Mets make first round of cuts today

6:10 pm: The Mets announced they optioned infielder Zach Lutz to the minor leagues and reassigned infielder Valentino Pascucci to minor league camp.

The Mets currently have 42 players in camp, including 12 non-roster invitees. There are 21 pitchers, five catchers, eight infielders and eight outfielders.


9:28 am: According to WFUV and MetsBlog’s Amit Badlani, the Mets have re-assigned Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia to minor-league camp.

In addition, they also re-assigned Armando Rodriguez, Robert Carson, Wilmer Flores, Juan Lagares, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Reese Havens, Josh Stinson and Matt Den Dekker.

The Mets now have 44 players in camp.

“I’m not happy about it,” Harvey told reporters, according to Badlani. “But I can’t make the decision, so I’m going to go out there wherever I’m throwing and do the best I can and keep working and try to get to the level I want to be at.”

Harvey said he is thankful for his time with Miguel Batista, who warmed up with him every day and taught Harvey how to ‘finish’ his changeup, slider and fastball.


Matthew Cerrone: The only name I am surprised to see on this list in Carson, who I assumed would be more in the mix (with Chuck James, Garret Olson and Danny Herrera) to fill Tim Byrdak’s role as a left-handed reliever. I wonder if this means Carson will return to being a starting pitcher? Also, does this mean a deal with free-agent LHP CJ Nitkowski is close? Or, does it mean they are putting less emphasis on adding a left-handed reliever?

As for Harvey and Familia, obviously this is not the last time we will hear from them. In fact, it feels more and more likely every day that they both will make appearances on the big-league roster at some point later this season.