New York Mets: Scott Patterson

Mets expect Kirk in Sept.; no Hairston talks

August, 17, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who landed on the International League disabled list after tearing the plantar fascia in his right foot in an Aug. 3 game with Triple-A Buffalo, is performing baseball activities in Port St. Lucie, Fla., with rehab coordinator Jon Debus and is likely to be with the Mets in September, once rosters expand.

Nieuwenhuis did not require surgery for the partial tear.

Obviously, the team would not promote Nieuwenhuis in two weeks unless it was demonstrated that the foot issue was either a non-issue or manageable. R.A. Dickey pitched with the same injury last year, albeit receiving shots of Toradol and without having to patrol the outfield.

Terry Collins had a funny moment -- or not so funny moment, depending on whose perspective -- while trying to pick up his rental car in D.C. Turns out the car was listed under the name Jerry Manuel, his fired predecessor.

• More on the justification of trading Pedro Beato for Kelly Shoppach:

On the acquiring end, the Mets deemed it valuable to have the free-agent-to-be Shoppach in-house for the final seven weeks of the season to gauge how good a match he is for them in terms of rapport with pitchers and adaptability to Mets philosophies. As for Beato, he had fallen into disfavor and was not long for the 40-man roster anyway.

A member of the organization described Beato's stuff as maddening. Sometimes the fastballs would come in at 96 mph; other outings they'd be 89 mph.

While most likely it will end up being Shoppach, the expectation is the Mets will pair a low-cost righty-hitting catcher such as him with Josh Thole in 2013. That way the available dollars can be focused on other positions of need. Thole should qualify for arbitration for the first time this offseason, despite less than three full years of major league service time, but his salary nonetheless will be modest.

Beato, incidentally, could face Buffalo this weekend with Triple-A Pawtucket.

Scott Hairston said Mets officials have not engaged in any extension talks with him yet, although he would be receptive to in-season dialogue. Sandy Alderson had indicated after the trading deadline passed that such August conservations with Hairston were logical. The Mets signed a 2012 extension with Tim Byrdak last season at this time, so there is recent precedent.

• The Mets have voided the contract of right-hander Scott Patterson, according to a baseball source. Patterson landed on the DL with Buffalo with a shoulder injury after two appearances. Patterson had opted out of a contract with Seattle after being bypassed for a promotion despite success with Triple-A Tacoma.

Farm report: Maron aims to follow Piazza

August, 15, 2012

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Mets executives presented catching prospect Cam Maron with a Sterling Award during a pregame ceremony at Citi Field last Sept. 14.
Cam Maron grew up in Hicksville on Long Island, rooting for the Mets and naturally having a particular affinity for Mike Piazza.

“Mets -- the whole way,” Maron said. “Piazza was my guy. I used to love watching him. I liked watching Jose [Reyes], too, when I was younger. When he was coming up, he was always exciting. David [Wright] came up around the same time as well. I remember ’99 and 2000 a lot. It was something they hadn’t done in a while, and it was exciting to watch.”

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Cam Maron.

Now, the 21-year-old Maron is on a path toward becoming a major league catcher in Flushing, too.

Maron, a 34th-round pick in 2009 out of Hicksville High School, is hitting .305 with four homers, 38 RBIs and a .393 on-base percentage in 80 games with low-A Savannah. His batting average cracks the top 10 in the South Atlantic League.

Given the lack of catching prospects in the organization, the lefty-hitting Maron has a solid opportunity to rise through the minor league ranks. The other top catching prospects are 2012 supplemental first-round pick Kevin Plawecki out of Purdue, 2010 third-round pick Blake Forsythe from Tennessee, and 17-year-old switch-hitter Jose Garcia out of Venezuela.

Maron was named the Mets’ Sterling Award recipient as the top performer with Kingsport last season, which earned him a visit to Citi Field for a pregame ceremony.

He has been a lifelong catcher.

“I caught from a young age. Since I was eight I’ve been catching,” Maron said. “It all started, I guess, when I was bored doing the outfield or whatever we were doing back in Little League. I guess I wanted to be involved in a lot more action. My dad decided to throw me back there one day, and the rest is history. I’ve loved it ever since. You’re involved in every play. You’re touching the ball every time it’s in play.

