Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Mets morning briefing 6.7.11
By Adam Rubin
Chris Capuano returns to Miller Park, where the Brewers are 21-7, to face his former club. Jason Bay returns to the lineup in the No. 6 slot, according to Terry Collins, after a mental break. And the severity of Carlos Beltran's right shin injury gets clearer. Read the series preview here.
Tuesday's news reports:
• The Mets selected 18-year-old high school outfielder Brandon Nimmo from Wyoming with the 13th overall pick. He received a congratulatory call from David Wright, who was hanging out in the Mets' draft room. Read Nimmo's story here. The Mets then took Oklahoma prep right-hander Michael Fulmer with the 44th overall pick, which they acquired for losing Pedro Feliciano as a free agent to the Yankees. Both players have committed to the University of Arkansas, but have not met on a recruiting visit or otherwise. "I heard a ton about him -- a great ballplayer, a great outfielder, I've heard," Fulmer said about Nimmo. "I was looking forward to playing with him at Arkansas. Even better now looking forward to playing with him with the Mets." Read additional draft coverage in Newsday, the Times, Daily News and Star-Ledger.
• Newsday's Steve Marcus reports David Einhorn's arrangement to buy a minority share of the Mets is under review by Major League Baseball. Neither side has expressed any concern a deal will not be finalized.
• Einhorn moved from New Jersey to an affluent Milwaukee suburb as a 7-year-old, and converted to Brewers fan. The Times' Richard Sandomir and Ken Belson note Einhorn has had aspirations of owning a major league team for a while. He was late to the party when the Brewers were sold to New York businessman Mark Attanasio. And he met in 2009 with Bob DuPuy, then MLB president, trying to learn the mechanics of becoming a baseball owner, according to the newspaper.
• Wright says being shut down for three additional weeks, while not expected, should allow the stress fracture to heal and prevent the issue from lingering. "If they allowed me to do what I want to do, which is play right now, then it would affect me," Wright told the Post's Dan Martin. "But once it heals properly, it shouldn't hurt me. I think it will be behind me. ... The doctors told me there are two different aspects of core muscles: The ones you work on when you do sit-ups that look good at the beach and then there's an inner-layer that supports your spine and your organs. Those are the things I'm working on now and will have to continue to strengthen long term."
• Gary Carter begins radiation treatments Tuesday to combat brain cancer. 1986 manager Davey Johnson, who represented the Washington Nationals at the draft on Monday night, told the Post's Tim Bontemps that Carter has the disposition to combat the cancer. "He's a tough cookie," Johnson told Bontemps. "If you can handle catching all those years, you can probably beat a little thing like this. ... We had a good long chat. I told him, 'If anybody can beat this, it's you. You're a gamer, and you'll bring this thing to its knees.' And I'm sure he will."
• Lenny Dykstra was jailed Monday with accusations of grand theft auto.
• Newsday's David Lennon says Beltran may play Tuesday. Or maybe not. Writes Lennon:
The Mets expect to have Carlos Beltran back in the lineup for Tuesday night's series opener against the Brewers at Miller Park. Just as they planned for David Wright to return from a stress fracture of his lower back in two weeks. Just as they anticipated that Ike Davis would shake off a sprain and bone bruise of his right ankle with a 15-day DL stint.
• Bay is in an 0-for-17 rut and does not have any answers. He sat Sunday, even after Beltran left the game after fouling a ball off himself. Writes Brian Costa in The Wall Street Journal:
The old Jason Bay lives. He can be found at Citi Field in the early afternoons, when the sound of ball meeting bat echoes throughout an empty ballpark. He goes out for early batting practice, searching for answers. And every day, it appears he has found them. "He's putting balls in the second deck," Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens said. "It's unbelievable. Then during the game..." It is difficult for Hudgens to explain what happens next. When the sun sets over the left-field stands and the lights go on, the old Jason Bay vanishes. And the Mets' $66 million mystery emerges.
• Frank Viola, who had the ceremonial role of representing the Mets at the draft in Secaucus, praised 2010 first-round pick Matt Harvey, who has excelled at Class A St. Lucie. "The best thing about him is that he has a game-plan," Viola told the Post's Martin. "Kids do not have a routine. They don't follow through and repeat. He's so far ahead of the curve in knowing what he needs to do to get where he is going."
• Capuano is not expecting "Welcome Back" banners at Miller Park when he faces his former club on Tuesday. Capuano was drafted by the Diamondbacks out of Duke and traded to the Brewers in December 2003, in a deal that sent Richie Sexson to the desert. "Milwaukee was home to me for a while, but I’m not really thinking about it as any different type of a game,” Capuano told the Record's Art Stapleton. “For me, it doesn’t have any more significance. It’s another start for me and that’s it.”
• Steve Popper profiles Dillon Gee in the Record. "He’s proved that he can pitch here at this level with very good success," Collins said about the 6-0 rookie. "I guess I’m not surprised by it. He showed that in September. You’ve got to be careful what you see in March and what you see in September. This guy, all he’s done is build on what he did in September. Do we expect more from that? I don’t think you need more than what he’s doing."
BIRTHDAY: Esix Snead turns 35. An outfielder with amazing speed, Snead hit one home run in 14 career at-bats, but he made it count. It was a walk-off shot against the Expos on Sept. 21, 2002. -Mark Simon