Mets Morning News on Santana, DFA's, and doubleheaders

The Mets won last night in 12 innings, which you can read about here.

The Mets look to take the rubber game of their three-game series with the Marlins this afternoon at 5:10 PM, with R.A. Dickey facing Brad Hand (the game was moved up two hours to accommodate New York’s double-header with the Braves tomorrow in Citi Field).

Today will mark the final game the Mets play in Sun Life Stadium, where they are 73-72.

The Mets have won nine of their last 12 games and, after falling to 60-68 on August 23, the they have closed to within two games of .500 at 69-71 with 22 games to play.

 

Before yesterday’s game, Johan Santana threw a bullpen session at Sun Life Stadium. He is scheduled to throw in a rehab game on Friday (either with Single-A St. Lucie or Savannah in the South Atlantic League). He could be activated from the disabled list not long after, though he would have a very limited role with the Mets down the stretch of the season.

“Seeing hitters, getting adrenaline going, going that extra notch, we’re going to find out how he reacts to all those situations,” Dan Warthen said, according to the New York Post. “We may have to find out. If he feels ready to go and wants to throw a couple of innings, we’ll certainly be more than willing to accommodate him.”

Warthen also said while it’s possible Santana could pitch in Winter Ball, though he will be shutdown for off-season rest between November and January.

 

Also before yesterday’s game, the Mets designated LHP Mike O’Connor for assignment. O’Connor went 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA in nine games with the Mets this year.

 

Terry Collins told reporters yesterday that RHP Chris Schwinden will start game one of tomorrow’s double-header. Schwinden, 24, was the team’s 22nd round pick in 2008. He was 8-8 with a 3.95 ERA in 145.2 innings with Buffalo this season, during which he allowed 138 hits, issued 48 walks and struck out 134 batters.

 

David Wright was named the National League’s Player of the Week . This is Wright’s third career Player of the Week honor (also August 28, 2005 and June 25, 2006).  He is the first Mets player to win the award since Johan Santana on August 17, 2008.

 

Lastly, the St. Lucie Mets came from behind and won game one of their playoff series against the Bradenton Marauders. For complete coverage of the Mets minor leagues, be sure to check out Toby Hyde’s Mets Minor League Blog and Mack’s Mets.