New York Mets: Craig Hansen

Morning briefing: One day until opener

March, 31, 2013
3/31/13
5:49
AM ET
SARASOTA, Fla.

FIRST PITCH: The Mets have landed in New York.

They will hold a player workout today at Citi Field from noon to 2 p.m.

Tomorrow: Opening Day, with Jonathon Niese opposing San Diego Padres right-hander Edinson Volquez at 1:10 p.m.

Monday’s forecast calls for a high of 58 degrees and 10 percent chance of rain.

Sunday’s news reports:

• Terry Collins has decided he will not be employing platoons. His Opening Day, and fairly stable, lineup:


Julio Cortez/Associated Press
Terry Collins says he'll go with starters Marlon Byrd and Collin Cowgill and not platoon in the outfield.


Collin Cowgill, cf
Daniel Murphy, 2b
David Wright, 3b
Ike Davis, 1b
Marlon Byrd, rf
Lucas Duda, lf
John Buck, c
Ruben Tejada, ss
Niese, lhp

Cowgill won the center-field job outright, although Kirk Nieuwenhuis still will be on the major league roster for a role that includes serving as a defensive replacement for Duda. Jordany Valdespin will be a bat for the bench, with strategic starts against some right-handers.

The Mets have one roster decision remaining. Zach Lutz’s Opening Day roster fate depends upon whether the Mets place Justin Turner (calf) on the DL.

Read more on the roster in Newsday and the Times.

Johan Santana has decided to undergo surgery Tuesday to again repair the torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. Team doctor David Altchek will perform the procedure. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Times, Daily News, Post, Newsday and MLB.com.

Dillon Gee and Jeremy Hefner combined to surrender four homers and the Mets were one-hit in their spring-training finale, a 7-1 loss to the Orioles on Saturday. The Mets finished Grapefruit League play 15-15-3.

• Zack Wheeler is the Opening Day starter for Triple-A Las Vegas, on April 4 at Sacramento.

• Columnist David Lennon in Newsday suggests the Mets ought to have Wheeler start with the major league club and even consider a long-term deal now. Writes Lennon:

If a pitcher of his caliber can be a difference-maker now and help the Mets win immediately and give the impression that Sandy Alderson is not mailing it in this season, there is a compelling argument to start him in Flushing. If Wheeler indeed proves to be the second coming of Dwight Gooden, Alderson can get to work in the not-too-distant future on a long-term contract that makes sense for both sides.

When the Mets first signed David Wright to an extension in August 2006, they bought out three years of arbitration and four years of potential free agency with what became (with the option) a seven-year, $71 million contract. Last April, the Mets gave Jon Niese, who still was a season away from arbitration, a five-year, $25 million extension with two option years that could push the total guaranteed value to $46 million.

• Rusty Staub, who played for the NL pennant-winning ’73 Mets, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day at Citi Field. Staub turns 69 Monday.

• Left-hander Scott Rice, who was cut at Dodger Stadium on the eve of L.A.’s Opening Day a year ago, will make his major league debut this week with the Mets. "It's kind of funny," Rice told Marc Carig in Newsday. "Full circle. I flew into Sarasota to start my career in the minor leagues. Now, I'm flying out of Sarasota to go to the big leagues … 14 years later." Read more in the Daily News and Star-Ledger.

• In minor league camp, the Mets released major league veterans Corey Patterson, Daniel Herrera, Mike Wilson and Craig Hansen as well as former supplemental first-round pick Brad Holt, Pedro Zapata and Brandon Brown.

• On the outfield, which was mocked this offseason by everyone including the GM, Byrd told Newsday: "Embrace it. We have no reason for anyone to believe different. We have to produce to make everyone believe differently."

• Andy Martino in the Daily News chats with SNY’s Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling.

From the bloggers Mets Police asks if you can tell “Game of Thrones” apart from the New York Mets.

BIRTHDAYS: Right-hander Tom Hausman turns 60.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Which Met deserves the biggest cheer and bigger jeer during pregame introductions Monday?

Mets release Herrera, Patterson from minors

March, 30, 2013
3/30/13
9:34
AM ET
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Mets have released seven players from minor league camp: Brad Holt, Daniel Herrera, Craig Hansen, Mike Wilson, Corey Patterson, Pedro Zapata and Brandon Brown.

Herrera was returning from Tommy John surgery and eyed May for a return to games. Patterson is a veteran outfielder. Hansen is the former first-round pick by the Boston Red Sox out of St. John's. Holt was taken by the Mets with a supplemental first-round pick in 2008, when the organization had three of the top 33 picks and also selected Ike Davis and Reese Havens.

