Mets expected to promote Bobby Abreu

The Mets are expected to promote Bobby Abreu from Triple-A this week (Sherman, April 20). He would likely be their main pinch hitter, according to the report.

Abreu, who was signed at the end of March, is hitting .412 with a .500 OBP in 40 plate appearances for Las Vegas. He has four doubles and six RBI, but no home runs. He has played three games in the outfield, but mostly served as designated hitter.

The 40-year-old last played in the major leagues in 2012 with the Dodgers and Angels, appearing in 100 games with 257 plate appearances. He hit .242 with a .350 OBP, three home runs and 24 RBI.

Abreu played for Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens in Venezuela in Winter Ball (DiComo, March 31).

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Granderson moved from clean-up spot

Terry Collins is considering moving Curtis Granderson out of the cleanup spot, the manager said after Saturday’s game.

Update 10:30 a.m.: Granderson will bat second on Sunday. Daniel Murphy will bat cleanup.

Granderson, who signed a four-year, $60 million deal this past winter, went 0-for-5 earlier in the night. He left six runners on base.

He is now batting .140 with four RBI. He has struck out in nearly 30% of his plate appearances this season.

Collins met with Granderson before Saturday’s game. He told Collins he is not pressing, and he trusts that things will begin to turn around for him at the plate.


Valverde loses closer role, Farnsworth takes over

Jose Valverde gave up a three-run home run to Justin Upton in the ninth inning Saturday. Terry Collins later admitted to media that he is considering replacing Valverde as the team’s closer.

Update 10:15 p.m.: Kyle Farnsworth will close for the Mets for the time being, Collins announced.

Valverde has allowed four home runs in his last three appearances.

“When we’ve talked to people about him and what he does they say when he’s locating his fastball he gets a lot of outs,” explained Collins. “Right now, he’s leaving balls on the plate and he’s getting hit.’’

Valverde took over at closer when Bobby Parnell ended his season needing Tommy John surgery in early April.

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John Lannan will report to Triple-A Las Vegas

John Lannan accepted his demotion and will report to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Lannan, who was outrighted Wednesday, had the option to be released so that he could become a free agent.

He signed a minor-league deal with the Mets prior to Spring Training.

He made the Opening Day bullpen, but gave up seven earned runs in four innings and was outrighted a few weeks later.

What’s on Tap: Mets try to avoid sweep, 1:10 pm on WPIX

The Mets (8-9) lost to the Braves (12-5) at Citi Field on Saturday night >> Read more from MetsBlog.comMLB.comESPNNewsdayNew York Post and Daily News.

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The Mets and Braves close out their three-game series Sunday at 1:10 p.m.

Zack Wheeler (1-2, 4.67 ERA) starts for the Mets, while rookie RHP David Hale (0-0, 2.89) starts for the Braves.

Curtis Granderson is expected to be moved out of the clean-up spot in the lineup, while Jose Valverde is expected to no longer be used as the team’s closer, Terry Collins said Saturday night.

The game will air live on WPIX TV and on radio at WOR 710 AM.

Game Recap: Braves 7 – Mets 5

Despite loading the bases and getting the winning run to the plate in the ninth inning, the Mets fell to the Braves by a score of 7-5 on Saturday night.

Need to Know: Travis d’Arnaud came to the plate with the bases loaded and two out, but grounded out to Andrelton Simmons to end the game. The Mets were able to score two against Craig Kimbrel before he got pulled from the game. David Wright and Chris Young drove in a run each in the inning.

Jose Valverde came on in the top ninth inning with the score 4-3 in favor of the Braves and surrendered a three-run home run to Justin Upton, which ended up dooming the Mets.

Bartolo Colon started for the Mets, and allowed three earned runs over seven innings. He hurt his own cause with a two-run throwing error in the third inning. He struck out six and walked one.

Chris Young picked up his first hit as a Met, a double in the fourth inning. He added an RBI single in each of the eighth and ninth innings, respectively.

Curtis Granderson’s struggled continued, as he went 0-5 with a strikeout.

What’s Next: The Mets look to stave off the sweep on Sunday, a 1 p.m. game.

Tonight’s Game: Braves at Mets, 7 p.m. on PIX

The Mets and Braves play their second game of the series at Citi Field.

The game will air on PIX. You can follow along with SNY GameDay.

Bartolo Colon will pitch for the Mets, while Ervin Santana pitches for the Braves.

Mets Braves
1. Eric Young Jr. – LF 1. Jason Heyward – RF
2. Daniel Murphy – 2B 2. B.J. Upton – CF
3. David Wright – 3B 3. Freddie Freeman – 1B
4. Curtis Granderson – RF 4. Justin Upton – LF
5. Chris Young – CF 5. Evan Gattis – C
6. Lucas Duda – 1B 6. Dan Uggla – 2B
7. Travis d’Arnaud – C 7. Chris Johnson – 3B
8. Ruben Tejada – SS 8. Andrelton Simmons – SS
9. Bartolo Cplon – RHP 9. Ervin Santana – RHP

MetsBlog Q&ACast, pres. by Verizon: AJ Mass talks mascots, Mr. Met

In this week’s MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Verizon, Matthew Cerrone talks with’s A.J. Mass. In his new book, “Yes, It’s Hot in Here,” Mass details the crazy history of the sports mascot, including Mr. Met, who he played at Shea Stadium from 1994 to 1997.

Mass talks with Cerrone about his time as Mr. Met, after the mascot had not been in the public eye for  more than a decade; A.J. also gives his thoughts on other sports mascots, including the controversial behavior of the Phillie Phanatic; and the guys discuss whether whether Mr. Met should have a Twitter account…

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Who is Zack Thornton?

Toby Hyde, Contributor

Friday night, the Mets acquired minor-league relief pitcher Zack Thornton and a player to be named later for 1B Ike Davis.

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the second player is “fairly significant,” which means that a full analysis of the trade will have to wait until that player is known.

Thornton is sinker/slider reliever with a funky motion who generated more ground balls in 2013 than he ever had in his professional career. He’s a big right-hander, listed at 6’3″, 220 pounds, who will turn 26 on May 19. The Mets will be his third organization. He originally signed with the A’s as a 23rd round pick out of Oregon in 2010 and was traded to the Pirates for RHP Chris Resop on November 30, 2012.

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According to Brooks Baseball, he owns a three-pitch arsenal, with a sinker that averages 91 mph, a slider at 84 and a changeup at 84.

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The Week in MetsBlog: Hunting strikes, Flores, Matz and Shea

Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen compared LHP prospect Steven Matz to Clayton Kershaw. Toby Hyde later profiled Matz, and said he’s pitching well enough to justify a promotion to Double-A sooner than later >> Read more

Shea Stadium would have been 50 years old this week. MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone posted photos from his time shooting behind the scenes pictures of Shea during the ballpark’s final days >> See here.

The Mets call it ‘hunting strikes.’ Cerrone explained what that means >> Read more.

Chris Young was activated from the disabled list Friday. Earlier in the week, MetsBlog’s Maggie Wiggin and Michael Baron looked at how Terry Collins should adjust his batting order >> Read more.

Lastly, with Ruben Tejada struggling, Cerrone took a closer look at how Wilmer Flores is doing in Triple-A >> Read more.