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RHP Vic Black has been reassigned to Double-A Binghamton to continue his rehab process. Adam Rubin?of ESPN?is reporting he should be activated to the major league roster within a week.

Black had been suffering from "shoulder weakness" late in spring training. He has since been rehabbing with the Mets High-A affiliate in Port St. Lucie.?His?fastball has been clocked?between 93 and 96 MPH?in his rehab appearances.


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At ESPNNY, Adam Rubin picked the brain of Mets VP for Scouting and Player Development, Paul DePodesta. ?It's well worth reading in its entirety. ?Twice.

Overall, DePodesta said the system was making "progress."

On Jeurys Familia:

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Good stuff from Adam Rubin of ESPNNY with VP of Player Development Paul Depodesta this morning about the promotion of RHP Jeurys Familia and the implications for the system.

 

First of all, don't buy your September Mets tickets to see either Matt Harvey or Jeurys Familia. ?Depodesta's quote:

Tags: Adam Rubin, Jeurys Familia, Links, Toby Hyde
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As a member of the Sand Gnats, I'm at the baseball Winter Meetings to do some business. I'll be in seminars all day. Here's a rough outline of my schedule:

8:30 - 9:30: Using Social Media to increase Awareness...

9:45 - 10:45: The Diverse Community of Baseball

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Yesterday, Adam Rubin reported via twitter that pitching coordinator Rick Waits "is out with the Mets."? Note that it doesn't say whether Waits retired or simply did not have his contract renewed.? As I pointed out last week, Waits was one of five coordinator-level people in the farm system who preceded Omar Minaya in the organization.

Waits had been with the Mets for 15 years including seven as the top dog on the pitching side in the player development chain.? He had also served as the AAA pitching coach at the end of the 2008 season after Dan Warthen was promoted to the Mets and in 1999-2002.? He coached at other levels in the chain from 1995-98.

It stands to reason that the next Mets GM, whoever it is, will remake the farm system and install his people at the top.? This doesn't feel like the beginning of that process, since the GM search is still very much in progress.

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Adam Rubin of ESPNNY reported ominously tonight that 2B Reese Havens, is in New York this week, could be headed for surgery.?? First, however, the Mets will give him "injections" to help cure his obliques which limited him to 32 games in 2010, only 18 above the A-ball level.? If the injections aren't effective at relieving whatever's bothering Havens, he'll have surgery.

Steroidal injections are commonally used to treat herniated discs in the back and relieve nerve irritation, particularly around the spinal column.? Havens was originally diagnosed, and has been repeatedly described as having a strained oblique.? Turns out, according to this recent Stanford study, "injection of steroids and anesthetic under ultra-sound appears to speed recovery and rehabilitation in professional baseball pitchers with acute side strains."

Surgery for an oblique issue seems rare.? When else is surgery prescribed for a muscle strain?? Google was a little baffled.? The top hit when I googled "oblique surgery baseball" was Johan Santana who just underwent shoulder surgery.? The only reference to an oblique in the AP story: the reference to Jose Reyes, who did suffer a strained oblique and was preparing to return to action.? The great Will Carroll, upon reading Rubin's story, responded to our own Michael Diaz (@mikedeeez) via twitter that the story was "Odd. No idea what they mean there. I'll dig into it."

Tags: Adam Rubin, Reese Havens, Toby Hyde
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According to Adam Rubin, of the Daily News, Jerry Manuel plans to use Jenrry Mejia in short relief spurts for the remainder of spring training. Rubin reports that Manuel wants to see how Mejia reacts to pitching in short relief situations, as supposed to stretching his outings out to starting pitchers length. Rubin also expects Mejia to be in big-league camp through the final week as a reliever.

All I can do is shake my head when I read things like this. This is a classic case of a lame duck manager, that is desperate for solutions, regardless of future ramifications. Mejia has been completely dominant so far this spring. In 2 appearances Mejia has pitched 5 1/3 innings giving up 2 hits no walks while striking out 5. Its 2 appearances folks, 5 1/3 innings! To think that Mejia is ready for a major league role is ridiculous. The Mets have an asset in Mejia, but he needs time in the minor-leagues to work. In 2009, Mejia had a BB/9 of 3.58, in A+ and AA combined. Then in his AFL experience, Mejia walked 13 in 14 1/3 innings. Mejia needs innings as a starter in the minors to determine if he can ultimately become a big league starting pitcher. Having a dominant starting pitcher is much more important than having a dominant short reliever. The Mets need to look across the street to the Bronx to find out how not to handle a young flame-thrower (Joba).

Thanks to metsblog.com for the picture, you can find more spring training photos here.

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Baseball America has just released its Top 10 Mets Prospects list. Also, there is a chat with Adam Rubin at 1pm est. So here the list with more information to come soon:

1. Jenry Mejia, RHP2. Wilmer Flores, SS3. Fernando Martinez, OF4. Ike Davis, 1B5. Brad Holt, RHP6. Jon Niese, LHP7. Reese Havens, 2B/SS8. Josh Thole, C9. Ruben Tejada, 2B/SS10. Juan Urbina, LHP

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In today's New York Times, Ken Belson writes about the Mets tumultuous first season in Buffalo. Belson points out that injuries to the Mets have forced them to raid their farm, hurting the upper levels in a shallow system.