Around the minors 8.24.12

August, 24, 2012
8/24/12
11:34
PM ET
SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 6, BUFFALO 4: The first six batters of the game reached against Jeurys Familia in a four-run first inning, while ex-Met John Maine limited his former organization to two unearned runs in six innings. Chris Dickerson singled and Corban Joseph hit a two-run homer against Familia in the opening frame. Eduardo Nunez followed with a double and later scored on a wild pitch. Two more singles and an error gave the Yankees a 4-0 lead. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre had four more consecutive hits to open the second, with Dickerson scoring. Familia did rally. He allowed one hit over his final four innings, but ultimately was charged with five runs on 10 hits in six innings. The Herd scored a pair of runs in the third inning to get on the board. Fred Lewis came around on a throwing error by Maine. Valentino Pascucci later doubled home Lucas Duda for his team leading 58th RBI. Pascucci scored on a wild pitch in the eighth. Before the game, reliever Drew Carpenter joined the Bisons from Binghamton. He pitched an inning of scoreless relief. Armando Rodriguez returned to the B-Mets. Familia struck out seven batters to take over the team lead, with 119. Box

PORTLAND 4, BINGHAMTON 3: Wilmer Flores’ two-run homer in the ninth was not enough as the B-Mets’ comeback bid fell short. Sea Dogs starter Brandon Workman baffled the B-Mets, allowing one run over seven innings. Portland broke a scoreless tie in the third against starter Gonzalez Germen. With a runner on first, Jeremy Hazelbaker smacked an RBI triple over Juan Lagares’ head in center. Bryce Brentz followed with a run-scoring single. Workman cruised through five innings, facing one over the minimum. After surrendering a single to Eric Campbell in the second, he retired 13 straight B-Mets. Binghamton scratched out a run in the sixth, a rally ignited by a one-out triple by Pedro Zapata. Lagares then pushed an RBI bunt single down the third-base line. Lagares, representing the tying run, advanced to third on a stolen base and groundout, but was stranded. After allowing six hits over his first three innings, Germen no-hit the Sea Dogs over his next four frames. He got two quick outs in the eighth before allowing back-to-back homers, to Travis Shaw and Xander Bogaerts. Brad Holt entered and recorded the final out of the inning. The cushion factored in heavily. Workman tossed a scoreless seventh before handing a one-run lead to the bullpen. Caleb Clay tossed a perfect eighth, but nearly blew a three-run lead in the ninth. After Lagares singled, Flores blasted a two-run homer. Raul Reyes reached on a two-out single, but Jefry Marte struck out looking to end the game. Germen (7-11) suffered his fifth loss in his last six B-Mets starts. He allowed four runs on nine hits while collecting seven strikeouts. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, CHARLOTTE 5: Cory Vaughn hit his 22nd homer and drove in two runs as the Mets held off Charlotte. Darrell Ceciliani went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Richard Lucas finished 1-for-3 with an RBI. Aderlin Rodriguez also had a hit and drove in a run. Jacob deGrom picked up the victory, tossing 5 2/3 innings and allowing three runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out three. Adrian Rosario pitched 1 1/3 innings and gave up an unearned run with one walk and one strikeout. Taylor Whitenton tossed 1 2/3 innings and gave up three hits and one run with four strikeouts. Adam Kolarek recorded the final out to preserve the win for his 17th save. Box

SAVANNAH 6, ROME 2: Cam Maron delivered a three-run homer in the first. He finished 2-for-3 with two walks and four RBIs. Carlos Vazquez (6-2) earned the win with four scoreless relief innings. Box

KINGSPORT 7, BLUEFIELD 4: Tomas Nido produced a two-run homer in the first inning. Nido then broke a 4-all tie in the fifth when he was hit by a pitch, advanced on another hit by pitch and walk, and scored on a wild pitch. The K-Mets opened a three-run lead an inning later when Branden Kaupe tripled and scored on Gavin Cecchini's single. Cecchini scored on a triple by Joe Tuschak. Nido departed the inning after being struck with the pitch. Juan Urbina (1-0) and Matt Budgell combined for five scoreless relief innings. Budgell earned his first professional save. Box

STATEN ISLAND 5, BROOKLYN 1: A late-inning meltdown wasted a stellar performance from Brooklyn starter Luis Mateo, who tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits and a walk while striking out six. The Cyclones scored their lone run in the fifth. Eudy Pina and Brandon Nimmo singled. A swinging bunt from Phillip Evans eventually put runners on second and third with two outs. Kevin Plawecki then smashed a line drive too hot for Staten Island third baseman Matt Duran to handle, allowing Pina to score for a 1-0 lead. In the eighth, Craig Hansen failed to record an out. He walked the first batter he faced, then hit a batter before allowing a single to Exicardo Cayones to load the bases with none out. Hansen then also plunked Ravel Santana to force in a run and even the score. Beck Wheeler, who was tagged with Thursday's loss after allowing an 11th-inning homer, once again fell victim to the long ball. Duran greeted him with a grand slam. Despite the loss, the Cyclones remain three games ahead of Batavia in the wild-card race. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.21.12

