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Saturday, April 28, 2012
Mets morning briefing 4.28.12

By Adam Rubin

The Mets committed four errors in an 11-run fifth inning by Colorado on Friday night and ultimately lost to the Rockies, 18-9, at Coors Field. The error total and scoring outburst matched the most against the Mets in a single inning in franchise history and overshadowed Scott Hairston's cycle -- the 10th by a Met all time.

Dillon Gee tries to right the Mets on Saturday. He originally was supposed to face right-hander Jeremy Guthrie, but the Rockies reported that the former Oriole suffered a right shoulder sprain falling off his bicycle when a chain broke. Instead, Guthrie has landed on the disabled list, and the Mets will face right-hander Guillermo Moscoso, who was 1-3 with a 7.91 ERA at Triple-A Colorado Springs.

After the Mets complete the series in Colorado by the way, the entire contingent will dress in cowboy apparel for the trip to Houston as part of a team-building exercise.

Saturday's news reports:

Chris Schwinden, who took the rotation spot formerly occupied by Mike Pelfrey, was charged with six runs (five earned) on seven hits and a walk. He was chased without recording an out in the fifth inning, following a three-run homer by Carlos Gonzalez. Despite the fifth-inning debacle, Terry Collins affirmed postgame that Schwinden will start again Wednesday in Houston.

Longer term, Chris Young is due to pitch in a Florida State League game next Saturday. He should be ready in mid-May for major league competition -- barring a setback in his return from May 16, 2011 surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his right shoulder. Collins added that prospects Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia should spend the majority of the season at Triple-A Buffalo, working on their consistency. Read more in Newsday and the Record.

• Pelfrey's appointment with Dr. James Andrews is Monday in Gulf Breeze, Fla. He is expected to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery during the visit.

Lucas May belted a three-run homer and Familia issued seven walks in three-plus innings in Triple-A Buffalo's 7-3 win on Friday. Andres Torres' rehab assignment moved to the Bisons. He went 0-for-4 with a walk and steal. Torres should play against for Buffalo on Saturday. It sounds like he will reoccupy center field Monday in Houston, which would push Kirk Nieuwenhuis to unfamiliar left field. Read the full minor league recap here.

• Read game recaps from Friday's lopsided loss in Denver in the TimesRecord, Star-Ledger, Newsday, Daily News and Post.

Zach Lutz, who made his first major league start Friday, in place of Ike Davis at first base, learned of his promotion to the majors earlier this week while attending the funeral of his girlfriend's grandfather, reports Anthony Rieber in Newsday. Wrote Rieber:

When he told those in attendance his good news, he got a standing ovation. "It was kind of awkward," Lutz said. "I didn't know what to say. Everybody was clapping for me, a standing ovation. I think with everything going on, it made everybody feel better."

Lutz sounds like he may stick around, with Jordany Valdespin heading to the minors, when Torres is activated Monday. Davis should start the final two games of the Rockies series, including Sunday against left-hander Jamie Moyer. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• Nieuwenhuis' favorite player growing up in the Denver area was Todd Helton. No. 2 was Larry Walker. Read more in the Record and Post.

• Broadcaster Howie Rose will be inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Commack, L.I., on Sunday.

TRIVIA: Helton is the Rockies' franchise leader in RBI. Who ranks second?

Friday's answer: When Rockies pitching coach Bob Apodaca served in that capacity for the Class A St. Lucie Mets in 2002, the lone current member of the Mets to be on his squad was Jason Bay. Bay had been acquired during that spring training in a trade with the Montreal Expos. But Bay was shipped that July to the San Diego Padres with Bobby Jones in a deal that returned right-handers Steve Reed and Jason Middlebrook.