News: Josh Thole has been Promoted

The Mets have promoted catcher Josh Thole from Double-A Binghamton of the Eastern League.

He is expected to join the Mets in Colorado for tomorrow evening’s game and will wear uniform No. 30.

Yesterday, Jerry Manuel said before the game that Thole might be limited to facing only right-handed pitchers.

frankly, i’d like to see thole bat against whomever… i mean, the team should be selective, if for no other reason than to not crush his confidence, but i don’t understand why lefty or righty should matter

Thole hit .328 against both left-handed and right-handed pitchers during his time in Binghamton.

News: Beltran to Begin Rehab Assignment

According to SNY, Carlos Beltran was examined by Dr. David Altchek this morning, and has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment this Wednesday night in Brooklyn with the Cyclones.

News: Johan and Ollie Under the Knife

The Mets today announced that Johan Santana and Oliver Perez will each undergo surgery tomorrow at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.

Santana will have bone chips removed from his left elbow; while Perez will have scar tissue removed from the patella tendon of his right knee.

Opinion: Jose Reyes, The Great White Whale

in doing some research on Jose Reyes, i found this old post from Buster Olney, which i found intriguing

In early June, in a post to his blog for ESPN.com, Olney wrote about the 26–year-old shortstop, while citing talent evaluators who doubt Reyes will ever be able to take his game to the ‘next level.’

In the end, Olney writes, “Rest assured, most teams would love to have Reyes… But, waiting for Reyes to develop into a superstar might turn out to be the Mets search for the great white whale; there’s a chance that it might never be satisfied. He might already be as good as he’s going to get.”

reyes confuses me, too… when he’s on fire, and clicking, and smiling, and dancing, and the team’s winning, and he’s stealing bases and legging out triples, he’s the most exciting player in the game… in 2006, talk radio was bogged down in debate about whether reyes was the best shortstop in New York, he was on the cover of ESPN: The Magazine’s Playoff Preview… and so on… and yet, here we are, just two years later, he’s been out most all of this season with a mysterious hamstring injury, and i can’t help and wonder if he is what he is… is this as good as he’ll be… is he ‘that player,’ you know, the guy who shows signs of greatness, who i believe is a super star, but who then drifts in to struggle, then back to greatness, then back to struggle, all interspersed with the occasional injury, talk of immaturity and a magazine cover

for instance, i have a good feeling about what David Wright is all about… even despite his awkward season this year, i still have a good sense of what wright will deliver on a year-in and year-out basis… but, with jose, it would not shock me if he won the MVP next season, so much as it would not shock me to see him hit .250…

in other words, i know jose can be great… my question is, will he be great… or, like olney says, will he end up being the team’s great white whale

Buzz: Kazmir and Peterson, Duncan is a Free Agent

In a report for Biz of Baseball, Gary Armida details how Rick Peterson worked recently with Scott Kazmir to to get the young left-handed pitcher back on track.

…isn’t that sweet… i wonder if rick, kazmir and their friend Irony all went out for drinks following the workouts…

Kazmir, who was traded last week from the Rays to the Angels, is 2-0 with 21 strikeouts in 19 innings during his last three starts.

Speaking of pitching coaches…

According to the New York Times, Cardinals pitching Dave Duncan could be looking for a new team this off season.

if he is, i assume most every team will be interested… and the Mets better be one of them… he’s the elite pitching coach in baseball, and he’s notorious for actually being able to fix pitchers in 10 minutes…

Read: Biggest Bust in 2009 is the Mets

Jon Heyman of SI.com ranks the Mets as No. 1 on his Biggest Busts list for 2009.

well, of course, jon, since it was your magazine that picked the Mets to win the World Series…

…oh, month of March, how i miss thee

By the way, in a post to Twitter, Heyman says he is hearing Carlos Beltran could be back in seven to 10 days.

Read: The Phillies Miss the Mets

Jim Salisbury of the Philadelphia Inquirer says Philadelphia misses the Mets.

i want to respond to this, but i have nothing to say… so, enjoy it, philly… win, brag, be coy, whatveer, get it out of your system, enjoy October, and let’s talk again in March

Reminder: Francisco Rodriguez is on the Mets

Yesterday, Francisco Rodriguez pitched scoreless ninth inning for his 28th save of the season, and his first in more than a week.