August, 21, 2012
8/21/12
10:37
PM ET
SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 4, BUFFALO 2: Zack Wheeler cruised into the sixth, when his outing unraveled. The Yankees rallied for three runs in the frame as Corban Joseph, Eduardo Nunez and Kosuke Fukudome all contributed RBI singles. The Bisons had taken a 2-0 lead in the second. Matt Tuiasosopo singled to score Zach Lutz. Oswaldo Navarro then contributed a sacrifice fly. Brandon Laird cut Buffalo's lead to 2-1 in the fourth with a sacrifice fly. Wheeler otherwise cruised early on. He didn't allow a hit until Nunez's blooper over first base in the fourth. He retired the side in order in the fifth. An inning later, though, Chris Dickerson led off with a double and Joseph's RBI single evened the score. Joseph moved to second base on Fred Lewis' throw home, putting him in position to score on Nunez's hit. Two batters later, Fukudome served a Wheeler offering to the opposite field to plate Nunez. Wheeler was charged with four runs (three earned) in 5 1/3 innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 1, NEW HAMPSHIRE 0: Greg Peavey fired seven scoreless innings and the B-Mets scored the game’s only run on a fielding error. Peavey struck out a season-high six in Binghamton’s eighth shutout win of the season. It was a contest loaded with missed opportunities as the teams combined to strand 21 men and go 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Binghamton threatened early against Fisher Cats starter Deck McGuire, but stranded seven runners through the first four innings. New Hampshire pressed to break the scoreless game in the fifth. After a one-out double by Jake Marisnick put runners at second and third, Peavey induced Ryan Goins to ground out and intentionally walked Ryan Schimpf to load the bases. The strategy paid off as Brad Glenn struck out to end the inning. Binghamton finally broke through in the bottom half. Dustin Martin led off with single and tried to score on Wilmer Flores’ double, but was gunned down at the plate. Following a groundout that pushed Flores to third, Eric Campbell stroked a groundball to third. The sharp roller bounced through Schimpf's legs, allowing Flores to score. Peavey made the one-run lead stand over his final two innings. He fired a perfect sixth and stranded two runners in the seventh. Over his seven shutout innings, Peavey allowed six hits and left nine men aboard. Jeff Kaplan worked around a two-out single to post a scoreless eighth. Drew Carpenter left the tying run at second base in the ninth to earn his second save as a B-Met. Peavey (7-8) earn his third win in August, the most wins he has had in any month as a B-Met. Box

JUPITER at ST. LUCIE (ppd.)

ASHEVILLE 6, SAVANNAH 0: The Tourists took a 1-0 lead in the second when David Kandilas fisted a single over Brian Harrison at third base to plate Will Swanner, who had doubled. Asheville added three runs in the seventh. Swanner began the inning by ripping the first pitch he saw from Gnats starter Marcos Camarena over the left-field wall for a solo homer. The Tourists outhit the Gnats 11-2. Both Savannah hits were singles. Asheville starter Ben Alsup was perfect into the fourth inning and took a no-hitter into the fifth, when Gregory Pron singled. The Tourists tacked on two runs in the ninth against T.J. Chism. Box

KINGSPORT 4, BURLINGTON 3 (8 innings)
BURLINGTON 4, KINGSPORT 3: Maikis De La Cruz provided a tiebreaking two-run double in extra innings in the opener. Hunter Carnevale allowed a run in the bottom half, but held on for the win by striking out Alex Hudak to leave two in scoring position. In Game 2, Burlington scored three runs in the sixth against Cristian Chivilli and Edioglis Villasmil to overcome a 3-1 deficit. Box 1, Box 2

TRI-CITY 5, BROOKLYN 2: Nelfi Zapata delivered a two-run homer in the third, but the ValleyCats answered in the fifth and went on to defeat Brooklyn. Cyclones starter Rainy Lara loaded the bases in the fifth with two walks and a hit batsman. He struck out Austin Elkins before surrendering a two-run single to Preston Tucker, which tied the score and knocked him from the mound. Tim Peterson entered and allowed a tiebreaking single to Jesse Wierzbicki. Tyler Heineman then delivered a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2. Lara was charged with four earned runs in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked two in his second loss of the year. The Cyclones were in trouble again in the top of the sixth. Reliever Craig Hansen walked Ryan Dineen and hit Dan Gulbransen with a pitch before Joe Sclafani reached on an error by shortstop Phillip Evans. That error allowed Dineen to cross the plate and give the ValleyCats a three-run advantage. For the Cyclones, Matt Koch tossed three scoreless relief innings. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.19.12

August, 19, 2012
8/19/12
9:44
PM ET
PAWTUCKET 4, BUFFALO 1: PawSox starter Billy Buckner allowed one run on three hits in six innings, with the lone damage coming on a solo homer by Zach Lutz. After Will Inman relieved Buckner and pitched a scoreless seventh, Pedro Beato handled the final two innings to pick up the save in his debut with the Red Sox organization after being traded for Kelly Shoppach. Beato tossed a 1-2-3 eighth, striking out Lutz and Josh Satin. In the ninth, Matt den Dekker led off with a single. After striking out Lucas May, Beato walked Fred Lewis, bringing the tying run to the plate, but Beato escaped unscathed. Bisons starter Jeurys Familia walked five in five innings while allowing three runs (two earned) and five hits. Relievers Jeff Stevens and Justin Hampson each pitched an inning of no-hit relief for the Herd before Garrett Olson surrendered a run in the eighth. Lutz (2-for-4) was the only Bison to record a multi-hit game. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, RICHMOND 2: Binghamton packed its scoring into the second and third innings, scoring five runs on five hits, including three doubles. The B-Mets struck for two runs in the second against starter Mike Kickham. After Eric Campbell's double put runners at second and third, Juan Centeno plated a run with a groundout. Wilfredo Tovar followed with a sac fly for a 2-0 lead. An inning later, Kickham hit Juan Lagares with a 2-2 pitch. Lagares scored from first when Reese Havens doubled in his second game after missing a week with back discomfort. Allan Dykstra drove in Havens with a single and Campbell capped the inning with an RBI double. Gonzalez Germen took the five-run lead into the seventh, stranding six runners along the way. Luke Anders then broke the shutout bid with an RBI double. Gary Brown added a sac fly. Germen ended his day by inducing a pair of fly outs, stranding a runner at third. Brad Holt tossed a perfect eighth. Drew Carpenter navigated past a walk and single in a scoreless ninth to earn his first save as a B-Met. It was Carpenter’s second career save. The other came April 9, 2007 as a member of the Clearwater Threshers, Philadelphia's Class A Florida State League affiliate. Germen (7-10) allowed two runs on eight hits in seven innings. It was his first win since with the B-Mets since he beat Altoona on July 15. Box

