The Mets won a rubber game against Oakland, even if Chris Capuano's outing was cut short by an abdominal issue. And a day after Ike Davis received unfavorable medical news, things broke right for a change on the injury front, with David Wright cleared to head to Port St. Lucie and start ramping up toward full baseball activities. The Mets now open a stretch of 13 of 16 games on the road to close the first half, beginning with a series at Texas, where Jose Reyes made his major league debut in 2003 and old friends Endy Chavez and Darren Oliver await. Read the series preview here.
Friday's news reports:
• Francisco Rodriguez told the Daily News he would not rule out going to the Yankees in a set-up role for Mariano Rivera. "If I am going to be traded, obviously I want the opportunity to close out games," K-Rod told the Daily News' Kristie Ackert. "But if it's going to be good teams like the Yankees or the Rays, and it's going to be for two months, I can go out there and help them out." K-Rod did add: "I mean, I would definitely love to stay here." He indicated he was not aware of which teams were listed on his 10-team no-trade clause.
• A day after Brian Cashman indicated the Yankees were fine at shortstop and did not need Reyes, Reyes responded. “I don’t worry about that. I play for the New York Mets,” Reyes said. “I don’t care what they say. I’m focused on this team."
• Jim Riggleman abruptly resigned as manager of the surging Washington Nationals in a contract dispute Thursday. John McLaren is the very interim replacement, but Davey Johnson could take over for the remainder of the season, Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post reports. Johnson, 68, is a senior adviser with the Nats, and led the Mets to the 1986 World Series. He last managed with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2000.
• Capuano had tossed six scoreless innings before departing with the abdominal issue. The team expressed confidence the southpaw would make his next start, describing the issue as cramping.
• Post columnist Steve Serby's take:
David Wright might be able to play baseball again. Not next season. This season. Chris Capuano, forced to leave yesterday’s game after six innings because of discomfort on the right side of his abdomen that was later characterized as a cramp, is not expected to miss his next start. Can Fred Wilpon KO’ing Irving Picard be far behind?
• 2010 first-round pick Matt Harvey and St. Lucie third baseman Jefry Marte have been named to the Futures Game, which is held two days before the All-Star Game in Phoenix. Harvey is due to make his Double-A debut for Binghamton on Sunday at Bowie, Md.
• Newsday columnist Ken Davidoff reacts to the positive medical development with Wright by opining:
The idea is to stay competitive by the July 31 non-waivers trading deadline, for if they can't, Alderson will have to seriously consider trading Carlos Beltran and Francisco Rodriguez and even listen to offers for Reyes. While retooling with prospects might prove wise for this organization, there's no doubt that many fans are tired of bleak Augusts and Septembers and would love to see meaningful baseball in those late months. Thursday's news, then, made that dream less of a long shot. And it marked one day in which thankful Mets fans wouldn't have to turn to their medical glossaries.
• Because fans endured a 135-minute rain delay before the first pitch (and because there just so happen to be an inventory of extra tickets), spectators who have Thursday tickets can redeem those for tickets for the Aug. 11 game against the San Diego Padres as well.
• Ruben Tejada is in a 3-for-29 skid. Justin Turner's production has slowed too. Newsday's David Lennon examines their recent production. "I think the pitchers up here are better at making adjustments quicker," Turner told Lennon. "They're better at finding holes in your swing or setting you up, so you have to be able to make the adjustments quicker. I try to make them from pitch to pitch." Turner, incidentally, was hit by a first-inning pitch Thursday, presumably as retaliation for not making an attempt to dodge a grazing on Wednesday night in the 13th inning that forced in the winning run.
• Record columnist Bob Klapisch sees signs of life with the Mets.
BIRTHDAY: Ex-pitcher Mike Bruhert turns 60. Bruhert, a native of Jamaica, Queens, went 4-11 for the 1978 Mets. His best performance was a four-hit shutout against the eventual NL East champion Phillies. -Mark Simon