Morning Briefing: Matt Harvey Day?

February, 22, 2014
Feb 22
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Adam RubinMatt Harvey may throw off a mound Saturday, on the four-month anniversary of his Tommy John surgery.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.

FIRST PITCH: Matt Harvey Day appears to have arrived.

No, he is not throwing off a mound. And he is likely not going to contribute at all in 2014.

But Harvey, who indicated Thursday he planned to toss a baseball within a couple of days, appears likely to do so Saturday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery Oct. 22. The session would occur on the four-month anniversary of the procedure, which had been Harvey’s stated goal weeks earlier.

Sandy Alderson had summoned Harvey for a meeting Friday.

Saturday also marks the Mets’ first full-squad workout.

Terry Collins will save his big spring-training speech for later in camp, once the number of players has been trimmed from its current 64 to something closer to resembling the 25-man Opening Day roster.

The Mets will play an intrasquad game Thursday, the day before the Grapefruit League opener against the Washington Nationals.

Saturday’s news reports:

• The Wilpon family has a $250 million loan in place to avoid defaulting on an expiring loan, the Post reported. The Mets lost $10 million in 2013, but may turn a profit this year with new TV revenue, according to the report.

Travis d’Arnaud has been instructed not to block the plate, regardless of whether a new MLB rule takes effect this season mandating catchers give runners a path to home. Read more in the Post, Star-Ledger and Newsday.

Bobby Parnell’s bullpen session again was postponed Friday, this time when trainers held out the closer from the workout because of a left quadriceps injury. Read more in the Daily News, Star-Ledger, Journal and MLB.com.

• Jon Heyman at CBSSports.com suggested the Mets floated a one-year deal at $9.5 million for Stephen Drew, which ain't happening.

• Relief prospect Chasen Bradford is sidelined with an oblique injury.

Edgardo Alfonzo, who will serve as a minor-league coach for the Mets this season, joined the spring-training staff Friday.

• WOR may have settled upon former San Diego Padres play-by-play man Andy Masur as its pregame and postgame host for Mets radio. WOR, currently with full news programming, apparently will have a nighttime sports talk show, too, so callers can vent after Mets games and talk sports throughout the year. The tipoff is this job advertisement.

• Collins suggested Matt den Dekker needs to play every day, which likely means he is ticketed for Triple-A Las Vegas. Incidentally, den Dekker tells MLB.com about the right wrist fracture he suffered attempting another highlight-reel catch last spring training: “I still feel it a little bit.” Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• Read more on Collins’ intended remarks to his team in the Post.

• John Rowe in the Record discusses d’Arnaud’s offense.

• Columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post has a Q&A with Triple-A pitching coach Frank Viola. Davidoff also has a column talking to hitting coach Dave Hudgens about five Mets batters who need to produce for the team to be successful this season.

• The Baltimore Orioles are close to signing Nelson Cruz, according to Heyman.

From the bloggers … At Mets Police, Mike V has four reasons the 2014 Mets will be better than the 2013 version. … John Delcos at Mets Report writes about the Mets’ leadoff situation.

BIRTHDAYS: Former Mets reliever J.J. Putz turns 37.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Are you relieved Mets owners have financing in place and do not need to make a $250 million payment on an expiring loan?
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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