Saturday, September 7, 2013
Burke, Harang lone initial call-ups
By Adam Rubin
With Triple-A Las Vegas' elimination, the Mets' call-ups are expected to be Greg Burke and Aaron Harang.
Harang, the ex-Seattle Mariners right-hander, just pitched six innings in Saturday's Pacific Coast League playoff game. The Mets likely are eyeing next Saturday's doubleheader at Citi Field for a Harang start.
The initial plan, according to team insiders, also was to promote Ruben Tejada, third catcher Juan Centeno and Mike Baxter. Team sources believed those largely may be off the table now, for whatever reason.
Mets officials already planned to snub Robert Carson and Kirk Nieuwenhuis, a source told ESPNNewYork.com.
Tejada may be promoted later, but there was conflicting information. Waiting until Tuesday does delay his free agency by a year because of MLB service time calculations.
Passing over Tejada would be particularly surprising and a major snub. Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson recently had mentioned him as an intended September call-up. Mets officials also had mentioned calling up a third catcher during the final month. Baxter would have qualified for Super 2 status with a call-up.
The Mets confirmed Burke's call-up postgame Saturday. Harang presumably will wait to be added until his start is required.