New York Mets: Pedro Feliciano

Minors 6.21.14: K-Mets' Brosher two homers

June, 21, 2014
Jun 21
LAS VEGAS 11, MEMPHIS 5: Noah Syndergaard surrendered a two-run homer to Xavier Scruggs in a three-run first by the Redbirds. Syndergaard dominated for a while after Scruggs' longball, retiring the next 16 batters as Vegas raced to an 8-3 lead. However, Stephen Piscotty singled to open the seventh and Pete Kozma launched a two-run homer with one out in the frame. So Syndergaard ultimately was charged with five runs on six hits while striking out seven and walking none in 6 2/3 innings. Travis d'Arnaud went 2-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI and is hitting .453 in Triple-A. Anthony Seratelli had a three-run homer in a five-run third. Cesar Puello finished 2-for-3 with a homer, five RBIs and a walk. Ex-Met Pedro Feliciano tossed two scoreless innings in relief for the Redbirds. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, BOWIE 6: Left-hander Steven Matz allowed five runs on seven hits and

two walks in 5 2/3 innings in his Double-A debut. Relievers Ryan Fraser, Adam Kolarek and Cody Satterwhite then limited Bowie to one run the rest of the way as the B-Mets rallied for their 11th win in 12 games. Trailing 5-3, Binghamton took the lead with a three-run seventh against Anthony Vasquez. Kevin Plawecki deposited an RBI double into the right-field corner, cutting Bowie’s lead to one. Jayce Boyd followed by plating Plawecki with the tying run on a double. Three batters later, Boyd scampered home with the go-ahead run when reliever Steven Hensley uncorked a wild pitch. The B-Mets tacked on a much-needed insurance run in the eighth. Pinch-hitter Kyle Johnson reached safely with a two-out double when his innocent popup behind second fell to the outfield turf. Plawecki brought him home by threading a single into left field. Bowie had one last gasp offensively in the eighth. Rehabbing Oriole Nolan Reimold doubled against Kolarek and his pinch-runner, Johnny Ruettiger, scored on consecutive groundouts to trim Binghamton’s lead to one. Satterwhite took the reins in the ninth and posted a perfect inning, fanning Garabez Rosa to lock down his third save. Fraser (1-0) retired all four Baysox he faced after replacing Matz in the sixth to pick up his first win. Box

ST. LUCIE 2, FORT MYERS 0: Game 1 starter Michael Fulmer took a line drive off the forearm on his left, glove hand on his third pitch of the game. The baseball was hit so hard

by Jorge Polanco that it ricocheted into right field. Fulmer did not suffer a fracture, Paul DePodesta said. Julian Hilario took over. Polanco, who was safe at first on the single, scored on Lance Ray’s sac fly later in the inning. Adam Brett Walker scored Fort Myers’ second run on a wild pitch by Jake Kuebler in the fourth. Ray added a two-out RBI double against Kuebler in the fifth. In Game 2, Matt Koch pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings and combined with recently demoted T.J. Chism as well as Paul Sewald on a four-hit shutout. Koch (7-2) surrendered a leadoff single in the first inning and issued a one-out walk. He then got Walker to ground into an inning-ending double play. That started a streak of 15 straight batters retired. The Mets scored their opening run in the second inning against Steven Gruver. With one out and runners on the corners, Maikis De La Cruz bunted back to Gruver, who tried to throw home to retire Gilbert Gomez. Instead, Gomez slid in safely. Jairo Perez drove in the second run when his fifth-inning infield single with two outs plated Eudy Pina. Koch ran into trouble in the sixth when he gave up back-to-back hits with one out. He induced Aderling Mejia to fly out. Chism then recorded the final out of the sixth when Nate Roberts grounded out. Sewald pitched around a two-out single in the seventh to earn his first save. Box 1, Box 2

SAVANNAH 7, GREENVILLE 6 (11 innings): Champ Stuart walked, stole second, advanced to third on a flyout and scored the go-ahead run on Victor Cruzado's single in the top of the 11th. Akeel Morris issued a two-out walk, then completed a scoreless bottom half to record his fourth save. Nelfi Zapata, Stefan Sabol and Jeff Glenn each went 3-for-5. Glenn drove in four runs. Zapata had three doubles. Starter Alex Panteliodis allowed four runs on 13 hits in 5 1/3 innings. Box

KINGSPORT 9, DANVILLE 5: Brandon Brosher, a 36th-round pick out of high school in Florida in 2013, had a pair of two-run homers and finished 3-for-4. Eudor Garcia, the Mets' fourth-round pick out of junior college in Texas this month, went 2-for-2 with two walks and three runs scored. Starter Yoan Gonzalez limited Danville to two runs on five hits and three walks in seven innings. Box

BROOKLYN 3, ABERDEEN 1 (11 innings): Marcos Molina, Edioglis Villasmil and Juan Urbina combined to toss a two-hit shutout with no walks through 10 innings as the game remained scoreless. In the top of the 11th, Brooklyn (7-2) took a 1-0 lead on Stefan Crichton's wild pitch, which plated Tucker Tharp. Michael Bernal had an RBI single and Tyler Moore scored on Jhoan Urena's bunt to complete the three-run frame. Shane Bay surrendered two singles and a sac fly to open the bottom half but nonetheless recorded his third save. Rehabbing Oriole Dylan Bundy, the fourth overall pick in 2011, started for Aberdeen. He limited the Cyclones to two hits and a walk while striking out nine in five innings. Box