“I take a lot of pride in my mental ability behind the plate -- knowing hitters, knowing situations, pitch calling and things like that,” he continued. “Having a good memory of those things really helps. It’s something that not a lot of people can see physically. Only people who are attentive to the game or on the inside are the ones that can see it, which is sometimes tough. I really take a lot of pride in that. It really helps out the pitchers, and they appreciate that.”

Organization leaders

Average: T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, .322; Cam Maron, Savannah, .305; Eric Campbell, Binghamton, .303; Josh Satin, Buffalo, .298; Alonzo Harris Jr., St. Lucie, .293; Wilmer Flores, Binghamton, .290; Fred Lewis, Buffalo, .289; Josh Rodriguez, Buffalo, .282; Juan Lagares, Binghamton, .281; Matt den Dekker, Buffalo, .277.

Homers: Aderlin Rodriguez, St. Lucie, 22; Cory Vaughn, St. Lucie, 19; Matt den Dekker, Buffalo, 17; Travis Taijeron, St. Lucie, 16; Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 15.

RBI: Aderlin Rodriguez, St. Lucie, 76; Matt den Dekker, Buffalo, 68; Wilmer Flores, Binghamton, 66; Dustin Lawley, Savannah, 63; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, 61.

Steals: Alonzo Harris Jr., St. Lucie, 33; Fred Lewis, Buffalo, 21; Juan Lagares, Binghamton, 20; Matt den Dekker, Buffalo, 19; Richard Lucas, St. Lucie, 18.

ERA: Hansel Robles, Brooklyn, 1.48; Tyler Pill, St. Lucie, 2.31; Jacob deGrom, St. Lucie, 2.33; Rafael Montero, St. Lucie, 2.36; Gabriel Ynoa, Brooklyn, 2.45; Michael Fulmer, Savannah, 2.54; Luis Cessa, Brooklyn, 2.70; Luis Mateo, Brooklyn, 2.82; Rainy Lara, Brooklyn, 3.02; Collin McHugh, Buffalo, 3.03.

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

Saves: Fernando Cabrera, Buffalo, 19; T.J. Chism, Savannah, 17; Adam Kolarek, St. Lucie, 16; Adrian Rosario, St. Lucie, 14; Robert Carson, Buffalo, 10.

Strikeouts: Zack Wheeler, Buffalo, 128; Collin McHugh, Buffalo, 128; Matt Harvey, Buffalo, 112; Rafael Montero, St. Lucie, 110; Jeurys Familia, Buffalo, 108.

Short hops

• Mets farmhands earned pitcher of the week honors in three leagues:

Left-hander Mark Cohoon took the Eastern League honor after taking a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and striking out a season-high 10 in a complete-game, 5-0 win for Binghamton against Harrisburg on Friday. It was Cohoon’s first shutout since producing three straight with Savannah in June 2010, which led to a promotion directly to the B-Mets, bypassing St. Lucie.

Rafael Montero captured the Florida State League honor for tossing 7 2/3 no-hit innings against Palm Beach last Tuesday. He departed with the bid intact, having reached his pitch limit. It turned out to be Montero’s final 2012 outing. The organization is shutting him down for the season due to an innings limit. The 21-year-old right-hander went a combined 11-5 with a 2.36 ERA between Savannah and St. Lucie this season and has struck out 110 and walked 19 in 122 innings. He only logged 71 regular-season innings in 2011.

Brooklyn right-hander Hansel Robles earned the New York-Penn League honor after carrying a perfect-game bid into the eighth inning in what became a 1-0 win against Vermont on Friday.

• Right-handed reliever Scott Patterson, who was granted free agency by the Mariners at his request and recently signed with the Mets, may not be long for the organization. Patterson, 33, landed on Buffalo’s DL after two relief appearances with a shoulder injury. A team source said the Mets are attempting to void the contract, maintaining the issue predated his signing.

