The Mets were off on Monday, after winning eight in a row and moving in to first place in the NL East.
Travis d’Arnaud, who fractured the little finger on his right hand when he was hit by a pitch on Sunday, will be in a splint for three weeks.
Jerry Blevins, who was diagnosed with a fractured forearm after being struck by a line drive on Sunday, will be in a splint for six weeks.
The latest MRI on Vic Black‘s shoulder revealed a herniated disc in his neck. He will rest and be reevaluated after a week. The Mets said the results were more favorable than his previous MRI.
David Wright (right hamstring strain) is on track to return when his DL stint is up, Sandy Alderson said.
Terry Collins, who has yet to have his option picked up for 2016, told Newsday that he wants to manage the Mets beyond 2015.
Triple-A Las Vegas manager Wally Backman could be a candidate for Marlins manager if the club fires Mike Redmond, according to the Miami Herald. However, a source told the Daily News the Marlins have yet to reach out to Backman or his representatives.
What’s on tap for Tuesday, April 21
The Mets open a three-game series at Citi Field against the Braves at 7:10 p.m. on Tuesday.
Jon Niese gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Trevor Cahill for Atlanta.
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Monday’s minor league recaps…
Mets 2B prospect Dilson Herrera picked up three more hits Monday night in Las Vegas, including his first home run of the season. He now has a six-game hitting streak, during which he’s batting .466 with a HR, four doubles and four runs batted in.
Herrera is currently batting .362 for Triple-A Las Vegas, who lost to Fresno on Monday >> Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors
David Wright rode a stationary bike on Monday and is on track to be activated April 30, when he’s eligible to return from the 15-day disabled, Sandy Alderson said at a book signing on Monday night in New York (April 20).
Wright has been on the DL with a mild, right hamstring strain since April 15.
“It’s disappointing any time you have to go on the DL and miss games,” Wright said at the time of the injury. “But, if there’s a silver lining, I guess it’s that it could have been worse.”
Wright received a cortisone shot in his leg and rested for a few days before recently beginning workouts.
Triple-A infielder Eric Campbell has been starting for the Mets at third base in place of Wright.
Harvey writes about fastball command in The Player’s Tribune
In his latest article for The Player’s Tribune, Matt Harvey looks back on what made him the pitcher he is today, especially how he worked to refine his fastball command.
Harvey also praises Bartolo Colon, talks about the importance of mixing his pitches, and writes about how relieved he was when his fastball velocity returned post-Tommy John surgery >> Read more at The Player’s Tribune.
Toby Hyde, SNY
Right-handed reliever Hansel Robles has been promoted to the Mets to fortify the team’s bullpen after Jerry Blevins’ forearm fracture.
The 24-year-old Robles was off to a terrific start for Triple-A Las Vegas. In 7 2/3 innings over five outings, he had not allowed a run, while striking out 10 batters and walking one of the 30 opposing hitters he had faced. Two of the six hits he had allowed were doubles, but he had not allowed a hit to lefties in nine at-bats.
The Mets moved Robles out of the Double-A starting rotation in 2014 and into the bullpen at midseason, and his results have been excellent ever since.
As a starter, he ran a fairly pedestrian 4.86 ERA in Double-A with a 9 percent walk rate and 21 percent strikeout rate. However, as a reliever between Double-A and Triple-A he owns a 1.30 ERA in 27 2/3 innings with 34 strikeouts against eight walks, good enough for a strikeout rate of 30.6 percent and a walk rate of 7 percent. As a starter, in Double-A, his fastball was below average — often in the 89-91 range, although he would reach back for more at 93. However, his velocity has jumped in of the bullpen and multiple reports had him working off a 93-96 mph fastball.
Read more on SNY’s Mets Minors…
Young James Vitucci from Staten Island sure felt like he was a lottery winner yesterday thanks to Citi, as he was selected to throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Marlins vs. Mets game.
The surprise First Pitch is part of Citi’s season long Citi Perks program offering Mets fans and Citi Cardholders special benefits and experiences at Citi Field.
With the team off to a fast start, Mets fans certainly have a lot to be excited about when coming out to Citi Field these days, and now thanks to Citi, there are sure to be a few more surprises coming their way.