GCL NATIONALS 8, GCL METS 0: Cory Mazzoni, who suffered a strained right lat muscle

in the final Grapefruit League game, appeared in an official game for the first time since suffering the injury as the Mets were prepared to break camp. The former second-round pick out of NC State allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out seven in four innings. Luis Mateo, a year after undergoing Tommy John surgery, relieved Mazzoni and was charged with five runs (one earned) in 1 1/3 innings in his first official game action since the elbow procedure. Juan Lagares went 0-for-4 and played a full game in center field in his second rehab appearance. The Mets produced only three hits -- singles by John Mora, Dionis Rodriguez and Enmanuel Zabala. Box

Compiled with team reports

7 Mets become free agents

October, 31, 2013
Seven Mets became free agents as of 9 a.m. Thursday: David Aardsma, Tim Byrdak, Pedro Feliciano, Frank Francisco, Aaron Harang, LaTroy Hawkins and Daisuke Matsuzaka.

With those seven roster spots now free, the Mets formally activated their seven players on the 60-day DL, where they were not counting against the 40-man roster. Those players are Ike Davis, Josh Edgin, Matt Harvey, Jeremy Hefner, Jenrry Mejia, Bobby Parnell and Scott Rice.

Players such as Harvey who are due to miss the 2014 season cannot remain on the 60-day DL during the offseason.

With the Oct. 17 purge that included Mike Baxter and Robert Carson getting claimed off waivers, the Mets' 40-man roster currently stands at 36. The Mets will shed another member of the 40-man roster once Johan Santana's 2014 option is declined.

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.

Rapid Reaction: Braves 13, Mets 5

September, 2, 2013
ATLANTA -- Daisuke Matsuzaka lasted only three innings Monday afternoon. Now, his Mets career looks done after three starts.

Working at his familiarly deliberate pace, Matsuzaka was pummeled for six runs in three innings as the Atlanta Braves beat the Mets 13-5 at Turner Field.

Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesDaisuke Matsuzaka allowed six runs in three innings on Labor Day.

Dice-K's ERA now stands at an uncompetitive 10.95 after three starts, during which he has contributed a combined 12 1/3 innings while throwing a whopping 268 pitches.

Matsuzaka's next turn comes up Sunday in Cleveland, and it is hard to fathom the Mets allowing that to take place. (Matsuzaka, coincidentally, requested his released from the Indians, where he was pitching in Triple-A, in order to sign with the Mets.)

The Mets announced the signing of Aaron Harang to a minor league deal Sunday night and assigned him to Triple-A Las Vegas. A seemingly viable alternative, Harang had been 5-11 with a 5.76 ERA in 22 starts for the Seattle Mariners this season.

Freddie Freeman had five RBIs against Matsuzaka, including a three-run homer in the second.

Black Monday: Right-hander Vic Black inherited the bases loaded from Pedro Feliciano with two outs in the sixth in the ex-Pirate's Mets debut. Black fired a pair of 97 mph fastballs, the latter of which coaxed an inning-ending fly out from Andrelton Simmons to hold the Mets' deficit at 10-3.

The Mets acquired Black and Class A infielder Dilson Herrera last week for Marlon Byrd and John Buck.

Shouldering load: Left-hander Tim Byrdak tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings in his first major league appearance since undergoing surgery last Sept. 6 to repair a torn anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder. Byrdak only surrendered a single to Jordan Schafer. Four of the five batters he faced were lefties.

Zach with an H: Zach Lutz, promoted Sunday as rosters expanded after Ike Davis suffered a strained right oblique, pinch hit for Matsuzaka and delivered an RBI double in the fourth. Daniel Murphy followed with a sacrifice fly that pulled the Mets within 6-3 against Paul Maholm.

It was Lutz's first career extra-base hit. His last Mets plate appearance had come on June 30.

What's next: Carlos Torres (3-2, 2.77 ERA) opposes right-hander Kris Medlen (11-12, 3.58) in Game 2 of the series, at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday.

Morning Briefing: Minny detour

August, 19, 2013

Adam RubinThe weather, and the group of players on the roster, were considerably different when the Mets visited Minnesota in April.

FIRST PITCH: Snow, then freezing rain during a mid-April visit to Minneapolis forced the postponement of the interleague series finale against the Minnesota Twins during a season-open road trip. So the Mets swing by Target Field today for a makeup game to cap a four-city, 11-game road trip.

Dillon Gee (8-8, 3.79 ERA) opposes rookie right-hander Kyle Gibson (2-3, 6.27) in the 2:10 p.m. ET game.

The forecast: mostly sunny, with a high of 89 degrees.