CHARLOTTE 5, ST. LUCIE 4: Jack Leathersich inherited the bases loaded from Jeff Walters in the bottom of the ninth and surrendered a game-ending RBI single to Kevin Kiermaier. St. Lucie had evened the score at 4 in the eighth when Danny Muno singled with two outs and eventually scored on a passed ball. Starter Chase Huchingson allowed four runs on 12 hits and two walks in seven innings. Richard Lucas drove in two runs. Box

HICKORY 5, SAVANNAH 3: Michael Fulmer allowed five runs (four earned) on nine hits and two walks while striking out eight in 5 2/3 innings. Box

ELIZABETHTON 3, KINGSPORT 2: Pitching a fourth inning of relief, Matt Budgell issued a leadoff walk in the bottom of the ninth and departed. Edioglis Villasmil entered and walked the first batter he faced. The winning run ultimately scored on a fielding error by shortstop Anthony Chavez. Jorge Rivero's two-run homer in the fourth for the K-Mets opened the scoring. Starter Andrew Massie allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out four in five innings. Box

BROOKLYN 2, VERMONT 0: Catcher Kevin Plawecki, the Mets' supplemental first-round pick from Purdue, had a pair of homers and caught the combined three-hit shutout. Hansel Robles earned his fourth win for the Cyclones, tossing six scoreless innings and giving up two hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Craig Hansen, Beck Wheeler and Tyler Vanderheiden combined for three scoreless relief innings. Vanderheiden allowed one hit and struck out two in the ninth to pick up his ninth save. Jayce Boyd went 2-for-4, while Jeff Reynolds, Stefan Sabol and Edward Rohan also each had a hit. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.17.12

August, 18, 2012
8/18/12
12:11
AM ET
BUFFALO 4, LEHIGH VALLEY 2: After Lehigh Valley starter Scott Elarton retired the first two Herd batters of the third, Buffalo overcame a 1-0 deficit with three runs. Lucas Duda opened Buffalo's scoring with a solo homer. After Zach Lutz walked, Buffalo produced three straight singles -- the final Matt den Dekker's two-RBI looper into shallow left-center. "He got off to a slow start here, but probably the last 10 days or two weeks, he's really starting to pick it up," manager Wally Backman said. "To see him getting better offensively -- not swinging as much or missing quite as much, cutting down on his strikeouts -- that's what we really want him to do." As for Duda, Backman said: "He's been working. He's spread his stance out a little bit. He's a little more aggressive at the plate right now. He's a big, strong kid that can hit the ball a long way, which we saw tonight. He's making some improvements, and we don't expect to have him here too long."

Jenrry Mejia limited Lehigh Valley to one run on five hits and a walk in six innings. "We wanted to get him in the bullpen," Backman said. "That's what everyone figured he was going to do, going to the major league level, and he probably still might. But to control his outings, we put him back in the rotation a little bit. Since doing that, he's been pretty good." In the ninth, Bisons closer Fernando Cabrera worked himself into a jam -- allowing consecutive singles to start the inning. But Cabrera retired the next three Lehigh Valley hitters to close the game. Box

RICHMOND 10, BINGHAMTON 3: The Flying Squirrels scored eight runs over the final two innings against Mark Cohoon, Ryan Fraser and Brandon Moore. After four scoreless innings, Richmond grabbed the lead against Cohoon on a two-run triple by Ryan Cavan. The B-Mets responded with aggressive baserunning in their half of the fifth. With Raul Reyes at first, Juan Centeno zipped a groundball to third that bounced off Daniel Mayora’s glove and rolled into left field. Reyes raced to third and scored when Nick Minnicozzi’s throw from left bounced away from Mayora. Binghamton struck again in similar fashion in the sixth. Dustin Martin singled and pushed the envelope by racing to third on Wilmer Flores’ single to right. Martin beat the throw and came home when Mayora tried to nab Flores at second but airmailed his attempt into right field. With two runners aboard later in the frame, Sean Kazmar gave Binghamton the lead with an RBI single. Flores easily scored from third, but Allan Dykstra was gunned down at the plate by Gary Brown.

