New York Mets: Josh Edgin

Minors 4.15.14: deGrom tosses 7 scoreless

April, 16, 2014
Apr 16
LAS VEGAS 6, RENO 3: Jacob deGrom blanked Reno for seven innings, allowing three hits

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and one walk in an 88-pitch effort. Chris Young went 1-for-4 with a double and run scored in what is expected to be his final rehab game. The 51s built a 6-0 lead, beginning with a three-run third that included a run-scoring single by Eric Campbell, sac fly from Wilmer Flores and RBI double by Allan Dykstra. Flores added a solo homer in the fifth. Ryan Reid and Josh Edgin combined to surrender three ninth-inning runs. Didi Gregorius had two hits for Reno. Ex-Mets Mike Jacobs and Nick Evans started at the corner infield spots. Box

BINGHAMTON at PORTLAND (ppd.): The game will be made up as part of a May 21 doubleheader.

ST. LUCIE 11, JUPITER 6: The Mets broke a 5-all tie for good in their half of the sixth. Chipper Smith retired the first two batters, but then walked Dilson Herrera and Brandon Nimmo to bring up T.J. Rivera. Rivera drove a 3-1 pitch into center to score Herrera and make it 6-5. Aderlin Rodriguez followed with a two-run double to the top of the left-field wall. St. Lucie poured in on in the seventh on run-scoring hits by Eudy Pina and Nimmo. Pina added a two-out, run-scoring triple in the eighth to make it 11-5. Beck Wheeler threw 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief and struck out three to earn his first win. Starter Matt Koch allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings. Rivera finished 3-for-5 with a double and homer. Rivera’s solo homer in the fourth broke a 3-all tie. Nimmo went 2-for-4 with an RBI. He has now hit safely in eight straight games and has five multi-hit games in his last six games. Herrera added a homer and Rodriguez crushed two doubles. Box

AUGUSTA 2, SAVANNAH 1 (8 innings): After rallying to win the resumption of Monday's suspended game, the Gnats fell in extra innings in the regularly scheduled contest. Savannah left-hander Dario Alverez entered the suspended game in relief of Monday’s starter, Kevin McGowan, and promptly allowed an inherited runner to score the game's

opening run on Randy Ortiz's single. Alvarez (1-0) bounced back to strike out six batters and allow just two hits in 4 2/3 innings. The Gnats answered in the top of the fifth, breaking up the Augusta no-hit bid started the previous day by Christian Jones. Left-hander Steven Messner surrendered a game-tying solo homer to Gavin Cecchini. L.J. Mazzilli then doubled home Jeff McNeil for a 2-1 lead. Savannah tacked on another run in the seventh. Victor Cruzado scored as Patrick Biondi reached first base on a throwing error by second baseman Christian Arroyo. Augusta’s four errors proved costly, with two unearned runs ultimately deciding the game.

In Tuesday’s originally scheduled seven-inning game, Gnats starter Ricky Knapp struck out eight batters. He allowed a game-tying run in the fifth on a base-loaded groundout by Cristian Paulino. In a 1-all game in the bottom of the eighth, Knapp surrendered a double to Ty Ross. After a bunt groundout by Paulino, Knapp intentionally walked Shawn Payne. He was then lifted for reliever John Mincone. The left-hander served up a walk-off RBI single to Ryder Jones. Gnats outfielder Jared King preserved his league-high 12-game on-base streak, earning a walk during Game 1 and then going 2-for-4 in Game 2. Box 1, Box 2

Compiled with team reports

Minors 4.5.14: Lara wins Double-A debut

April, 5, 2014
Apr 5
FRESNO 8, LAS VEGAS 6: One out from victory, Josh Edgin and Erik Goeddel combined to allow seven ninth-inning runs as Fresno overcame a 6-1 deficit in the final frame. Jacob deGrom had limited Fresno to one run on four hits and a walk while striking out six in six innings. Cesar Puello and Taylor Teagarden had three hits apiece in the loss. Zach Lutz drove in two runs, giving him eight RBIs through three games. Box

AKRON 3, BINGHAMTON 0: In Game 1, Binghamton took advantage of strong winds to grab the lead in the first as Matt Clark’s fly ball to right field turned into an adventure for Jordan Smith. The outfielder misplayed the drive, allowing Kyle Johnson to score from first

base with the game’s initial run. The B-Mets doubled the lead on a two-out RBI single from Wilfredo Tovar in the second against Akron starter Joe Colon. The RubberDucks got to B-Mets starter Rainy Lara in the third with a game-tying two-run homer from Francisco Lindor. Lara then rebounded with two scoreless innings. With the score tied at 2, Colon pitched himself into trouble in the fifth. Following Johnson’s single, Kevin Plawecki and Clark drew two-out walks to load the bases. Reliever Tyler Sturdevant entered and induced Jayce Boyd to hit a fly ball. Battling the wind, Smith misplayed the drive into a two-run double. Dustin Lawley followed with a two-run single. Owning a four-run lead, Lara returned for the sixth and surrendered back-to-back singles. He then coaxed a flyout from Jake Lowery before giving way to Adam Kolarek. The southpaw gave up a run-producing fielder’s choice before fanning Bryson Myles to end the inning. Chasen Bradford worked around a leadoff double to post a scoreless seventh for his first 2014 save. Lara (1-0) earned the win in his Double-A debut. He scattered eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. He allowed three runs, struck out three and walked one.

