Mets morning briefing 8.6.11

August, 6, 2011
8/06/11
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The Mets dropped the series opener to the Braves, 4-1, and now trail Atlanta by nine games in the wild-card race.

Saturday's news reports:

Ike Davis will refrain from baseball activities and running for four weeks. A decision on ankle surgery, which the Mets hope to avoid and which has no guarantee of being successful, will be made about Sept. 1. Team doctors believe having a procedure at that point would not impact Davis' availability for 2012, Sandy Alderson indicated. "Microfracture surgery might not even work," Davis told reporters. "You don't want to go in there and do a surgery like that if it's not going to be 100 percent."

The first baseman will get an outside medical opinion in North Carolina on Tuesday. Team doctors believe the injury will ultimately heal on its own, although the bone bruise looks substantially the same as earlier this year. Davis was running last week when he again tweaked the ankle while moving laterally. Read more in Newsday, the Post and Daily News.

Johan Santana is not ruling out appearing in a game late this season, even though he will refrain from even lightly tossing a baseball until at least early next week. After making his first rehab appearance with Class A St. Lucie last Thursday, Santana experienced discomfort early this week while doing normal between-starts work like long-tossing and throwing a bullpen session. The southpaw speculated doing his normal in-season work between starts was too much, too soon. Team doctors diagnosed Santana with fatigue in his surgically repaired left shoulder, the team announced.

Why not just concede 2011 is not going to happen and avoid pushing to appear in meaningless September games? Terry Collins and Alderson indicated there's value in appearing in a game this year. "There is always value because you want to see how you feel and compete at this level," Santana told reporters. "But, at the same time, we're doing everything we can to make sure I'm healthy. That's what we worry about. I have to make sure that from one start to another, I recover, I don't feel anything and that I feel good. That's what we're looking for." Read more in the Times, Star-Ledger, Daily News, Post and Newsday.

• After spending the required 10 days in the minors, the Mets stuck to their word and promoted Nick Evans. He takes the roster spot of third-catcher Mike Nickeas, who was dispatched to Triple-A Buffalo.

Dan Uggla extended his hitting streak to 26 games with a late two-run single against Ryota Igarashi, while Freddie Freeman upped his streak to 19 games in Atlanta's victory. Those are the two longest active hitting streaks in the majors.

• Read game stories in the Star-Ledger, Post, Times, Daily News and Record.

Chipper Jones, who plans to return to Atlanta's lineup on Saturday night following arthroscopic knee surgery and then a strained right quadriceps, talks to Post columnist Kevin Kernan. Jones discusses the dimensions at Citi Field as well as Atlanta's ability to develop players through its minor league system and avoid trading them away (with the exception of sending Elvis Andrus and Neftali Feliz to the Texas Rangers for Mark Teixeira during the 2007 pennant push). Writes Kernan:

Make no mistake. Jones, like David Wright, misses Shea Stadium. "Citi Field is a lot bigger than Shea; it doesn't affect me as much as it affects Wright and (Jason) Bay and those guys," said Jones, who will return to Atlanta's starting lineup tonight following knee and quad injuries. "At Shea there was a jet stream out to right-center. I've seen David tattoo balls here that sometimes get caught that would have been home runs at Shea. It's funny to see those guys lace a ball off the wall and get to second base and look at me, like 'Damn!' It can be frustrating."

• Daily News columnist Filip Bondy quotes Jones lamenting the relative lack of atmosphere at Citi Field compared with Shea Stadium. Writes Bondy:

He dragged his sore quad and surgically repaired knee one more time into Flushing, and the new place was something of an unpleasant reminder about how the romance and aura of the venue had flown. "Not the same atmosphere," said Jones, who named his son after Shea. "The fans were right there on top of you. It's a little more laid-back now, the same thing in Atlanta. You can still yell at the fans. But you got to scream a lot louder."

• With Jason Isringhausen sitting at 298 career saves, Andy McCullough in the Star-Ledger looks back at his career.

BIRTHDAY: Victor Zambrano, who you may recall was acquired for Scott Kazmir on July 30, 2004, turns 36.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187