New York Mets: Steve Gelbs

Morning Briefing: deGrom day!

August, 23, 2014
Aug 23

Matt Marton/USA TODAY SportsJacob deGrom returns Saturday night at Dodger Stadium after a DL stint for rotator-cuff tendinitis.

FIRST PITCH: Jacob deGrom's NL Rookie of the Year bid, sidetracked by his DL stint, resumes Saturday as the Mets continue their series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

DeGrom, who missed two starts with rotator-cuff tendinitis, has been activated and will face Zack Greinke and his balky elbow in the 9:10 p.m. ET game.

The Mets demoted Rafael Montero to Las Vegas after Friday’s game to clear the roster spot for deGrom. Montero made his first major league relief appearance in the series opener at Dodger Stadium. He surrendered a walk and run-scoring double to A.J. Ellis while recording one out.

Saturday’s news reports:

Wilmer Flores committed two errors in a 6-2 loss to the Dodgers on Friday. Flores’ latter error, which came on a two-out throw to first base on Adrian Gonzalez''s grounder in the seventh, led to three unearned runs scoring and a 5-1 deficit. Flores earlier had suffered a cut to the back of his throwing hand getting spiked by Scott Van Slyke, but Terry Collins said the issue was not serious and X-rays were negative. The Mets originally were charged with four errors, but a scoring change spared David Wright an E-5.

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

• Mets farmhand Manuel Hilario lost consciousness and suffered a seizure as the result of getting kneed in the head while sliding into second base while playing for the Gulf Coast League Mets on Friday. Hilario was transported by helicopter to a hospital. The Mets reported later in the day that Hilario was in good spirits and may be discharged Saturday. The game against the Nationals in Viera, Fla., was suspended in the fourth inning after the serious injury.

"The coaches were out there and they were yelling to call 9-1-1," Nats pitcher Matt DeRosier told "They said he pretty much had a concussion, but it was such a bad concussion that it made him have a seizure. I think he may have lost feelings in his legs -- it was really scary.

"It was a nice, aggressive slide. He hit the ground really quickly, his helmet flew off, it was pretty instant. His head hit the ground, and after his head hit the ground, he was out. He wasn't moving at all. He locked up and started seizing for about 20 seconds. Everybody was around him, and one of our coaches went to the fire station -- he drove a golf cart and got the situation under control. [Hilario] was out for 10 minutes, just unconscious."

• The Mets plan to work out Cubans Roberto Carlos, a 28-year-old shortstop, and Pavel Quesada, a 25-year-old third baseman, on Wednesday at their complex in the Dominican Republic, Mike Puma reports in the Post.

Bartolo Colon rejoined the Mets and was activated from bereavement leave before Friday’s game. Gonzalez Germen was demoted to Vegas to open the roster spot. Colon, whose mother passed away Monday, is due to pitch Sunday against the Dodgers. He is expected to return to the Dominican Republic after that start for his mother’s funeral.

Rich Gagnon/Getty ImagesGarrett Richards' knee injury means the Angels ideally need to acquire a quality starting pitcher.

• With the Los Angeles Angels losing Garrett Richards for the season due to a torn patellar tendon in his left knee that was surgically repaired Friday, there is speculation the AL West club could be a trading partner for the Mets. Colon, though, as of Friday morning reportedly had not yet been placed on waivers. Jonathon Niese reportedly cleared waivers earlier this month and is eligible to be traded to any team as a result.

Writes Bill Shakin in the Los Angeles Times:

The Mets could let Colon go on waivers, sticking the Angels with the entire $12.5 million bill. Of course, since every other team knows the Angels need a starter, all it would take is one team to claim him and block the Angels from getting him. The Oakland Athletics probably would want to keep Colon out of Anaheim -- and, by having the best record in the American League, the Angels get last priority in claiming National League players.

However, if the Mets or any other team decided to engage in discussions about trading a pitcher, the Angels' perilously thin farm system could become an issue. The Angels traded five of their better prospects -- from a system already ranked as the worst in baseball -- to acquire relievers Huston Street and Joe Thatcher.

• Phil Mushnick in the Post labels current spot starter Steve Gelbs the “heir apparent” to Kevin Burkhardt as Mets field reporter on SNY. Writes Mushnick:

Steve Gelbs, heir apparent to Fox-bound Kevin Burkhardt as SNY’s Mets games rover, has been both relaxed and useful. From Oakland, he reported that because the stadium doubles as the Raiders’ field, the pitching mound sits on a large, haul-away pallet. Neat.

• The Las Vegas 51s announced their in-house awards for the season. Matt den Dekker was named the “Mayor’s Trophy” winner in a vote by fans. Andrew Brown was named Most Valuable Player. Logan Verrett was named Most Valuable Pitcher. Brandon Allen received the Community Service Award.

• Noah Syndergaard was charged with six runs (five earned) in six innings and Matt Reynolds went 4-for-4 with a walk for Las Vegas 8-7, 11-inning win against New Orleans. Danny Muno had a walk-off RBI single. Dilson Herrera drove in four runs and Jayce Boyd had a three-run homer as Binghamton beat Akron, 12-3. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Binghamton, which clinched a playoff berth on its off-day Thursday, did the traditional clubhouse celebration after winning Friday’s game. Watch a short video clip captured by Herrera here.

• Marc Carig in Newsday looks into who closes in 2015 -- Jenrry Mejia or Bobby Parnell.

"When Bobby Parnell comes back, he will be pitching during his rehab as if he's the closer, because that's … certainly in our plan when he gets back,” Collins said. “… There's nothing etched in stone because certainly somebody can stand up and show up and say 'OK, I'm going to take that job.’ And when Bobby's ready, we've got a nice problem on our hands. But looking that far ahead, we certainly can't have any idea who is the guy pitching in the ninth."