In Game 2, Tyler Pill was tagged for a run on three hits in the second. In the third, Pill surrendered a leadoff homer to Joe Wendle. The RubberDucks plated another run in the fourth. Jerrud Sabourin walked with one out and moved to second on a groundout. The next batter, Tyler Naquin, singled to plate Sabourin. Pill (0-1) exited after four innings. He was tagged for three runs on six hits. John Church and Jon Velasquez combined to hold Akron hitless over the final three frames. Box 1, Box 2

PALM BEACH 8, ST. LUCIE 3: David Washington belted a three-run homer with two outs on an 0-2 pitch from Michael Fulmer in the first inning and the Cardinals never looked back. Gilbert Gomez homered in his first at-bat of the season in the third, but the Cardinals stretched their lead to six runs by belting out four consecutive run-scoring base hits against Fulmer with two outs in the fourth. Trailing 7-1, the Mets tried to claw their way back in the game. Gomez hit a ground-rule double and Brandon Nimmo followed with an RBI single in the sixth. Later in the frame, Dilson Herrera cut the deficit to 7-3 with a hit that plated Nimmo. The Mets had their best chance to make it a game in the seventh when they loaded the bases on three walks. However, Iden Nazario struck out T.J. Rivera on a full-count offering to end the threat. Fulmer took the loss. He lasted 3 2/3 innings and was tagged for 11 hits and seven runs. Seth Lugo pitched the remainder of the game. He allowed one run and two hits in 4 1/3 innings. Box

LAKEWOOD 6, SAVANNAH 2: In the first, Savannah's Victor Cruzado capped a 10-pitch at-bat by belting a full-count offering over the right-field wall for his first 2014 homer. The BlueClaws pulled ahead for good a half-inning later. Savannah starter Chris Flexen walked Zach Green. Two outs later, Gabriel Lino followed with a two-run double. In the fourth, Willians Astudillo produced a three-run double. All five runs Flexen allowed came with two outs in the inning. He went 4 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on five hits and three walks in his Savannah debut. The Gnats closed to within 5-2 with a run in the fourth. DH Matt Oberste doubled, plating Jared King. Astudillo drove home the BlueClaws' final run in the sixth with a single off reliever Dawrin Frias. Box

Compiled from team reports

Morning Briefing: Zack OK with model too

March, 11, 2014
Mar 11

FIRST PITCH: Jonathon Niese, who had been dispatched to New York early in camp for an MRI of his left shoulder, makes his 2014 Grapefruit League debut Tuesday at 1:05 p.m. against the St. Louis Cardinals (WOR 710 AM).

Niese tossed three innings in a controlled intrasquad game Thursday.

He should get three additional starts beyond Tuesday before drawing the Opening Day assignment on March 31 against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.

Niese is due to face Cards right-hander Adam Wainwright at Roger Dean Stadium.

See the Mets’ full travel list here.

Tuesday’s news reports:

Zack Wheeler tells columnist John Harper in the Daily News that his drive is similar to Matt Harvey’s, although not their demeanors.

Adam RubinZack Wheeler compared and contrasted himself to Matt Harvey. "We're different," Wheeler said.

“We’re different," Wheeler told Harper. "Everybody expects all of us to love everything about being a star. I’m just laid-back. But I love playing baseball and the attention that comes with it -- I guess I just don’t show I love the attention. Just because I’m laid-back, people have a perception that I don’t care or whatever. Obviously I do. I’m ready to take the next step. I’m ready to take on [the Harvey role] and everything that comes with it."

Lightheartedly asked if the Harvey role also included dating models, Wheeler added:

“Whatever comes, we’ll see. I don’t go out that much. Last year I didn’t even go out one time in New York because I was so concentrated on what I was doing, just being called up at the time. But we’ll see. If a hot model comes along, so be it. Why not, right? …

"I’m not really 'country,'" Wheeler added about his Georgia upbringing. "Everybody thinks that. My family moved to a country-type area when I was in eighth grade, and my friends there all had lifter trucks, so I wanted one and I got one with my bonus money. But I love New York: bright lights, tall buildings, gorgeous girls. It’s great. People have perceptions about me because I don’t say that much, but they really don’t know me."

Ike Davis has been placed in a walking boot because of a continued issue with a strained right calf. Of course, getting fitted for a walking boot back in 2011 after a collision with David Wright in Colorado contributed to ending Davis’ season, because it constricted his circulation. But this one is more loose-fitting.

Lucas Duda, meanwhile, is expected to reenter Grapefruit League action Wednesday or Thursday. Duda, who has been troubled by left hamstring tightness, hit in a cage without issue Monday.

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

Adam RubinJosh Edgin was among the first players cut from big-league camp.

• The Mets dispatched 15 players to minor-league camp Monday, in the first round of cuts. Josh Edgin, whose velocity has sagged, headlined the list.

Also sent out: left-handers Steven Matz, Jack Leathersich and Adam Kolarek, right-handers Erik Goeddel, Logan Verrett, John Church and Chasen Bradford, catcher Kevin Plawecki, infielders Wilfredo Tovar and Danny Muno, infielder/outfielder Dustin Lawley and outfielders Brandon Nimmo, Cesar Puello and Cory Vaughn.

Leathersich had surrendered a monster homer to Giancarlo Stanton during Monday’s Grapefruit League game.

Forty-nine players remain in camp, including the rehabbing Harvey and Jeremy Hefner.

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

• With Scott Rice now the lone lefty reliever in camp, Terry Collins plans to give John Lannan a look in that bullpen role. Still, Lannan is scheduled to start Wednesday’s Grapefruit League game and remains in the fifth-starter’s competition with Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jenrry Mejia and, officially, Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom.

Wilmer Flores, who last started at shortstop in 2011 with Class A St. Lucie, will be in the starting lineup at that position Tuesday in Jupiter. Flores already has finished two Grapefruit League games at shortstop after starting elsewhere.

Bartolo Colon took a scoreless effort into the fourth inning before surrendering three runs and the Mets ultimately lost to the Miami Marlins, 11-1, Monday at Tradition Field. Mets pitchers allowed 19 hits and Ruben Tejada committed an error.

In a morning “B” game, Dillon Gee tossed four scoreless innings, Mejia added two perfect frames, and Tovar and Vaughn contributed early two-run doubles against Kevin Slowey in an 8-0 win against Miami.

On Colon, columnist Kevin Kernan in the Post quotes J.P. Ricciardi saying: “When I was scouting with Oakland, I saw him one-hit the Yankees in Yankee Stadium, and he did it on a fastball and a changeup. He threw one slider in the ninth inning to [Derek] Jeter. I will never forget that. It was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever saw. He’d go in, go out, great changeup. That’s what I love about the guy. He’s a strike machine.’’

Writes Tyler Kepner in the Times:

Colon used his fastball for 85.5 percent of his pitches last season with Oakland, according to Fangraphs. Cleveland’s Justin Masterson was second, at 73.3 percent.

This strategy would seem to have made more sense for Colon when he was young, and could throw about 100 miles per hour. But Colon turns 41 in May, and his fastball averaged 89.9 miles per hour last season. Everyone else in the top 10 in fastball percentage threw harder.

With his style of pitching, Colon is comparable to another 40-something right-hander who just left the New York stage.

