Sunday, July 7, 2013
Morning Briefing: Satin's second chance?
By Adam Rubin
FIRST PITCH: After two days on the bench, Josh Satin is due to be back in the starting lineup today, according to Terry Collins.
Satin, who has a 10-game hitting streak, benefited from the Milwaukee Brewers making a late switch in pitching assignment. Left-hander Tom Gorzelanny replaces right-hander Wily Peralta, to allow Peralta a couple of extra days to rest a strained hamstring.
Collins would not reveal where Satin will start. First base would not seem the best bet, since Ike Davis just returned and now has reached base in seven of 11 plate appearances. Perhaps it will be second base, where Satin worked pregame Saturday -- although Daniel Murphy’s bat seemed to wake up with a three-hit game after going 0-for-11 the previous two days. Or might it be in left field, where Satin has only appeared in one minor league game, plus a brief and ill-fated stint in winter ball in Venezuela in October 2011?
Meanwhile, Anthony Recker should find himself at catcher. Recker was in Saturday’s original lineup, but Shaun Marcum preferred to throw to John Buck, and Collins obliged and made the switch.
Jeremy Hefner (3-6, 3.54 ERA) pitches for the Mets. Hefner has a 1.70 ERA and has struck out 29 in 37 innings over his past six starts.
Sunday’s news reports:
• After trailing 5-0, the Mets rallied to within a run three different times, only to lose 7-6 to the Brewers on Saturday night. Marcum dropped to 1-10, becoming the quickest Met to double-digit losses since Steve Trachsel in 2001. Afterward, Marcum acknowledged he again dealt with numbness, tingling and coldness in his pitching hand.
Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record, Times and MLB.com.
• David Wright and Matt Harvey will represent the Mets in the July 16 All-Star Game at Citi Field. Wright topped San Francisco’s Pablo Sandoval by more than 1.9 million votes for the NL starting assignment at third base. Harvey received the most votes among starting pitchers on the players’ ballot.
Read more in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record, Times and MLB.com.
• See more photos from Harvey’s ESPN The Magazine “Body Issue” shoot in the Daily News.
• Ruben Tejada no longer is on the disabled list. Instead, he officially is a minor leaguer, having been removed from his rehab assignment and optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas. Read more in the Post, Star-Ledger and Record.
• Davis told Newsday he appreciated Jeff Wilpon dropping by Las Vegas two days before the first baseman's promotion to assure him he still was part of the future. "It's nice to hear that the guy that I'm working for has confidence in me," Davis said. "If they didn't have confidence in me and they didn't want me here, [it] would have been a little tougher."
• Steve Serby in the Post has a Q&A with Hefner. Hefner revealed he tries to pattern his delivery after Adam Wainwright. Among the other exchanges:
Q: What is it like watching Matt Harvey?
A: "We played together in Buffalo last year, we both started the year in Triple-A together, and to see where he was then, to where he is now, is not even the same person. If you would have told me last year at the beginning of the year that he would be doing what he is now, I would have told you no way. Not that he didn’t have it in him, but I didn’t see it on the field in Buffalo, as far as that killer instinct, the stuff. ... The stuff was there, but not what it is right now, as far as velocity, location, the delivery being repeated, the ability to throw strikes with all of his pitches -- his changeup was nonexistent at the beginning of the year last year."
• Kirk Nieuwenhuis banged his right knee getting tangled with Eric Young Jr. on an eighth-inning-ending catch by Young on the track in left-center, but did not suffer serious damage.
• Mookie Wilson will have an autobiography coming out next year. “People know me, but they only know me because of that groundball,” Wilson tells the Daily News, referring to Bill Buckner’s World Series gaffe. “Basically [the book] is going to provide a little more light on who I am, how I came to be who I am and where I’m headed.”
• Binghamton launched five homers and Darrell Ceciliani had a career-high five RBIs as Binghamton routed New Hampshire, 14-3. Charley Thurber, Jayce Boyd and Dustin Lawley homered in St. Lucie’s 6-3 win against Fort Myers. Steven Matz had a seven-inning shutout as Savannah split a doubleheader. Patrick Biondi had three hits and scored three runs in Brooklyn’s 5-3 win at Aberdeen. Read the full minor league recap here.
• Wayne Coffey in the Daily News profiles lefty reliever Scott Rice, who spent 14 seasons in the minors before making his major league debut this year.
• Ken Belson in the Times reports how technology has allowed players to scout rivals on their iPads at their lockers or on planes.
• Zack Wheeler is looking forward to facing the San Francisco Giants, his former organization, on Wednesday, notes the Daily News.
• Anthony McCarron in the Daily News catches up with 72-year-old Ron Hunt, who represented the Mets as a starter in the 1964 All-Star Game at Shea Stadium.
• BIRTHDAYS: John Buck turns 33. … Third-base coach Tim Teufel is 55. … Infielder Andy Green, now the manager of Double-A Mobile for the Arizona Diamondbacks, is 36.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
YOU’RE UP: Should the Mets let Shaun Marcum continue in the rotation, put him on the disabled list or designate him for assignment?