• The Mets are plus-147 in getting the benefit of strike calls this season, fifth-best in the majors, because of their catchers’ ability to frame pitches, Jeff Sullivan writes at

• So Chris Rock is a Mets fan, right? After all, he leads that “Let’s Go Mets!” chant at Citi Field and once professed as much to David Letterman. Well, Rock was shown catching a foul ball and admirably giving it to a young fan at Yankee Stadium this week. And he was wearing a Yankees cap at the time. Watch the video evidence at Mets Police.

• Everett Merrill at Baseball America chronicles Brooklyn’s positive attendance track record.

• Jared Diamond in the Journal looks at innings caps.

BIRTHDAYS: Julio Franco turns 56. ... Ed Hearn is 54. ... Prentice Redman is 35. ... Pat Strange is 34. ... Raul Casanova is 42.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should the Mets call up Matt Reynolds to play shortstop in September?

Morning Briefing: Happy Wheeler Day!

March, 4, 2014
Mar 4

Adam RubinA day after Noah Syndergaard took the mound, Zack Wheeler pitches for the Mets on Tuesday.

FIRST PITCH: Happy Wheeler Day!

Zack Wheeler makes his 2014 Grapefruit League debut opposite left-hander Rudy Owens as the Mets host the Houston Astros on Tuesday at 1:10 p.m. (SNY).

Also listed to pitch: Kyle Farnsworth, John Church, Vic Black, Adam Kolarek, Scott Rice and Cory Mazzoni.

Bill Parcells is expected to attend the game.

Wheeler is lined up to pitch the season’s fourth game, the opener of the second series against the Cincinnati Reds on April 4 at Citi Field.

Terry Collins, incidentally, says David Wright and Daniel Murphy should see their first Grapefruit League action at the end of this week. Both have been held out of the first several Grapefruit League games to minimize the risk of suffering side-muscle issues that arose in previous spring trainings.

Tuesday’s news reports:

• Noah Syndergaard dialed his fastball up to 98 mph to strike out leadoff hitter Jason Heyward and limited the Atlanta Braves to one single in two scoreless innings in his Grapefruit League debut as the accolades continued to pile up for the top prospect.

"Harvey’s Harvey," Braves outfielder Justin Upton told reporters. “But [Syndergaard] and Wheeler are definitely a very close second.”

Read new stories on Syndergaard in the Times, Post, Daily News, Journal, Star-Ledger, Record, Newsday and Read columnists’ positive reviews from Joel Sherman in the Post, David Lennon in Newsday, Bob Klapsich in the Record and Phil Rogers at

Courtesy of New York MetsCory Vaughn produced a tiebreaking two-run double in a fifth-run ninth Monday.

• Cory Vaughn had a tiebreaking two-run double in a five-run ninth as the Mets got off the schneid with the 6-2 win against Atlanta at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

Ike Davis was scratched from Monday’s trip with tightness in his calves, but Terry Collins has Davis as well as Ruben Tejada (hamstring) and Eric Young Jr. (side muscle) penciled into Tuesday’s lineup against the Astros. Lucas Duda departed Monday’s game with tight legs, according to Collins. Read more in the Post and Star-Ledger.

Mike Piazza is serving as a guest instructor in Port St. Lucie this week, marking his first time working for the Mets since his playing days. Travis d’Arnaud, who grew up idolizing Piazza with the Los Angeles Dodgers, is particularly thrilled. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger, Record, Newsday and

Johan Santana reportedly is poised to sign a minor-league deal with the Baltimore Orioles. He likely will not be ready to pitch in the majors until June after a second shoulder surgery. Read more in the Baltimore Sun.

• SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt has been named the Los Angeles-based pregame host for Fox’s Saturday baseball telecasts. Steve Gelbs primarily will fill in when Burkhardt has conflicts with weekend Fox duties. Burkhardt also calls NFL games for the network. He is in the final year of his contract with SNY as a field reporter. Read more in the Times and Newsday.

Dillon Gee has been named to an advisory board for the Taylor Hooton Foundation. The group aims to dissuade young people from using performance-enhancing drugs. Read more in the Daily News.

Matt Harvey will attempt to toss a baseball on consecutive days this week, marking his first time throwing back-to-back since Tommy John surgery, he told the Daily News’ Kristie Ackert.

• Instant replay will be tested at four Mets spring-training games at Tradition Field: this Friday against the St. Louis Cardinals as well as March 15, 18 and 23. Jayson Stark at reports on the first replay challenge in MLB, which came Monday.

• The Mets agreed to contract terms with all 26 of their players who are on the 40-man roster and lacking the service time to be eligible for arbitration. Translation: That’s a formality, since the Mets can set those players’ salaries at any level the club desires, as long as it is at least the $500,000 MLB minimum.

Once every several years, as a protest, a young player will refuse to sign the contract and instead will be “renewed” by the Mets. That’s what occurred with Wright during spring training in 2006, when the Mets set his salary at $374,000 -- only $47,000 over that season’s major-league minimum. Wright had hit .306 with 27 homers and 102 RBIs the previous season, in his first full year in the majors.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear is intrigued by what Piazza offers as an instructor, if not as excited by what he produced as an author. … John Delcos at Mets Report wonders if Fred Wilpon will provide the necessary funds this summer if the Mets need to add a piece. … NY Mets Life ponders whether the Mets have really improved this offseason.

BIRTHDAYS: Tom Grieve, who played one season for the Mets, was born on this date in 1948.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Will Noah Syndergaard win NL Rookie of the Year?



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