PepsiCo salutes our troops on Free Shirt Friday

181x191_pepsi_tshirtTonight, Pepsi will be honoring a select group of its employees who are Military Veterans or Active Duty service members during a pre-game ceremony at Citi Field.

PepsiCo’s “Valor” program aims to recognize, appreciate and support veterans, military members, their families, and the communities in which they live and work.

It’s also Free Shirt Friday and all fans in attendance will receive this t-shirt Mets T-Shirt courtesy of Pepsi. Log on to www.mets.com/pepsi for more info.

What’s on Tap for Friday, Aug. 29…

The Mets (62-72) open a three-game set with the Phillies (61-72) at 7:10 pm ET on Friday at Citi Field.

Dilson Herrera is expected to make his major league debut after being promoted to replace Daniel Murphy, who was put on the DL with a calf injury.

Jacob deGrom (6-6, 3.13 ERA) gets the start for the Mets, opposed by David Buchanan (6-7, 4.21 ERA) for Philadelphia.


Schedule…

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In case you missed it…

Jon Niese was strong over seven innings of work, but the Mets couldn’t muster enough offense during a 6-1 loss to Atlanta on Thursday >> Read more at MetsBlog, ESPN, MLB.com, Newsday, New York Post and Daily News


Vic Black was placed on the disabled list Thursday due to a herniated disk in his neck. To replace Black on the roster, Daisuke Matsuzaka was activated from the DL.


The Mets signed a two-year extension that will keep their Triple-A team in Las Vegas >> Read more at MetsBlog


Regarding the potential of a Bartolo Colon trade, Sandy Alderson said, “there’s a lot less going on than some people speculate.”


Standings…

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Dilson Hererra

Murphy to DL, Dilson Herrera promoted from Double-A

Daniel Murphy has been put on the 15-day disabled list with a calf strain.

20-year-old 2B prospect Dilson Herrera will make the jump from Double-A to take Murphy’s spot on the roster.



Herrera entered Thursday hitting .333 with a .401 OBP in 274 plate appearances during 60 games in Double-A. He was acquired from the Pirates last August along with Vic Black in exchange for Marlon Byrd and John Buck.

“When you have a kid who plays hard, and knows his game so well, he’s not going to have a problem. He’s a package,” Single-A hitting coach Joel Fuentes told Toby Hyde earlier this season >> Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors from June 25.

Thursday’s minor league recaps…

In what turned out to be his final game in Double-A prior to being recalled, 2B Dilson Herrera was 3-for-4, including his 10th Eastern League home run.

In 128 minor league games this season between A+ and AA Herrera had 33 doubles, five triples and 13 homers.

Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors…

Game recap: Braves 6 – Mets 1

Result: The Mets dropped their series finale to the Braves, 6-1, Thursday night at Citi Field.



Need to Know: The Mets managed just four hits against Mike Minor and Atlanta pitching. Minor, the Braves’ starter Thursday, had two hits of his own, scoring a run and driving in one, as well. Atlanta centerfielder Emilio Bonifacio had four hits and drove in two runs, and Ryan Doumit’s ninth-inning homer off Daisuke Matsuzaka broke the game open late.

Mets starter Jon Niese scattered nine hits and allowed just three runs in 7 1/3 innings but took the tough-luck loss, falling to 7-10.

Game ball: Minor helped his own cause, giving the Braves the lead with a second-inning RBI single then took a no-hitter into the fifth inning. He wound up striking out five and surrendering just one run in seven-plus innings.


Links: AP recap | Box


What’s next: The Mets will open a three-game series with the Phillies on Friday night at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field. Jacob deGrom (6-6, 3.48) will get the ball for the Mets, and David Buchanan (6-7, 4.21) will start for Philadelphia.

MLB: New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies

Latest on Bartolo Colon…

Bartolo Colon cleared waivers (Fox Sports, August 25), meaning he can now be traded to any team.

However, teams do not seem interested in meeting Sandy Alderson’s asking price, considering Colon ‘s $11 million salary in 2015…



7:09 p.m.: “I would say right now there’s a lot less going on than some people speculate,” Sandy Alderson said Thursday, in regards to whether the team might trade Bartolo Colon before the end of the month.


Aug. 28, 6:27 am: The Royals haven’t been in touch with the Mets of late (Heyman, Aug. 27) and the Dodgers are not nearly as interested in acquiring Colon as had been first reported (Gammons, Aug. 28).

The Angels considered trying to trade for Colon, but Los Angeles continues to feel the cost in prospects and salary are too much (Daily News, August 26). Angels owner Arte Moreno doesn’t want to spend beyond the luxury tax, which will limit how much of Colon’s salary his team is willing to take on (Fox Sports, August 27).

The Mets were recently willing to pay up to $2 million of Colon’s 2015 salary in order to help facilitate a deal (Daily News, Aug. 25). However, they are also comfortable keeping him and exploring trades again after the season, since they feel he could have more value this winter when compared to other pitchers on the free agent market (Newsday, Aug. 24).


According to Martino, the Mets hope to acquire a decent return in prospects, as well as salary relief, in any deal for Colon(Daily News, August 26).

In July, prior to the non-waiver trade deadline, the Mets were being offered high-value prospects, but mostly guys in Double-A, according to market insiders (MetsBlog, Aug. 26).

The Pirates, Orioles (CBS Sports, July 31), Blue Jays and Mariners were said to have interest in acquiring Colon at different points earlier this summer.

Tonight’s Game: Braves at Mets

The Mets and Braves finish up their three-game series on Thursday night at Citi Field.

Mets First Pitch begins at 6 p.m., live from Citi Field. The game is scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m.

Jon Niese (7-9, 3.47) starts for the Mets, while Mike Minor (5-8, 4.90) pitches for Atlanta.

Mets Braves
1. Juan Lagares – CF 1. Jason Heyward – RF
2. Curtis Granderson – RF 2.  Emilio Bonifacio – CF
3. David Wright – 3B 3. Freddie Freeman – 1B
4. Lucas Duda – 1B 4. Justin Upton – LF
5. Travis d’Arnaud – C 5. Chris Johnson – 3B
6. Eric Campbell – LF 6. Tommy La Stella – 2B
7. Wilmer Flores – 2B 7. Andrelton Simmons – SS
8. Ruben Tejada – SS 8. Gerald Laird – C
9. Jon Niese – LHP 9. Mike Minor – RHP

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Mets place Black on DL, activate Matsuzaka

6:55 p.m.: Vic Black has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 24, due to a herniated disk in his neck.

Black recently received an injection in his neck for the injury.

To replace Black on the roster, the Mets activated Daisuke Matsuzaka from the DL.


Black told reporters Wednesday night that he is suffering from a herniated disk, which will likely keep him sidelined for a few more days.

“The doctor didn’t seem too concerned,” Black said (ESPN, Aug. 28). “It shouldn’t be a big deal.”

Terry Collins recently said the Mets could look to use Matsuzaka in the rotation, in an effort to get Zack Wheeler and Jacob deGrom extra rest after September 1 (Star-Ledger, Aug. 26).