New York Mets: Chase d'Arnaud

Morning Briefing: Off to Jupiter

March, 2, 2014
Mar 2

Jeff Roberson/Associated PressDaisuke Matsuzaka makes his first Grapefruit League start as a Met on Sunday against the Cardinals.

FIRST PITCH: After two home losses to open Grapefruit League play, the Mets head south on I-95 to Jupiter to face the St. Louis Cardinals.

Fifth-starter frontrunner Daisuke Matsuzaka opposes right-hander Michael Wacha in the 1:05 p.m. game.

WOR 710 AM will broadcast the game, with Josh Lewin joined by former Mets GM Steve Phillips on the call. Phillips will handle three WOR games this week.

Eric Young Jr., held out for the first two exhibition games with a side-muscle issue, took batting practice Saturday against Bobby Parnell and is scheduled to make the trip. Due to pitch for the Mets after Dice-K: Jeurys Familia, Jose Valverde, Steven Matz, Carlos Torres, Joel Carreño and Jack Leathersich. (See the full travel list here.)

Matz, from Stony Brook on Long Island, was electric in Thursday’s intrasquad game. He flashed a 94-96 mph fastball and sharp slider that impressed the few scouts in attendance.

Sunday’s news reports:

• Pitching for the first time since undergoing surgery on a muscle in his left leg last Aug. 28, John Lannan tossed two scoreless innings in his Mets debut. Lucas Duda provided a solo homer and committed an error at first base as the Mets dropped their second straight game, 9-1 to the Miami Marlins at Tradition Field.

Veteran reliever Kyle Farnsworth’s fastball sat at only 86-88 mph and he allowed a solo homer to Austin Barnes. Josh Edgin’s velocity also sagged and his arm angle was lower in than in past years, leading scouts to worry about him, too, as he allowed five runs (three earned).

Read more in the Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger, Newsday and

Jeff Roberson/Associated PressBobby Parnell faced batters Saturday for the first time since herniated-disk surgery.

• Parnell threw batting practice Saturday, marking his first time facing batters since undergoing surgery on Sept. 10 to repair a herniated disk in his neck. Parnell still has a lingering left quadriceps strain, but the Mets plan to have the closer as well as Bartolo Colon (calf) and Jonathon Niese (shoulder) pitch in a “B” game on Thursday against the Houston Astros in Kissimmee. Read more in the Times, Daily News, Star-Ledger, Record, Newsday and

• The Mets are projected to have the seventh-lowest payroll in the majors.

• Columnist Mike Vaccaro in the Post suggests Mets owner Fred Wilpon and Knicks owner James Dolan trade teams. Writes Vaccaro:

Imagine: James Dolan never has been shy about opening his checkbook. Many’s the day when a Knicks fan has found himself saying, “If only there were no salary cap in the NBA.” Well, there’s no salary cap in MLB. Even the most fervent Dolanaphobe has to concede this much: The man will spend money. If Dolan owned the Mets they wouldn’t have had to worry about Stephen Drew because he would’ve signed Jose Reyes to a 10-year contract.

The Wilpons? Put it this way: The first time they looked at the NBA’s collective-bargaining agreement they would get good and giddy and look at each other with big smiles and say: “Wait, there’s a limit to how much money you can spend? If you don’t keep yourself under the salary cap you can be in trouble?”

• 2012 third-round pick Matt Koch threw batting practice Saturday on a back field -- his first time facing batters since getting struck with a line drive last August with low-A Savannah and getting hospitalized for three days.

• Here are Oscar predictions, courtesy of the Mets:

David Wright: Wolf of Wall Street. “It’s based on a true story. Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio were amazing.”

Travis d’Arnaud: Captain Phillips. “It reminded me of my grandfather, who also was a captain of cargo ships. Tom Hanks played a great role.”

Ike Davis: Gravity. “I saw it in an IMAX theater and it really felt like you were in space.”