• Buffalo right-hander Collin McHugh has impeccable timing. For the second straight season, a Mets affiliate will play a Red Sox affiliate at Fenway Park. And for the second straight season, McHugh lines up for the start. After a rainout altered the schedule and deprived Jeurys Familia of the opportunity, McHugh now lines up to face Pawtucket at the historic stadium Saturday. On his blog, “A Day Older, A Day Wiser,” McHugh wrote last year about his experience:

We could talk about all the buildup to the game. The eight-hour bus ride from Bingo to Portland. The two-hour bus ride from Portland to Boston, wherein our bus broke down a mile and a half from the park. The makeshift locker room that we shared with the opposing team. Walking around the park for a couple of hours. But all of that pales in comparison to actually toeing the rubber at Historic Fenway Park. I don't consider myself a baseball historian by any means, but a student of the game? Absolutely. I know about Fenway. The oldest major league stadium in the country. Pesky's pole. The Lone Red Seat. The Green Monster. I know about Fisk's homerun that he waved fair in the ’75 series. Ted Williams going 6-for-8 on the last day of the season to ensure his .400 batting average. And, last but not least, “The Babe” pitching and hitting in his (pre-Yankees) uniform.

Roughly 25,000 strong, the stadium was filling quickly. As I began warming up on the same plot of ground as so many that had gone before me, I felt confident. “If they could succeed here, why not me?” It was, in fact, just like any other start this season. It was the third time I had faced the [Portland] Sea Dogs, each time pitching better than before. I was coming off one of my best starts of the year, and it was my turn. Taking a deep breath and relaxing my shoulders, I threw my first warm-up pitch. Right down the middle. I was really there. I was really pitching at Fenway Park. The noise was no longer a factor. The mystique of past heroes died away. It was me and the catcher. Time to go to work.

• Brooklyn’s representatives had a solid showing in Tuesday’s New York-Penn League All-Star Game. Luis Mateo started for the National League in an 8-1 win and contributed a scoreless inning with two strikeouts. John Mincone was credited with the win after striking out both batters he faced. Robles and Gabriel Ynoa each allowed one hit in scoreless innings.

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Around the minors 8.10.12

August, 11, 2012
SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 10, BUFFALO 4: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's Chris Dickerson led off the contest with his seventh homer of the season, against spot starter Pedro Beato. Eduardo Nunez singled home a pair in the third inning to even the score at 4 and chase Beato. Dickerson plated his second run of the night with a double in the fourth against Elvin Ramirez (3-1) that gave the Yankees a one-run lead. The Bisons kept pace with the Yanks for a while. Josh Satin produced a two-run homer in the first inning against Ramon Ortiz. The long ball was his 13th of the season and extended his hitting streak to nine games. Mike Nickeas and Zach Lutz also drove in runs for the Herd. The Bisons needed the spot starter because Sunday's rainout delayed Zack Wheeler's Triple-A debut a day, to a Monday doubleheader at Syracuse. Scott Patterson, who was charged with two runs on four hits while recording two outs, and C.J. Nitkowski made their Coca-Cola Field debuts. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, HARRISBURG 0: Mark Cohoon took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and struck out a season-high 10 en route to his fifth career shutout. The teams waited through a 49-minute rain delay at the start. Cohoon then retired the first 11 he faced before issuing a walk. Against Harrisburg starter Ryan Perry, Binghamton broke through in the fifth. Jefry Marte doubled and scored when Raul Reyes dumped a double into the right-field corner. Dustin Martin chased Reyes home four batters later with a single. After retiring eight more Senators in a row, Cohoon’s no-hit bid came to an end with one out in the seventh, when Justin Bloxom sent a high pop-up to shallow center. Wilfredo Tovar retreated from shortstop and Reyes raced in from center, but the ball dropped to the grass for a double. Cohoon retired the next two hitters to keep the shutout bid intact. Binghamton added two runs and chased Perry in the seventh. Juan Centeno doubled and scored when Martin tripled. Jimmy Barthmaier took over for Perry and allowed Martin to score on Wilmer Flores’ single. Cohoon cruised through a perfect eighth and helped his cause with an RBI in the ninth, driving in Centeno with a single. After getting the first out in the ninth, the southpaw fell into a bit of trouble, allowing a single and hitting a batter. Cohoon bounced back to strike out Bloxom. He then induced Jimmy Van Ostrand to fly out to end the game. It was Cohoon’s first shutout since he collected three straight with Savannah in June 2010, after which he bypassed St. Lucie and was promoted directly to Binghamton. Box