Monday’s news reports:

Pedro Feliciano surrendered a walk-off homer to Will Venable and the Mets lost to the Padres, 4-3, Sunday to split their four-game series. The Mets dropped to 13-12 in games started by Matt Harvey this season, despite Harvey limiting San Diego to two runs in six innings. The Mets suffered their 12th walk-off loss of the season, matching the Miami Marlins for the most in MLB.

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

Travis d’Arnaud will remain with the major league club once John Buck returns from paternity leave for Tuesday’s homestand opener against the Atlanta Braves, reported. However, multiple team officials insisted to on Sunday night that they had not yet committed to that decision, while acknowledging that may very well end up the resolution. D’Arnaud is 0-for-4 with four walks through two games in his major league career.

• Before Sunday’s game, the Mets placed Jenrry Mejia on the disabled list and promoted reliever Greg Burke. Terry Collins expects Mejia will undergo surgery soon to remove a bone spur from his right elbow, giving him ample time to recover for spring training. As for the rotation void, the Mets appeared to be leaning toward skipping the Mejia turn because of Thursday’s off-day and having Harvey pitch on standard rest Friday against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field.

Harvey throwing only 86 pitches Sunday helps make that feasible. The alternative is for Carlos Torres to make a spot start Friday and Harvey to continue to pitch with an extra day of rest Saturday. Longer term, Collins indicated, September call-ups should plug Mejia’s rotation spot.

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

Jeremy Hefner is due for another examination today to determine whether he will require Tommy John surgery for a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his right elbow. Undergoing that procedure would cause Hefner to miss most if not all of the 2014 season.

• Jacob deGrom took a perfect-game bid into the sixth inning and Las Vegas ultimately beat Salt Lake, 6-3. Read the full minor league recap here.

• Jay Horwitz appeared on WABC-TV to discuss the motivation for his upcoming bobblehead day. Watch here.

BIRTHDAYS: Pitcher-turned-broadcaster Ron Darling turns 53. … Ex-Met Chris Capuano, now in the Dodgers rotation, is 35. … Matt Franco turns 44.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should the Mets forget about innings limits and call up Jacob deGrom or Rafael Montero to take Jenrry Mejia’s rotation spot?

TC on Pedro-Venable: 'got to like matchup'

August, 18, 2013
SAN DIEGO -- After Pedro Feliciano preserved a tie score by working out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth mostly created by Gonzalez Germen, pitching coach Dan Warthen asked Feliciano if he had one more out.

Feliciano indicated he did.

Four pitches after returning to the mound for the ninth, the game was over. Feliciano served up a walk-off homer to lefty-hitting leadoff hitter Will Venable on a 1-2 slider. The Mets lost to the San Diego Padres, 4-3, Sunday afternoon at Petco Park.

“Surpising,” Feliciano labeled the homer, the first he has surrendered in the majors since Cincinnati’s Orlando Cabrera took him deep on May 5, 2010, during the southpaw’s last tour of duty with the Mets.

Said Terry Collins: “You’ve got to like the matchup. That’s what he does. He gets lefties out. He just didn’t make the pitch he needed to make.”

Feliciano said he thought the 1-2 slider was about to strike out Venable.

“He’s pretty hot right now,” Feliciano said. “He went down and got it out.”

Rapid Reaction: Padres 4, Mets 3

August, 18, 2013
SAN DIEGO -- The Mets spoiled the inaugural Matt Harvey-Travis d’Arnaud Battery Day with a walk-off loss.

Gonzalez Germen surrendered a game-tying eighth-inning run. Then, Will Venable produced a walk-off homer an inning later against Pedro Feliciano as the Mets lost to the San Diego Padres, 4-3, Sunday afternoon at Petco Park.

The Mets suffered their 12th walk-off loss of the season, matching the Miami Marlins for the most in the majors.

The Mets split the four-game series with the Padres. They have won only one series in San Diego since 2002.

Harvey was in line for his 10th win until Germen’s eighth-inning hiccup instead handed him a no-decision.

Harvey had been lifted for pinch hitter Andrew Brown after Omar Quintanilla doubled with two outs and the score tied in the top of the seventh. Brown proceeded to double to chase left-handed starter Eric Stults and give the Mets a 3-2 lead.

With Jenrry Mejia (elbow) on the disabled list, Terry Collins indicated the Mets are weighing two options for Friday’s start against the Detroit Tigers: bringing back Harvey on regular rest, or giving a start to Carlos Torres.

Because he only logged 86 pitches in six innings against San Diego, that may suggest Harvey pitches Friday, rather than with an extra day of rest Saturday. In essence, the Mets would use Thursday’s team off-day to skip Mejia’s turn.

Harvey’s line: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K.

It marked the eighth time this season Harvey had failed to earn a win in a start in which he logged at least six innings and surrendered two runs or fewer. Cole Hamels leads the majors with 10 such starts.

The Padres scored twice against Harvey in the fifth, with not much hit hard. The damage came on a hit by pitch, bloop single that narrowly dropped beyond second baseman Justin Turner’s reach, a sac bunt, infield single and sac fly.

Brown delivers: Brown is 5-for-8 with one homer and five RBIs on the road trip.