…i’ll be honest, i go days forgetting k-rod is even on the teamwhat a shame

Rodriguez has just five saves in seven chances in 17 relief appearances since the All-Star break, during which he has a 6.06 ERA.

In a report for the Bergen Record, Tara Sullivan talks with Rodriguez, and pitching coach Dan Warthen, about the closer’s odd season, compared to life with the Angels last year.

“Believe me, I’m having fun here.” Rodriguez told Sullivan.  “I’m having a great experience… It’s a good feeling to have and hopefully next year we’ll be back to a winning team.”

…maybe this will turn out to be a good thing for rodriguez, in that he was able to get a year, as a closer in New York City, to just coast a bit, and ‘fly under the radar,’ so to speak, and get comfortable in advance of next season, which will hopefully be a lot more pressure-packed

News: Ike Davis on USA World Cup team

According to MLB.com, Mets 1B prospect Ike Davis has been added to the USA’s roster for the World Cup, which will take place in Europe from Sept. 9-27.

The 22–year-old Davis is hitting .307 with a .386 OBP, 26 extra base hits and 41 RBI in 54 games since being promoted to Double-A.

Davis will also represent the Mets during this year’s Arizona Fall League.

In a recent chat for ESPN.com, Keith Law said he is looking forward to watching Davis in the AFL, as he has exceeded Law’s expectations by hitting well in Double-A this year.

Speaking of prospects…

Joe De Mayo of NY Baseball Digest gives his opinion on how the Mets top 50 prospects sort out.

I'm Reading: about Figueora, Citi Field and 1979

Adam, the Brooklyn Met Fan, wonders if, at 35 years old, it’s all starting to come together for Nelson Figueroa.

According to Fan Graphs, Johan Santana and Bobby Parnell are among players whose stock is falling.

Ed Ryan of Mets Fever feels, if this season has told us anything, it’s that the Mets have a good bench.

In a post to Mike’s Mets, Barry Duchan explains why, overall, he is very pessimistic about the next few years.

Tommy Craggs of Deadspin continues the Why Your Stadium Sucks Tour, and today tackles Citi Field, noting, “It’s the home of the Mets, yet it took them until August to actually have more reminders of the Mets than the Brooklyn Dodgers.”

Lastly, in a column for SNY.TV, Michael Salfino compares today’s Mets lineup with their 1979 lineup.

Note: Mets send Camp to Dominican Academy

Yesterday, on SIRIUS-XM, Jim Duquette said the Mets have canceled their fall instructional league in an effort to save roughly $300,000.

“The Mets have made a decision, and some organizations do this,” Duquette explained.  “The rumors within scouting circles are that they can’t afford it.”

The Mets later issued a release saying the team is instead shifting their instructional league to their academy in the Dominican Republic, as several teams have done, writing:

“We believe that by housing our minor league players in the Dominican, we will have more opportunities to have competition against opposing teams that have training facilities nearby.  Over the past few years in Port St. Lucie, the competition has predominately been among our own players as a result of other teams leaving the area.  This year’s approach will bring approximately 75 prospects to train and compete at our Academy and against players affiliated with other Major League clubs.”

In a post to his blog for the Daily News, Adam Rubin says a team official told him there is a lack of opposing teams in the Port St. Lucie, with the Cardinals purportedly no longer fielding an instructional league team Jupiter.

…i realize people will read this and deduce, ‘Oh, Mets must do this to save money because they’re broke, Maddoff, etc.,’ but it is possible for people to want to save money just for the sake of saving money, especially in an economy like this… i mean, i used my Stop & Shop card to save a few bucks on groceries this weekend, and it wasn’t because i lost millions of dollars in a Ponzi Scheme… this is not to say the Mets aren’t doing this because of Maddoff, i’m just saying, Maddoff cannot be the end-all, be-all of every single thing the team does… or doesn’t do… that’s all…

…the question is, like rubin suggests, how many other teams have moved their camps to the DR, like the Mets are doing… it sounds like it’s a decent-size number… if this is the case, and the Mets want their young players to compete against other team’s young players, then, sure, it makes sense to move south… and, if they happen to save $300,000 in the process, great

…my advice to the Mets would be, any time there is a situation that could be interpreted as Mets are Broke, Must Save Money, it might be wise to frame it yourselves, get out in front of the story and set the agenda, before someone like duquette does it for you