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Mets morning briefing 8.16.11

Jason Isringhausen notched career save No. 300 and Lucas Duda and Josh Thole homered as the Mets snapped a five-game losing streak with a 5-4, 10-inning win at San Diego. With the milestone accomplished, Terry Collins said he will now concentrate more on developing a closer for 2012, which will increase the save opportunities for Bobby Parnell. Along those lines, Collins is coming around to Duda playing primarily right field down the stretch, since Ike Davis should be back at first base for Opening Day next season.

Tuesday's news reports:

• First-round pick Brandon Nimmo, a high school outfielder from Wyoming, signed before the midnight deadline. He received $2.1 million, Keith Law reports. The Mets spent at least $6.2 million on draft picks, and kept to their word about deviating from past practices by going over MLB's recommended amounts to ink players.

• A source told ESPNNewYork.com that at least five Mets have cleared waivers and are eligible to be traded to any team -- Jason Bay, Chris Capuano, D.J. Carrasco, Willie Harris and Angel Pagan.

Gary Carter's white-blood-cell count is not sufficient to begin a second, more intensive round of chemotherapy.

• Collins believes Pedro Beato might be a starting pitcher in 2012.

Jose Reyes has started swinging a bat and taking grounders, but won't attempt to test his strained left hamstring running until next weekend, when the Mets return to Citi Field. Collins said Reyes will be rested more liberally when he returns from the DL. Of course, we've heard that from many a Mets manager. After Reyes' first DL stint this year for a left hamstring strain, he talked his way into matinee series finales despite Collins' intention to rest him. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Newsday.

Johan Santana has returned to Port St. Lucie and should resume throwing within days.

• Read more from Izzy's save/Monday's win in San Diego in the Record, Newsday, Post, Times and Daily News.

Andrew Keh in the Times profiles Duda, who has homered in consecutive games. Writes Keh:

Duda, 6 feet 4 inches and 254 pounds, is not at all unpleasant, but he is modest, almost to a fault. His speech, quiet and clipped, has the tendency to become overwhelmed with clich├ęs when a notebook or camera pops into his line of vision. And his teammates say Duda is no different behind closed doors. “The first time I met him, I tried to talk to him a little bit, but he didn’t say anything,” said Nick Evans, who has known Duda since they met at spring training in 2008. “He just didn’t talk.” Duda does not dispute that he is the silent type. “Even my parents would tell you I’m a quiet guy,” he said. “That’s basically me. I’m kind of boring.”

Chris Young, who underwent surgery to repair the torn anterior capsule in his right shoulder May 16 (the same day Jenrry Mejia had Tommy John surgery), is rehabbing in San Diego and visited the Mets. He hopes to begin tossing a baseball in October. Given that Santana had the same surgery, as did Chien-Ming Wang, it's a long and uncertain road back. “The severity of this injury was greater than any injury I’ve had in the past as far as the cartilage coming off the bone,” Young said, according to Andy McCullough in the Star-Ledger. “There was no way to keep going. It wasn’t going to improve. It wasn’t going to feel any better. And it was a pain level that I could not tolerate.”

BIRTHDAYS: Outfielder Roger Cedeno, who had two tours of duty with the Mets, turns 37. ... Rick Reed, to whom Dillon Gee is now being compared, turns 47. ... First baseman/outfielder Mike Jorgensen, a Met from 1968-71 before being traded to the Montreal Expos in a deal that returned Rusty Staub, and who attended Francis Lewis High School in Queens, was born on this date in 1948.