“It’s like Mariano was,” said Mets outfielder Chris Young, Colon’s teammate on the A’s last season. “You know what’s coming, but it’s all about where you’re starting it and what you’re trying to accomplish with each pitch. He thinks about that when he’s on the mound. He’s accomplishing different things, moving in and out. Even though it is just the fastball most of the time, he still keeps guys off-balance somehow, and he breaks a lot of bats.”

Read more on Colon’s outing in the Star-Ledger, Record, Daily News and

Read more on Gee and the “B” game in the Star-Ledger and

• Marc Carig in Newsday discusses the Mets’ sound baserunning last season. Writes Carig:

According to FanGraphs, the Mets' baserunning was worth a big league-best 21.4 runs above average, or roughly two wins in the standings. Baseball Prospectus, which publishes its own version of baserunning value, also ranked the Mets No. 1 by a wide margin.

• Wally Backman interviewed in Port St. Lucie for the managerial position with Aguilas Cibaeñas of the Dominican winter league.

• Colon (Saturday) and Mejia (Sunday) are expected to start the Mets’ weekend split-squad games in Las Vegas against the Chicago Cubs. Also due on the trip: Wright, Curtis Granderson, Travis d’Arnaud, Bobby Parnell and Juan Lagares.

• Mr. Met has joined Twitter (@MrMet). Read more in the Star-Ledger and Newsday.

• There will be a pregame tribute to the late Gary Carter at Olympic Stadium on March 28, with Carter’s widow Sandy on hand, when the Mets face the Toronto Blue Jays in the first of two exhibition games in Montreal, TSN’s Matthew Ross tweeted.

• New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie attended a second straight Mets game Monday. He declined an interview request from about baseball and rooting for the Mets.

• Columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post lists Davis vs. Duda as among “spring training’s juiciest position battles.”

• Read a Canadian perspective on the trade that sent d'Arnaud to the Mets in the Toronto Star.

From the bloggers … John Delcos at Mets Report does not predict a happy resolution for Davis and the ballclub. … NY Mets Life examines why 2014 is a vital year of the Mets.

BIRTHDAYS: Hefner, who is currently rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, turns 28.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Has Giancarlo Stanton’s homer on Monday landed yet?

Is Lannan left-handed complement in pen?

March, 10, 2014
Mar 10

USA TODAY SportsJohn Lannan is the only viable lefty relief complement to Scott Rice currently in camp.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- John Lannan remains Wednesday’s starter against the St. Louis Cardinals. And the southpaw will continue to ramp up his innings workload as he officially remains in the fifth-starter competition.

But on a day the Mets dispatched Josh Edgin, Jack Leathersich and Adam Kolarek to minor-league camp -- leaving Scott Rice as the only remaining lefty reliever -- Terry Collins acknowledged Lannan will get a look out of the bullpen soon, too.

“We’re going to take a good, hard look at John as we get into camp,” Collins said. “We want to lengthen him out as a starter, but he’s going to get some looks out of the bullpen here.”

The Mets have four virtual locks for the bullpen, barring a health issue: Bobby Parnell, Vic Black, Carlos Torres and Rice. Jeurys Familia looks like a strong candidate for a fifth spot.

If that’s the case, then Jose Valverde and Kyle Farnsworth could round out a pen with only one lefty.

But if Valverde or Farnsworth does not merit the Opening Day roster, then either Lannan as a lefty reliever or -- more likely -- another righty such as Jenrry Mejia of Gonzalez Germen might come into play for a spot.

The Mets also conceivably could try to pick up a quality second lefty via trade or waivers in the next few weeks, although that may be a long shot, since it is not like those are readily available.

The Mets recently signed journeyman Dana Eveland and sent him directly to minor-league camp.

Is Collins concerned about frying Rice if he is the only left-hander in the bullpen, which appears a distinct possibility?

“Not yet,” the manager deadpanned. “He pitched in 73 last year. I’ll worry about it after we get to 73 how he’s going to feel.”

Lannan has been a regular starter throughout his major- and minor-league career.

His career MLB numbers against lefty batters do not support the enthusiasm for him in that role. Lefty batters have a career .267 average against him, with a homer every 31.6 at-bats. Righty batters have a career .276 average against him, with a homer every 43.6 at-bats.

“We’re trying to touch all our bases,” Collins acknowledged.

As for the early banishment of Edgin to the minor-league side, Collins said he needs to see the Edgin who had modest success during his maiden season in 2012, when his fastball averaged 93.3 mph. Edgin’s velocity readings this spring training have been 87-88 mph, with a lower arm angle too, leading scouts to wonder aloud if he might even be hurt.

“The big thing is: He came to the major leagues and dominated left-handed hitters,” Collins said. “And his velocity is down a little bit. And we had some concerns about it. So we thought it would be best if he went down there and got his confidence back a little bit.

“He’s upset about it. He should be. I don’t blame him. But, as I told him, ‘That guy that came here two years ago, that’s the guy I want to see back here’ -- that aggressive mentality, ‘here it is, do something with it.’”

Edgin, Tovar among first big-league cuts

March, 10, 2014
Mar 10
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Left-handed reliever Josh Edgin was the most notable name dispatched to minor-league camp in the first round of cuts.

Edgin, who made 34 relief appearances for the Mets last season, was registering only in the upper-80s with his fastball.

That signals, barring an outside acquisition, that the Mets may only carry one southpaw in the bullpen to start the season, with Scott Rice. The alternative would be to use John Lannan in relief, which has been a consideration. Jack Leathersich also remains in camp, but likely is ticketed for Triple-A Las Vegas to open the season.

Infielder Wilfredo Tovar also was sent to minor-league camp.

The others dispatched: left-handers Steven Matz and Adam Kolarek, right-handers Erik Goeddel, Logan Verrett and Chasen Bradford, catcher Kevin Plawecki, infielder Danny Muno, infielder/outfielder Dustin Lawley, and outfielders Brandon Nimmo and Cory Vaughn.

Matz, from Long Island and the team's top pick in 2009, received rave reviews from scouts. He tossed two scoreless innings in Grapefruit League play. Matz should open the season with Class A St. Lucie.

Asked about the most positive thing about his camp experience, Matz said: "I got to face Yadier Molina and some big leaguers. I would say just going out and competing against some big leaguers and holding my own."