ST. LUCIE 2, FORT MYERS 1: Alonzo Harris Jr. had a leadoff walk, T.J. Rivera tripled and Danny Muno had an RBI single in a two-run first inning and that held up. Logan Verrett limited Fort Myers to one run on four hits and a walk in 6 1/3 innings. Adrian Rosario, who was demoted from Binghamton with the addition of former major league reliever Drew Carpenter to the B-Mets' bullpen, tossed 1 2/3 scoreless relief innings. Taylor Whitenton notched his seventh save. Box

Gregory Pron doubled scored on a throwing error in the bottom of the ninth for the win in Game 1. Cole Frenzel contributed a three-run homer in the first inning and the Gnats won the nightcap. Box 1, Box 2

KINGSPORT 6, DANVILLE 5: Jonathan Leroux went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, including a two-run double in the K-Mets' five-run third. Hunter Carnevale picked up his first save. Box

BROOKLYN 1, VERMONT 0: Cyclones starter Hansel Robles carried a perfect game into the eighth, while Brooklyn was no-hit into the ninth. The Cyclones ultimately produced a walk-off win on Phillip Evans' single in the final frame. Robles had a perfect game until Daniel Robertson's two-out single in the eighth. Cyclones reliever Tyler Vanderheiden entered for the ninth in the scoreless game and surrendered a one-out double to Austin Booker. Addison Russell grounded out to first, moving Booker to third with two outs. Vanderheiden then struck out Brett Vertigan. Dimas Ponce led off the bottom of the ninth with the Cyclones' first hit of the game. Evans then came up and failed twice at a sacrifice bunt, leaving him in an 0-2 hole. The 1-2 offering from Ryan Dull bounced in front of home plate and went to the backstop, allowing Ponce to advance to second. Evans then worked a full count and singled down the left-field line, scoring Ponce and giving the Cyclones the walk-off victory. Box

Compiled from team reports

Farm report: Draft family affair for Sewalds

August, 8, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Paul Sewald

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Organization leaders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short hops

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Around the minors 8.6.12

August, 6, 2012
: In Game 1, Zack Wheeler allowed two runs and struck out seven in 4 2/3 innings in his Triple-A debut, but had to settle for a no-decision. The Mets’ top prospect gave up three hits, walked four and hit a batter, throwing 61 of his 101 pitches for strikes. His fastball was clocked regularly at 93-96 mph. Wheeler left the game leading 3-2 behind back-to-back third-inning homers from Josh Rodriguez and Lucas Duda. But Syracuse scored three sixth-inning runs off Justin Hampson and recently signed Scott Patterson to take the victory in the first game of the doubleheader. In Game 2, Matt den Dekker connected for a second-inning grand slam, providing the Bisons with all the runs they’ would need for a split. Jenrry Mejia pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings, surrendering just three hits. Pedro Beato earned the victory in relief despite giving up a pair of runs in two innings. C.J. Nitkowski, recently promoted to Triple-A, notched the save. Box 1 Box 2

ST. LUCIE: Richard Lucas was named Florida State League Player of the Week after producing a .435 batting average, two homers and four RBIs in six games from July 30 through Sunday.