Curtis Granderson: Captain Phillips “Any time you have Tom Hanks, you know it’s going to be a great performance. It was based on a true story. You really felt like you were part of the action.”

• Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger profiles Juan Lagares, who grew up playing softball and still uses the larger ball during offseason training to strengthen his throwing arm. Lagares began in the Mets organization as a shortstop. But he committed 40 errors in 82 games at the position in 2007 with Savannah and two seasons later pretty much had fully transitioned to the outfield.

• David Lennon in Newsday addresses whether Granderson’s transition from hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium to pitcher-friendly Citi Field will result in the same struggles Jason Bay endured coming to the Queens ballpark.

“Some of it kind of gets blown out of proportion. It’s still a big park, and there are times when you feel like you should be rewarded, and it gets frustrating,” Wright told Lennon. “But it's not like I think to myself, ‘Oh, God, this is changing the type of player I am.’

“Were there times it stunk to hit there? Of course. But as far as saying it changed players’ careers or didn’t allow players to be the type of players they were before, that’s nonsense. I think Jason would be the first one to tell you that it was some inconsistencies, some poor play, some injuries that just kind of spiraled out of control for him.”

• Tyler Kepner in the Times catches up with LaTroy Hawkins, who left the Mets as a free agent for a $2.5 million offer from the Colorado Rockies. Kepner notes that with Mariano Rivera’s retirement, Hawkins’ 943 games pitched make him MLB’s active leader. He debuted on April 29, 1995. Writes Kepner:

Only 15 pitchers have worked 1,000 games. It is a more exclusive club than 300 wins, 500 homers or 3,000 hits. Hawkins has never made an All-Star team, never led the league in any category except earned runs in 1999. But he is about to earn his way in.

• Triple-A Las Vegas manager Wally Backman tells Mike Puma in the Post that he spoke with two teams during the offseason about coaching in the majors but received no offers.

• A fan initiative to name three left-field sections at Citi Field “Kiner’s Korner” is chronicled in the Post. The Mets have committed to wearing a patch this season and also will have the microphone-themed emblem displayed on the outfield wall, as they did two years ago after Gary Carter’s passing.

• Columnist Joel Sherman in the Post notes the Mets are considerably behind the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves, and are more akin to the Miami Marlins. Writes Sherman:

Here is the real worrisome factor for the Mets: Does anyone see that condition changing any year soon? The Nationals and Braves already are what the Mets are trying to become.

• Steve Serby in the Post has a Q&A with Chris Young. Among the exchanges, Serby gets Young’s reaction to the Mets signing him over Nelson Cruz.

“All I can do as a player is do the best that I can, and that’s the only thing that I can focus on,” Young said. “If I start focusing on what other players are out there, what other teams did, things like that can drive yourself crazy. There’s a lot of great players out there. Everybody gets different contracts and different opportunities with different teams, and as a player all you can do is go with whatever situation you feel is best for you, and that’s what I did.

“I’m excited to be here as a Met, and I’m gonna do everything that I can to the best of my abilities to help this team win.”

Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Chase d’Arnaud, the brother of Travis, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis with that organization.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear in Flushing is impressed by how mellifluous the Mets sound this spring.

BIRTHDAYS: Seattle Mariners infielder Nick Franklin, who isn’t a Met just yet, turns 23.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Would you prefer the Dolans or Wilpons as Mets owner?

Morning Briefing: Media training day!

February, 25, 2014
Feb 25

Adam RubinIke Davis barked at a New York Post beat writer in the clubhouse on Monday.

FIRST PITCH: Coincidentally, the Mets have a media-training seminar on Tuesday morning for players. Then, they head outdoors for another day of full-squad workouts.

There are three days until Friday’s 1:10 p.m. Grapefruit League opener against the Washington Nationals.

Tuesday’s news reports:

Adam RubinA source was quoted in the Post as being unimpressed with Ruben Tejada's physique.

