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Mets morning briefing 5.31.11

5/31/2011

With Jose Reyes having left the team for three days to travel to the Dominican Republic, and with Jason Bay given a day off and David Wright and Ike Davis on the DL, the Mets nonetheless beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 7-3, on Monday night at Citi Field.

Tuesday's news reports:

David Einhorn watched batting practice from the field Monday and spoke with reporters. He insisted the deal with Fred Wilpon and family was fair for both sides and indicated he expected to have a deal completed within weeks. Perhaps telling, Einhorn said he could not guarantee his $200 million infusion would stop the organization's financial decline. He appears to have an interest in the Wilpons not recovering their footing, since he can eventually gain the majority share.

Read my take here. Newsday's David Lennon actually comes away with the same interpretation, that Einhorn does better if the Mets/Wilpons do worse in the short term. Writes Lennon:

Einhorn is not arriving as a savior. His $200 million already is earmarked for the Mets' operating costs and substantial debt. It's essentially an infusion of cash to keep the Wilpons afloat -- but just long enough to sink over the next three years, if not sooner. This is not about Einhorn ponying up the money to keep Jose Reyes . Just the opposite. He'd be more than happy if the Mets keep trotting out Triple-A lineups the way they did Monday night, when the only difference between them and the low-budget Pirates was the color of the uniforms. Einhorn had no interest in blowing sunshine around Citi Field before the game.

• Daily News columnist Filip Bondy summarizes the sale this way: More accurately, it's a Hail Mary by the Wilpons and a smart play by the hedge-fund guy.

• Newsday's columnist Neil Best tracks down people who played against Einhorn in the 2006 World Series of Poker, when the future Mets minority owner finished 18th in Las Vegas. Writes Best:

Dan Nassif, who finished ninth in the 2006 WSOP, winning $1,566,858, said he spent many hours playing at the same table as Einhorn, and found him to be a “really, really nice guy,’’ who gave no hint of being a financial titan. “I had no idea who he was,’’ Nassif said. “He didn’t come across as someone who would have $200 million. He was very laid back, respectful and down to earth. He was a solid, solid player. I remember he knew the math. You could tell that. He was definitely a player you had to look out for.’’

Meanwhile, player Michael Binger -- who finished third -- told Best that Einhorn definitely played poker like an amateur. Prahlad Friedman recalled Einhorn as the guy who "kind of looks like "The 40-year Old Virgin [Steve Carell].’’

• Read news accounts of Einhorn's Monday visit to Citi Field in the Journal, Times, Star-Ledger, Newsday and Record.

• Reyes was placed on the bereavement list following the death of his paternal grandmother. Reyes told ESPN's Enrique Rojas he plans to return this series. He will not be eligible to be reactivated until Thursday. Bobby Parnell was activated from the disabled list to take Reyes' roster spot, but he or Dale Thayer would likely be out when Reyes returns. Read more in Newsday, the Times, Daily News and Star-Ledger.

• Davis flew to New York on Monday night and will have an MRI on his ailing ankle on Tuesday to evaluate the cause of the lack of progress. Read more in the Post.

R.A. Dickey is a go for Tuesday's start against the Pirates, despite dealing with a tear in his heel that will cause him discomfort. Dickey told the Daily News he plans to contact Eli Manning to learn about playing while dealing with heel discomfort. Read more in the Post.

• Read game stories from Monday's win as Dillon Gee improved to 5-0 in the Record, Star-Ledger, Times, Newsday, Daily News, Post and Journal.

BIRTHDAY: Hardworking outfielder Joe Orsulak turns 49. Orsulak hit .276 with 17 home runs in three seasons for the Mets from 1993 to 1995. -Mark Simon