D’oh: In his second major league game, d’Arnaud went 0-for-2 with two walks and a passed ball. He grounded into a second-inning double play. D’Arnaud is 0-for-4 with four walks in two major league starts.

John Buck is due to return from paternity leave Tuesday, at which point the Mets will need to decide whether d’Arnaud remains at the major league level.

What’s next: The Mets take a detour to Minneapolis to make up a snowed-out April game and complete a four-city, 11-game trip. Dillon Gee (8-8, 3.79 ERA) opposes right-hander Kyle Gibson (2-3, 6.27) at 2:10 p.m. ET Monday at Target Field.

Morning Briefing: Harvey limit ID'd

August, 15, 2013

FIRST PITCH: Time to regroup.

The Mets failed to hold a two-run lead in the ninth inning Wednesday at Dodger Stadium and lost, 5-4, to Los Angeles in 12 innings.

The Dodgers completed a sweep and are now 40-8 since June 22 -- the best 48-game stretch in the majors since the Cardinals went 41-7 from Aug. 11 to Oct. 1, 1942.

The Mets bused to San Diego after the defeat.

Zack Wheeler (5-2, 3.63 ERA) opposes right-hander Tyson Ross (3-5, 2.75) in the 10:10 p.m. ET series opener at Petco Park today.

Thursday’s news reports:

• The Mets are targeting 210 to 215 innings for Matt Harvey’s cap this season, notes Jared Diamond in the Journal. Writes Diamond:

The Mets have tentatively outlined a road map that would allow Harvey to make eight more starts, with about half of them coming on an extra day of rest. Using off-days to their advantage and occasionally using a spot starter, they think they can finagle Harvey to the end.

LaTroy Hawkins was struck in the groin with a comebacker, then served up a game-tying two-run homer to the next batter, pinch hitter Andre Ethier. Pedro Feliciano suffered the loss in the 12th when Adrian Gonzalez plated Yasiel Puig with a double.

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

Jeremy Hefner’s demotion to Las Vegas has been rescinded. Instead, Hefner has been placed on the major league disabled list with a partially torn MCL in his right elbow. Hefner will not need surgery and is expected to return this season. Read more in the Post, Star-Ledger and Newsday.

• Travis d’Arnaud spoke with about waiting for the baby Buck to be born. D’Arnaud is expected to make his major league debut once Buck goes on three-day paternity leave. Buck’s wife had complications with her last pregnancy with twins five years ago and required a C-section, so the preference is for a natural childbirth this time. Read more in the Post.

Wilmer Flores’ twisted right ankle felt “marginally better” Wednesday. The rookie pinch hit in the ninth inning, but departed for a pinch runner after singling.

• Dave Caldwell in the Journal profiles Noah Syndergaard, the Double-A pitching phenom acquired in the R.A. Dickey deal with d’Arnaud. Syndergaard is on a severe pitch limit the rest of the season in order to keep him from hitting an innings cap before the Eastern League playoffs. Writes Caldwell:

The plan, at least as far as Syndergaard understands it, is to finish the season at Binghamton. He is likely to pitch about five innings per start, and [pitching coach Glenn] Abbott said Syndergaard will skip a start after Friday's game at home against New Britain.

This is all fine to Syndergaard, who said, "I just throw until they tell me not to." He achieved both of the goals he set for himself this season -- pitch in Class AA and in the Futures Game -- and he hopes to make his first big push for the Mets next spring.

Still, Pedro Lopez, the Binghamton manager, said, "Every time I take him out after five innings, he says, `Is that it?'"

• Jorge Castillo in the Star-Ledger looks at Mets pitchers’ lack of success bunting this season.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit an inside-the-park homer and Las Vegas pulled into a first-place tie with an 8-1 win against New Orleans. Read the full minor league recap here.

From the bloggers … John Delcos at Mets Report examines whether the Mets mishandled Flores’ injury.

BIRTHDAYS: Oliver Perez turns 32. … Duffy Dyer is 68. … Nino Espinosa was born on this date in 1953. He died at age 34 on Christmas Eve.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Are you still upbeat about the Mets’ season?

Rapid Reaction: Dodgers 5, Mets 4 (12)

August, 15, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- The 40-year-old closer could not stop the runaway train.

Trying to protect a two-run lead, fill-in stopper LaTroy Hawkins surrendered a two-run homer to pinch hitter Andre Ethier with one out in the ninth. Adrian Gonzalez then a delivered a walk-off double against Pedro Feliciano in the 12th as the Los Angeles Dodgers swept the Mets with a 5-4, come-from-behind win Wednesday. Yasiel Puig scored the decisive run after hustling for a double on a grounder up the middle.

The latest L.A. miracle upped the Dodgers’ winning streak to eight games. The Dodgers are 23-3 since the All-Star break.

Hawkins, who has assumed the closing role with Bobby Parnell on the disabled list, had allowed only one earned run in 12 innings since the All-Star break. The Mets had been 44-5 when leading after eight innings. Hawkins had converted three straight save chances since assuming Parnell's duty.