• Columnist Kevin Kernan in the Post quotes an anonymous source as being unimpressed with Ruben Tejada’s new physique after the shortstop spent two offseason tours at a Plymouth, Mich., nutrition and fitness camp. “He pretty much looks the same,” the source told Kernan.

• After the Post reported Ike Davis failed to disclose a lingering injury last season, the first baseman shot back at the reporter Monday morning in the clubhouse in view of teammates and other media. Davis then privately had another exchange with the reporter in the afternoon in the players’ parking lot. Davis insisted he was not making an excuse for his poor play. Terry Collins, caught off guard by the report, said “everything would have been better off had [Davis] said something” last season.

“It’s a fine line, but nobody wants to come out of the game,” David Wright told “Being as competitive as most of us are, you try to battle your way through nagging things. There’s very few times over the course of the season where you go out there and say, ‘You know what? Something’s not bothering me.’ It’s just a matter of being smart enough to know what you can and can’t play through.”

Writes columnist David Lennon in Newsday:

Ike Davis, as a first baseman for the Mets, doesn't get to tell us what’s a story or not. We decide that. It’s part of our job description, along with asking questions, taking notes and obsessively checking Twitter.

But when it comes to the way Davis is portrayed in the media, he steers the ship by how he performs or what he says. Play well, and Davis is described as the second coming of Keith Hernandez. Hit .205 and wind up demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas, as he did last season, and you get to the place we all were at early Monday morning.

Read columnist John Harper’s take in the Daily News.

Read more on Davis in the Journal, Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger, Record and Newsday.

• Bill Brink in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the Pirates potentially will use an Andrew Lambo-Gaby Sanchez platoon, but remain in the market for a first baseman. Brink lists Seattle’s Justin Smoak, Toronto’s Adam Lind and Texas’ Mitch Moreland as trade alternatives to Davis. Free-agent Kendrys Morales is possible, too, although that would cost Pittsburgh its first-round pick.

• A Mets insider told that middle infielder Nick Franklin is on the team’s radar and predicted talks should pick up with the Seattle Mariners in the next few weeks. Franklin still has six seasons under control before free agency -- the first three seasons at or close to the MLB minimum salary. Read more in Newsday and the Post.

• In preparation for an intrasquad game Thursday, and facing the Atlanta Braves at Disney next Monday in his Grapefruit League debut, Noah Syndergaard threw two innings of live batting practice Monday.

• After consulting with the outfielder, Collins now plans to give Curtis Granderson plenty of Grapefruit League at-bats. Originally, Collins planned to have Granderson ease into exhibition play, which the manager still plans to do with Wright and Daniel Murphy. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Post and

• Free-agent Stephen Drew could hold out until after June’s draft, reports. The team that signed him at that point reportedly would no longer be responsible for forfeiting a draft pick. Read more in the Daily News.

• Columnist Bob Raissman in the Daily News writes this about Sandy Alderson:

It’s time for his honeymoon to finally end. He’s a smart, at times condescending, guy, granted a hardball doctorate by baseball’s boss scribes. If there’s any heat in his future Alderson can take it. He’ll just explain things away anyway he wants to.

Like the Nelson Cruz situation. The money was available to sign him, right?

Listening to, and reading Alderson’s laundry list of excuses after Cruz was signed by the Orioles for a year at $8 mil was comical. The media sucked up Alderson’s lines -- his defense of signing Chris Young -- like a giant Hoover. Alderson told them Cruz’s asking price in November was too high when he signed Young for $7.25 million. “This is not a gee-whiz, if-only-we’d-waited moment,” Alderson told boss scribes in Port St. Lucie.

• Tim Rohan in the Times has a positive review of prospect Rafael Montero. “If you wanted to teach mechanics, he would have it,” pitching coach Dan Warthen told Rohan.

Josh Satin should get regular playing time against southpaws at first base regardless of whether the lefty-hitting Davis or Lucas Duda emerges as the primary player at that position.

