New York Mets: Luis Mendoza
August, 3, 2013
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
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.
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.
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• 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.
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:
August, 1, 2013
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
Getty ImagesThe Mets face (l to r) Wade Davis, Bruce Chen and Ervin Santana this weekend at Citi Field.
Friday: RHP Dillon Gee (7-8, 4.13) vs. RHP Wade Davis (5-9, 5.50), 7:10 p.m. ET
Saturday: RHP Carlos Torres (1-2, 3.03) vs. LHP Bruce Chen (4-0, 2.09), 1:10 p.m. ET
Sunday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (4-8, 4.21) vs. RHP Ervin Santana (7-6, 3.03), 1:10 p.m. ET
Royals short hops
• Kansas City has won nine straight games, the longest active streak in the majors. It is the franchise’s longest winning streak in a decade, since opening the 2003 season 9-0. The Royals nonetheless have not gained much ground in the AL Central because Detroit and Cleveland also are on big winning streaks.
• The Royals acquired outfielder Justin Maxwell from the Houston Astros at the trade deadline for Class A right-hander Kyle Smith. Maxwell, 29, was hitting .241 with two homers overall with Houston. He had a .302 average against left-handed pitchers.
Jesse Johnson/USA TODAY SportsJustin Maxwell made his Royals debut Thursday.
• Maxwell took the roster spot of second baseman Chris Getz, who landed on the disabled list with a knee injury. Miguel Tejada started his fourth straight game at the position Thursday. Elliot Johnson also is an option at second base with Getz sidelined.
• Left-hander Bruce Chen started for the Mets in the first baseball game back in New York after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, in the game Mike Piazza belted the two-run homer in the eighth to lift the Mets to a 3-2 win against the Atlanta Braves. Chen limited Atlanta to one run in seven innings that day.
Now 36 years old, Chen has allowed only three runs in 18 innings and opponents have a .115 batting average over three starts since he entered the rotation. Chen had been working out of the bullpen before replacing ineffective Luis Mendoza earlier this month. Mendoza (2-5, 5.21 ERA) has moved to long relief.
• The Royals’ strong play leading into the trade deadline prompted the organization to hold onto free-agent-to-be Ervin Santana at the trade deadline.
• Alex Gordon, who moved from third base to left field three years ago, was a first-time All-Star this season. His 45 RBIs lead major league leadoff men. Gordon has won two Gold Glove awards since the position change.
He was one of three Royals All-Stars. Closer Greg Holland and catcher Salvador Perez also represented K.C.
• Holland has converted 21 straight save chances, the third-longest streak in franchise history. Joakim Soria saved 36 straight in 2010. Jeff Montgomery saved 24 straight in 1993.
• 2012 All-Star Billy Butler is the first Royal to have at least a share of the team’s RBI lead for four straight seasons. However, the righty-hitting DH is likely to find himself on the bench this weekend in the NL ballpark. Royals manager Ned Yost indicated Thursday that lefty-hitting Eric Hosmer should start all three weekend games at first base over Butler, since the Mets are throwing three right-handed pitchers.
Hosmer has a team-best 36 multi-hit games and is hitting .296 (16-for-54) since the All-Star break.
• Lorenzo Cain returned to center field Thursday after missing three games with a groin injury.
• Jeff Francoeur was released by the Royals last month and eventually signed with the San Francisco Giants.
• Wade Davis is coming off 7 1/3 scoreless innings against the Chicago White Sox. He was acquired from Tampa Bay last Dec. 9 with James Shields.
• George Brett resigned as co-hitting coach last week and returned to his front-office role as vice president of baseball operations. Brett had assumed the uniformed role alongside hitting coach Pedro Grifol when the Royals were 21-29.
• Kansas City last visited Queens in 2002.
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