Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Mets morning briefing 5.10.11
By Adam Rubin
Chris Capuano suffered a second straight hard-luck loss in which he pitched into the seventh inning and limited the opponent to two runs. Now, Mike Pelfrey tries to get the Mets on track Tuesday at Coors Field when he opposes Jason Hammel.
Tuesday's news reports:
• Monday was a bad day on the injury front -- at least diagnosis-wise. Team doctor David Altchek determined Chris Young has a torn anterior capsule in his right shoulder. That's the same injury Johan Santana required surgery for Sept. 14. Santana only now is supposedly about to step on a mound, with an eye toward returning in July. Ex-Yankee Chien-Ming Wang, who also had the surgery, has not yet returned to game action two seasons later. Young hasn't resolved to have surgery yet, assistant GM John Ricco said. Either way, his season appears over. And given his history of shoulder injuries, his career could be in jeopardy, too.
"I don't know how we can be more protective," Terry Collins said. "I really and truly don't. We have done the best we could to make sure these guys have gotten proper rest, watched their pitch counts and done as good a job as possible to try and avoid this."
Meanwhile, Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., concurred that Jenrry Mejia needs Tommy John surgery. Altchek will perform that procedure in the near future.
Read more injury coverage in the Star-Ledger, Record, Newsday, Daily News, Times, Post and Journal.
• David Wright has been dealing with an injury in his upper back/neck area, although the third baseman downplays it. Read more in Newsday, the Times and Post.
• Newsday columnist Ken Davidoff offers these odds of specific Mets players getting traded: Jose Reyes (80%), Carlos Beltran (98%), Francisco Rodriguez (55%), Pelfrey (25%), Wright (10%), Tim Byrdak (80%), Capuano (70%), Scott Hairston (75%), Jason Isringhausen (85%). Read the details here.
• Bobby Parnell looks headed to Buffalo -- or possibly Binghamton -- to continue his rehab assignment, with a potential return during the weekend series in Houston.
• Collins flipped Ike Davis and Jason Bay in the order Monday, moving Davis to fifth. The manager said it was about separating lefty hitters, not about Davis' superior performance to Bay. The Mets had only two hits into the sixth inning in the series opener against Colorado, both by Davis.
• Commisioner Bud Selig continued to try to create a distinction between the money woes of the Dodgers and Mets. Read additional coverage in Newsday.
• Read game coverage of Monday's 2-1 loss to the Rockies in the Star-Ledger, Daily News, Post and Newsday.
• The Post's Kevin Kernan catches up with 2010 first-round pick Matt Harvey, who is off to a blazing start with Class A St. Lucie and should soon find himself at Double-A Binghamton.
"I loved Paul O'Neill's approach and the way he would get so mad at himself. He felt that he needed to be perfect every time, and I loved that," Harvey tells Kernan.
Said St. Lucie pitching coach Phil Regan: "He gets everything over. He's one of the few that has stepped right out of college and can handle it. He is just wise beyond his years."
• Mike Sielski of The Wall Street Journal looks at the lone recent prolonged bright spot for the Mets, when they went 23-9 during a five-week span in May and June last season. Sielski lists factors such as Pelfrey acting as an ace, the league's unfamiliarity with R.A. Dickey and Jon Niese, Wright producing like a star and Angel Pagan having his brightest stretch as a major leaguer.
BIRTHDAYS: Former Mets first baseman Craig Brazell turns 31. His only home run with the Mets was a walk-off long ball against the Chicago Cubs on Sept. 25, 2004 -- during a game in which Brazell and Victor Diaz combined to significantly damage the Cubs' postseason chances that season. The Mets had tied the score with two out in the ninth inning on a three-run homer by Diaz, who later was traded to the Texas Rangers for Mike Nickeas. ... Former pitcher Pete Schourek turns 42. He pitched a one-hitter against the Montreal Expos on Sept. 10, 1991. The only hit in that game came in the fifth inning by current Chicago White Sox GM Ken Williams. -Mark Simon