Monday, August 15, 2011
Mets morning briefing 8.15.11
By Adam Rubin
The Mets were swept for the second straight season in Arizona and fell four games under .500 for the first time since June 4. The Amazin's now head to San Diego. Read the series preview here.
Monday's news reports:
• Chris Capuano has cleared waivers, Buster Olney reports. That means the Mets can trade him to any team during August, including the Diamondbacks, who lost Jason Marquis when he broke the fibula in his right leg on Angel Pagan's comebacker Sunday. (If Capuano had been claimed, the Mets could only have tried to work out a deal with that one claiming organization. If no deal could be worked out under that scenario, the Mets could have just dumped Capuano's contract on the claiming team -- which would be unlikely -- or they could have pulled Capuano back, after which he could not be traded.)
• Read game stories from Sunday's loss in the Record, Newsday, Daily News, Times, Post and Star-Ledger.
• Marquis -- who played another inning after being struck by Pagan, until he crumpled on a pitch that hit Josh Thole -- told Nick Piecoro in the Arizona Republic about the fractured right fibula: "I thought it was just a normal bruise swelling, tightness of a bruise swelling up. ... Obviously, on that last pitch to Thole on the push-off, I just felt something pop, and (the doctor) said it pretty much completed the break. It is what it is. I'm going to do everything in my power to heal up as fast as I can and listen to the training staff, and hopefully I'd like to be back to help this team in October."
• Midnight is the deadline to sign first-round pick Brandon Nimmo. A team official told ESPNNewYork.com that he expected the deal to be completed/announced in the late evening. Posturing, Nimmo's father Ron said in the Post: "(The Mets) have some work to do. There's some disparity. It's not all about the money. You get one shot at this deal and you're going to have to live off this for six years." If Nimmo went to the University of Arkansas instead of signing, he would be walking away from roughly $2 million. And at a four-year school, Nimmo would be ineligible to be drafted until after his junior season. So Mets officials know it's just a waiting game and he'll sign.
• Mike Pelfrey, who was nailed on the elbow in Saturday's fifth inning by Gerardo Parra, intends to make his next start, Friday at Citi Field against Milwaukee. Terry Collins had fun Sunday when asked if Pelfrey was OK. "How do you mean that?" the manager quipped. "Physically he's fine." Read more in Newsday.
• Pitching coach Dan Warthen told the Post that Johan Santana should resume throwing within days. Santana was shut down after a long-toss session 15 days ago.
• Jose Reyes (hamstring) will not be ready to be activated from the disabled list next Tuesday, when he is eligible, according to Collins. He may begin light baseball activities as soon as today. Read more in the Star-Ledger.
BIRTHDAYS: Oliver Perez turns 30. He is 3-3 with a 3.28 ERA at Double-A Harrisburg in the Nationals organization this season, while in the final season of a three-year, $36 million deal footed by the Mets. ... Former catcher Duffy Dyer turns 66.