Goeddel, a starter for much of his minor-league career, will revert to the relief role that he also held while in college at UCLA.

The Mets now have 52 players in camp.

Mets 6, Braves 2: Vaughn keys rally

March, 3, 2014
Mar 3
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Cory Vaughn delivered a tiebreaking two-run double to highlight a five-run ninth as the Mets beat the Atlanta Braves, 6-2, Monday at ESPN Wide World of Sports.

The rally gave the Mets (1-3) their first Grapefruit League victory.

The Mets had mustered only three hits entering the final inning, after posting a combined eight hits the previous two games. Then they got on track.

With the Mets trailing 2-1, Andrew Brown had a leadoff triple against left-hander Atahualpa Severino. Dustin Lawley followed with a game-tying sinking line single to center field. Taylor Teagarden also singled. Anthony Seratelli’s ensuing bunt resulted in the lead runner getting caught at third. But Vaughn, the son of former major-leaguer Greg Vaughn, followed with a two-run double. Matt den Dekker chased Severino with an RBI single. After Severino departed, Eric Campbell had an RBI single against right-hander Mark Lamm.

Ryan Reid had surrendered a pair of eighth-inning runs as the Braves (0-6) took the lead.

After Noah Syndergaard wowed for two innings, including blowing a 98 mph fastball by Jason Heyward for a game-opening strikeout, the zeroes continued. Jeurys Familia, Josh Edgin and Miguel Socolovich combined for five additional scoreless frames.

"We've like to see more strikes, but he's getting better and better," Terry Collins said about Familia.

The Mets, held hitless through three innings against Freddy Garcia, finally placed a runner on base when Juan Lagares produced a one-out single to right field against left-hander Ryan Buchter. Lucas Duda and Matt Clark then walked, and Wilmer Flores delivered a sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead.

Flores finished the game at shortstop for a second straight day.

What’s next: The Mets host the Houston Astros on Tuesday at 1:10 p.m. at Tradition Field (SNY). Zack Wheeler opposes left-hander Rudy Owens. Also scheduled to pitch for the Mets: Kyle Farnsworth, John Church, Vic Black, Adam Kolarek, Scott Rice and Cory Mazzoni.

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?

Marlins 9, Mets 1: Duda goes deep

March, 1, 2014
Mar 1

Jeff Roberson/Associated PressAnthony Seratelli turns a sixth-inning double play during the Mets' 9-1 loss to the Marlins on Saturday.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Fifth-starter contender John Lannan tossed two scoreless innings and Lucas Duda homered, but the Mets dropped their second straight game to open Grapefruit League play, with a 9-1 loss to the Miami Marlins on Saturday afternoon at Tradition Field.

Kyle Farnsworth, trying to prove he warrants a spot as a late-inning reliever, had a rough Mets debut. Farnsworth surrendered a solo homer to Austin Barnes on a slider and sat at only 86-88 mph with his fastball, while touching 92 mph once.

Scott Rice, who may be the lone lefty reliever the Mets carry to start the season, tossed a perfect inning and struck out Derek Dietrich, the lone lefty he faced.

Fellow southpaw Josh Edgin surrendered five runs in the sixth, although two were unearned thanks to Duda's error trying to pull a grounder at first base out of his glove and an errant throw from Matt den Dekker in left field to the plate. One scout, while acknowledging it was early in spring training, wondered what happened to the life on Edgin's pitches, noting his fastball velocity used to be 95 mph with a sharp slider.

Prospect Cory Mazzoni walked consecutive batters to open the eighth, but stranded both in scoring position in a scoreless frame. Mazzoni benefited from third baseman Dustin Lawley racing into foul territory down the left-field line to corral a pop fly.

Terry Collins complimented Vic Black's ninth-inning effort, although Black surrendered two hits, a walk and an unearned run. Second baseman Danny Muno's two-out error prolonged the inning and contributed to that run -- the ninth by the Marlins on the afternoon.

Aside from Duda's homer against right-hander Arquimedes Caminero, the Mets mustered only three other hits in the game -- singles by Chris Young, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and den Dekker.

What's next: Daisuke Matsuzaka opposes right-hander Michael Wacha as the Mets travel to Jupiter to face the St. Louis Cardinals. Eric Young Jr. is on the travel list for the game after missing the opening two games with a side-muscle issue. Also listed to pitch: Jeurys Familia, Jose Valverde, Steven Matz, Carlos Torres, Joel Carreño and Jack Leathersich.

Morning Briefing: The gang's mostly here

February, 11, 2014
Feb 11

FIRST PITCH: Mets players continue to pour into Port St. Lucie well ahead of the official report dates -- Saturday for pitchers and catchers and Feb. 20 for position players.

Among players on the 40-man roster, at least 18 participated in a voluntary workout Monday at the complex: Vic Black, Jacob deGrom, Josh Edgin, Dillon Gee, Erik Goeddel, Steven Matz, Jenrry Mejia, Jonathon Niese, Bobby Parnell, Jeff Walters, Zack Wheeler, Travis d’Arnaud, Anthony Recker, Ike Davis, Josh Satin, Andrew Brown, Matt den Dekker and Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

David Wright also is in town, although he wasn’t spotted Monday.

The Mets annually have large turnouts for these voluntary workouts, but Terry Collins seems to set the tone by arriving in December.

Tuesday’s news reports:

• Parnell normally would get on a mound now, but will wait an extra two weeks as he returns from Sept. 10 surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck. Parnell nonetheless says his neck is “feeling great.” Read more in the Daily News.

• Mejia, whose 2013 season ended with surgery to remove a bone spur, wants to claim the fifth spot in the rotation. His primary competition is Daisuke Matsuzaka and John Lannan. DeGrom, a shortstop in college at Stetson, is another candidate for that final rotation spot. Read more in the Post and Daily News.

• Anthony DiComo at projects Mejia as the fifth starter and Kyle Farnsworth as the primary setup man in his spring-training preview.

• D’Arnaud’s ability to get strike calls from umpires as a catcher proved a major upgrade over John Buck late in the 2013 season.

• Wheeler continues to maintain he wants the Opening Day start, on March 31 against the Washington Nationals. Collins has mentioned Niese as the most likely. Regardless, it mostly is a ceremonial role that means you draw opponents’ top starters in April, beginning likely with Stephen Strasburg.

