SS Philip Evans (pictured) had one at-bat on Saturday and popped out to first base. He was then removed from the game by Gnats' manager Luis Rojas because he did not run out the play. "It's organizational policy," Rojas explained after the game. "We talked about it, and he [Evans] understands." The 20-year-old Evans has had a tough start to the year, hitting .189/.254/.226 through 15 games with seven errors.
The good: 1B Jayce Boyd: 3-for-4, 1 2B, BB, 4 RBI. The 22-year-old is hitting .387/.473/.532 with 10 walks against nine strikeouts (!) in his 16 games with the Gnats.
1. Lucas Duda made his first start in AAA this year and was 0-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout while playing rightfield. If the plan was to send him to AAA to play leftfield and first base, putting him in right in his first game is a perplexing decision.
Tags: Binghamton Mets, Buffalo Bisons, Rehab, Toby Hyde
Jason Bay played nine innings in LF and was 2-for-4 with a walk at the plate. What happens when he's ready to return later this week? No sense in worrying about that yet, because things change so rapidly, but the Mets could either demote Jordany Valdespin (.260/.296/.506 - 77 AB) or DL Lucas Duda (.246/.341/.399 - 293 AB), who is headed back to NYC to have his balky hamstring examined.
Collin McHugh was hittable, but survived six innings: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. He threw 65% of his pitches for strikes (65 of 100).
Lets start with the thing with the most immediate big league impact: while batting ?third in the order, Jason Bay was 2-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout in the second game of his rehab with St. Lucie Mets. Adam Rubin reports that, at his request, Bay will finish his rehab with St. Lucie with the team's approval.
RHP Cory Mazzoni, the Mets second round pick last year, produced another good start: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 HR, 1 BB, 6 K. After going the first nine starts of the year without striking out more than five batters in a single outing, he has fanned six batters in each of his last two starts. All told, in his last 18 innings, he's fanned 16 and walked just two. In his first 40.1 innings, he struck out 28 and walked 13. Why is he missing more bats? Good question, but it's a welcome development.
Chris Young was very effective working with a low-80s mph fastball that topped out at 84 mph: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K.
Thanks to the wonder of the internet, and the fantastic Buffalo Bisons' staff, we can watch the video of Young and manager Wally Backman's post-game chat with the media.
Tags: Buffalo Bisons, Rehab, Toby Hyde
After a rainout Tuesday, Chris Young got the 10:30 AM start Wednesday. His line: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 BK. Of the outs he recorded, six came on fly-balls and just two on groundballs. It's rehab and all so it's not worth getting too hung up on results. The point is mostly that he's pitching.
However, it's not hard to hard to look at supposed rotation-savior Young's line on Wednesday and recall that on Monday, in his rehab, supposedly bullpen-bound Jenrry Mejia did this: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 9 ground outs, 1 fly out. Again, these are results in a-ball in the second rehab outing for each pitcher. Young might have just been working on throwing all of his pitches even if it meant less of a focus on sequencing and producing outs. Mejia with the better fastball might have been doing the same, and a-ball hitters just could not handle his fastball. Both pitchers are scheduled to make two more rehab starts in AAA before the team makes a determination about how to handle them to help the big team most in 2012. Mejia just might be the better pitcher, and better starter right now.
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He hit the disabled list on April 19 with what was originally called a right shoulder strain, but he is now calling an "impingement in the back of my shoulder." ?The Gnats' staff was very impressed by his bullpen, but he is not ready to return yet. Look for him to return in two to three weeks.
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In the Daily News, Andy Martino quotes a "high-ranking team official" as saying: "?A lot of people might forget about Mejia,? said one high-ranking team official. ?But he is progressing very well, and he could be in position to make a start for us before long.?
Hang on a second here. Mejia's AAA performance in 2011 did not suggest he was ready to contribute at the MLB level. He has made just six starts in AAA, five of which were early last year. In 2011, while his ERA was an aesthetically pleasing 2.86, his peripherals were not. He was walking 4.4 batters per nine innings in his 28 innings in Buffalo with a K/BB ratio of 1.5. Were his control issues the symptom of a damaged elbow or were they a young pitcher struggling to throw strikes against tough, patient AAA hitters?
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Monday, Mets pitching coordinator Ron Romanick explained that Steven Matz is still?"working his way back."
As Metsmerized online reported, Matz felt that his elbow "wasn't feeling right," this spring, and he went to see Dr. James Andrews.
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Sick of Manny Acosta??DJ Carrasco made his third FSL rehab appearance, starting for the Mets on Monday, and working a scoreless first inning with a hit and a strikeout. ?In his three rehab appearances in the FSL, he's allowed just one hit and a walk while striking out two. He has not pitched on back-to-back days.