?No one is tearing it up and is a can?t-miss guy? in the Mets? farm system, said Jim Callis, the executive editor of Baseball America, who ranks the Mets near the bottom in talent acquired via the draft. ?There?s a correlation between what you spend and what you get.?
Belson connects the Mets losing to the Bisons losing to the Bisons attendance, to the B-Mets losing to the B-Mets attendance, only to find that the B-Mets attendance is holding, and per capita spending is up.? B-Mets GM Scotty Brown:

?It?s not necessarily about wins and losses, but the show you put on,? Brown said. ?And the more people who know about the city, the better.?
In today's Buffalo News, Mike Harrington takes a more detailed look at the Bisons' worst attendance year since Coca-Cola Field was built in 1988.? Three factors have contributed to the Bisons attendance drop: 1. a horrible Buffalo economy which trimmed season seat sales, and presumably corporate hospitality although Harrington doesn't address it directly, 2. a rainy, cool summer and 3. a Bisons team that started 2-17. One big argument for the primacy of the weather explanation is that last Friday, the Bisons packed in 17,788, one of the biggest minor league crowds of the season.

Tags: Adam Rubin, Buffalo Bisons, Business of Baseball, Eddie Kunz, Toby Hyde
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1.? The Mets have given a lot of newspapers the chance to show off their funny and snarky sides.

Wallace Matthews of Newsday might win the award however:

The Mets are the only organization in professional sports that can call a news conference to announce it has killed the Wicked Witch - and wind up running over Toto instead.

Tags: Adam Rubin, Daily Recap, Omar Minaya, Tony Bernazard, Toby Hyde
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Writing this morning in the NY Daily News, Adam Rubin responded clearly and calmly to Omar Minaya's claims that 1. he was lobbying for a job with the Mets and that 2. it affecting his reporting:

Everything I wrote about Tony Bernazard - bombshell stories that appeared in the pages of the Daily News over the last week - is accurate.

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What should have been a relatively simple press conference Monday afternoon to announce the Mets firing of VP of Player Development Tony Bernazard instead became the story when Mets General Manager Omar Minaya attacked the professionalism of Daily News reporter Adam Rubin, who broke the stories that led to Bernazard's dismissal.? In fact, Minaya and COO Jeff Wilpon held a second press conference in the Citi Field press box only a few hours after the first, just before first pitch, to attempt to do damage control from mess from the original presser at 4 PM.

Minaya began the first press conference by attempting to explain the process and reason for Bernazard's dismissal.? He told the gathered reporters that he made the decision to let Bernazard go, after reviewing the conclusions of a Mets internal investigation that lasted nearly a month.? He noted that it is "very important to say that this investigation was done by the Human Resources department," which he claimed started before Rubin's articles about Bernazard ran in the daily news. Bernazard was let go because

1. there were "interpersonal things that were against what the organization believes in."? Translation: he treated people badly.

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In case you haven't heard yet, Omar Minaya's press conference to announce Tony Bernazard's firing took a very odd turn when Minaya attacked Adam Rubin of the Daily News from the podium.

The press conference had not gone well for Minaya, but it got much, much worse here.

Watch it for yourself:

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The Binghamton Mets, who according to Adam Rubin in the NY Daily News, were supposedly the recipients of a tirade from Mets VP Tony Bernazard in which he challenged one of the players to a fight, universally dispute those allegations in this morning's Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin.

As quoted by good friend of MMiLB, Brian Moritz.

Manager Mako Oliveras:

"I think it's been blown out of proportion. Tony was trying to pump the players up. He took his shirt off but he had a T-shirt on underneath. To me, he never threatened anybody or asked anybody to fight. Before he started the meeting, he took his shirt off. That's it. I'm telling you, it's been blown out of proportion....
SS/2B Jose Coronado
"No, he didn't call me a name or ask me to fight."
Adam Rubin had reported that Bernazard directed insults at Coronado, and challenged him to fight.

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Sunday, 17-year Savannah SS Wilmer Flores was 4-4 to raise his season batting line to .287/.326/.363.? Avid readers and minor league afficionados will remember that Flores got off to a slow start, hitting .243/.293/.280 through May 11.? At that point, the Mets sat Flores down for a nine day rest period.? Since his return on May 20, Flores has hit .310/.344/.405 in his last 210 AB.? In that span, he has 10 doubles, two triples and two bombs.? He's walked seven times and struck out just 20 times, a nearly unbelievable k rate of 8.9%.

Monday, in his Ten Pack at Baseball Prospectus, Kevin Goldstein wrote:

It's easy to forget that Flores is younger than most high school players who got drafted last month. How many of them do you think could hit .287 in a full-season league? It's a short list, and Flores has been especially hot of late, going 4-for-4 on Sunday while batting .320 in his last 40 games. He's not a shortstop in the end, but the bat could end up really special.
Emphasis added.

Tags: Adam Rubin, Baseball Prospectus, Wilmer Flores, Toby Hyde
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