• Lefty relief prospect Jack Leathersich is more focused on his walks than his gaudy minor-league strikeout totals.

• Utility player Emilio Bonifacio has been placed on release waivers by the Kansas City Royals. The team that claims him (with the pecking order last year’s record, from worst to first) would inherit his $3.55 million salary. Otherwise, if Bonifacio were to clear waivers, he would be a free agent. If he becomes a free agent, the Royals would only have to pay a fraction of the negotiated salary, since settlements with arbitration-eligible players are not automatically fully guaranteed.

• The Long Island native Matz, a left-handed pitching prospect, is finally on track after a two-year recovery from Tommy John surgery.

From the bloggers … Mets Police suggests a foolproof marketing plan for the Mets -- winning games. … John Delcos at Mets Report already is looking at which pieces the Mets can sell this summer.

BIRTHDAYS: Former Mets farmhand Matt Lindstrom turns 34. The reliever had a $4 million option picked up by the Chicago White Sox for the upcoming season.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Are you glad Ike Davis already has reported to camp -- well ahead of the Feb. 20 official date for position players?

Player-by-player predictions for 2014

September, 30, 2013
NEW YORK -- Here is a player-by-player primer on each Met, broken down by contract status:

Free agents

LaTroy Hawkins, right-handed reliever. Hawkins appears the most likely to be re-signed, even though he will be 41 years old next season. He was productive stepping into the closer’s role after Bobby Parnell's injury, while dialing his fastball up to 95 mph.

Daisuke Matsuzaka and Aaron Harang, right-handed starters. Terry Collins liked Dice-K, so perhaps it is not out of the realm of possibility to re-sign him as a fifth-starter competitor who would allow Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom to open the season in the minors. For that matter, Harang fits that profile, too.

Tim Byrdak and Pedro Feliciano, left-handed relievers. Both returned from shoulder injuries after missing substantial time. It likely is time for the Mets to move on from both, but their careers do not appear over yet.

David Aardsma, right-handed reliever. Productive, although he wilted with too much use. Aardsma could be useful to re-sign if the price is right.

Frank Francisco, right-handed reliever. The ex-closer collected $6.5 million this season while mostly nursing a sore elbow and irking Mets officials. No chance he returns.

Johan Santana, left-handed starter. The one-time ace wants to pitch again after undergoing a second surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. If he is capable, he very likely would sign elsewhere. The best news: Santana's $31 million owed in 2013, including a buyout of next season, comes off the books.

Signed to contracts

Jonathon Niese, left-handed starter. After missing nearly two months with a rotator cuff strain, Niese finished strongly and should help anchor the 2014 rotation. His salary jumps to $5 million next season, up from $3 million this year.

David Wright, third baseman. The captain sees a major salary bump. Wright will earn $20 million in 2014 -- a raise of $9 million.

Arbitration eligible

Ike Davis and Lucas Duda, first basemen. It is likely one gets traded, although there is a slim chance Duda opens the season at Triple-A with Davis at Citi Field. Davis made $3.125 million this year and could receive an ever-so-slight pay cut. The Mets insist he will not be non-tendered. Duda, first-time eligible for arbitration, likely only makes $700,000 or $800,000 in 2014.

• Parnell, closer. Doctors assure Collins that Parnell will be fine for spring training after undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck, but the manager is concerned. Vic Black would be the alternative. Parnell’s salary should creep upward after he earned $1.7 million while converting 22 of 26 save chances.

Dillon Gee, right-handed starter. Gee missed 200 innings by one frame. He will be first-time eligible for arbitration.

Daniel Murphy, second baseman. hears the Mets will listen on offers for Murphy, but the best bet is he is the Opening Day second baseman. Murphy is due to get another raise after earning $2.925 million this season.

Ruben Tejada, shortstop. After the broken leg mends, Tejada needs to seriously demonstrate his work ethic to the organization. Still, that may not be enough if the Mets can find the right external shortstop addition.

Justin Turner, infielder. The best bet is that he serves as a backup infielder again next season.

Eric Young Jr., outfielder/second baseman. The Mets recognize they need his speed in the lineup. So Young should be in the starting lineup somewhere next season, whether that’s in the outfield or at second base.

Scott Atchison, right-handed reliever. Believe it or not, while Atchison is 37 years old, he does not have enough MLB service time to be eligible for free agency. He is a definite non-tender candidate in December.

Mike Baxter, outfielder. Baxter should be arbitration eligible as a Super 2. Regardless, his 40-man roster spot appears in jeopardy. That does not preclude Baxter from being re-signed to a minor league deal. The 2013 Baxter, who hit .189, did not resemble the 2012 Baxter. The Mets believe the shoulder injury suffered in Santana's no-hitter may have hurt Baxter's swing.

Omar Quintanilla, shortstop. The Mets view Q as a backup, not a full-time player.

Under control

Matt Harvey, right-handed starter. The question remains: Tommy John surgery or no Tommy John surgery? Harvey should be airing it out in about six weeks, perhaps in the Arizona Fall League, to see whether the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow will hold up.

Zack Wheeler, right-handed starter. Wheeler should be good for 200 innings in 2014.

• Black, right-handed reliever. If Parnell is not ready to close because of a slow recovery from surgery, the hard-throwing Black is the primary alternative. Otherwise, Black projects as handling the eighth inning next season.

Travis d’Arnaud, catcher. He’s the guy behind the plate, but needs to shorten his swing after hitting .202 in his first major league season.

Juan Lagares and Matt den Dekker, center fielders. Lagares had a franchise-rookie-record 15 outfield assists and is very likely the full-time center fielder in 2014, even with some offensive difficulties. Den Dekker is just as likely to open next season in Triple-A. The Mets do not plan to platoon Lagares and den Dekker in the majors -- not in April, anyway.

Josh Edgin and Scott Rice, left-handed relievers. Both are coming off surgeries. The Mets need to find a lefty from outside the organization they can trust, but Rice and Edgin could be useful complements.

Jeurys Familia and Gonzalez Germen, right-handed relievers. Both should vie for a bullpen role in 2014.

Jeremy Hefner, right-handed starter. Hefner will miss most, if not all, of 2014 recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Anthony Recker, catcher. After a nearly full season in the majors, Recker could find himself in Triple-A in 2014. Sandy Alderson has suggested he needs to find a veteran catcher in case d’Arnaud’s injury propensity continues.

