Travis d’Arnaud is still in a brace due to his left elbow sprain, Terry Collins said on Tuesday (July 7).
Last Tuesday at Citi Field, Collins and d’Arnaud would not give a timetable on the catcher’s return from the injury.
D’Arnaud, 26, was put on the disabled list on June 23. He had an MRI the next day, which revealed a hyperextended elbow, the results of which did not make clear a time for him to return to baseball activities.
“As long as I still see him walking around with that brace there is going to be no timetable,” Collins said at the time.
Matthew Cerrone (from June 22, 2015): I’m not saying the Mets should trade d’Arnaud, but these injuries are a concern and a reason to keep Kevin Plawecki, even if they think Travis is their everyday guy. Because, the fact is, at 26 years old, he’s already proving to be injury-prone. In the last 18 months, he’s missed significant time with a concussion, broken foot, his knee and now his elbow. Thankfully, these aren’t chronic issues. But, as is the case with some players, like Juan Lagares, d’Arnaud is clearly going to be dealing with more aches and pains and random injuries than the average ballplayer. It happens. It’s not necessarily a reason to give up on him, not at all, but it is certainly worth factoring in to how they plan to handle the catching position.
Prior to Tuesday’s game, the Mets activated RHP Jenrry Mejia from the restricted list. To make room on the roster, the team optioned RHP Logan Verrett to Triple-A Las Vegas (July 7).
In order to make room for Mejia on the 40-man roster, RHP Buddy Carlyle was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
Mejia has yet to pitch in a game this season due to the 80-game PED suspension he received in April. While Mejia is eligible to pitch for the rest of the regular season, he will not be allowed to participate in the postseason should the Mets make it.
Verrett, who the Mets lost during the Rule 5 Draft over the winter and recently got back, had posted a 0.73 ERA in six appearances over 12.1 innings since joining the bullpen.
In this week’s Mostly Mets Podcast, hosts Toby Hyde and Rob Brender are joined by Casey Stern of MLB Network Radio to take stock of the Mets since the winter meetings – what they’ve done, what they haven’t done, and what they need to do as the trade deadline approaches…
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Matthew Cerrone: The Mets have a surplus of young, under-contract, starting pitching and are reportedly looking to acquire a position player or two to improve the team’s offensive production.
The Astros, Blue Jays, Royals, Dodgers, Pirates and Yankees are all looking to acquire a starting pitcher before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, according to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman (July 7, 2015). In addition to Jon Niese, Heyman believes starting pitchers Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake, Jeff Samardzija, Cole Hamels, Scott Kazmir, Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross could all become available in the next few weeks.
In listening to people involved in this market, I sense Niese – like Dillon Gee in the offseason – is viewed as a fall-back option, especially knowing the Mets are growing desperate for a deal.
Meanwhile, multiple reports indicate the following outfielders have recently become available in trade, with the Angels, Cubs and Giants, in addition to the Mets, all showing interest: To read more of this story, click here
Matthew Cerrone: The Mets scored just 16 runs (four driven in by Steven Matz) during the 10 games prior to their current road trip. They have suddenly scored 16 runs again, but this time in four games through Los Angeles and San Francisco, while facing starters Clayton Kershaw, Zack Grienke and Chris Heston.
Wilmer Flores has been the driving force, with Juan Lagares, Daniel Murphy and Johnny Monell making timely contributions as well. However, Lucas Duda, Michael Cuddyer and Curtis Granderson are no place to be found.
Granderson and Cuddyer will poke their heads up occasionally, but short of a hot week in June (for Granderson) and a nice stretch in May (for Cuddyer), they have had miserable seasons to date. I believe Duda is suffering from bad habits formed from getting nothing to hit, he’s chasing, probably because Cuddyer and Granderson — and not having David Wright or Travis d’Arnaud — is isolating him and not giving him any protection in the lineup.
That said, Flores looks VERY comfortable and confident at second base, which brings in to question whether the team should consider including Dilson Herrera in a trade for a hitter. Herrera, Kevin Plawecki and an upper-level pitching prospect should be able to get a meaningful hitter, I would think. Similarly, if Wright looks good the next week or so, when they intend to stress test his back and spine, Murphy could be expendable as well — or can finally be used as a super-utility guy, filling in for Wright, Flores and acting as a left-handed bat off the bench. Or, perhaps the Giants have interest in Murphy, since San Francisco is still said to be searching for a short-term answer at third base. Hey, SF, want Murphy and Granderson?
In the end, I still want a more reliable option at shortstop, think Jimmy Rollins, and a better, all-around option in the outfield, specifically Gerardo Parra. These two acquisitions — which would return Ruben Tejada to the bench, limit Cuddyer and make Murphy into a roving bench guy — would make for a more reliable defense and experienced offense that should pair nicely with the starting rotation.
Jenrry Mejia is expected to rejoin the Mets in San Francisco on Tuesday night after completing an 80-game suspension for a positive PED test in April.
Mejia never admitted fault, instead issuing a statement that said he unknowingly used Stanozolol, though he ended up accepting the suspension.
Terry Collins recently said Jeurys Familia will continue to be the team’s closer after Mejia returns to the roster.
In response to activating Mejia, the team will need to remove a current player on the 25-man roster.
“It’s never easy to send anyone back to the minor leagues and our bullpen has done a good job of keeping us in games,” Collins told reporters Monday. “Unfortunately, one of them is going to be gone.”
Matthew Cerrone: This is not going to be an easy decision for Sandy Alderson. Carlos Torres and Sean Gilmartin are not likely to get cut, though I suppose it’s possible. Alex Torres is out of options and would need to pass through waivers to stay with the organization. However, if he clears, he can’t refuse an assignment to Triple-A.
Logan Verrett and Hansel Robles are the easiest to move, since they both have options and have to accept their role. Of course, they’re both pitching well, having allowed a combined three runs in their last 17 innings, and they do not deserve to be demoted.
I’m not sure how Sandy is going to play this. My hunch is he’ll either bite the bullet on Torres or Gilmartin, or find a way to live without Verrett or Robles for a couple of weeks…
Bartolo Colon (9-6, 4.55 ERA) will start for the Mets tonight against the Giants at 10 pm ET.
In his last start, which was his best of the season, he tossed seven shutout innings with eight strikeouts against the Cubs, while taking a no decision. He entered that game with a 5.73 ERA during his previous 11 starts, dating back to late April.
He had a hit in a three consecutive games from May 26 to June 6. However, he’s hitless in his last three starts.
Earlier this season, SNY.TV asked Mets fans, “How many hits will Colon have in 2015?” Here are the results…
It’s no secret that Citi Field is widely known for its delicious ballpark food made by some of the top chefs and restaurants in the New York City area. Now, thanks to Citi and its Small Business Call-Ups program, it’s time to add another local favorite to the Citi Field roster.
Citi has announced that local New York City restaurant, Randolph Beer, is taking home the coveted 2015 honor after a fan vote.
Known for its modern American cuisine, Randolph Beer will offer its tasty Jerk Chicken Po’ Boy’s to Citi Field patrons at its own concession stand from July 23 through September 23. Come hungry and don’t forget to stop by the stand at the center field concessions when you’re out at Citi Field this summer!
For more on Citi Small Business Call-Ups go to Mets.com/citi.