Following Monday's 13-7 loss to the Phillies, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen adamantly denied any truth to a New York Post story that stated he was making in-game decisions from afar.
"No in-game decisions are ever called down from the dugout," he said. "We're not allowed to communicate with Mickey [Callaway] or the coaching staff during the games and we're not doing that."
An unnamed source told Mike Puma of The Post a specific instance in which Van Wagenen instructed Callaway to take deGrom out of a game in Arizona against the Diamondbacks because the ace had sustained a hip cramp.
"I'm not going to get into the specifics of one game or another, but I can tell you we do communicate with the training staff and training room when a player suffers an injury," Van Wagenen said. "Anything that is health-related to a players' status we do communicate that. As far as performance-driven decisions in-game, that's Mickey's call and the coaching staffs' call."
Callaway was also asked about the report after the game and echoed the same thoughts as the GM.
"We're always in communication, especially when guys are injured," he said. "When a guy gets injured on the field, or when a guy is actively injured or has somehting going on, everybody is in communication with the training staff to take care of our players the best we can."