Schwinden back in swing Thursday

September, 13, 2011
9/13/11
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Chris Schwinden will enter the rotation for Thursday's series finale against the Washington Nationals, bumping Miguel Batista to the bullpen. Chris Capuano actually had been scheduled to face the Nats that day, but the southpaw will be given an extra day of rest and will work on Batista's originally scheduled day, Friday in Atlanta.

Schwinden was charged with five runs on eight hits and a walk in five innings in his major league debut last Thursday against Atlanta. That upped his season innings count to 153 2/3.

The Mets had appeared resolved not to go any further this year barring a need for Schwinden in long relief, since Schwinden tossed only 113 2/3 innings in 2010. But the Mets subsequently reversed course, reasoning they needed to see the rookie right-hander more to gauge his ability.

Schwinden turns 25 on Sept. 22.

Jason Isringhausen played catch Tuesday afternoon at Citi Field, a day after receiving an injection to try to alleviate right leg numbness associated with a herniated disc in his lower back. Isringhausen said he did the light throwing session on his own, not at the instruction of team medical staff or coaches. Asked if a return was imminent, Isringhausen definitively proclaimed: "Nooooo."

Jose Garcia, a 16-year-old switch-hitting catcher from Venezuela who was the top international prospect inked by the Mets during the July signing flurry, took batting practice at Citi Field on Tuesday afternoon.

"A switch-hitting catcher. Very athletic," Mets director of international operations Rafael Perez said about Garcia. "A gap-to-gap hitter. Stays within himself. A 1.85- to 1.95-(second time) to second (base). He's just a kid with high energy and somebody we like his makeup. I think we've got a good package."

Mike Pelfrey is the Mets nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award for humanitarian efforts. Carlos Delgado won the award in 2006 as a Met. Fans collectively have one vote for the award, with the voters mostly part of a decorated MLB panel that includes Vera Clemente, the widow of Roberto Clemente.

• The Mets are scheduled to visit Toronto and Tampa Bay during interleague play next season, with Boston coming to Citi Field, according to sources. The schedule has not yet been released. The Mets are expected to open the 2012 season at home.

Terry Collins said Jason Bay's absence for a recurring right shoulder issue should be limited to Tuesday's game. Bay jammed the shoulder again attempting a diving catch during the weekend series against the Chicago Cubs and played through irritation Monday.

Ike Davis plans to return home to Arizona in a couple of days, when the Mets head out for their final road trip of the season, to Atlanta and St. Louis. Davis said he will be idle for a couple of weeks before beginning a weightlifting regimen.

Lucas Duda confirmed he intends to play for Tim Teufel-managed Caracas for a month at the beginning of the winter league season in Venezuela to continue learning right field. Team officials had told Duda he did not need to play winter ball because of his heavy workload this season.
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
14 4.02 143 190
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .295
HRL. Duda 28
RBIL. Duda 86
RD. Murphy 76
OPSL. Duda .832
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.49
SOZ. Wheeler 180