John Lannan was outrighted and Daisuke Matsuzaka has been called up, the Mets announced.
Dice-K will pitch out of the bullpen. In two starts at Triple-A, Matsuzaka has a 2.25 ERA and 1.083 WHIP over 12 innings. He’s allowed seven hits, walked six and struck out 12.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
1:27 pm: I wonder if this means Jenrry Mejia’s next start is more in question than the team is leading on? I know they’re saying Dice-K will pitch in relief. But, in the event Mejia can’t go, Matsuzaka can. At the very least, it’s convenient…
As for Lannan, he needed to go. He wasn’t pitching well. I’m all for having a left-handed reliever in the bullpen, but not if he isn’t pitching well in that role. What’s the point? The thing is, LHP Scott Rice hasn’t been very successful either. I suspect we’ll see Josh Edgin at some point sooner than later.
1:07 pm: Curtis Granderson is expected to return to the starting lineup Friday at home against the Braves, Terry Collins said early Wednesday.
April 15: Granderson will not be put on the disabled list, at least not today (NY Post, Apr. 15).
Granderson was checked out by team doctors, and although sore, he will not go on the DL. He will not play on Tuesday night, though will take light batting practice, he told reporters.
Granderson left Monday’s game with bruises to his left forearm, rib cage and knee after he crashed into the outfield wall in the first inning.
X-rays were negative, although multiple beat reporters said on Twitter that Granderson appeared in lots of pain after the game, struggling to dress and walk.
“I hit the wall with my forearm, which then lodged my elbow into my chest area,” he said. “I hit the pole that had a little bit of padding on it. Luckily, there was a little bit or else it could have been worse. But the worst part I could have hit, I ended up hitting.”
He is eligible to come off the disabled list on Friday, when the Mets return to Citi Field and welcome the Braves for a three-game series.
Young played just a half inning this season before being removed due to a right quadriceps injury,
In three games at Triple-A during his rehab assignment, Young had eight hits – with two doubles and two home runs – drove in five and scored eight times.
Mets RHP prospect Jacob deGrom is off to a terrific start
Mets RHP Jacob deGrom has allowed just one earned run in 18 innings this season.
Yes, “DeGrom could help the Mets bullpen,” writes Toby Hyde. However, he says, “If his secondary offerings take a step forward this year,” it may be wise for the Mets to leave him as a starting pitcher >> Read more about deGrom at Mets Minor League Blog.
Ruben Tejada is hitting .195 with a .267 OBP and three RBI in 45 plate appearances this season.
He ranks last in WAR among qualifying shortstops in the National League.
Omar Quintanilla started at shortstop on Tuesday. In his 12 plate appearance, Quintanilla had four hits, including a double, with two RBI and a run scored.
However, before the game, Terry Collins said Tejada is still his primary shortstop.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
It’s my understanding that Tejada will get at least April to keep the job. However, after that, I think anything is possible. I would not be surprised to see Wilmer Flores get promoted from Triple-A. Stephen Drew is likely to still be a free agent, so he’ll always be a possibility. There will continue to be opportunities in the trade market. I’m sure the team had someone look in to Arizona’s young shortstops while in town playing the D-Backs. The point is, outside options will become more realistic as the summer moves on, which is good because Sandy Alderson’s shortstop problem doesn’t appear to be going away…
Terry Collins said Tuesday that he is not planning to use Lucas Duda in the outfield, as a way to deal with recent injuries on the team.
Duda played left field Monday, after Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares were removed from the game.
Instead, Eric Young Jr., Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Andrew Brown started for the Mets on Tuesday.
Granderson is expected back in the lineup by Friday, which is the same day Chris Young is eligible to be activated from the disabled list.
“We made the commitment to play him there,” Collins said about Duda playing only first base (ESPN, Apr. 14). “I think putting him back in left field will take away a little bit of that positive glow that he’s got going right now.”
Maggie Wiggin, Contributor
I’ve long been a defender of Duda and I’m not surprised he’s hitting so well to start the season. That said, putting him back in left field would be a big mistake. For one thing, he’s not just bad, he’s unbelievably bad defensively in the outfield >> Read more from Tuesday on MetsBlog.
Video highlights from Tuesday’s win against D-Backs
Kirk Nieuwenhuis drives in Lucas Duda in the top of the first inning >> Watch here.
Eric Young, Jr drives in two runs with a bloop single to left field >> Watch here.
Nieuwenhuis hits a home run in the fourth inning >> Watch here.
They close out their nine-game road trip while looking for the three-game sweep in Arizona on Wednesday afternoon at 3:40 p.m. ET.
Dillon Gee gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Brandon McCarthy for the Diamondbacks.
The game will air on SNY and can be heard on WOR 710 AM radio.
News: In case you missed it…
Jenrry Mejia left his start Tuesday after five innings due to a torn blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand >> Read more at MetsBlog
Curtis Granderson, who bruised his ribs, knee, and forearm during Monday’s game, avoided the disabled list. Granderson said on Tuesday that his body reacted better than he thought it would, and that he expects to return to the lineup soon >> Read more at MLB.com
Juan Lagares, who pulled his right hamstring during Monday’s game, was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. He’ll be eligible to return from the disabled list on April 30.
To replace Juan Lagares on the roster, the Mets promoted outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Triple-A Las Vegas.
The Mets will attend free-agent relief pitcher Joel Hanrahan‘s showcase on Thursday. Hanrahan, 32, had Tommy John surgery last May >> Read more at MetsBlog
Sparked by a three-run first inning and a combined three-hit shutout by their pitching staff, the Mets (7-7) defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks (4-13) on Tuesday by a score of 9-0 >> Read the full recap and box score at SNY.tv.
Need to Know: Jenrry Mejia gave up two hits while striking out three and walking two over five scoreless innings on the mound. He left the game after 77 pitches when he tore a blister on his middle finger.
The Mets scored three runs in the first after they loaded the bases with no outs to start off the game. Lucas Duda, Andrew Brown and Kirk Nieuwenhuis came out of the inning with an RBI apiece.
Nieuwenhuis went 3-for-5 with a home run and 3 RBIs during Tuesday’s game — his first with the Mets this season.
New York knocked out Arizona’s starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo with a six-run fourth inning.
The Mets nine runs are the most the team has scored in a single game this season.
Reaction from Meredith Perri: If the Mets hadn’t scored in the first inning, we’d be having a conversation about Eric Young Jr.’s decisions on the base paths. Lucky for Young, though, his blunder in the first that landed him on third instead of crossing the plate didn’t matter. The Mets were aggressive as four consecutive batters went after the first pitch they saw, and the team had four singles and three runs on a mere 14 pitches in the first inning alone.
The Mets may have gotten two runs on the board before Nieuwenhuis stepped up to the plate, but a large portion of Tuesday’s win falls on his shoulders. After a 2013 stint with the Mets where he hit just .189 in 47 appearances, Nieuwenhuis played a role in three of the team’s nine runs. You really can’t ask for much more than that out of someone’s first appearance of the season.
What’s Next: The Mets will look to complete the sweep on Wednesday when they send Dillon Gee (0-0, 5.03 ERA) up against Brandon McCarthy (0-2, 7.78 ERA) at 3:40 p.m. at Chase Field.