Owning a one-run lead, Cohoon took the game into the eighth before surrendering a single and issuing his only walk. With the tying run on second, Fraser entered and loaded the bases by walking Mayora. Juan Perez made Fraser pay with a two-run double. Richmond stretched its lead to three on a two-run triple by Wes Hodges. The Flying Squirrels tagged Moore for four runs on five hits in the ninth, including three consecutive RBI doubles. Cohoon (7-9) allowed four runs on six hits over 7 1/3 innings. Half his runs scored under Fraser’s watch. Fraser and Moore combined to allow six runs on seven hits over 1 2/3 innings. Box

CHARLOTTE 6, ST. LUCIE 5: Jack Leathersich was charged with four runs in the seventh while recording only one out as St. Lucie squandered a 5-2 lead. Alonzo Harris Jr. went 3-for-5 and scored three runs in the loss. Cory Vaughn and Aderlin Rodriguez had two RBIs apiece. Box

HICKORY 6, SAVANNAH 0: Jim Fuller suffered the loss despite striking out 10 while allowing two runs on two hits and a walk in 5 2/3 innings. Savannah mustered only four hits, two by Matt Reynolds. Box

ELIZABETHTON 5, KINGSPORT 1: Chris Flexen dropped to 0-3 after surrendering three runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks in five innings. Box

BROOKLYN 12, TRI-CITY 4: Gabriel Ynoa limited Tri-City to one run in five innings, while Brandon Nimmo put an exclamation point on the victory with a grand slam as part of a six-run ninth. Nimmo has two grand slams this season. He finished Friday night with six RBIs. Craig Hansen tossed a scoreless relief inning, allowing a hit and striking out two, in his second appearance since signing with the organization. The ValleyCats made a late push, cutting the score to 6-4 with a three-run eighth charged to John Mincone (1.48 ERA), who had not allowed a run since June 22. Box

Compiled from team reports

Mets morning briefing 8.16.12

August, 16, 2012
8/16/12
5:58
AM ET

Joe Robbins/Getty Images
Mike Leake pitched a complete game against the Mets on Wednesday.


A bracelet-deprived R.A. Dickey surrendered consecutive fourth-inning homers to Scott Rolen and Todd Frazier (a 474-foot shot), then a long ball to Jay Bruce in the sixth and the Reds beat the Mets, 6-1, Wednesday night at Great American Ball Park. The three homers matched the most surrendered by Dickey as a Met and deprived him of win No. 16.

Mike Leake became the third pitcher to toss a complete game against the Mets this season, joining Toronto's Brandon Morrow and Atlanta's Paul Maholm.

The Mets dropped a season-worst seven games under .500.

Now, Matt Harvey (1-3, 3.63 ERA) takes the mound tonight trying to arrest a personal three-game losing streak and help the Mets avoid a sweep. He opposes right-hander Homer Bailey (10-7, 4.08).

The Mets have not been swept in Cincinnati since the season-opening series in 2005, when stopgap closer Braden Looper blew Pedro Martinez's debut with the organization on Opening Day by serving up consecutive ninth-inning homers to Adam Dunn and Joe Randa.

Thursday's news reports:

• Plate umpire James Hoye, supported by crew chief Jim Joyce, instructed Dickey to remove a pair a bracelets from the wrist of his glove hand during the second inning. Dickey said the bracelets had been made by his daughters before his offseason climb of Mount Kilimanjaro, and that he had worn the jewelry since January. Trainer Ray Ramirez had to be cut the bracelets because they were homemade and did not have fasteners. Dickey admitted being angry in the moment, but downplayed the significance on his performance -- even though Terry Collins said pitchers loathe changes to their patterns and suggested it may have affected the knuckleballer.


Joe Robbins/Getty Images
Crew chief Jim Joyce offers further explanation to R.A. Dickey about his bracelet removal before the start of the bottom of the third inning.


Dickey said umps told him during a delay when he took the mound the following inning -- which he did not appreciate, either -- that the directive came from Major League Baseball's uniform police, not the Reds or even the crew itself. Collins and Dickey found the timing curious, since it is already August and he had worn the bracelets all season without issue. Dickey said there are jewelry and other assorted violations across baseball, and likened the enforcement to a holding penalty in football -- that it can be enforced on any play. (Case in point: Check Felix Hernandez's left wrist in this photo after completing the final out of his perfect game Wednesday in Seattle.)

This wasn't the first time a bracelet had become an issue in a Mets game. Nine years ago, Jae Weong Seo became unnerved when Braves manager Bobby Cox convinced umps to force him to remove a Buddhist bracelet. Seo immediately surrendered a homer to Andruw Jones in that May 25, 2003 game at Turner Field.

Joyce told Mark Hale in the Post after Wednesday's game: "You cannot wear anything on either hand, bracelet-type or anything like that." Told Dickey had worn it all season, Joyce added: "Tonight we saw it, this crew saw it, and we just asked him to take it off."

• Collins predicted he would go with a different lineup look Thursday, although there is a limit to how much maneuverability the manager has. Options include Kelly Shoppach's Mets debut, Justin Turner getting a start, Jason Bay in the lineup (he has two doubles in three career at-bats against Bailey) or a call-up such as Lucas Duda. Meanwhile, Josh Thole had a franchise-record three passed balls last night.

Read game recaps in the Star-Ledger, Newsday, Record, Times and Daily News.

• The Mets will utilize a six-man rotation beginning Sunday, when Jeremy Hefner starts in D.C. Exempt from the arrangement is Dickey, who will continue to pitch every fifth game. So after Hefner, Dickey should come back on standard rest Monday for the series opener against Colorado at Citi Field, followed by Chris Young on Tuesday and Harvey on Wednesday.

