The High Five counts down the top five defensive plays from Juan Lagares in the month of August…
Josh Edgin and Daisuke Matsuzaka both received cortisone shots in their respective elbows, the Mets said.
They are both expected to rejoin the team in Cincinatti, where the Mets open a series on Friday night, but they might not be able to pitch with them by then.
Edgin and Dice-K both visited doctors in New York regarding elbow pain and inflammation.
Edgin was diagnosed with bone spurs and Terry Collins said the team was “uncertain” about if he’ll be able to pitch again this season (Vorkunov, Sept. 1).
Mets prospects move before MiLB playoffs
With the minor league regular season over, the Mets made organizational moves before the minor league playoffs started. With Triple-A Las Vegas, Double-A Binghamton and Single-A Savannah all headed to postseason play in their respective leagues, the Mets were able to promote some players to extend their seasons and beef up those teams’ chances.
Among those receiving calls were 2014 first-round pick Michael Conforto, who will head to Single-A Savannah from short-season Single-A Brooklyn. These moves set off chain reactions, which begin with the promotions to the big league club — like that of Dilson Herrera last week. Shortstop Gavin Cecchini was promoted from advanced Single-A to fill Herrera’s infield void. >> Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors…
Wally Backman is not likely to get a job managing a big-league team unless it’s the Mets, several baseball people told columnist Bill Madden (Daily News, Aug. 31).
Backman was recently named the 2014 Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year, the league office announced Friday.
In 2004, the D-Backs named Backman as its next manager, they had a press conference to introduce him and then fired him a few days later after learning of a drunk driving charge and domestic violence arrest from earlier in his life.
It wasn’t until 2010 that he returned to MLB, as a minor-league manager for the Mets.
The off-the-field issues that once plagued him seem to be a thing of the past, people in the Mets organization told Madden.
Nevertheless, according to Madden, the buzz in baseball indicates Sandy Alderson is unlikely to ever hire Backman as manager, and he may be skeptical of adding Backman to the big-league coaching staff as well.
“The speculation being that Backman is a bit too much of an I’ll-do-it-my-way personality,” explains Madden.
Matthew Cerrone: This will only further embolden Mets fans and media who feel Backman’s time has come and that he should replace Collins as soon as next season. I don’t think it matters, though. The way I understand it from team insiders, it’s very unlikely that Wally is ever managing the Mets under Alderson. I do think it could work under Paul DePodesta, John Ricco or JP Ricciardi, but not Sandy. In terms of what I think… >> Read more…
This past weekend, SNY debuted The Good Doctor, in honor of the 30th anniversary of Dwight Gooden’s debut with the Mets.
Matthew Cerrone: In case you missed it, the dates of the re-runs are listed below, and I highly suggest checking it out. It’s really awesome, and the folks at SNY who produced this should be really proud of their work. It’s easy to forget how awesome Doc was on the field, since it’s so easy to get distracted and bogged down in talk of what happened to him off the field. This documentary, which is admittedly told through his point of view, features tons of footage and discussion by Gooden and his teammates about the good in Doc’s life.
In this clip, Doc explores his childhood from the Tampa Bay Little League fields he once played on, while talking emotionally about his father…
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|Wednesday||Sept. 3||1:00 PM||2:00 PM|
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|Sunday||Sept. 14||4:30 PM||5:30 PM|
|Thursday||Sept. 18||6:00 PM||7:00 PM|
|Monday||Sept. 29||1:00 PM||2:00 PM|
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Bobby Parnell played catch Saturday with his teammates in Miami for the first time since having Tommy John in April.
Parnell told reporters he will spend the off-season rehabbing in Port St. Lucie. He plans to pitch off a mound around Christmas.
“I had my time off,” Parnell said (Rubin, Sept. 2).
Matthew Cerrone: Think about it: Jenrry Mejia, Vic Black, Jeurys Familia, Josh Edgin... and Parnell. I know he’s not likely to be ready to pitch in a game until later in the year, but the bullpen is shaping up to be a huge strength for this team, following several seasons when it was an obvious weakness. It’s also worth noting the organization has a variety of other young pitchers, and an already crowded rotation, so I assume other pitchers will pass through the bullpen as well…
He has struck out three times and walked twice in his 15 plate appearances.
However, in 35 innings in the field, he’s already been charged with two fielding and one throwing error, with costly mistakes on both Friday and Sunday.
“I’m not perfect, but I’m also going to continue to work on it and get better,” Herrera later said about his fielding.
“He’s going to be fine,” Terry Collins said. “He’s a good-looking little player. He’s got to get used to the speed of the fields here. … I think when he does, we’ll see some different results.”
Matthew Cerrone: He needs to work on his fielding, but that is not news. This has been the report on him since the day he was acquired. The good news is that, at every level, he’s eventually made the adjustment. I trust this will eventually be the case with the Mets. To put it in perspective, he was 16 playing on a training field in Colombia just three and a half years ago. He’ll be fine…
I really like his swing. He’s going to hit a lot of line drives, even on pitches down in the strike zone. He doesn’t slap at the ball, but makes solid contact. It’s a short, quick swing, but he gets a lot of power from his wrists. He’s young, so he’s easily fooled right now, but it looks like he has good-enough instincts, and he has a track record of working hard, so I expect he’ll adjust sooner than later to how he’s being pitched. The Pirates were right, he’s a player, there’s no question about it.
Read More > What you need to know about Dilson Herrera
The Mets (64-74) continue their three-game series against the Marlins (67-69) on Tuesday in Miami at 7:10 p.m. ET.
Jon Niese (7-10, 3.48 ERA) will get the start for the Mets, opposed by Brad Penny (1-0, 5.40 ERA) for the Marlins.
The August 31 deadline passed without Bartolo Colon getting traded >> Read more at MetsBlog
Daniel Murphy, who was placed on the disabled list before Friday’s game, may miss most of the rest of this season >> Read more at MetsBlog
Josh Edgin and Daisuke Matsuzaka will be examined by team doctors this week and are likely to miss more time this season.
The Mets called up IF Josh Satin, RHP Erik Goeddel, C Juan Centeno, and LHP Dario Alvarez as rosters expanded Sept. 1.
Rafael Montero, currently with Triple-A Las Vegas, will likely get a late-season spot-start for the Mets.