Ethier is now 4-for-6 with two homers, six RBIs and a walk in his career against Hawkins. Ethier was making his first appearance since being scratched from Tuesday’s starting lineup with left calf tightness. Hawkins had been struck in the groin with a comebacker the batter before Ethier's blast and required a visit from trainer Ray Ramirez.

The Mets have played 51 extra innings this season. The major league record is 82 by the 1918 Washington Senators, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The franchise record is 60 extra innings, in 1979 and ’85, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Gee plus: Dillon Gee retired the game’s first nine batters, then wriggled free of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth. And behind a three-run homer from Marlon Byrd, the Mets had put themselves in position for a 4-2 win entering the bottom of the ninth.

Byrd finished 3-for-6 and fell a triple shy of the cycle. Andrew Brown, subbing in left field for resting Eric Young Jr., earlier contributed an RBI double. The Mets chased former teammate Chris Capuano after five innings, having produced 10 hits and two walks to build a 4-0 lead.

Gee’s line: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. He threw 95 pitches (65 strikes).

Former Dodgers farmhand Scott Rice contributed two scoreless relief innings.

Perfect through three, Gee surrendered a leadoff single to Carl Crawford in the fourth. Crawford ended up getting picked off, which proved important, because L.A. failed to score in the inning despite producing four hits. Mark Ellis flied out to strand the bases loaded.

The Dodgers, though, again loaded the bases in the sixth, this time for Ellis with one out. And this time they scored.

Ellis narrowly beat out a would-be inning-ending double play, allowing Adrian Gonzalez to score. Jerry Hairston Jr. followed with an RBI single up the middle, past diving Daniel Murphy, to make it 4-2. Gee finally stopped the bleeding by striking out Tim Federowicz to strand runners on the corners.

At the plate, Gee had a triple. Officially, he became the first Mets pitcher with a three-bagger since Nelson Figueroa in 2009, although Jonathon Niese had a triple two years ago as a pinch hitter in the 11th inning against the Miami Marlins.

Left outs: Ike Davis, starting against a left-hander for the first time since his return from Las Vegas, went 0-for-3 against the southpaw Capuano. Davis later doubled.

Wilmer! Wilmer Flores delivered a pinch-hit single in the ninth in his first action since Monday’s game, when he twisted his right ankle. Jenrry Mejia pinch ran for Flores.

What’s next: The Mets bus to San Diego. Zack Wheeler (5-2, 3.63 ERA) opposes Padres right-hander Tyson Ross (3-5, 2.75) at 10:10 p.m. ET Thursday at Petco Park.

Morning Briefing: Niese to shoulder load

August, 11, 2013

John Bazemore/Associated Press
This afternoon, Jon Niese pitches in his first major league game since June 20.

FIRST PITCH: Jonathon Niese is set to take the mound in a major league game for the first time in more than seven weeks.

Niese, who has been on the disabled list with a partial tear of the rotator cuff in his left shoulder, opposes right-hander Zeke Spruill in the rookie’s second career major league start. The Mets and Diamondbacks play the rubber game of their three-game series at 4:10 p.m. ET at Chase Field.

"It's definitely a relief to know I had zero soreness in between rehab starts," said Niese, who appeared in three minor league games. “Granted, I wasn’t throwing that many pitches. But each outing I was building more pitches and I felt great after each outing. That’s kind of relief. Hopefully that keeps going.”

Niese threw 80 pitches in his last rehab start, with Double-A Binghamton. Terry Collins said he expects the southpaw to be capped at about 90 pitches this afternoon.

“It actually ran a lot smoother than I thought it was going to,” Niese said about his return from the injury. “When the doctor tells you that you’ve got a tear, it’s kind of scary. You don’t think that you’re going to be able to get back in the time you hope for. Luckily, everything went smooth and I was able to get back at a pretty rapid pace.

“Before I got hurt, I was trying to pitch through some soreness,” he continued. “I really didn’t feel like I had my stuff. But hopefully after this I can settle down and get my stuff back and help the team win.”

The Mets will need to make a pregame roster move to clear a spot for Niese. Terry Collins indicated the Mets likely would shed a bench player, so Andrew Brown would appear the most vulnerable.

Sunday’s news reports:

Associated PressYoungsters Juan Lagares, Zack Wheeler and Wilmer Flores all were big contributors to Saturday's win at Arizona.

• In his 10th major league start, Zack Wheeler took a scoreless effort into the seventh inning and the Mets beat the Diamondbacks, 4-1, Saturday night. Pedro Feliciano retired another lefty batter, this time after inheriting the bases loaded from Carlos Torres in the eighth. Wilmer Flores drove in three runs. Flores now has eight RBIs in five major league games. Ike Davis went 2-for-2 with two walks and lifted his average above .200 for the first time this season. Juan Lagares produced a solo homer.

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

• Collins emphatically stated Omar Quintanilla is his shortstop. Tejada is 4-for-his-last-52 with Triple-A Las Vegas anyway.

• A sleepover, at up to $200 per ticket, drew about 400 people to Citi Field overnight, according to the Mets.