ASHEVILLE 3, SAVANNAH 2: Michael Fulmer scattered 10 hits and two runs over seven innings, but Brian Humphries’ sac fly in the ninth allowed Asheville to come away with a walk-off win. Box

PRINCETON 9, KINGSPORT 1: Andrew Massie fell to 0-2 after surrendering seven runs on nine hits in four innings. Yeixon Ruiz was the lone offensive standout for Kingsport, going 3-for-4 with a run scored. Box

BROOKLYN 3, AUBURN 1: The Cyclones completed a three-game sweep as Rainy Lara struggled in the first inning, then took control and earned his league-leading sixth win. Logan Taylor, Beck Wheeler and David Wynn combined to throw three innings of hitless relief. The Doubledays scored the first run of the game, thanks to a bases-loaded groundout in the first by Estarlin Martinez. After the first, Lara settled in over the next five innings and surrendered only two additional two hits. The Cyclones put two runs across in the fourth inning thanks to back-to-back homers by Kevin Plawecki and Stefan Sabol. In the fifth, Dimas Ponce was hit by a pitch, and Richie Rodriguez and Eudy Pina singled to load the bases with none out. Phillip Evans' sacrifice fly opened a two-run lead. Box

Compiled from team reports

Mets morning briefing 8.6.12

August, 6, 2012
Matt Harvey had the first subpar outing of his major league career Sunday afternoon. The 2010 first-round pick surrendered five runs on eight hits in five innings and the Mets completed their 11-game West Coast trip with a 7-3 loss to the San Diego Padres.

Harvey is scheduled to make his Citi Field debut on Friday night.

The Mets are off Monday before welcoming Jose Reyes and Marlins to Citi Field for a three-game series. Reyes has a career-high 24-game hitting streak, the longest in the majors this season.

Tim Byrdak is due to get an MRI to help determine the extent of the damage to his left shoulder today. There may be word as well whether Kirk Nieuwenhuis requires surgery for the plantar fascia tear in his right foot, which he suffered with Buffalo.

Monday’s news reports:

Johan Santana tossed three scoreless innings in a rehab start for Brooklyn on Sunday night. Terry Collins expects the 33-year-old left-hander will be activated from the DL on Saturday to face the Braves. Santana threw 38 pitches (29 strikes) while surrendering one hit and one walk and striking out three. He upped his pitch count to 90 by throwing in the bullpen at Coney Island afterward. Santana landed on the DL with a right-ankle sprain, although team officials believe that contributed to shoulder fatigue. Jeremy Hefner should find himself in the bullpen for the Marlins series with Santana ready to rejoin the rotation.

"My whole right side feels good," Santana told Stephen Haynes in Newsday. "Even though my ankle was what was bothering me, I was able to rest my whole body. That's something I really needed."

Read more in the Post and Star-Ledger.

• The Mets finished their three-city trip with a 6-5 record. Read Sunday's game recaps in the Post, Times, Journal, Star-Ledger, Daily News, Record and Newsday.

Jason Bay went 2-for-31 on the road trip. He could start Tuesday when the Mets face Marlins left-hander Wade LeBlanc, but Bay's playing time now may greatly diminish. Read more in Newsday.

Zack Wheeler did not make his Triple-A debut for Buffalo on Sunday due to a rainout. Instead, he will pitch the opener of a doubleheader on Monday at 5 p.m. at Syracuse.

• Collins said it would be helpful to have a second lefty in the bullpen along with Josh Edgin for next weekend's Braves series with Byrdak sidelined. That likely would mean the addition of Robert Carson. But the Mets also need to activate Santana next weekend, so they would need to subtract a second pitcher beyond Elvin Ramirez for Collins' desire to materialize. Read more in the Daily News.

• Right-hander Scott Patterson joined the Mets organization and was activated by Buffalo. Patterson asked his released from the Mariners, where he was working in relief in Triple-A but was bypassed for a major league promotion.

Richard Lucas went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs as St. Lucie beat Fort Myers, 9-1. Read Sunday's full minor league recap here.

TRIVIA: What NHL team drafted Tom Glavine in 1984?

Sunday’s answer: Cliff Floyd started in left field on Aug. 11, 2005 in San Diego, the day Carlos Beltran and Mike Cameron collided in right-center.

Mets add Patterson, assign to Buffalo

August, 5, 2012
SAN DIEGO -- Right-hander Scott Patterson has joined the Mets organization and been assigned to Triple-A Buffalo.

Patterson, 33, made a combined four relief appearances for the Yankees and Padres in 2008.

He had been 1-3 with a 2.89 ERA in 26 relief appearances for Triple-A Tacoma this season. He had asked for his release from the Mariners organization.



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