The Mets have discussed whether to promote Double-A OF Michael Conforto, but it’s not likely to happen, Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters in Los Angeles on Friday night.
“At this point, he’s still in Binghamton and I would expect him to be over the near term,” Alderson added.
Conforto, who was drafted in June, 2014, is hitting .333 with three HR and 19 RBI in 117 at-bats in Binghamton, while playing only left field.
“I don’t want everybody to go out and write that Conforto is coming up here next week,” Alderson said. “You asked me a question about whether it’s been discussed. In the spirit of, ‘Hey, let’s put everything on the table and see what’s going on here,’ he wouldn’t be the only one we talked about.”
However, he continues, “One of the things we did the other day was try to explore all types of possibilities. How do we change things up a little bit, with the use of our players we have currently, bringing up other players, the possibility of trade acquisitions? We’ve looked at a variety of different things. So I wouldn’t say anything is off the table.”
Matthew Cerrone: I still contend that Brandon Nimmo is more a likely addition than Conforto, if for no other reason than Nimmo has more minor-league at bats and must be added to the 40-man before December to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. That said, I have doubts they’d even promote Nimmo at this post, and especially after listening to Sandy’s comments last night about development and need on the big-league roster. I think this may prove to be foolish. These guys need help, even if from a minor league hitter with promise. I mean, how much worse could he be than what’s been getting run out there the last few weeks? Worst case, he struggles like the rest of his teammates on the 25-man roster and gets sent back down…
Last year’s Cy Young award winner, Clayton Kershaw, was impressed with what he saw from Mets rookie RHP Noah Syndergaard, who let up just one run, two hits and two walks while striking out six in six innings Friday.
“I was really impressed,” Kershaw said of Syndergaard after the game. “We all know when big prospects come up, they’re going to have good stuff, but he really commanded the ball to both sides of the plate, threw some changeups in there too. Just another Texas kid! What do you expect?”
Kershaw limited the Mets to one run in seven innings.
“It was an unbelievable experience,” Syndergaard added, speaking about facing Kershaw in a legendary ballpark. “It was awesome to step on the same mound. … It was fun.”
The Mets and Dodgers continue their three-game series in Los Angeles on Saturday at 7:15 pm ET on FOX.
Matt Harvey (7-5, 2.99 ERA) starts for the Mets against Dodgers RHP Zack Greinke (6-2, 1.58).
Michael Cuddyer said he hopes to return to the lineup Saturday, his ailing left knee has improved after getting a cortisone injection last Wednesday followed by three days rest.
In case you missed it on Friday, July 3
Noah Syndergaard allowed just one run, and Kevin Plawecki picked up an RBI in the ninth inning, as the Mets defeated Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers, 2-1, in Los Angeles on Friday.
David Wright told reporters he is confident he will play again this season as he continues to make progress recovering from his stenosis diagnosis >> Hear more from Wright here!
In the event the A’s decide to trade Ben Zobrist, the Mets are willing to overpay to get him, according to the NY Post’s Joel Sherman >> Read more.
The Mets charter flight bound for Los Angeles made an unscheduled stop in Detroit on Thursday night due to a health issue involving WOR’s Howie Rose.
Friday’s minor league recaps…
Mets 3A outfielder Alex Castellanos had another big game at the plate in the 51s Friday loss in Tacoma. The 28-year-old was 2-for-4 with a solo home run (14) and his 29th double.
It’s his fifth consecutive multi-hit game and seventh in his last eight starts >>Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors
Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard strikes out Yasiel Puig in the bottom of the sixth to end the frame and get out of the jam. >> Watch here
Wilmer Flores singles on a ground ball to right field, scoring John Mayberry Jr. to tie the game in Los Angeles. >> Watch here
Mets first baseman Lucas Duda makes a great diving stop to save a run from scoring for the in the bottom of the fourth against the Dodgers. >> Watch here
To read post-game reports from the team’s beat writers, check out MLB.com, Daily News, New York Post, New York Times, Bergen Record, ESPN, Newsday and NJ.com.
Syndergaard, Plawecki lead Mets past Dodgers in Los Angeles
Pitted in a pitcher’s duel, the Mets were able to come out victorious in the team’s series opener, defeating the Dodgers, 2-1, in Los Angeles.
Noah Syndergaard played the role of stopper against Clayton Kershaw on Friday, matching the 2014 National League MVP throughout the night. The young right-hander scattered only two hits, gave up one run and struck out six over six frames, keeping the Mets and their floundering bats within striking distance.
Lucas Duda continued to chip away at his slump, collecting a key lead-off double to open up the ninth inning. After Wilmer Flores moved Duda to third, Kevin Plawecki’s sacrifice fly to center was enough to score the first baseman and give New York the lead for good.
The Mets continue their three-game series against the Dodgers on Saturday in Los Angeles at 7:15 p.m. Matt Harvey (7-5, 2.99 ERA) gets the start for New York and will be opposed by Zack Greinke (6-2, 1.58 ERA).
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets’ win over the Dodgers on Friday.
Mets 3B David Wright is confident he will play again this season.
Speaking to the media before Friday’s game vs. the Dodgers, Wright, who last played on April 14, said he has been focusing on short-term progress in recovering from his stenosis diagnosis with hopes of his long-term goal of returning to the baseball diamond.
“For me, it’s been a long process, it’s been a difficult one,” Wright said. “You have to do it the correct way, sometimes it’s slow and cautious, but if you have one chance to do this, you have to do it right.”
Wright, who was diagnosed with spinal stenosis on May 23, could resume baseball activity as soon as next week, starting with fielding grounders and running (July 1).
He said he has felt less discomfort in his back when standing upright and has worked on his mobility recently by doing gym movements in the weight room and with physical therapy, though to gain clearance, he needs to prove to doctors he is ready to run.
“He feels great,” Terry Collins said, acknowledging there is no definitive timetable for Wright’s return. “He’s upbeat and excited where he is at. I talked to him, he has a big smile because he is doing some activities.”
Wright said he has tried training other parts of his body in addition to receiving physical therapy on his back.
“It’s kind of a combo of making sure that I’m getting the daily treatment on your back, but at the same time, trying to tie in things that will help me once I get over those hurdles and start moving forward,” Wright said.
Wright was hitting .333 in eight games before he went on the disabled list. He will likely stay in Los Angeles or report to St. Lucie once he is cleared for baseball activities.
“It’s a slow progress, but it’s a progress,” Wright said.