• Rafael Montero allowed one run and two hits in seven innings as Las Vegas beat Oklahoma City, 4-1. Noah Syndergaard tossed five scoreless innings before being removed at 56 pitches to limit his innings and Binghamton went on to lose, 6-4, to Erie. Dustin Lawley produced his Florida State League-leading 24th homer as St. Lucie beat Palm Beach in 10 innings, 5-4. Seth Lugo tossed seven scoreless innings as Savannah beat Hickory, 2-0. John Gant had a no-hit bid through 5 1/3 innings as Brooklyn edged State College, 2-1. Read the full minor league recap here.

• Collins, who had floated Wheeler potentially working out of the bullpen at the end of the season, now says that is off the table. Even with an innings cap, Wheeler should have enough innings to finish the season as a starting pitcher anyway. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• On Ike’s struggles and his future with the organization, ex-Yankee father Ron -- who attended Saturday’s game -- told the Times: “It’s just part of the game. That’s the main thing, and he knows that. Things happen to baseball players. I went to arbitration twice. One side will say all kinds of great things. The other makes you wonder how you even played Little League.”

• Read more on Niese’s return in the Daily News, Post, Star-Ledger, Record and Newsday.

• Read more on Feliciano in the Daily News.

• Although their aggressiveness may be hurting them this series, the Mets have been excellent baserunners this season, Marc Carig notes in Newsday.

• Mike Kerwick in the Record suggests the future has arrived.

BIRTHDAYS: The Fonz, Edgardo Alfonzo, turns 40.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should the Mets use Wilmer Flores at shortstop once David Wright returns?

Lefty Pedro penning comeback story

August, 11, 2013
PHOENIX -- When Terry Collins saw Pedro Feliciano registering only in the low-80s with his fastball and unable to work on consecutive days during spring training, the New York Mets' manager did not foresee outings like Saturday night's performance ever again.

Feliciano had not pitched in the majors the previous two seasons after defecting to the Yankees. He underwent surgery on Sept. 8, 2011 to repair a torn rotator cuff.

Adam RubinPedro Feliciano has retired all seven lefty batters he has faced since returning to the majors.

Now, the 36-year-old Feliciano has retired all seven lefty batters he has faced since a promotion to the majors.

He bailed out Carlos Torres in the eighth inning Saturday night, entering with the bases loaded and two outs and striking out Gerardo Parra looking to preserve a three-run lead en route to a 4-1 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.

"No question. You don't come out of what he's done for the last two years and expect to see him," Collins said. "I just didn't expect it. He was 80, 81 mph and couldn't pitch back-to-back [in spring training]. As a matter of fact, he couldn't pitch every three days. We just didn't know if his shoulder was going to hold up.

"He went down [to the minors]. And a guy with his background, with his experience, he did a lot of things that a lot of guys would not do. He stayed in extended spring. He was down there during all of the hot months. He pitched in rookie ball. He pitched in A-ball. He just stood his ground because he knew he was going to get back."

Once Josh Edgin landed on the DL on July 30 with a rib fracture and the Mets needed a left-handed reliever to pair with Scott Rice, Feliciano was selected over Tim Byrdak because he was deemed more ready. Byrdak underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder on Sept. 6, 2012. After making 14 appearances with Class A St. Lucie, Byrdak has now made two relief appearances with Triple-A Las Vegas.

"Tim just went to Triple-A, and he's still fighting," Collins said. "And he hasn't been back-to-back days either. We just thought 'Petey' was a little bit farther along, so we brought him."

Morning Briefing: D-Day for A-Rod, etc.

August, 5, 2013

Drew Hallowell/Getty ImagesIt's Biogenesis suspension day for the Trenton Thunder's Alex Rodriguez and others.

FIRST PITCH: After losing a rubber game to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday to drop to 1-4 since staying intact at the trade deadline, the Mets take a day off Monday.

It’s Biogenesis suspension day, although Alex Rodriguez reportedly will appeal MLB's planned suspension through the 2014 season, allowing him to play tonight at the Chicago White Sox and creating a circus atmosphere.

Cesar Puello, the Mets prospect implicated by “Outside the Lines” as having a connection to Biogenesis, has been held out of the Double-A Binghamton starting lineup for four straight games, although Paul DePodesta would only describe it as a managerial decision.

Puello, a 22-year-old right fielder, is hitting .328 with 16 homers and 73 RBIs in 329 at-bats with the B-Mets. He is on the 40-man roster, so he receives the major league protections specified in the collective bargaining agreement.

The Mets do have some off-day decisions to make:

Bobby Parnell, who has been unable to pitch since last Tuesday, is due for a reexamination of his troublesome neck. Given a 15-day disabled-list stint can be backdated to Parnell’s last usage, DLing Parnell may have to be a consideration.

Of course, that leads to the question: Who would close minus Parnell? David Aardsma blew a save chance Friday, then surrendered a homer in the 12th the following day.

The Mets also have to sort out how to cover third base during David Wright’s absence. Options include: Moving Daniel Murphy to third base (and Eric Young Jr. to second), as well as using Josh Satin or Justin Turner there, or promoting Wilmer Flores from Triple-A Las Vegas. Flores suddenly has started two straight games at third base for the 51s, after starting there only once earlier in the season (April 15).