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Andrew Vazzano, SNY
GM Sandy Alderson recently said he hopes there’s no room for Jenrry Mejia in the Mets bullpen when the reliever is ready to return from his 80-game suspension for PEDs.
“I hope our bullpen is pitching so well that there is not a spot for him,” Alderson said, according to SNY’s Steve Gelbs during Friday night’s broadcast.
I followed up with Alderson at an event on Saturday and he reiterated that his quote is more about the team doing well than punishing Mejia, though he acknowledged there was some anger and resentment in his statement.
If all the relievers are pitching well, he told me, Mejia will not be guaranteed a spot on the roster when he’s able to return from the restricted list. Nevertheless, he added, the front office is upset with Mejia, as are many of his teammates, because – in addition to being suspended for 80 games – he is now ineligible for the postseason.
Mejia said in a statement that he did not knowingly take the banned substance and had no idea how it got into his system. He is eligible to return from suspension in July.
Mets OF prospect Michael Conforto was named his league’s Player of the Week on Monday, after the starting the year batting .366 with four HR and 13 RBI through 11 games.
According to beat reporter Adam Rubin, Mets officials discussed having Conforto open the season at Double-A Binghamton instead of Single-A St. Lucie, where he currently leads the Florida State League in home runs and total bases (April 20).
“Get him out of this league,” a scout watching Conforto recently told Rubin. “The kid has been incredible.”
Conforto, 22, was drafted with the team’s first-round pick (No. 10 overall) in 2014. He appeared in five Grapefruit League games before being demoted this spring, during which hit .364 he had four hits and three RBI in 11 at bats.
“I think I spy another hitter,” an excited Keith Hernandez said about Conforto on SNY after seeing him hit an RBI double in early March.
MLB.com recently ranked Conforto as the organization’s third-best position prospect, placing him behind only Brandon Nimmo and Kevin Plawecki (Jan., 2015). Baseball America ranked him fifth-best (Dec. 2014).
According to MLB.com’s prospect insider Jonathan Mayo, Conforto has the potential to regularly hit 25 home runs in the big leagues.
Travis d’Arnaud will be in a splint for three weeks after being diagnosed with a fracture of the little finger on his right hand (April 20, 2:50 pm). He will be evaluated and allowed to resume baseball activities when he has healed and is no longer in pain.
Triple-A C prospect Kevin Plawecki will be promoted Tuesday and take d’Arnaud’s spot on the roster (April 20, 3:00 pm).
Matthew Cerrone: I think Memorial Day is a good estimate for d’Arnaud’s return. I hope it’s sooner, but after rest and rehab, I expect he’ll be back end of May. Frankly, that’s good news given the possible outcome. It’s also worth noting that d’Arnaud has suffered a lot of fluke injuries during his professional career and – with this situation – the trend continues. Plawecki will be a step down, but could do enough to justify challenging Travis for a starting role later in the summer. In the event Plawecki plays well, and d’Arnaud isn’t back until June, I would not be surprised to see them both stick on the roster during what will hopefully be a playoff run.
D’Arnaud was hit in the hand with a pitch in the seventh inning Sunday. He was removed from the game after the trainer and Terry Collins visited with him at first base.
He was hitting .315 with a .356 OBP, a double, triple and two home runs.
Plawecki was hitting .216 for Las Vegas, but had five RBI Saturday and was 8-for-18 in the four games before Sunday.
Collins said Sunday that Plawecki would be the No. 1 catcher if he is added to the 25-man roster.
LHP Jerry Blevins has a distal radius fracture of his left arm and will be in a splint for six weeks. Blevins will be re-examined at the end of that time and resume throwing if he is healed.
RHP rookie reliever Hansel Robles will be promoted Tuesday and replace Blevins on the roster.
Blevins was hit by a line drive during Sunday’s game, though he was able to scoop the ball and shovel it to first base with his glove for the out. He later went for X-rays, where it was determined he has a fracture in his pitching arm.
Blevins was unscored upon this season after being acquired from the Nationals in late March. He retired 14 of 15 batters, including two Sunday. The other reached on a fielder’s choice.
Robles, 24, hadn’t allowed a run in five appearances (7 2/3 innings) for Triple-A Las Vegas this season, with 10 strikeouts and one walk. He has not pitched in the majors. He was a starter and reliever last season.