Mets Notes – Murphy and F-Mart Sit, Sheff and Church Play

This afternoon, J.J. Putz underwent successful surgery to remove a bone spur and bone fragments from his ailing right elbow. The Mets said that he is expected to start throwing in about six weeks. The team hopes Putz returns to games in 10 to 12 weeks.

There were some rumblings in the Mets blogosphere that David Wright hated Citi Field based on a third party reference by Chipper Jones on satellite radio. The comment was vague at best and sounded more like Chipper just commenting on the vastness of the park. Anyway, Wright refuted the claims that he hated Citi Field and he did so adamantly. Sometimes you really gotta feel bad for todays athletes.

Jerry Manuel posted his lineup for tonight’s game and both Daniel Murphy and Fernando Martinez will not be in the starting lineup.

  1. Luis Castillo – 2B
  2. Alex Cora – SS
  3. Carlos Beltran – CF
  4. Gary Sheffield – LF
  5. David Wright – 3B
  6. Fernando Tatis – 1B
  7. Ryan Church – RF
  8. Omir Santos – C
  9. Johan Santana – LHP

The Phillies will be throwing three lefthanders against the Mets, and I’m wondering if it will mean no playing time for both young lefthanded Mets who need to play everyday. Manuel was asked specifically about the need for playing time for F-Mart when he urged Omar Minaya to keep him on the team. He responded that their would be plenty of playing time for Martinez.

I expected Gary Sheffield to be in there tonight and it looks like Manuel intends to play him in leftfield for all three games.

These always-changing lineup configurations are getting hard to keep up with.

Lets hope this lineup proves to be the winning formula tonight.

Lets Go Mets!

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