Flores, who turns 22 on Tuesday, belted his 15th homer of the season Sunday at Memphis. He is hitting .322 and has a Pacific Coast League-leading 86 RBIs.

Meanwhile, when play resumes Tuesday, the Mets welcome the Colorado Rockies to Citi Field. The pitching probable:

Tuesday: Jenrry Mejia (1-1, 2.08) vs. RHP Tyler Chatwood (7-4, 3.15), 7:10 p.m.

Wednesday: Matt Harvey (8-3, 2.21) vs. RHP Chad Bettis (0-1, 9.00), 7:10 p.m.

Thursday: Dillon Gee (7-8, 3.97) vs. Jhoulys Chacin (10-5, 3.40), 12:10 p.m.

Monday’s news reports:

Marlon Byrd lost two fly balls in the sun, Zack Wheeler had a pair of wild pitches and John Buck had a passed ball in a three-run fifth by the Royals en route to a 6-2 win against the Mets on Sunday. Wheeler lost about 3 mph on his fastball when he got into trouble, potentially from trying to aim the ball. Terry Collins afterward told Wheeler he needed to step up and pick up his teammates after the miscues in right field. The Mets had been 5-0 in Wheeler’s July starts.

Writes columnist Larry Brooks in the Post:

It was sunny when the visitors from Kansas City were in the field, too, but Mets manager Terry Collins said: “We unfortunately couldn’t hit the ball that high to get their right fielder involved.”

Seriously, he said that.

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

• Lefty reliever Tim Byrdak, like Pedro Feliciano on the comeback trail, has been promoted to Las Vegas. Byrdak, 39, went 1-1 with a 2.19 ERA in 14 appearances spanning 12 1/3 innings with Class A St. Lucie. He allowed six hits and walked seven. Lefty batters were 1-for-12 with a walk against him. Byrdak underwent surgery on Sept. 6, 2012 to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder.

• Read more on the third-base options in the Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger, Record and Newsday.

• Rafael Montero allowed one run in eight innings and Las Vegas beat Cards prospect Michael Wacha at Memphis, 4-2. Jordany Valdespin went 2-for-4 in his return from a three-game suspension. Noah Syndergaard tossed five scoreless innings and combined with Armando Rodriguez and Ryan Fraser on a three- hit shutout as Binghamton blanked Harrisburg, 6-0. Rainy Lara allowed four runs in seven innings and Lucas Duda went 0-for-4 as Clearwater beat St. Lucie, 5-2. Greenville's five-run eighth against Shawn Teufel and Beck Wheeler resulted in an 8-6 Savannah loss. Kingsport was drubbed, 17-1, by Greeneville. Martires Arias and Edioglis Villasmil allowed seven earned runs apiece. Jamestown beat Brooklyn, 9-5, despite LJ Mazzilli's first professional homer.

• The Cyclones had five players selected to the Aug. 13 New York-Penn League All-Star Game at Thomas J. Dodd Stadium in Norwich, Conn. Right-hander Miller Diaz will start for the National League squad. Also selected: right-handers John Gant and Robert Gsellman, left-hander John Mincone and Mazzilli.

• Brendan Prunty in the Star-Ledger chronicles Feliciano’s three-year journey to return to the majors. Feliciano has retired all four batters he has faced -- all lefties -- since returning Friday.

• Barry Federovitch at insists the Mets cannot bring back Ike Davis in 2014.

From the bloggers … Rising Apple suggests that while Davis’ overall numbers are poor, his numbers since his return from Triple-A are fine. … John Delcos at Mets Report offers a plan to use Flores.

BIRTHDAYS: John Olerud turns 45.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: How should the Mets handle third base in David Wright’s absence?

Aardsma laments falling behind Maxwell

August, 3, 2013
NEW YORK -- David Aardsma suggested the at-bat in which Justin Maxwell deposited a full-count offering over the outfield wall for the decisive homer in the 12th was lost before the final pitch.

“It’s getting behind 3-0,” Aardsma said after K.C.'s 4-3 win Saturday. “Three horrible pitches. Then you just have to throw strikes. You don’t want to walk him. You have to give him something to hit. He did.”

It was a rough weekend for Aardsma, who had been pitching well before blowing Friday’s save in the ninth inning while filling in for injured Bobby Parnell.

Aardsma returned home that night to find no bed on which to sleep.

“Just a miscommunication with my wife and our realtor,” he said. “They took the bed out. It wasn’t supposed to be done until Monday. So we didn’t have a bed to go in.”

No spin: Jeremy Hefner ultimately completed six innings, producing a quality start. All of the damage against him came in a three-run second inning that included a solo homer from George Kottaras.

“It’s literally just spinning. There’s not much break to it,” Hefner said about the breaking ball launched by the Royals catcher. “He’s a breaking-ball hitter. I was trying to get it to the dirt and didn’t execute the pitch. And he did what you’re supposed to do.”

Hefner said he was pleased he rallied in the outing. He suggested he turned things around by starting to throw more first-pitch strikes.

Seconded: Pedro Feliciano retired all three batters he faced, with three lefty hitters lined up for him in the eighth inning.

