Saturday, February 22, 2014
Morning Briefing: Matt Harvey Day?
By Adam Rubin
Adam RubinPORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.
Matt Harvey may throw off a mound Saturday, on the four-month anniversary of his Tommy John surgery.
FIRST PITCH: Matt Harvey Day appears to have arrived.
No, he is not throwing off a mound. And he is likely not going to contribute at all in 2014.
But Harvey, who indicated Thursday he planned to toss a baseball within a couple of days, appears likely to do so Saturday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery Oct. 22. The session would occur on the four-month anniversary of the procedure, which had been Harvey’s stated goal weeks earlier.
Sandy Alderson had summoned Harvey for a meeting Friday.
Saturday also marks the Mets’ first full-squad workout.
Terry Collins will save his big spring-training speech for later in camp, once the number of players has been trimmed from its current 64 to something closer to resembling the 25-man Opening Day roster.
The Mets will play an intrasquad game Thursday, the day before the Grapefruit League opener against the Washington Nationals.
Saturday’s news reports:
• The Wilpon family has a $250 million loan in place to avoid defaulting on an expiring loan, the Post reported. The Mets lost $10 million in 2013, but may turn a profit this year with new TV revenue, according to the report.
• Travis d’Arnaud has been instructed not to block the plate, regardless of whether a new MLB rule takes effect this season mandating catchers give runners a path to home. Read more in the Post, Star-Ledger and Newsday.
• Bobby Parnell’s bullpen session again was postponed Friday, this time when trainers held out the closer from the workout because of a left quadriceps injury. Read more in the Daily News, Star-Ledger, Journal and MLB.com.
• Jon Heyman at CBSSports.com suggested the Mets floated a one-year deal at $9.5 million for Stephen Drew, which ain't happening.
• Relief prospect Chasen Bradford is sidelined with an oblique injury.
• Edgardo Alfonzo, who will serve as a minor-league coach for the Mets this season, joined the spring-training staff Friday.
• WOR may have settled upon former San Diego Padres play-by-play man Andy Masur as its pregame and postgame host for Mets radio. WOR, currently with full news programming, apparently will have a nighttime sports talk show, too, so callers can vent after Mets games and talk sports throughout the year. The tipoff is this job advertisement.
• Collins suggested Matt den Dekker needs to play every day, which likely means he is ticketed for Triple-A Las Vegas. Incidentally, den Dekker tells MLB.com about the right wrist fracture he suffered attempting another highlight-reel catch last spring training: “I still feel it a little bit.” Read more in the Star-Ledger.
• Read more on Collins’ intended remarks to his team in the Post.
• John Rowe in the Record discusses d’Arnaud’s offense.
• Columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post has a Q&A with Triple-A pitching coach Frank Viola. Davidoff also has a column talking to hitting coach Dave Hudgens about five Mets batters who need to produce for the team to be successful this season.
• The Baltimore Orioles are close to signing Nelson Cruz, according to Heyman.
• From the bloggers … At Mets Police, Mike V has four reasons the 2014 Mets will be better than the 2013 version. … John Delcos at Mets Report writes about the Mets’ leadoff situation.
BIRTHDAYS: Former Mets reliever J.J. Putz turns 37.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
YOU’RE UP: Are you relieved Mets owners have financing in place and do not need to make a $250 million payment on an expiring loan?