Mets morning briefing 9.2.11

September, 2, 2011
9/02/11
7:22
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Miguel Batista notched his 100th career win in his Mets debut and the Amazin's took four of five from the Florida Marlins with a 7-5 victory in the series finale on Thursday.

Friday's news reports:

• In a partnership that fizzled, David Einhorn is out as prospective minority owner. Fred Wilpon relayed the news in a meeting in Manhattan on Thursday. Sources tell ESPNNewYork.com the Wilpons instead will attempt to raise a comparable figure to the $200 million infusion sought from Einhorn by selling small pieces to family members and friends, say in the $15 million range. Einhorn alleged the Wilpons changed agreed-upon terms in the deal. Insiders say the Wilpons feel Einhorn thought he was preying on the weak and betting they'd fail, giving him an eventual path to majority ownership.

Read coverage of the parting in the Times, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Daily News, Post and Record.

• What's the impact of the deal falling through on the Mets this offseason? Read the ESPNNewYork.com analysis here. Or here in the Post.

• Mets players expressed no interest in the parting between the Wilpons and Einhorn. "I think it has zero effect on us," David Wright said. Said R.A. Dickey: "Ask me again in spring training, you may get a different answer. But the truth of it is, in this moment, I'm neither curious nor anxious about it." Read more in Newsday.

Josh Thole suffered a bone bruise at the base of his left hand when he was struck by a pitch from Batista while catching, while Ruben Tejada eventually also left Thursday's win after getting struck on a knuckle on his left hand by Florida's Steve Cishek.

X-rays for both players were negative. Thole nonetheless had significant swelling and stayed behind in New York for a Friday a.m. MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery. He expected to rejoin the Mets by the evening in D.C. Terry Collins said a prolonged absence for Thole, if that materialized, would require a minor league call-up. Veteran Raul Chavez would be the most logical choice at Triple-A Buffalo. Perhaps alleviating the need for a call-up is progress for Ronny Paulino, who said his broken big toe feels passable enough to catch.

• Infielder Josh Satin and reliever Josh Stinson joined the Mets on Thursday as rosters expanded. Stinson had a $400 taxi ride (paid for by the team) from Erie, Pa., to Binghamton to retrieve his car. He then drove to New York. Satin nearly made his major league debut, but he was left in the on-deck circle in the bottom of the eighth when Jose Reyes made the Mets' final out. Watch video of the rookies discussing their promotions here. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• Batista limited the Marlins to two runs in six innings to pick up his 100th career win. Batista also became the fourth Met to get his first win with the organization in his 40s, joining Roberto Hernandez, Orel Hershiser and Warren Spahn.

Terry Collins intimated afterward that Batista may not get another start Tuesday in Miami, however, when the Mets again face the Marlins. Collins said the start may go to a minor leaguer. Right-hander Chris Schwinden makes sense, but the organization's concern is his innings count -- 144 1/3 this year, which is 30 2/3 more innings than 2009. Pat Misch is at Triple-A as well and also may get called up after Buffalo's season ends Monda.

Position-player candidates to be called up: first baseman Valentino Pascucci and outfielder Mike Baxter. The 32-year-old Pascucci, named Triple-A Buffalo's MVP, last appeared in the majors in 2004 with the Montreal Expos.

• The Mets completed the trade involving Francisco Rodriguez and the Milwaukee Brewers by selecting ex-Reds left-hander Danny Herrera and Class A right-hander Adrian Rosario from a list of five candidates. Herrera is due to join the Mets in D.C. on Friday. Read more in the Record.

• Newsday's Zach Schonbrun caught up with former GM Omar Minaya. Regarding Reyes, Minaya told Schonbrun: "I don't know what's going on, but my guess is (the Mets are) going to do the best they can to keep him. That's my guess. I think it's fair to say, I know Jose and I'm pretty sure this is his favorite place."

• Read game reports from Thursday win in the Star-Ledger, Times, Record, Newsday and Daily News.

BIRTHDAYS: Marvelous Marv Throneberry, a Met during the first two years of the franchise, was born on this day in 1933. He died in 1994.
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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