The system should allow Harvey to reach the end of the season without exceeding his front-office-imposed 170-inning limit. It also should give Johan Santana and Young needed extra rest in their first seasons back from shoulder surgery. And Jon Niese has performed dramatically better this season with extra rest between starts.

Analyst Bobby Ojeda on SNY found the timing of the six-man-rotation implementation curious. Ojeda suggested September, after rosters expand, might be more appropriate. Ojeda also linked the bracelet and six-man rotation issues. His point: Collins noted pitchers are creatures of habit when discussing the bracelet issue, but yet is implementing a pitching schedule that could disrupt their sacred between-starts routines.

Read more in the Star-Ledger and Post.

• Shoppach, assigned No. 6, joined his new teammates Wednesday. Rob Johnson was demoted to Buffalo to clear the roster spot. Shoppach actually has caught a knuckleballer before. He rose through the minors in the Red Sox organization with knuckleballer Charlie Zink, plus had limited exposure in spring-training camp in 2005 to Tim Wakefield. Collins said he intends to pair Thole with Dickey, but that could be revisited. Red Sox bullpen coach Gary Tuck gave Shoppach a refresher lesson on catching the knuckleball once they learned he was headed to the Mets. Read more in Newsday, the Star-Ledger and the Daily News.


Paul Bereswill/Getty Images
Citi Field hosted an Ecuador-Chile soccer match on Wednesday night. Pictured, Luis Fernando Saritama (19) of Ecuador tries to stop Eduardo Vargas (11) of Chile.


• With the Mets away, Citi Field hosted soccer Wednesday night. Ecuador beat Chile, 3-0. The crowd on the rainy night was announced at 31,901.

• Former Red Sox first-round pick Craig Hansen, who last had appeared in a professional game in 2010 with the Pirates in the minors, surfaced with Brooklyn on Wednesday. Hansen, a St. John's product selected 26th overall in 2005, allowed one run on three hits and a walk in the eighth inning of the Cyclones' 6-2 loss at Tri-City. His contract keeps him under the Mets' control for 2013. Brian Harrison went 3-for-4 with three RBIs in Savannah's 8-2 win against Lexington. Erik Goeddel tossed seven scoreless innings for St. Lucie. Read Wednesday's full minor league recap here.

TRIVIA: Who started for the Reds at pitcher opposite Pedro on Opening Day in 2005 in Cincinnati?

Wednesday's answer: Shoppach made his major league debut with the Red Sox on May 28, 2005 -- four years after being drafted by the organization out of Baylor. He was traded to Cleveland on Jan. 27, 2006 in the deal that landed Coco Crisp in Boston and subsequently played for the Rays before re-signing with Boston as a free agent last offseason.

Around the minors 8.15.12

August, 15, 2012
8/15/12
11:51
PM ET
LEHIGH VALLEY 4, BUFFALO 1: A four-run fourth inning doomed Chris Schwinden, who was charged with four runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out three in five innings. First baseman Adam Loewen had an error in the inning. C.J. Nitkowski, Elvin Ramirez and Garrett Olson combined for four scoreless relief innings. Olson was making his first appearance since clearing waivers and rejoining the Bisons. Loewen had doubled and scored on Matt den Dekker's single as the Bisons took a 1-0 lead in the second. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, NEW HAMPSHIRE 2: Raul Reyes homered and had four RBIs and Darin Gorski allowed two runs (one earned) in seven innings to collect his team-leading eighth win. Reyes got the B-Mets on the board in the fourth against starter Deck McGuire. With a runner aboard, Reyes blasted the first pitch of the at-bat off the batter’s eye in center field. The B-Mets added two more runs in the inning on three additional hits, including Juan Lagares' RBI double. The Fisher Cats took advantage of an error to answer with a run in the fourth. With a runner on first, Wilfredo Tovar bobbled a possible double-play ball, allowing both runners to reach safely. Following a walk to load the bases, Brian Van Kirk delivered a sac fly. Gorski limited the damage by inducing Sean Ochinko to bounce into a fielder’s choice to end the inning. Against reliever Matt Daly in the fifth, Reyes produced a two-out, two-run single. Staked to a five-run lead, Gorski held off the Fisher Cats in the sixth. New Hampshire loaded the bases with one out on two singles and a walk. Gorski then got Ochinko to roll into a double play to end the threat. Gorski allowed his only earned run in the seventh, on a two-out solo homer by Ryan Schimpf. Gorski ended his night by retiring Jake Marisnick on an inning-ending groundout. Gorski (8-6) had his second-longest appearance as a B-Met. He went eight innings against Altoona on June 16. Brad Holt and Drew Carpenter combined for two scoreless relief innings. McGuire suffered his league-leading 14th loss, and fourth against the B-Mets. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, PALM BEACH 0: Erik Goeddel tossed seven scoreless innings and struck out eight. He surrendered two hits and walked two en route to his fourth victory. Cory Vaughn drilled a two-run homer in the fourth, his 20th long ball this season. In the fifth, Travis Taijeron ripped a two-run homer to extend the lead to 4-0. Blake Forsythe hit a solo homer and Cesar Puello produced an RBI double in the sixth. Hamilton Bennett tossed two scoreless innings in relief and struck out two. Box