Terry Collins said he was heartened that Feliciano was sharp working the second of back-to-back days, since the southpaw's ability to bounce back was an uncertainty. Feliciano had not worked consecutive days since July 7-8 with Double-A Binghamton.

“The one thing, obviously, that was very, very good to see was the command of his stuff the second day,” Collins said. “I’m not sure I’ve got him tomorrow. But it was great to see.”

Working overtime: The Mets have now played an MLB-high 48 extra innings this season. The franchise record is 60 extra innings, in 1979 and ’85, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Rapid Reaction: Royals 4, Mets 3 (12)

August, 3, 2013

NEW YORK -- David Aardsma, who blew Friday's save chance in the ninth inning while filling in for injured Bobby Parnell in the closer's role, served up the decisive blast a day later when summoned in extra innings.

Pinch-hitter Justin Maxwell homered to lead off the 12th and the Kansas City Royals beat the Mets, 4-3, Saturday afternoon at Citi Field.

The Mets have played 48 extra innings, passing Arizona (46) for the most in the majors this season. The major league record for a season is 82, by the 1918 Washington Senators, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Hail Satin: Josh Satin filled in fine for David Wright in the No. 3 spot in the lineup on Day 1 of the captain's absence with a right hamstring strain. Satin delivered a game-tying two-run single in the eighth against Royals reliever Aaron Crow, after Juan Lagares had stolen second base to join Andrew Brown in scoring position.

Satin entered the day hitless in his past 10 at-bats, after torrid production while playing regularly during Ike Davis' minor league stint.

The Mets had taken a 1-0 second-inning lead on Daniel Murphy's homer against ex-Met Bruce Chen.

The Royals answered with three runs the following half-inning against Jeremy Hefner.

George Kottaras opened the third with a homer. Chen, Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer then consecutively singled to load the bases with none out.

After Billy Butler struck out, Alex Gordon flirted with a grand slam, but the ball came up short of the right-field wall for a sacrifice fly. Miguel Tejada's two-out RBI single gave the Royals a 3-1 lead.

Hefner's line in a 110-pitch no-decision: 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR.

Chen retired the final nine Mets he faced and departed with the two-run lead intact for the seventh.

Everyday Pedro: Pedro Feliciano, active for two days, already has two appearances. With three straight lefty hitters due up, Feliciano entered for the eighth and consecutively retired Hosmer, Jarrod Dyson and Gordon.

Welcome back: Mike Baxter received his first major league plate appearance since June 9 when he led off the bottom of the 10th as a pinch hitter. He flied out to right field.

What's next: Zack Wheeler, originally scheduled for Tuesday's start, now will pitch on standard rest in Sunday's series finale. Wheeler (4-1, 3.55 ERA) opposes right-hander Ervin Santana (7-6, 3.03) at 1:10 p.m.

Perpetual Pedro thrown into fire in return

August, 3, 2013
NEW YORK -- Pedro Feliciano was surprised to be inserted into a tie game in the ninth inning with the potential go-ahead run at third base in his first major league action in three seasons, especially after arriving at the stadium mid-game.

Feliciano nonetheless got the job done, coaxing an inning-ending groundout from lefty-hitting Alex Gordon, and the Mets went on to beat the Kansas City Royals, 4-2, in 11 innings.

Mike Stobe/Getty ImagesAfter a series of health issues, Pedro Feliciano returned to the majors for the first time in three seasons Friday.

Feliciano was particularly excited to return to the majors with the organization with which he emerged as one of the premier lefty specialists in baseball. He was promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday after Josh Edgin landed on the disabled list with a fractured rib.

"Back in my house," Feliciano said Saturday morning about Citi Field, after a day to reflect. "When I got that call yesterday morning in Nashville with Las Vegas, my heart started beating."

There have been a ton of obstacles for Feliciano to clear since he last appeared with the Mets in 2010 and set a franchise record with 92 relief appearances.

He never pitched in the majors during two seasons with the Yankees while collecting a combined $8 million. He underwent shoulder surgery on his left rotator cuff on Sept. 8, 2011. Poised to return late the following season, he suffered an ankle sprain while rehabbing in the minors and never wore pinstripes in the majors.

Feliciano then signed a minor league deal with the Mets last offseason, but had a heart issue flagged on his preseason physical and was idled for part of spring training.

Once he was cleared to pitch again, Feliciano developed a severe case of food poisoning known as ciguatera from fish served by his mother during an emergency trip to Puerto Rico because his son had been hospitalized.

"Ten at night ate fish. At midnight I was almost dying," Feliciano said.

Feliciano was prescribed pills, but ended up back in an emergency room in Port St. Lucie after rejoining the Florida State League team. The issue took about six weeks to get out of his system.

"Crazy stuff. Nasty," Feliciano said, who said his body repeatedly got tingles and itchy. His body also would burn if he touched something cold.

The 36-year-old southpaw said he never lost his resolve to return to the majors.

"Like Mariano [Rivera] said when he tore the ACL, 'I'm not going to retire until I get back,'" Feliciano said.



Daniel Murphy
.289 9 57 79
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187