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Monday, August 22, 2016

Mets Insider: Steven Matz to see team doctors - NY Daily News

Update (8/22/2016 3:10 PM EDT): Shoulder stain and rotator cuff irritation.

Shoulder not elbow. Ugh.

The Mets are still hopeful to have Steven Matz this week for their crucial series with the Cardinals. The Long Island lefty was heading to New York Sunday night to have his shoulder examined by team doctors Monday.

The Mets are holding his next scheduled start open for him, listing their starter for Thursday’s finale against the Cardinals as “TBA,” until they hear the diagnosis.

 

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2016 at 06:50 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets, steven matz


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Yoenis Cespedes HRs twice, gives Mets momentum | MLB.com

Welcome back!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 21, 2016 at 07:53 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Friday, August 19, 2016

A Q&A with the Los Angeles Times’ Andy McCullough on the insecurity of writing, what the Royals did for his career, and Twitter schtick

Interesting candid thoughts from the Dodgers (and former Royals, Mets, and Yankees) beat writer.

This past spring, I stopped by the Royals clubhouse. “We got you promoted!” Eric Hosmer said. In that moment, your insecurity creeps in, and you want to say “Fuck you, I did this on my own!” But that’s not totally true. So I wear it. I’m sure I’ll be connected with Kansas City for a while, and I’ll stomach the occasional dweeb on the Internet telling me I owe my career to the Royals. Only Billy Zane makes his own luck…..

As for good teams and bad teams: Either one can be interesting. The 2010 Mets were a delightful trainwreck: Jose Reyes pulled an oblique muscle, and instead of putting him on the disabled list, the team told him to stop switch-hitting. Francisco Rodriguez fought his spouse’s father at the ballpark and spent the night in a cell at Citi Field; the team put K-Rod on the restricted list, and when a reporter asked Jerry Manuel how the team would welcome K-Rod back next year, Manuel replied, “I’m here next year?” There was the embarrassing Walter Reed incident. Manuel suggested John Maine could make his comeback with the team by pitching on off-days. The team played with, essentially, a 24-man roster for months, because Oliver Perez refused a minor-league assignment, and Manuel refused to use him.

I’m sure I’m forgetting like 15 other ridiculous things. I just assumed all teams were that dysfunctional. As for good teams: You have a clarity of purpose that allows you to put events into context, and it is nice being around players who give a ####. You get a lot more eyeballs on your work when the team is good. My career arc is a testament to that. So, thank you, Dave Eiland, for convincing Ned to run his bullpen better, which got people to read my stories from the playoffs.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 19, 2016 at 01:58 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: andy mccullough, dodgers, journalism, mets, royals, writing, yankees

Steven Matz of New York Mets to miss start with issue in shoulder

“I was throwing on flat ground and I felt a little twinge in my shoulder,” Matz said. “It was bothering me a little bit. And then, next day, I was throwing and I was still feeling it, so I didn’t throw my bullpen, hoping it would get better. I was just kind of taking it day by day. There’s some discomfort in there. I think you go through stuff all the time throughout a season, but it didn’t respond the way I’d like it to.”

Matz said he is not concerned about the issue lingering.

“Not so much,” Matz said. “It’s just discomfort. I’m really not worried about it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2016 at 09:38 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets, steven matz

New York Mets have ‘no present plans to make any changes’ with manager Terry Collins, GM Sandy Alderson says

His days are numbered.

“Do I ever make any statement unequivocally?” Alderson said. “There are no present plans to make any changes.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2016 at 08:41 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, terry collins

Monday, August 15, 2016

Puma: Original Met Clarence ‘Choo Choo’ Coleman dead at 80

#RIPChooChoo

Coleman said he received the nickname “Choo Choo” in his youth because of his speed. Mets manager Casey Stengel would quip he had never seen a catcher so fast at retrieving passed balls.

Following his baseball career, Coleman helped run a Chinese restaurant in Newport News, Va. He was among the attendees at the Mets’ 50th anniversary celebration in 2012.

Renegade JE (((Jason))) Posted: August 15, 2016 at 09:14 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: 1962 mets, mets, obituary

Saturday, August 13, 2016

What Mets must do to keep season from spiraling out of control | New York Post

Get everybody healthy? Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2016 at 08:47 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

New York Mets: Zack Wheeler Has More Elbow Discomfort

This doesn’t sound good.

Although his rehab lasted into the 2016 season, Wheeler was anticipated to be a part of the Mets rotation down the stretch. Instead, his rehab had been delayed due to elbow discomfort, bringing Wheeler’s return into question. Now, one has to wonder if he will pitch for the Mets this season, as Wheeler will meet with Dr. James Andrews to discuss further discomfort in his elbow.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2016 at 08:42 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets, zach wheeler

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Why it’s fair to call these embarrassing Mets pretenders | New York Post

Welcome to Overreaction Thursday!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2016 at 09:04 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Mets have ‘open mind’ on Carlos Gomez, year after trade drama | New York Post

This doesn’t sound like the Mets are looking to pick up Gomez.

With the price tag far lower than last season — Gomez is making $9 million this season, but can be signed for the league minimum if he clears waivers — would the Mets consider adding his right-handed bat to the struggling lineup?

“We always have an open mind,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told The Post.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2016 at 06:22 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Mets make two waiver claims — one for a reliever - NY Daily News

Not satisfied with their moves before Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline, the Mets are at least trying to be active in the waiver-trade market. One industry source told the Daily News that since Tuesday, the Mets have made two waiver claims, one for a reliever, but have not been able to complete the deals.

