but the last thing we need is Wright using his poor judgement once again only to make things worse. He’s already turned a mole hill into a mountain by playing through soreness for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, lets not make the same mistake just so we can prop him in front of an Opening Day crowd so he can tip his little blue hat to the fans.

“I always play through whatever I can,” Wright said yesterday morning. “I could tolerate playing through it and I was fine with it, and once it got to the point I thought it might prohibit me from coming back and producing with the Mets, that’s when it was time to make that decision.”

That’s great David, but the last thing this team needs right now is you playing the role of super hero again. You are not impervious to pain… Unless of course you want to play the role of Wolverine of the X-Men, who had the remarkable power to heal himself.


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X-Rays Negative On Justin Turner, Sprained Ankle Will Keep Him Out 2-3 Days Sun, 17 Mar 2013 15:48:38 +0000 MLB: Spring Training-Miami Marlins at New York Mets

Updated 3/17

The Mets announced that X-rays taken of Justin Turner’s ankle came back negative which means no fractures or breaks.

Turner has a sprained right ankle, but seems in good spirits and could be back quicker than what was initially feared. He could end up missing 2-3 days barring any setbacks.

If Wright isn’t ready by Opening Day, and Terry Collins doesn’t see that happening, Turner will get the majority of playing time and not Zach Lutz.

“This kid can play at the major-league level and he can save you a lot,” Collins said of Turner. “He knows how to handle the bat, he knows how to play.”

Are we watching the same Justin Turner he is?

I mean I love Turner, but he’s an average bench guy at best and would be a woeful choice to play everyday in Wright’s absence.

Original Post 3/16

The team announced that Justin Turner has suffered a sprained ankle. No word if it was a high ankle strain which is a much more severe injury and could sideline Turner for up to  4-6 weeks or longer.

He is on his way to the hospital for x-rays and further examination.

Justin Turner, was the leading candidate to replace David Wright at third base.

He was injured when he rolled his ankle while fielding a ball in play and turning awkwardly while throwing the ball to first to get the out. It would have been a great play. The injury itself looked particularly gruesome in slow-motion replay.

Brandon Hicks replaced Turner at third base and Zach Lutz will most likely be the benefactor of additional playing time during Turner’s and Wright’s absence.

SIDE NOTE: We just learned from Kevin Burkhardt that David Wright received a cortisone injection yesterday while being examined in New York – a fact that was omitted during yesterday’s injury update from Sandy Alderson. Again, standard operating procedure from the Mets…

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Spring Shorts: Montero, D’Arnaud To Start Tonight, Wright Leaving For WBC Thu, 28 Feb 2013 19:30:36 +0000 Anyone want to try their hand on what the Mets new Triple-A affiliate's mascot is supposed to be?

Anyone want to try their hand on what the Mets new Triple-A affiliate’s mascot is supposed to be?

With Grapefruit League action now in full swing, here are some news and notes from around Mets Spring Training camp.

Tonight, Rafael Montero will make his first start and will face off against the Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg, who pitches against the Mets for the second time in the last six days.

Montero, who has opened many people’s eyes this spring, will begin the season at Double-A Binghamton. If you would like to check out the exciting young righty, the game will broadcast live on MLB Network starting at 6:00 p.m.

Some other notables who will be in action tonight include Travis d’Arnaud behind the dish, Jordany Valdespin starting at second, and lefty reliever Scott Rice is also set to pitch.

In other news…

  • On Saturday, Matt Harvey will make his second spring start against the “new look” Miami Marlins. To see Harvey’s start tune into PIX 11, with the first pitch slated for 1:10 p.m.
  • Jack Leathersich tweeted a picture from his first pro outing for the Brooklyn Cyclones back in 2011.
  • Here is an interesting article, from a few weeks ago, that shows the Las Vegas 51′s transforming Cashman Stadium into the new home of the Mets Triple-A affiliate.
  • Lastly, David Wright will make his final appearance prior to leaving for the World Baseball Classic on Friday, against the Detroit Tigers and Justin Verlander, at Tradition Field.

If you would like to watch the Mets in action this spring, here is the complete Spring Training Broadcast Schedule.

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Mets Will Finally Give Jesus Feliciano His Shot Mon, 07 Jun 2010 13:15:24 +0000

The Mets are expected to callup outfielder Jesus Feliciano from Class-AAA Buffalo in time for tomorrow’s game against the San Diego Padres. After toiling for 13 seasons in the minors, Feliciano will finally get his first taste of big league action. Coincidentally, the promotion and realization of his Major League dream may even be announced officially tonight, his birthday, when he turns 31 years old.

