Morning Briefing: A day of rest
June, 9, 2014
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
Andy Marlin/Getty ImagesDavid Wright reiterated he has no regrets signing an extension with the Mets.
FIRST PITCH: And on Day 21 the Mets rested.
After playing 20 games in 20 days, the Mets take a day off before opening a homestand against the Milwaukee Brewers.
In Tuesday’s series opener, Daisuke Matsuzaka makes his second start since the demotion of Rafael Montero. Matsuzaka (2-0, 3.21 ERA) opposes right-hander Marco Estrada (5-2, 4.19).
The Mets (28-35) have lost a season-high six straight games. The Amazin’s are a season-worst seven games under .500.
“I guess there’s always a silver lining where you can find good things here and there, but ultimately it’s about wins and losses,” David Wright told reporters postgame Sunday. “These last six days have been losses. It sucks. It’s tough to find those kinds of positives.”
One Mets will not be off Monday. Daniel Murphy and family visit the White House to promote parental rights in the workplace.
Monday’s news reports:
• Wright, who has a no-trade clause, told columnist Kevin Kernan in the Post he is not going anywhere.
“When I signed my extension, I knew that things were not going to be easy,’’ Wright told Kernan. “If I wanted the easy way out, I would have signed somewhere else. The challenge of it, the loyalty to the organization, the direction I think we’re going, yes, we’ve gone through some rough stretches these last couple of years and the last few days have not been easy, but this is the process.”
Paul Lo Duca suggested last week that Wright would be better off elsewhere.
“I love Paulie,” Wright said. “He was one of my favorite teammates. But that is a reflection of his thoughts. That’s not what I’m thinking.’’
• Zack Wheeler had the shortest start of his career, lasting only 3 2/3 innings, and the Mets were swept in San Francisco with a 6-4 loss Sunday. Curtis Granderson had two homers in the defeat. Wright had a pinch-hit strikeout, but Terry Collins would not allow the captain to start the game.
Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger, Record, Newsday, Times and at MLB.com.
• With Travis d’Arnaud demoted, Collins said Anthony Recker and former Ranger/Oriole Taylor Teagarden will share the catching duties. The manager expects d’Arnaud to be in the minors for “a while.” Read more in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Star-Ledger and at MLB.com.
• After working back-to-back days with St. Lucie, reliever Gonzalez Germen may be ready to be activated from the disabled list as soon as Tuesday. Sandy Alderson told ESPNNewYork.com Sunday that team officials needed to first discuss whether there was merit in Germen appearing briefly with Las Vegas for more rehab work.
• Cory Vaughn went 3-for-4 and launched his first Triple-A homer as Las Vegas beat Fresno, 5-4. Rylan Sandoval had a tiebreaking RBI single in a four-run eighth as Binghamton beat New Britain, 7-3. Jeff McNeil and Dominic Smith each had three RBIs as Savannah beat Charleston, 11-6. Read the full minor-league recap here.
• Buddy Carlyle, who tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings over two relief appearances with the Mets, cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Vegas.
• From the bloggers … Blogging Mets says Mets fans are not delusional, just desperate.
BIRTHDAYS: Right-hander Jason Anderson, who was acquired by the Mets from the Yankees for Armando Benitez, turns 35.
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At least Cory Vaughn homered today. .and played CF #Mets— Matt Kaufman (@MattKaufman87) June 9, 2014