They have also put names out on the waiver wire last week to see if they can stir up a possible trade, The News has learned. Those names include catcher Travis d’Arnaud and infielder Wilmer Flores on a list that had five players, another industry source who saw the list told The News.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2016 at 08:25 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, waivers

Thursday, August 04, 2016

The Mets place Yoenis Cespedes on the DL amid golf controversy | FOX Sports

On MLB Radio they were talking about him playing five hours of golf on a game day while he’s troubled by his calf problem. If true, I can see why the Mets organization and his teammates would be bothered.

If Cespedes wouldn’t pull the plug on his golf hobby, should the Mets have done so? That’s a question the New York Post’s Mike Vaccaro asked:

You can blame Cespedes for bad judgment without blaming his hobby on complicating his recovery. These are not mutually exclusive things. And now the Mets’ leadership — starting with Collins, starting with Sandy Alderson — must ask themselves if maybe it wouldn’t have been worth a serious chat in the past few days, asking their offensive centerpiece to maybe put the clubs away while his leg was still howling.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2016 at 08:21 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: golf, injuries, mets, yoenis cespedes

Monday, August 01, 2016

Mets, Pirates swap Antonio Bastardo for Jon Niese - MLB Daily Dish

An exchange of disappointments.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 05:59 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, pirates, trade deadline, trades

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Wilmer Flores upset after homer is overturned | MLB.com

You don’t see this every day.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2016 at 07:45 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: david dahl, mets, rockies, wilmer flores

Friday, July 29, 2016

Carlos Gomez trade ‘has not and will not transpire,’ Sandy Alderson says | Newsday

As they say, some of the best deals are the deals you don’t make.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2016 at 06:20 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, trade deadline, trades

Mets looking a lot more like they are reverting to last season’s form

We’re talking about the bleak, no-offense days when it was clear the club needed a jolt. Any kind of jolt. Just about a year ago, no one was convinced the Mets were headed anywhere, certainly not toward a thunderbolt second half and a roaring ride through the National League playoffs to the club’s first World Series berth in 15 years.

That was great, of course. But now it’s starting to feel like the bad old times again, especially when the Mets blow winnable games to inferior opponents, like the 2-1 loss to the Rockies in front of 38,292 at Citi Field. The Mets lost for lots of reasons — you name it, apart from Jacob deGrom, who was sensational with seven shutout innings.

Cruddy offense. The wrong choice on a key defensive play. Another blown save by the closer. Terry Collins even opened himself up to second-guessing on several fronts — whether he should’ve used Jeurys Familia for a third straight day after saying he probably would not pitch the closer in this game and his timing on pinch-hitting Yoenis Cespedes.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: July 29, 2016 at 01:11 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Thursday, July 28, 2016


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Up close and personal with Mike Piazza and his post-baseball life | New York Post

“My career and my life is a miracle,’’ Piazza told The Post. “I always want to give thanks and appreciate what I feel has been a blessing for me.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2016 at 09:48 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hall of fame, mets, mike piazza

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Bartolo Colon’s face is plastered all over this incredible new shirt

I’m not sure wearing this will make you a fashion maven.

The shirt is a tad expensive, costing buyers $29.99, but it’s worth the money. You’ll just have to wait a few months before receiving it because it won’t ship until September.

Oh no!

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2016 at 04:26 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, merchandise, mets

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The strange sensation of wanting Wilmer Flores in the lineup |

But…they have Jose Reyes now.

For nearly two months now, Wilmer Flores has been one of the best hitters on the team. Since coming off the DL in late May and getting regular playing time, Flores has posted a .293/.346/.537 line in 136 PA. If I didn’t see it with my own eyes, I wouldn’t have believed it. No one will ever confuse me for being a Flores fan. But right now, the Mets need his bat in the lineup on a regular basis.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2016 at 10:40 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, wilmer flores

Terry Collins says Mets may tab Michael Conforto to play in center

This doesn’t sound like a good plan.

Michael Conforto rejoined the New York Mets on Monday after a three-week stint in the minors. He may have returned as the team’s primary center fielder.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2016 at 10:39 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, michael conforto

Zack Wheeler throwing bullpen sessions, sources say | Newsday

Zack Wheeler has been throwing bullpen sessions at the Mets’ complex in Port St. Lucie, according to multiple sources. They have yet to set a firm schedule, but the righthander’s progress signals that a minor-league rehab assignment could be approaching.

He has thrown off the mound three times, logging just under 30 pitches in his last session on Sunday. It’s an encouraging sign for Wheeler, whose comeback from Tommy John surgery has been derailed by setbacks. He likely will need a full month-long rehab slate. If he begins soon, he could rejoin the rotation by the middle of August.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2016 at 10:26 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, matt harvey, mets, noah syndergaard, zach wheeler

Monday, July 18, 2016

Cespedes’ new OF preference creates odd-man-out dilemma | New York Post

Who goes to the bench?

“I would rather play left field because I’m comfortable and also because it’s less work on my leg,” Cespedes said after going 0-for-3 with a walk in the Mets’ 5-0 victory over the Phillies. “If they give me the option I will stay in left field.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2016 at 09:03 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Friday, July 15, 2016

Lenny Dykstra Crawls from a Hole He Joyfully Dug for Himself

“House of Nails” is a story of exceptional excess that finds our memoirist playing the sensible adult in his friendship with Charlie Sheen; buying Wayne Gretzky’s house for $17.5 million; and paying detectives $500,000 to dig up dirt on umpires so that he could suborn their objectivity by telling them embarrassing things about their private lives while at bat. Believable or not, the stories fit a distinctive mold: Shock readers with his astonishing hubris and brass you-know-whats.

Zach Posted: July 15, 2016 at 10:56 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: lenny dykstra, literature, mets

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