Feliciano will be fresh off of his big five hit game on Saturday, the second time he has accomplished the feat this season. He currently leads the International League in batting with an eye-popping .392 mark going into yesterday’s action. The next player behind him is batting .328 - almost seventy points behind him. 

Some believe that a promotion was long overdue, and even expected Feliciano to win a job as a 5th outfielder out of Spring Training, especially after he won the Mets player of the year award last season when he batted .311 with a .382 on-base percentage. This season, Feliciano has been far more impressive:

Team  League    AVG      G    AB     R    H   2B   3B   HR   RBI   TB   BB   SO   SB   CS     OBP   SLG   OPS
BUF INT .392  52 181   38    71   13   1   1  19   89  13 16  6  2   .434  .492  .926
    .392  52 181   38   71   13   1   1  19   89  13 16  6  2   .434  .492  .926

About the only thing missing from Feliciano’s game is power, but he can be useful for a team like the Mets who have been woeful off the bench. The Mets decided to part ways with the worst of the lot in Gary Matthews Jr., thus creating a spot for the lefthanded hitting Feliciano. His agent had this this to say regarding him before the weekend,

“With the season that he’s having in Triple-A and with the form he has played the last three years batting over .300 in the minors, finally, in the next few days, Feliciano would have the opportunity to see his dream realized. Minaya has said he knows it will be this week when he gives him the opportunity.”

He was signed by the Mets as a free agent on February 1, 2007, and was initially drafted by the Dodgers in the 36th round in 1997.

“I had a great winter-league year, including the Caribbean Series. I won the batting title there,” Feliciano said. “I prepared myself to have a good year. You don’t think it’s going to be a year like the year I’m having right now, but I was expecting to have a good year.”

Feliciano hit .315 in 2007, .308 in ’08 and last year with Buffalo, he hit .311. He has been a model of consistency at the plate over these last four seasons and I believe he will be a nice addition for the team.

The Mets have already made some vast improvements from their minor leagues this season, and have added some key players to their current makeup in Ike Davis, Elmer Dessens, Ruben Tejada and Chris Carter. For a system that has been considered barren by many, the Mets continue to pull rabbits out of their hats, and Feliciano is going to be their next trick.

Mets infielder Alex Cora knows Feliciano well and believes Feliciano could be successful in the majors if he got a break. Cora, who like Feliciano also hails from Puerto Rico, played with Feliciano during the World Baseball Classic where he impressed on-lookers by batting .375 in six games in the ’09 WBC.

“He’s one of these guys, you’ve got to see him play every day to really appreciate what he does,” Cora said. “He’s not the fastest guy. He doesn’t have power. Whatever. But day in and day out he’ll do something to help the team win. I’ve seen it firsthand. I saw it in winter ball and then I saw it in the WBC. Since three or four years ago, he hasn’t stopped hitting. He gets the barrel to the ball.”

Feliciano has played mostly centerfield and rightfield this season and last, and could prove to be far more greater in a reserve role than GMJ was. He could spell Francoeur against tough right-handers, get some time in at centerfield to keep Pagan fresh, but most of all, he now gives the Mets a viable option as a pinch hitter off the bench.

I’m looking forward to seeing him get some action in the series against the Padres, maybe even picking up a start for one of the games..

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Looks Like Ollie Got The Message Mon, 25 Jan 2010 17:28:02 +0000 The always informative Adam Rubin of the Daily News, gives us an update on lefthanded starting pitcher Oliver Perez, who is one of many Mets in attendance today at the Mets Mini Camp.

According to Rubin, Perez, who underwent Sept. 1 surgery to remove scar tissue from his right knee, pronounced himself fit and ready to go during today’s workouts.

As for Perez’s knee, he said: “Right now I don’t feel anything. I think that’s why I’m really happy.”

Last spring, Perez arrived to camp out of shape and overweight, after signing a 3-year deal that offseason for $36 million dollars.

It invoked the ire of pitching coach Dan Warthen and manager Jerry Manuel who both expressed disappointment. Perez further complicated the situation when he left for the World Baseball Classic, choosing to forego the conditioning he desperately needed to get back to pitching shape.

His dismal performance at the WBC only confirmed Warthen’s claims that Perez was in terrible shape.

The resulting 2009 season, ended up being one to forget for Perez as he lost his job in the rotation, was banished to the bullpen, came up lame with a bum knee, and spent the rest of the season suffering through setbacks and poor performances in the minor leagues.

After hitting rock-bottom, Perez took his off season conditioning more seriously this time and even relocated his off season home to Arizona where he worked out daily at the behest of the Mets. He has spent all winter training at Fischer Sports, along with fellow major leaguers Kerry Wood, Sergio Mitre and Mike Hampton.