• Michael Salfino in the Journal reviews some Duda statistics. Writes Salfino:

Duda’s big problem is that he lets the first pitch pass without a swing 83.7 percent of the time, the highest rate on the Mets last year. (The league average is 72.9 percent.) Davis, by contrast, took 64.9 percent of first pitches, the fewest among returning Mets hitters. Taking first pitches at a high rate seems to make little sense given that National League pitchers threw strikes on 61 percent of these offerings last year.

• MLB and the Players’ Association adopted a compromise blocking-the-plate rule for 2014. There is no must-slide mandate. And a catcher can still block the plate if the ball arrives first. Regardless of the ultimate rule, Sandy Alderson already had said Mets catchers will be instructed to allow a lane for the runner in order to avoid collisions and injury.

Matt Harvey threw on flat ground Monday for the second time since Tommy John surgery.

• Infielder Chase d’Arnaud, the brother of Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud, was designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Chase, 27, primarily plays shortstop.

• A camp for top Mets prospects opened Monday at the team’s complex. Check out the full roster here.

• Lefty prospect Steven Matz had surgery to clean out a knee in October.

From the bloggers … At Mets Police, Shannon finds a “59th anniversary” Mets cap available for sale. … John Delcos at Mets Report doesn’t believe players will disclose injuries, no matter Collins’ desire

BIRTHDAYS: Former Chicago Cubs GM Ed Lynch, who pitched for the Mets for seven seasons, turns 58.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should the Mets acquire via trade or waivers claim the brother of Travis d’Arnaud, a shortstop who was designated for assignment by the Pirates?

Minors 5.17.13: Satin HR, Brown 1B for 51s

May, 17, 2013
LAS VEGAS 7, OMAHA 3: Designated hitter Josh Satin had a three-run homer against Will Smith in the third inning to give the 51s (19-20) an early lead. Right-hander Matt Fox,

making his organization debut after being signed out of Somerset in the independent Atlantic League, allowed three runs on six hits, including a pair of homers, while striking out six in five innings. Fox earned the win. In positioning that may bear watching given Ike Davis' struggles, Andrew Brown started at first base for the first time this season. Brown had played in 239 minor league games at first base -- more than any other position -- before joining the Mets. Brown went 2-for-5 to improve his Pacific Coast League average to .366. Satin went 2-for-4 and scored twice and is now hitting .303. Josh Edgin struck out three and walked one in a scoreless ninth in his second appearance since joining Las Vegas from Binghamton. Catcher Juan Centeno left the game with a hamstring strain. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, PORTLAND 3: The B-Mets (23-18) cashed in on three Portland errors in a three-run ninth to stretch their season-best winning streak to five games and move within one game of first-place Portland in the Eastern Division. Richard Lucas led off the ninth against reliever Keith Couch with a slow roller to third. Michael Almanzar barehanded the grounder and fired an errant throw to first as Lucas moved to second. With Lucas as the

go-ahead run, Alonzo Harris pushed a bunt to the mound. Travis Shaw charged from first and fielded it cleanly, but fell to the ground before getting off a throw. Danny Muno followed with a chopper to third. Alamanzar attempted to nab Lucas at the plate, but lost his grip and the B-Mets took the lead. Darrell Ceciliani added an RBI single and Muno scored the final run by scampering home after a throwing error by shortstop Xander Bogaerts. Staked to a three-run lead, Jeff Walters struck out three in a scoreless ninth for his league-leading 11th save. Muno had opened the game by doubling against Portland starter Matt Barnes. Ceciliani pushed Muno to third with a sacrifice bunt. Cesar Puello brought him home with a single. Portland evened the score at 1 in the third against B-Mets starter Erik Goeddel. Peter Hissey’s chopper glanced off Goeddel’s glove and rolled into right field for a single. Tony Thomas then doubled with two outs. After fighting off a B-Mets threat in the second, Barnes settled down and retired 11 consecutive batters. His streak ended in the sixth when he walked Ceciliani. Puello then had an RBI double. Allan Dykstra followed with an RBI double. Binghamton’s 3-1 lead did not last long. After Travis Shaw beat out a bunt single, Michael Almanzar blasted a two-run homer against Goeddel, who allowed three runs on six hits in six innings. B-Mets reliever John Church (2-3) posted two scoreless innings. Box

