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.
First of all, don't buy your September Mets tickets to see either Matt Harvey or Jeurys Familia. ?Depodesta's quote:
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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.
Tags: Adam Rubin, Toby Hyde
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."
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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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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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?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.
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.
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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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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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The press conference had not gone well for Minaya, but it got much, much worse here.
Watch it for yourself:
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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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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.