It looks like Perez got the message loud and clear, and seems very motivated to put the disaster of 2009 behind him.

The Mets could get some value out of that ill-advised deal if Perez can somehow fulfill some of those expectations scouts have been talking about since he broke into the majors. At 28 years old, it isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

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Please, No More WBC for the Mets Wed, 24 Jun 2009 12:51:56 +0000 Going into the WBC, everyone knew that this tournament would end up hurting a teams chances to winning the world series. That team is the Mets.  

The Mets led all major league teams by sending 15 players to the WBC.  Almost half of them have landed on the DL this season.  Coincidence? I don’t think so.  

JJ Putz, Alex Cora, Carlos Delgado, Jose Reyes, Oliver Perez, and now Carlos Beltran have all landed on the DL after playing in the WBC.  Perez has seen the biggest negative impact.  He was pitching on 8 days rest between starts. Thank you Mexico.  Now the Mets pretty much just flushed $35 million down the train.  $35 million that they could of given to a more capable player (Raul Ibanez).

Now the Mets have found themselves depleted, with their best power hitter being Sheffield who came out of retirement a few weeks before the season began.  They also find themselves floating 1 game above .500 and 2.5 back of the dreaded Phillies.

Hopefully the Mets organization learned their lesson.

No more WBC for Mets players.  

I understand that it’s important to represent your country, but the job that is paying you millions is way more important.

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The Times They Are A-Changin’ Tue, 31 Mar 2009 13:00:00 +0000 It’s almost that time of year again.  Baseball season is upon us and you can feel it in the air.  Last Spring all anyone can talk about was the collapse of 2007.  Johan Santana came over but that only dimmed the talk of the collapse.  The bullpen had question marks coming into the 2008 season and unfortunately toward the end of 2008 we got the answers we didn’t want from the pen, answers that came to be the 2008′s season undoing.  Fast forward to 2009 and the attitude has changed even though we did have another collapse. 

The bullpen is solid now with K-Rod being our closer and J.J. Putz being our setup guy.  The Mets went from not having a closer to having 2 potential closers in the bullpen.  The Mets got rid Aaron Heilman, Scott Schoeneweis, Joe Smith and Duaner Sanchez and added Sean Green and Bobby Parnell.  The Mets realized that the entire bullpen needed an overhaul so that’s exactly what Omar Minaya did.  Omar and the Mets realized that getting rid of one guy was not the answer.  The psyche of the club needed to see new arms coming out of the bullpen to get rid of the bad taste of last season. 

The lineup looks very much the same on paper except for the addition of Daniel Murphy being promoted to full time outfielder but there is more than meets the eye.  Luis Castillo has slimmed down, his body is healthy and he seems to have a new attitude going into the season.  He is dedicated to proving that last year was a fluke and the Luis Castillo that we’ve seen in the past can still play ball.  Carlos Delgado had a horrible start last season but halfway through the season turned it around and we saw the Carlos Delgado of old.  Some were questioning if that was just a fluke but Delgado’s performance in Spring Training and the WBC shows that he has more left in the tank than we thought this time last year.  He was also recovering from injuries that I believe were not fully healed like he wanted up to believe.  Ryan Church is healthy and is playing good ball this spring and of course now we’ll have a platoon with him and Tatis against lefties this season. 

This is Jerry Manuel’s first full year and the changes from the previous management are obviously clear.  Jerry is very much a hands on manager, something that Willie Randolph wasn’t.  Jerry thinks outside of the box and pushes a team first attitude.  Willie on the other hand let the players go work on themselves without him.  Jerry saw that one of the lineups difficulties last season was the ability to hit to the opposite filed and instituted that new 80 pitch hitting drill.  Watching Spring Training games and seeing our guys in the WBC I think that drill really worked.  I saw Delgado, Beltran, Wright and Reyes go the other way throughout the tournament. 

The biggest change is that the Mets have a new ballpark that they will be calling home.  A new chapter in Mets history will begin on April 13, 2009 when the Mets play their home opener once Tom Seaver pitches the ceremonial first pitch to Mike Piazza to start not just a new and hopeful season but a new chapter in Mets history.  This is a good thing, the Mets are starting this season with a clean slate which is what this team needs after the last two seasons.  Citi Field has not seen a collapse on the last day of the season for two consecutive years.  A new home brings renewed hope and confidence that this year the Mets will live up to their potential and win the division.  The Times They Are A-Changin’ for the Mets and I for one cannot wait to see what the new times brings. Play Ball!

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