Josh Satin, infielder. A year after being taken off the 40-man roster and clearing waivers, Satin is now viewed as a valuable righty bat for the bench who can get on base. Look for him to have a backup role in 2014.

Carlos Torres, right-handed starter/reliever. Torres would appear to have a legitimate shot as the long reliever/spot starter.

Jordany Valdespin, infielder. The Biogenesis suspension is his latest baggage. It would be surprising if he makes it to spring training as a Met.

Greg Burke, Robert Carson and Sean Henn, relievers. If they survive the winter on the 40-man roster, they look Triple-A bound.

Andrew Brown, Juan Centeno, Wilmer Flores, Zach Lutz and Wilfredo Tovar, 51s. Centeno and Recker could be the Triple-A catchers. Flores likely is ticketed for Las Vegas, according to Collins, if the infielder is not going to be a starter at the major league level. Lutz and Tovar probably open next season in the minors, too. Brown’s 40-man roster spot is an open question.

Jenrry Mejia, right-handed starter. Mejia showed flashes as a starting pitcher before surgery to clean out his right elbow. He is a logical fifth-starter competitor in spring training.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis, outfielder. Getting snubbed for a September call-up does not bode well for Nieuwenhuis’ future with the organization.

Morning Briefing: Choo, Arroyo to Mets?

September, 25, 2013

FIRST PITCH: The Mets have all but knocked the Cincinnati Reds into the wild-card game. The Amazin’s also may have helped ensure the Pittsburgh Pirates host their first postseason game since 1992.

Rookie Michael Wacha came within one out of a no-hitter as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals, 2-0, Tuesday night. Meanwhile, the Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs, 8-2.

That leaves the NL Central standings with four games remaining as:

St. Louis, 93-65, --
Pittsburgh, 91-67, 2 GB
Cincinnati 90-68, 3 GB

If the Pirates and Reds end up tied, the better head-to-head record would host the wild-card game. The season series is tied, 8-8, entering the final weekend -- when those teams play head to head in Cincy for three games.

The Mets, meanwhile, have won four of five on their final road trip entering today’s 12:35 p.m. series finale.

If the season ended right now, the Mets (72-85) would pick 10th in the draft, but that is tenuous. The Amazin’s have the same record as the San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays.

Ties are resolved by going back to 2012 winning percentage, with the poorer record picking first.

So the order would be No. 9 Toronto (.451 winning percentage in 2012), No. 10 Mets (.457), No. 11 Philadelphia (.500) and No. 12 San Francisco (.580).

That is not entirely accurate, either, though.

Because the Jays failed to sign the No. 10 overall pick a year ago, they get an extra pick at No. 11 pick this year. So the actual order right now is No. 9 Toronto, No. 10 Mets, No. 11 Toronto, No. 12 Philadelphia, No. 13 San Francisco.

The top 10 picks in the draft are protected -- even if the team signs a premium free agent who has received a qualifying offer from his former club.

Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-3, 5.52), in what should be his final Mets start, now opposes Mat Latos (14-6, 3.23) this afternoon.

The Reds moved up Latos a day so he can line up to pitch in Tuesday’s wild-card game on an extra day of rest. Latos just told the Cincinnati Enquirer he has been pitching with an abdominal strain for three months.

The Mets are 40-40 on the road entering their final game away from Citi Field.

Wednesday’s news reports:

Daniel Murphy produced a three-run homer in a four-run second inning against Mike Leake and the Mets beat the Reds, 4-2, Tuesday at Great American Ball Park. Jonathon Niese allowed two runs in seven innings to even his record at 8-8.

Terry Collins indicated it remained undetermined whether Niese would start Sunday’s season finale against the Milwaukee Brewers or call it a season, but the southpaw indicated he wanted to make that start.

Vic Black, who may be the primary setup man to Bobby Parnell next season, or the closer if Parnell has a slow recovery from herniated disk surgery, earned his first major league save. Collins described himself on Tuesday as “worried” about Parnell.

Juan Lagares recorded his 13th outfield assist, passing Tsuyoshi Shinjo’s 2001 total for the franchise rookie record.

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

Al Behrman/Associated PressBronson Arroyo is a free agent this offseason.

Shin-Soo Choo says he is not thinking about his upcoming free agency.

• Mike Puma in the Post suggests the Mets will pursue right-hander Bronson Arroyo this offseason in free agency.

“There’s going to be some ballclubs, maybe like the Mets, that have that nice mix of young arms, but need somebody to kind of anchor a rotation with 200 innings, so it’s going to be a very interesting offseason for me,” Arroyo told Puma.

Sandy Alderson has given conflicting statements on how aggressively he will pursue a pricy starting pitcher.

Jordany Valdespin has completed his 50-game suspension related to Biogenesis. The Mets shifted Josh Edgin (rib) to the 60-day DL to return Valdespin to the 40-man roster.

It would appear unlikely Valdespin is with the organization at the start of the season, but the Mets have the 40-man roster room to retain him for now.

The Mets will need to shift Ruben Tejada to the 60-day DL on Thursday, when Double-A outfielder Cesar Puello has completed his suspension.

Jeurys Familia will pitch in the Arizona Fall League.

From the bloggers … Rising Apple debates the merits of an extension for Collins.

BIRTHDAYS: Reliever David Weathers turns 44. … Infielder Argenis Reyes is 31.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Would you like to see Bronson Arroyo as a Met?

Morning Briefing: Wright hammy whammy

August, 3, 2013

Mike Stobe/Getty ImagesDavid Wright came up lame after legging out an infield single in the 10th inning.

FIRST PITCH: Terry Collins labeled Friday’s walk-off win “bittersweet.”

That is because despite beating the Kansas City Royals, 4-2, in 11 innings Friday night, the Mets lost captain David Wright to a right hamstring strain, leaving a struggling offense without its biggest weapon.

Wright will undergo an MRI today. A DL stint would appear likely.

Mike Baxter is due to join the club Saturday. That signals the Mets are content using Josh Satin and/or Justin Turner at third base in Wright’s absence.

Baxter had been demoted as part of the June 10 purge with Ike Davis and Robert Carson.

