News: Mets draft Darren O'Day in Rule V

Update, 12:55 PM:

Darren O’Day, who the Mets selected in Round 1, has a torn labrium indetified in an MRI during September of last season, “an injury the right-hander will try to heal through exercise rather than surgery,” wrote the Los Angeles Times last October.

…Ted Berg of SNY just told me that o’day can be put on the disabled list, and essentially be stashed away while he rehabs, without having to be returned to the team…

…there is some sort of rule about needing him to eventually be active for 90 days, or having to return him to the Angels, but i’ll worry about this when it’s relevant in six months…

Update, 12:50 PM:

According to Lipsky, the Mets did not lose any player in the draft.

so, i believe they now have 34 guys on their 40–man roster

Update, 12:48 PM:

The Mets selected OF Carl Lodenthel from the Atlanta’s organziation during Round 1 of the Triple-A phase.

Additionally, the have picked RHP John Madden from San Diego, also in the Triple-A phase.

…sorry, i had to do it…i mean, how could i not…

Update, 12:40 PM:

The Mets selected RHP Rocky Cherry from the Orioles organziation in the second round of the Major League phase.

In a live blog of the draft at Mets Minor League Blog, Toby Hyde writes of Cherry, “I like this pick…. He throws in the low 90s with a decent slider.”

Cherry was 0-1 with a 2.75 ERA in 30 games for Triple-A Norfolk in 2008, during which he struck out 40 batters while walking 11.

Original, 12:24 PM:

The Mets have selected RHP Darren O’Day from the Angels during the Major-League phase of the Rule V Draft.

The 26–year-old Day struck out 29 batters in 43 innings, during which he had a 4.57 ERA, through 30 relief appearances for the Angels in 2008.

In an article for, in March of 2008, Lyle Spencer wrote, “A side-winding reliever who simply gets hitters out, O’Day has thrust himself into contention for a middle relief role expected to surface at the start of the season.”

“A pre-med student at the University of Florida in Gainsville,” Spencer explains, “he initially wanted to be a veterinarian, focusing on equine treatments. Shifting to standard medicine, he was accepted into medical school at Florida.”

He was 10-6 with a 2.57 ERA in 84 Minor League games, prior to joining the Angels in 2008.