SAVANNAH 8, LEXINGTON 2: Brian Harrison helped power the Sand Gnats, who took two of three from Lexington and finished a six-game homestand at 5-1. Harrison went 3-for-4 with a two-run double and solo homer. The Gnats scored three first-inning runs. With two aboard, Harrison laced a two-run double to put Savannah in front. Harrison scored on Greg Pron’s groundout for a 3-0 advantage. Harrison homered to lead off the third, providing the Gnats with a four-run cushion. Savannah starter Marcos Camarena worked around baserunners in the first three innings. After a 1-2-3 fourth, the Legends broke through for two unearned runs in the fifth, thanks to Harrison's fielding error on a groundball to his right at first base. Camarena departed after five innings. Reliever Randy Fontanez contributed three scoreless innings. The Gnats pulled away with four runs in the eighth. With two outs and the bases empty, Harrison singled and Dustin Lawley doubled to plate him. Albert Cordero singled home Lawley. Charley Thurber completed the scoring with a two-run double. Box

KINGSPORT 14, JOHNSON CITY 4: Maikis De La Cruz went 4-for-5 with four RBIs. Jorge Rivero and Yeixon Ruiz drove in three runs apiece. John Gant surrendered one run, unearned, in six innings. Box

TRI-CITY 6, BROOKLYN 2: Jayce Boyd went 2-for-5 with an RBI, but the Cyclones fell in the first game after the league's All-Star break. St. John's product Craig Hansen, a former first-round pick of the Red Sox, who did not pitch last season, made his organization debut in the eighth. Hansen, 28, allowed a run on three hits and a walk. Tri-City opened the scoring with a two-run fourth. Brooklyn starter Luis Cessa allowed three consecutive singles to load the bases. Jarrod McKinney then hit a groundball to Cessa, who committed a throwing error. Jesse Wierzbicki and M.P. Cokinos scored. The Cyclones placed a runner on third in the fifth, after Juan Gamboa walked and advanced on a fielding error, but were unable to capitalize. The ValleyCats put up another run in the bottom half of the frame. With one out, Neiko Johnson reached on a throwing error by third baseman Dimas Ponce. Preston Tucker followed with an RBI double. Brooklyn's Eudy Pina opened the seventh with a double. Brandon Nimmo then had a bunt single and Phillip Evans reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases. With Boyd batting, Tri-City reliever Jeremiah Meiners threw a wild pitch, allowing Pina to score and the runners to advance. Boyd grounded out to the shortstop, but Nimmo came home on the play to cut the ValleyCats’ lead to 3-2. In the bottom of the seventh, Tri-City scored two more runs, charged to reliever Tim Peterson. Box

Compiled from team reports

Farm report: Draft family affair for Sewalds

August, 8, 2012
8/08/12
9:30
AM ET

Courtesy of Brooklyn Cyclones
Brooklyn Cyclones right-hander Paul Sewald has tossed 19 2/3 scoreless innings as a professional.
Paul Sewald and his 18-year-old brother John are separated by just enough age that they never played together in a sanctioned game.

“One game, when we didn’t have enough guys in a summer-league game, because he was going to the same high school that I was going to, my coach asked if he would come just in case we didn’t have enough players,” Sewald recalled. “But some other players showed up, so we never actually got to play in the same game.”

The brothers now have the distinction, though, of being selected in the same draft.

The Mets drafted Paul, a right-handed pitcher, in the 10th round as a senior out of the University of San Diego. John, a prep outfielder, went in the 34th round to the Orioles -- although the late selection mostly resulted from teams knowing he was seeking significant dollars to forgo playing for Arizona State.

“It was a great couple of days for us,” the 22-year-old Sewald recalled. “My brother would have been drafted higher had it not been for his asking price. It would have been really cool to see my little brother drafted even higher than me. But, either way, it was great to see him drafted. We were trying to see if anyone ever had two brothers drafted in the same draft, because it doesn’t really work that way. You have to be specific ages to be draft-eligible.”

Brothers being selected in the same draft actually is not uncommon.


Courtesy of Brooklyn Cyclones
Paul Sewald


MLB officials reviewed data from the past four drafts for ESPNNewYork.com and believe the Sewalds are the only set of brothers selected this past June. During the previous three drafts, however, an average of six pairs of brothers were selected each year, including Trent and Shane Boras (sons of agent Scott Boras) last year and Bryce and Bryan Harper in 2010.

Sewald’s pro experience so far could not have been scripted much better.

He is appearing in 30-second spots this week on MTV between 3:30 and 6 p.m. with Brooklyn teammates Brandon Nimmo, Kevin Plawecki and Phillip Evans, teaching baseball to host Lenay Dunn (photo here). On the mound, Sewald tossed two no-hit innings Tuesday to earn his third save as the Cyclones won at Lowell, 1-0. He has yet to allow a run in 19 2/3 professional innings. Opposing batters are hitting .171. Sewald has issued two walks and hit a batter while striking out 21.

Sewald throws a four-seam fastball that sits at 87-89 mph as well as a two-seam fastball, slider and changeup. Like the pitchers drafted by the Mets the previous year who logged big innings counts in college were handled, including Cory Mazzoni and Tyler Pill, Sewald is working in relief in Brooklyn to limit his innings. He should have a chance to earn a starting role in 2013 when he returns fresh. He has only entered at the start of innings, not with inherited runners.