He hit .275 with five homers and 15 RBIs in 149 at-bats with Triple-A Las Vegas. During Baxter’s stint in the Pacific Coast League, his wife gave birth in New York to the couple’s first child, which should make the return to the big leagues a doubly happy event. Baxter also gives the Mets a lefty pinch hitter, which they lacked.

Meanwhile, because Carlos Torres was pressed into relief work in extra innings, Jeremy Hefner (4-8, 4.21 ERA) will move up to today’s 1:10 p.m. start on standard rest opposite left-hander Bruce Chen (4-0, 2.09). Zack Wheeler similarly will slide up to Sunday.

Saturday’s news reports:

Bill Kostroun/Associated PressLaTroy Hawkins delivered a pie to the face of Eric Young Jr. after the walk-off homer.

Eric Young Jr. delivered a walk-off two-run homer against Luis Mendoza as the Mets snapped Kansas City’s nine-game winning streak. Young produced his first homer as a Met. It was the first walk-off hit of Young’s career and the third walk-off homer by a Met this season, joining Jordany Valdespin against the Dodgers on April 25 and Kirk Nieuwenhuis against the Cubs on June 16.

Dillon Gee had taken a scoreless effort into the eighth inning before issuing a leadoff walk and departing with a two-run lead.

With Bobby Parnell unavailable perhaps through the weekend because of continued neck discomfort, David Aardsma was anointed the closer. Aardsma, who posted a combined 69 saves in 2009 and ’10 with the Seattle Mariners, suffered a blown save when he surrendered a ninth-inning run and failed to protect a 2-1 lead.

Read recaps in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Times, Star-Ledger, Record, Journal and

• Wright, who had been dealing with a hamstring injury since last weekend in D.C., left the game in obvious discomfort after legging out an infield single to begin the 10th inning. Wright had been downplaying the issue as a manageable cramp. “Most likely not all that good,” Collins said about Wright’s injury. Wright did not speak to the media postgame.

Wright had slugged a two-run homer in the first inning -- the 220th long ball of his career. That tied Wright with Mike Piazza for second on the Mets’ all-time homer list. Darryl Strawberry has a franchise-record 252.

Josh Edgin landed on the disabled list before Friday’s game with a hairline fracture of a rib on his left side, potentially ending his season. That paved the way for Pedro Feliciano to join the Mets.

Feliciano, who arrived in the fifth inning, entered into a pressure-packed situation in his first major league game since Oct. 2, 2010. After Aardsma blew the save, Feliciano inherited runners on the corners and two outs in a 2-2 game in the top of the ninth and coaxed a groundout from lefty-hitting Alex Gordon.

Feliciano underwent shoulder surgery and never appeared for the Yankees while collecting $8 million over the previous two seasons. He re-signed with the Mets during the offseason, but was idled during spring training because of a heart issue. Then, during the season while pitching for Class A St. Lucie and trying to build up his arm strength, Feliciano went home to Puerto Rico because his son briefly was hospitalized. Feliciano, 36, developed a type of food poisoning known as ciguatera from fish served by his mother. The ailment continued to torment him as he tried to resume pitching in the minors.

Feliciano, who made a franchise-record 92 appearances for the Mets in 2010, appeared in 22 minor league games this season across three levels before the promotion.

Read more in the Post and Star-Ledger.

Courtesy of New York MetsSavannah right-hander Matt Koch was struck in the head by a line drive and was hospitalized.

• Savannah right-hander Matt Koch, the organization’s third-round pick last year out of the University of Louisville, was struck in the head with a line drive off the bat of Greenville’s Mario Martinez to open the second inning last night and departed the game. He was to be hospitalized overnight.

Teammate Stefan Sabol tweeted: “Please pray for my teammate @mattykoch20 and his family! He was hit in the head by a line drive and I ask we pray for a speedy recovery!”

Koch did tweet: “Thank you everyone for your prayers. I'll be ok. Jus stayin in the hospital over night and havin more tests in the mornin then hopefully out”

Jonathon Niese is due to be at Citi Field today and should throw a between-starts bullpen session. Niese tossed four scoreless innings Thursday with Class A St. Lucie in his second rehab appearance as he returns from a partial tear of his left rotator cuff. Niese likely will be activated from the DL after one more rehab appearance, which he expects will be Tuesday with Brooklyn.

• Automotive businesses adjacent to Citi Field have received 30-day eviction notices -- meaning they have to vacate the area in the next month under eminent-domain laws. The business owners are not happy. View a WPIX channel 11 report here.

John Buck’s wife is overdue to give birth to the couple’s child. Because the Mets are now in New York, it is unclear if Buck actually will need paternity leave when the baby is born.

• Davis, after batting fourth and then fifth since his return from the minors, was dropped to seventh Friday. Davis went 3-for-3 with a walk -- although he did commit an error and avoided another when LaTroy Hawkins made a stellar play at first base to corral Davis’ off-the-mark flip. Davis might have been headed the bench today with the lefty Chen pitching, although Wright’s injury and Satin’s potential use at third base now makes that unclear.

• Jacob deGrom allowed four runs in six innings as Las Vegas lost at Nashville, 4-2. Greg Peavey took a no-hit bid one out into the sixth and Binghamton beat Harrisburg, 3-0. Lucas Duda went 3-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs and Alex Panteliodis tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings as St. Lucie blanked Clearwater, 4-0. Jared King drove in four runs and Patrick Biondi went 4-for-5 as Brooklyn beat Jamestown, 8-1.

• Wally Backman received a two-game suspension and Valdespin and Armando Rodriguez received three-game bans for their parts in a bench-clearing brawl earlier this week in Las Vegas. Valdespin’s pimping of a homer led to an exchange of hit-by-pitches -- the latter by Rodriguez to a Sacramento batter, which prompted the benches to clear. Backman completed his suspension last night. Rodriguez, now assigned to Double-A, and Valdespin have one game remaining.

• SNY will soon give away analyst Keith Hernandez's scorecard from each game he works, writes Neil Best in Newsday.

• Dave Caldwell in the Journal profiles Juan Lagares.

From the bloggers … John Delcos at Mets Report believes using Wheeler out of the bullpen at the end of the season would be a mistake. ... Faith and Fear in Flushing cannot conceive of the Royals as a Mets rival, not even for a weekend.

BIRTHDAYS: Mackey Sasser, who had the throwing yips as a catcher with the Mets, turns 51. He has served as the head coach at Wallace Community College in Dothan, Ala., for 17 seasons. … Kevin Elster is 49.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Were the Mets foolish to allow David Wright to play through a clear hamstring issue?