BRADENTON 5, ST. LUCIE 4: Jenrry Mejia allowed two runs and five hits over three innings with three walks and six strikeouts in his first start on a major league rehab

assignment with St. Lucie (23-16). Willy Garcia drilled a bases-loaded walk-off single against reliever T.J. Chism. Chism allowed a leadoff single to Benji Gonzalez in the ninth and then served up a double to Gregory Polanco. After an intentional walk to Jose Osuna, Chism struck out Dan Gamache. Garcia followed with a line-drive single to score Gonzalez with the winning run. The Mets trailed 3-1 entering the eighth, but rallied for three runs with two outs. Matt Reynolds drew a four-pitch walk. Dustin Lawley then ripped an RBI triple to center and scored the tying run on an errant throw into the dugout by shortstop Alen Hanson. Aderlin Rodriguez launched his seventh homer of the season, a go-ahead solo shot to right-center to give the Mets a 4-3 lead. Garcia hit a game-tying homer off Mets reliever Chasen Bradford in the eighth. Jim Fuller allowed one run over three innings in relief and Bradford allowed one run over two innings. Lawley had two hits and two RBIs, including a solo homer in the sixth. The Pirates' Chase d'Arnaud, the rehabbing brother of Mets prospect Travis d'Arnaud, went 2-for-3 with a triple, walk, RBI and two runs scored for Bradenton while playing shortstop. Box

AUGUSTA 11, SAVANNAH 0: Robert Gsellman was charged with seven runs (two earned) on nine hits and a walk in 4 2/3 innings. The Gnats (22-17) mustered only one hit -- a game-opening single by Yucarybert De La Cruz -- as well as three walks. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 7.28.12

July, 29, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS 6, BUFFALO 0: Indianapolis opened a four-run second inning against Jeurys Familia with four consecutive hits. The inning included a wild pitch and two-run single by Chase d'Arnaud. An inning later, Brandon Boggs ripped a one-out double off Familia, leading to a run that made it 5-0. Jeff Stevens replaced Familia for the fourth. Indians starter Jeff Locke allowed four hits over seven scoreless innings. Bisons manager Wally Backman joined Familia in the clubhouse prematurely. Backman was ejected in the fourth inning. Reliever Pedro Beato did toss two scoreless innings, allowing one hit while striking out four. Rehabbing Mike Baxter and recently demoted Mike Nickeas each notched a double for the Herd, although Buffalo mustered only five hits. Baxter went 1-for-4 and played a full game in left field. He is hitting .375 during the Triple-A portion of his rehab assignment. Lucas Duda went 0-for-4 and is now 1-for-12 since joining Buffalo. Box

PORTLAND 5, BINGHAMTON 1: Portland pounced on B-Mets starter Greg Peavey as the game's first four batters reached safely. Jackie Bradley walked and Jeremy Hazelbaker gave Portland the early lead with a two-run homer. Marquez Smith followed with a double and scored when Reynaldo Rodriguez doubled. Binghamton responded against Portland starter Jeremy Kehrt in the third. Wilfredo Tovar doubled, took third on Juan Lagares' single and scored when Eric Campbell grounded out. Peavey settled down after allowing an unearned run in the second. The righty retired 14 of the final 15 batters he faced and completed six innings. Portland scratched out its final run against him in the fifth. Hazelbaker reached on a bunt single, stole second and third and scored on Smith’s second sacrifice fly. Kehrt ran into trouble in the sixth. His night ended after issuing a pair of two-out walks. Michael Olmsted entered and induced Tovar to bounce into a fielder’s choice to end the inning. Peavey (4-7) allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits. He struck out four and gave way to Armando Rodriguez in the seventh. Rodriguez allowed two hits and struck out four over two scoreless frames. Adam Kolarek made his Double-A debut in the ninth, striking out two in a perfect inning. Box

