Friday, August 26, 2011
Mets morning briefing 8.26.11
By Adam Rubin
Jose Reyes went 0-for-1 with a walk and played five uneventful innings at shortstop Thursday with Double-A Binghamton. It was Reyes' first rehab stint with the B-Mets since playing four games in 2004 ... as a second baseman. Reyes plans to play seven innings Friday and a full game Saturday, then be activated from the disabled list Monday.
Friday's news reports:
• Newsday's David Lennon corrects the initial report, saying David Wright actually cleared waivers -- and was not claimed by the Colorado Rockies or any other team. Either way, it's immaterial. Across baseball, stars as well as ordinary players are placed through waivers in August and merely pulled back if they're claimed.
• Andy Martino in the Daily News writes the Mets have to keep Reyes and Wright for 2012. Still, Martino speculates that if another team offers Reyes seven years, the Mets are going to have to let him walk. As for Wright, Martino writes:
When Wright was rehabbing his fractured back in Port St. Lucie, a Mets employee noticed that he seemed glum one day. What was wrong? "They're going to trade me, so what's the point?" Wright said, according to a person told about the conversation. Team brass had to comfort him and tell him he was not going anywhere, and Wright perked up. Wright, true to his preference for rhetorical blandness, has always denied that the rumors bother him. A longtime Mets staffer and friend of Wright's disagrees. "This stuff really bothers David," the friend said. "He feels very loyal to the Mets."
• Chipper Jones, who returns to Citi Field this weekend with the Atlanta Braves, shared with ESPNNewYork.com the one time he did not mind losing to the Mets -- on Sept. 21, 2001, in the first game back in New York after 9/11.
• Mike Puma in the Post weighs in on Ruben Tejada, who would be the 2012 shortstop if Reyes walks. "We always say how Jose's arm is one of the top in the league, but Tejada is throwing the ball right up there with him," infield coach Chip Hale told Puma. "That has impressed me. You can tell he is getting bigger and stronger. He definitely has put some good weight on."
Tejada said the topic of Reyes' potential departure has not come up between the two. "We don't talk like that," he said. "We talk about baseball only. We don't talk about if he's here next year or not. You never know what can happen here next year, so I'm just ready for everything."
Andy McCullough in the Star-Ledger outlines what's left to watch this season: whether Wright can bounce back from a subpar August, Dillon Gee can rediscover his early season success, Bobby Parnell can make it as closer and how Reyes' hamstring woes play out. McCullough harshy writes about Wright: "He turns 29 this winter. His defense continues to deteriorate. His prime appears in the past."
• Art Stapleton in the Record looks at Lucas Duda, the 2011 presumptive right fielder. "In some cases, I do think you can be too timid to survive here," Terry Collins told Stapleton. "I don’t think that’s Lucas. He’s still quiet, but I’m starting to see that as quiet confidence."
• Lenny Dykstra has more legal trouble.
BIRTHDAYS: Former reliever Ricky Bottalico, a Connecticut native better known for his days with the Phillies, turns 42. ... Former catcher Alex Trevino, who was shipped to Cincinnati in a February 1982 swap for George Foster, was born on this date in 1957.