Chase Huchingson came in after Carrasco and for the second straight outing, issued four walks. His line: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 2 WP.
The St. Lucie offense is just rolling, pounding out 10 runs on 15 hits. The latest addition was rehabbing CF Andres Torres who was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. He played six innings defensively. With the news that Jason Bay has bruised ribs, Torres' return would give the Mets more options if Bay needs to miss time. For example, Kirk Nieuwenhuis could slide to a corner, and with Torres in center, the Mets' outfield defensive should measurably improve.
DJ Carrasco threw a scoreless inning with a strikeout to begin the ballgame in his first rehab appearance.
Tags: Cesar Puello, Cory Vaughn, Rehab, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
Johan Santana helped draw the largest crowd to see a Sand Gnats game at Historic Grayson Stadium, 3,414, since July 4. ?He threw 39 pitches over three innings, mixing all of his offerings. He allowed one unearned run on two hits and a walk with one strikeout. At times he hit his spots but he also bounced about five off-speed pitches. ?By his own admission, he's not Major League ready yet.
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Johan Santana?visited with the team in Miami today, and told reporters he will pitch in another rehab game this Friday either with Single-A St. Lucie or with Savanah in the South Atlantic League.
So, here are the first round playoff schedules:
Sure, Jose Reyes was 1-3 with a monster home run to right.
But is he hitting .400? ?RF Juan Lagares, after going 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI is sitting at .398/.419/.553 in 29 games in AA. ?Dude can hit. ?He's just making solid contact again and again. ?But no, there's no way he can sustain his ?.461 BABIP in AA. ?However, his BABIP is to some degree, a reflection of all the hard contact he's making. ?His extra-base hit rate is a solid 9.3% and his strikeout rate is a strong 15.5%.
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- Johan Santana's first rehab start was excellent: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 4 groundouts/0 flyballs. It'll still be a while before he reaches the big leagues.
- CF Cesar Puello continued his attack on the Florida State League, going 2-3 with a triple and an RBI. ?In his last 12 games, he's hitting .409/.438/.818 with eight extra-base hits and a .409 isolated slugging percentage. ?His first 80 games of 2011: .227/.283/.329, 20 extra base hits and a .102 isolated slugging percentage. ?So, yeah. ?And yeah. ?And yeah. ?And yeah.
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?I just got out of a really tough workout in the pool right now,? Smith said on ESPN New York 1050's?Ruocco and Lundberg show on Thursday. ?I am running in the pool, doing a lot of strength work and I am doing pretty good. Things are looking good for me. I?m really excited and I can?t wait to get this lockout done.?At this point, it is not known whether Smith will be a free agent, as the collective bargaining agreement has yet to be determined. The Giants gave Smith a second round tender, but Smith is confident that he will be back.
?It is a little bit of uncertainty but I am confident, the Giants want me there and I want to be there,? Smith said. ?I love New York and I love the fans and we have had so much success there, I just hope that we can get a deal done and I will be back.?It's great to see that Smith is optimistic and that he is determined to make it back and help this team again. He is a fan favorite and one of the most important cogs in the Giants' offense. If Smith is anywhere near 100%, you can be sure that Eli Manning will lobby front office to retain his safety blanket.
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- James Schroeder was promoted from Brooklyn to Savannah.? Schroeder, last year's 33rd round pick out of Southern Arkansas was hitting .280/.345/.400 with six doubles in 50 AB over 20 games for the Cyclones.
- OF Javier Rodriguez (.325/.360/.523) left last night's K-Mets game early.? Word is he was hit on hand by a pitch.
Tags: Eric Campbell, Javier Rodriguez, Jefry Marte, Kingsport Mets, Rehab, Savannah Sand Gnats, Toby Hyde
Gee has been on the Bisons disabled list since May 29.? Gee was 1-3 with a 4.10 ERA in 48.1 innings for Buffalo this year with 42 strikeouts against 16 walks.
Perhaps his shoulder strain had something to do with his heavy workload in 2008, when following 154.1 innings split between St. Lucie and Binghamton, he was brilliant (4-0, 2.22 ERA) in 48.2 innings for Ponce in Puerto Rico.? For Ponce, he fanned 43 and walked just 13.
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On a beautiful late afternoon in Coney Island, Oliver Perez took the mound for his rehab start with the Brooklyn Cyclones for the national anthem and found himself surrounded by a gaggle of admiring little leaguers and girl scouts. The big leaguer looked confused, or perhaps amused. Either way, once the game started, he looked much more comfortable after an early trial.