Pedro Feliciano returns, Edgin to DL

August, 2, 2013
NEW YORK -- Exactly 34 months after he last threw a pitch in the majors, lefty reliever Pedro Feliciano has returned to the Mets.

The Mets promoted the 36-year-old reliever from Triple-A Las Vegas for Friday night's game against the Royals, and he's available out of the bullpen.

Feliciano's promotion came after left-handed reliever Josh Edgin was placed on the disabled list with a hairline fracture of a left rib.

Closer Bobby Parnell is also not available for Friday's game with a sore neck.

You can read the full news story here.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 6, Marlins 5

July, 29, 2013
MIAMI – Ike Davis capped a three-run seventh inning with a double into the right-field corner that scored hustling Marlon Byrd from first base with the tiebreaking run and the Mets beat the Miami Marlins, 6-5, Monday night at Marlins Park.

Daniel Murphy produced his third RBI of the game and Byrd had an RBI single earlier in the frame as the Mets overcame a two-run deficit against Miami’s bullpen.

Marc Serota/Getty ImagesJeremy Hefner was absolved of a loss after the Mets posted three runs in the seventh.

The Mets snapped a three-game losing streak. They won for only the fourth time in 12 games against the Marlins in 2013.

Josh Edgin, LaTroy Hawkins and Bobby Parnell each contributed scoreless relief innings. Parnell retired Giancarlo Stanton for the final out to strand pinch-runner Juan Pierre at third base.

The Mets improved to 9-37 when trailing after six innings.

Jeremy’s swoon: Jeremy Hefner has surrendered 19 runs (16 earned runs) in 11 2/3 innings over his past three starts.

No. 8 hitter Jeff Mathis chased him with one out in the sixth with a two-run single that staked Miami to a 5-3 lead.

Hefner’s line: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 K.

Hefner tossed three no-hit innings before the Marlins started to tee off in the fourth. Stanton doubled. Ed Lucas tripled. And Donovan Solano was hit by a pitch.

Still, Hefner should have been out of the fourth with a 3-1 lead. Instead, shortstop Omar Quintanilla’s two-out error on opposing pitcher Jacob Turner’s bases-loaded grounder allowed two runs to score.

Hefner’s five walks were a career high.

What’s next: Zack Wheeler (4-1, 3.72 ERA) opposes right-hander Nate Eovaldi (2-1, 3.54) at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday.

Rapid Reaction: Pirates 4, Mets 2

July, 13, 2013
PITTSBURGH -- Ike Davis may be playing himself into watching from the bench Sunday, even with the Pittsburgh Pirates having switched from left-hander Jeff Locke to right-hander Gerrit Cole for the series finale.

Davis, who continues to bat cleanup, went hitless in four at-bats Saturday. He originally was charged with a costly seventh-inning error that later was reversed and scored a hit. Either way, it led to two runs scoring as the Pirates beat the Mets, 4-2, Saturday night at sold-out PNC Park.

The Mets had been 5-0-2 in their last seven road series, their longest unbeaten streak since winning eight straight series in 1999. But that has been snapped with consecutive losses to the Pirates.

Davis is 2-for-20 with five walks in his past five games, including a fifth-inning strikeout Saturday with two in scoring position.

On a tough but makeable play, Davis had a one-out grounder in the seventh off the bat of pinch-hitter Travis Snider scoot by him on the glove side.

Snider ultimately scored with two outs for a 3-2 lead when Andrew McCutchen delivered an RBI single against Greg Burke.

In between, Snider could have been doubled off first base. But on Starling Marte’s lineout to third base, Davis could not hold a low throw across the diamond from David Wright.

Later in the seventh, Josh Edgin issued a bases-loaded walk to Russell Martin to force in a run.

Gonzalez Germen finally ended the inning and stranded the bases loaded by entering and coaxing a foul pop-out in his second major league appearance.

Collins for days had planned to start Josh Satin on Sunday, but that was before Cole unexpectedly replaced Locke, who had lower-back tightness.

Start of something: Carlos Torres Day proved a suitable alternative while it lasted.

Given the start in place of Matt Harvey with the Mets seeking to limit their ace’s innings and allow a blister to heal (and, shhhh, start the All-Star Game), Torres took a scoreless effort into the fifth inning. Torres had not started, or exceeded three innings, since a complete game with Triple-A Las Vegas on June 9 and undoubtedly ran out of gas in his final frame.

He departed with a 2-1 lead after escaping a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fifth by coaxing a double-play groundout from Jose Tabata. Torres’ final line in a no-decision: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K. He threw 80 pitches (50 strikes).

Torres, who last had started a major league game with the Chicago White Sox in 2010, now has a 0.79 ERA in 22 2/3 innings as a Met.

At least until Jonathon Niese returns from the disabled list, Torres is due to remain in the rotation after the All-Star break in the spot formerly held by Shaun Marcum. Marcum is due to undergo season-ending surgery Monday in St. Louis to address thoracic outlet syndrome, which led to hand numbness. Niese just started long-tossing this week in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and will need to pitch in rehab games before rejoining the Mets.

Torres had been staked to a 2-0 lead.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis opened the scoring with an RBI double against A.J. Burnett in the fourth that plated Marlon Byrd, who had walked. An inning later, after the Mets appeared poised to waste an opportunity with two runners in scoring position, Byrd beat out a two-out infield single and Daniel Murphy scored.

Aargh! David Aardsma surrendered a leadoff homer to McCutchen in the sixth as Pittsburgh evened the score at 2.

Boo hoo? Wright was booed for a second straight day at PNC Park for not originally picking Pedro Alvarez for the Home Run Derby. Wright tabbed Alvarez as the replacement for Carlos Gonzalez on the eve of the Mets-Pirates series.

What’s next: The Mets and Pirates conclude the first half as Dillon Gee (6-7, 4.60 ERA) opposes the former first overall pick Cole (4-2, 3.68) at 1:35 p.m. Sunday.



Carlos Torres
2 2.08 11 8
BAJ. Lagares .314
HRL. Duda 3
RBIL. Duda 8
RE. Young Jr. 12
OPSJ. Lagares .816
ERAJ. Mejia 2.81
SOJ. Mejia 18