Thursday, March 15, 2012
Mets make 11 cuts
By Adam Rubin
Highly regarded pitching prospects Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia headlined the first round of cuts at Mets camp.
Also reassigned to the minors Thursday morning: Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Matt den Dekker, Josh Stinson, Jenrry Mejia, Juan Lagares, Reese Havens, Wilmer Flores, Armando Rodriguez and Robert Carson.
The Mets now have 44 players in camp. More cuts will follow today's Grapefruit League game.
"It's not my call. I can't make the decision," Harvey said. "No matter how much I wanted to try and prove that I could, it's never going to be my call. So I can only do what I can do. ... You know, I'm not happy about it. But I can't make the decision, so I'm going to go out there wherever I'm throwing and do the best I can and keep working and try to get to the level I want to be at."
Harvey said he feels like he's ready for the majors.
"I'd like to think so," Harvey said. "Whenever they feel like I'm ready is when I'm ready."
Familia said he appreciated the experience, and especially the tutelage from 41-year-old Miguel Batista.
"I threw with him every day and did my stuff with him," Familia said. "He taught me how to finish my changeup, my slider, my fastball."