“I don’t have ‘blow-away’ velocity,” Sewald said. “I have to hit the corners and stuff. I’ve been doing a really good job of that so far. That’s what’s been leading to my success.”

Sewald’s father Mark was drafted as a pitcher out of high school in 1979 in the 16th round by the Red Sox, then again after his junior year at Loyola Marymount, but opted for a job in the business world.

“His claim to fame was that he was drafted six picks ahead of Orel Hershiser,” Sewald said, actually understanding the distance between the picks. (It was 24 picks ahead of Hershiser in ’79.)

As for the brothers, they have combined to lead their alma mater, Bishop Gorman High, to seven straight state titles.

“My sophomore year was the first time in 52 years of school history that we won the baseball state title,” Sewald said. “And then after that we’ve won six more in a row. So my brother or I have been on all seven.”

Organization leaders

Average: T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, .324; Eric Campbell, Binghamton, .308; Cam Maron, Savannah, .304; Josh Satin, Buffalo, .295; Fred Lewis, Buffalo, .293; Alonzo Harris Jr., St. Lucie, .290; Josh Rodriguez, Buffalo, .285; Wilmer Flores, Binghamton, .281; Juan Lagares, Binghamton, .281.

Homers: Aderlin Rodriguez, St. Lucie, 21; Cory Vaughn, St. Lucie, 18; Travis Taijeron, St. Lucie, 16; Matt den Dekker, Buffalo, 16.

RBI: Aderlin Rodriguez, St. Lucie, 74; Wilmer Flores, Binghamton, 64; Matt den Dekker, Buffalo, 61; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, 60; Dustin Lawley, Savannah, 59.

Steals: Alonzo Harris Jr., St. Lucie, 31; Juan Lagares, Binghamton, 20; Fred Lewis, Buffalo, 18; Matt den Dekker, Buffalo, 17; Richard Lucas, St. Lucie, 17.

ERA: Hansel Robles, Brooklyn, 1.74; Tyler Pill, St. Lucie, 2.19; Rafael Montero, St. Lucie, 2.36; Luis Cessa, Brooklyn, 2.43; Gabriel Ynoa, Brooklyn, 2.45; Jacob deGrom, Savannah, 2.51; Rainy Lara, Brooklyn, 2.56; Michael Fulmer, Savannah, 2.58; Luis Mateo, Brooklyn, 2.79; Collin McHugh, Buffalo, 3.09.

Wins: Rafael Montero, St. Lucie, 11; Zack Wheeler, Buffalo, 10; Gonzalez Germen, Binghamton, 10; Cory Mazzoni, Binghamton, 9; Tyler Pill, St. Lucie, 9.

Saves: Fernando Cabrera, Buffalo, 19; T.J. Chism, Savannah, 16; Adam Kolarek, Binghamton, 16; Adrian Rosario, Binghamton, 14; Robert Carson, Buffalo, 10.

Strikeouts: Zack Wheeler, Buffalo, 124; Collin McHugh, Buffalo, 122; Matt Harvey, Buffalo, 112; Rafael Montero, St. Lucie, 110; Tyler Pill, St. Lucie, 105.

Short hops

• The Mets should be well-represented in World Baseball Classic qualifying, which includes France, Israel, South Africa and Spain competing in Jupiter, Fla., from Sept. 19-23 and Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany and Great Britain competing in Regensburg, Germany, Sept. 20-24.

Rosters are not official, and September call-ups to the majors would trump the WBC, but the Israeli entry should include Josh Satin and potentially Binghamton right-hander Jeff Kaplan, who also is eligible for the Czech Republic squad. Canada has asked for permission to consider Adam Loewen. Other farmhands participating may include catcher Kai Gronauer (Germany) and left-hander Hamilton Bennett (Great Britain). Retired former Mets outfielder Shawn Green plans to represent Israel.

Lucas Duda appears to be heating up with Buffalo. After going 3-for-25 in his first six games following a demotion, Duda has a five-game hitting streak during which he is hitting .471 (8-for-17) with two homers. Duda has started the past two games in left field, after manning first base for two games.

• Right-hander Scott Patterson allowed two runs on three hits in an inning in his Buffalo debut Monday, although he had not thrown off a mound for more than a week. Patterson, 33, had asked for his release from the Mariners organization. He had received a recruiting call during the offseason from Terry Collins, but opted to sign with Seattle over Baltimore and the Mets. Patterson had a 2.89 ERA and four saves in 26 relief appearances at Triple-A Tacoma, but was not being considered for a major league promotion with Seattle.

Zack Wheeler’s second Triple-A start is scheduled for Saturday against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees) in Buffalo.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who turned 25 Tuesday, will not undergo surgery and instead is in Port St. Lucie after suffering a torn plantar fascia in his right foot while running to first base in a Triple-A game.

• All indications are Buffalo will wait until after the season to decide whether to continue as a Mets affiliate or agree to a tie-in with the Blue Jays (or, far less likely, with the Pirates or Brewers).

(Read full post)

SPONSORED HEADLINES

TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Juan Lagares
BA HR RBI R
.314 1 7 8
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 3
RBIL. Duda 8
RE. Young Jr. 12
OPSJ. Lagares .816
WC. Torres 2
ERAJ. Mejia 2.81
SOJ. Mejia 18

NEW YORK CALENDAR