ST. LUCIE 8, LAKELAND 3: Aderlin Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with four RBIs, including a bases-clearing double that gave the Mets a 3-2 lead in the fourth. Robbie Shields then doubled to plate Rodriguez and open a two-run lead. The Mets pulled away with a four-run fifth. Cory Vaughn singled to score T.J. Rivera, and Richard Lucas doubled to score Danny Muno and Vaughn for a 7-2 advantage. Rodriguez followed with an RBI single. Tyler Pill tossed seven innings and allowed two runs and seven hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. He won his fifth consecutive game. John Church allowed an unearned run in two innings. Rivera went 2-for-5 and scored two runs. Muno went 1-for-1 with two runs scored and three walks. Winners of five straight, St. Lucie again hosts Lakeland on Sunday as Logan Verrett makes his St. Lucie debut. Box

ROME 9, SAVANNAH 8: Randy Fontanez and Chasen Bradford combined to allow six runs in the seventh as the Gnats squandered a 7-3 lead. Dustin Lawley, Gregory Pron and Cole Frenzel drove in two runs apiece in the loss. Box

KINGSPORT 9, BRISTOL 5: 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini belted a grand slam for his first professional homer, opening a 6-1 lead. The two-out rally in the fifth began as Bradley Marquez reached on a fielding error by Bristol shortstop Nick Basto. A single by Eris Peguero and a walk to Maikis De La Cruz loaded the bases. Cecchini and Sox hurler Tyler Kibby then battled to a full count before Cecchini -- batting cleanup for the first time this season -- cranked Kibby's offering over the left-center wall. Kingsport starter Corey Oswalt put together the deepest outing by a K-Met this season. Oswalt went 7 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits and two walks. Bristol touched up reliever Christian Chivilli for two runs and had the potential tying run at the plate when Chivilli induced Basto into a game-ending flyout. Marquez made his first start in more than a month, after spending time on the DL with a leg injury. He won't be with the team much longer. Marquez soon reports to Lubbock, where he is a wide receiver on Texas Tech's football team. He went 2-for-4, reached on an error and scored a run while batting leadoff. Box

MAHONING VALLEY 3, BROOKLYN 2: David Wynn surrendered a two-out, two-run homer in the eighth to give the Scrappers the come-from-behind win. After being shut out Friday, Brooklyn's bats continued to struggle. The Cyclones did not collect a hit after the fourth inning. Brandon Nimmo opened the game with a single and scored on Kevin Plawecki's two-out double. The lead was short-lived. Mahoning Valley drew even in the second. Brooklyn starter Hansel Robles surrendered a leadoff double to Richard Stock. Logan Vick's single then put runners on the corners with none out. After a strikeout, Andrew Campbell singled to even the score. In the third, Eudy Pina had a leadoff single and moved into scoring position on a groundout by Phillip Evans. Jayce Boyd's two-out single scored Pina to put Brooklyn in front, 2-1. Robles departed after five innings, having allowed one run on five hits while striking out seven. John Mincone entered and found himself in a jam. Joseph Wendle and Joe Sever started the sixth with singles, but the southpaw worked his way out of trouble. Mincone added a spotless seventh to extend his scoreless streak to 17 1/3 innings dating to June 22. In the eighth, the Scrappers broke through. Wynn allowed a walk and three hits, including the two-run homer by Sever. Box

Compiled from team reports



David Wright
.316 1 11 9
HRL. Duda 3
RBID. Wright 11
RE. Young Jr. 15
OPSL. Duda .817
WC. Torres 2
ERAJ. Niese 2.84
SOZ. Wheeler 21