After missing with his first fastball of the game, an early theme, Perez ran the count to 1-2 on the Hudson Valley Renegades (Tampa Bay?s NYP League affiliate) leadoff hitter, Chris Murrill. Perez offered his first slider of the game that induced a weak grounder to second, so weak in fact, that the Cyclones? Matt Gaski?s failure to charge the ball turned the play into a hit. After Perez struck out the next batter, Burt Reynolds with a slider, he induced a flyball near the rightfield line that fell in front of the Cyclones Luis Rivera. It was a ball that most major league rightfielders would catch. So, one out into the game, Perez found himself with runners at the corners. He responded by striking out the next two hitters, putting the first away on a filthy slider and the second, a lefty, on a fastball looking on the outside corner. That sequence represented what made Perez happiest about his rehab in Queens. ?I was using my fastball and my slider was the way I want to throw it,? he said after departing with five scoreless innings to his credit.
After the first inning, Perez gave up just one more baserunner, via a two out walk in the third. Moreover, the hardest hit balls the Renegades managed against Perez were fouled off. Perez?s fastball sat at 91 mph all day. The lefthander emotion was genuine when he said, ?I?m excited by the way I threw, and it?s a really good step for me.?
After leaving the game, he said, "I'm excited by the way I threw, and it's a really good step for me.? I have one more start, and then I'll be ready to go."
Brooklyn leads 11-3, so I'm going to go watch the final few innings.
Game 2: Charlotte Stone Crabs 9, @ St. Lucie Mets 5 (7 innings)Game one was the completion of the St. Lucie Mets suspended game from May 19th, which was started by Brad Holt, who's since been promoted to Binghamton.? So, no, Holt did not pitch in Florida on Monday night.? John Maine (pictured) picked up the game in the top of the third and fired off sixty pitches over four solid innings.? He gave up one run on two hits, walked three and struck out one.? Eight of his 11 non-strikeout outs were grounders.? After the game, he told MLB.com:
"I just want to get back up there and contribute," Maine said. "I feel
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RHP John Maine and LHP Oliver Perez have been added to the St. Lucie Mets roster on their MLB rehab assignments.? Both are expected to throw tonight.
1B Ike Davis has been promoted to AA Binghamton.? Davis leaves the FSL a .290/.378/.489 hitter after 58 games and 221 AB.? Davis was leading the FSL with 27 extra base hits.? He's hit well all season, but was on a tear in June, hitting .319/.418/.638 in 13 games with four of his seven professional homers.
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Outside of Fernando Martinez's debut, the next biggest story in the organization Tuesday night was Oliver Perez's rehab appearance with the Buffalo Bisons. Perez needed 88 pitches to navigate through 4.1 innings.? He gave up one run on three hits and struck out five, but also walked five.? In the second inning, Perez loaded the bases with a double and two walks with one out.? After walking in a run, he fanned the next two batters.? His stuff, appeared lively, but his control was not where he will need it to be to be successful again in the bigs as just 54% of his pitches were strikes.
Do you remember when Shawn Bowman was one of the Mets top prospects? Coming off a 2004 season in which he hit .258/.338/.449 with the Capital City Bombers of the SAL at age 19, Baseball America ranked him as the Mets 7th best prospect. However, since that point, Bowman had played in just 115 games over the subsequent three seasons entering 2008.
Why? While hitting .221/.282/.429 in St. Lucie in 2005, Bowman began having back problems before being diagnosed with a pars defect. As he explains, ?it?s a hairline fracture of the vertebrae?L5, the last one on your back.? A sample x-ray of the condition is pictured on the right beneath a spinal diagram.
Following an off season of rest and rehab, Bowman reported to St. Lucie in 2006, where he says he felt, ?healthy and ready to go,? but after 32 games his time he ?broke down again.? After almost half a year of rest, Bowman took off for Nicaragua for winterball, and almost made it through the whole season healthy, but then felt pain right near the end of the season.
El Duque made his second rehab appearance in St. Lucie Friday night and was in complete command through the first five innings. After falling behind the first batter he faced 3-1, El Duque threw first pitch strikes to eight of the first nine batters. He mixed curves with sliders with changeups and his fastball.
Early on in the outing, El Duque?s fastball was sitting around 81 and 82 mph, but in the middle innings he loosened up, working more at 84 and he eventually touched 86. He said he was perfectly able to push off his right foot.
In the sixth, with out he hit a batter, his second of the game, and after a strikeout, walked another, his first of the game to run his pitch count to an even eighty. He left the game, but continued his work in the bullpen after making most of the kids at Tradition Field happy by signing everything ? gloves, tickets, shirts, hats ? they handed to him.