The Morning Report 5.11.2015 | Injury Updates, Spot Starter Plan Scratched, Conforto and Nimmo Promotions, Syndergaard's Chance to Shine


Injury Updates | Chris Soto

  • After sitting out a few days with a sore back, 3B David Wright, is scheduled to resume baseball activities today, according to Terry Collins.
  • RP Bobby Parnell completed a bullpen session last week and will resume his minor league rehab assignment this week with the Port St. Lucie Mets.
  • C Travis d'Arnaud is scheduled to meet with team doctors for an new X-ray on Tuesday to check the healing progress of his fractured metacarpal. If the X-Ray comes clean, d'Arnaud could have the cast removed and resume baseball activities soon after that.

Michael Baron | Just Mets- Before Dillon Gee injured his groin, the Mets were likely to use a sixth starter during their current 20-game stretch. However, that is no longer the case. Terry Collins said on Sunday the Mets will use their five-man rotation through the next 18 games and will not use a sixth starter at this time, barring anything unforeseen. The [current] starters were a little less consistent and crisp with their stuff as they’ve been spread out over the last couple of weeks.

(Chris Soto: With Syndergaard already called up to replace the injured Gee, there really wasn't anyone else to take the spot starter's role. But what about Matz? Yea, I know...Matz has been lights out for the AAA team. However, your still talking about a young guy who only has 42 IP above AA and a total of 113 IP above A+ ball. Generally the club likes that 2nd number to at least be around 200 IP. Also the complaints from both Harvey and deGrom about the additional rest throwing off their rhythms is worth noting.)

Lynn Worthy | Press Connects- This season, the first group of players drafted during the Alderson regime made it to the big leagues, including Logan Verrett (Rangers), Danny Muno and Plawecki. There are more on their way, including former first-round picks Nimmo (2011) and Michael Conforto (2014). Scott said that Nimmo, a left-handed hitting 22-year-old who went into the weekend batting .298 with the B-Mets, will be promoted to Triple-A at some point this season and Conforto will likely be in Binghamton "relatively soon."

(Chris Soto: We had previously heard that Conforto was heading to Binghamton within a next 2 weeks window, but, this is the first time we have caught wind of Brandon Nimmo potentially being promoted to Las Vegas. Conforto has cooled down lately hitting only .222 during the month of May, however, I wouldn't say that he is struggling as he's only struck out 4 times [10.8%] during that time span. It seems more like a BABIP correction than anything.)

Kristie Ackert | NY Daily News- Top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard had spent all of 2014 waiting for Sandy Alderson to call and say it was time to make his major-league debut. Instead, the Mets GM [said] he was not ready and he was sending him home for the winter. Friday, when Syndergaard was not expecting it, Triple-A pitching coach Frank Viola tapped him on the shoulder and brought him into the office to see 51s manager Wally Backman. “The first thing Wally told me was I was going to the big leagues...And I think he said some stuff after that, but I kind of blanked out after that. It’s going to be unbelievable,” Syndergaard said. “I feel like last year not getting that call up was the best thing for me. Motivated me a lot more. Last year just kind of taught me how to struggle and handle adversity.”

(Chris Soto: Alright young man, you've been waiting for this moment all your life. While it may be unfair, Thor is going to be expected to produce immediately. So far Mets fans have been spoiled by the immediate successes of Harvey, Wheeler, and deGrom that the same will be expected of Syndergaard. In addition, Syndergaard needs to view this as his 2, maybe 3 chances, to possibly bump Gee from the rotation for good and cement himself as a major leaguer. This isn't the same Mets team that can afford to have a SP grow in the majors.)


Thomas Brennan said...

Thor vs. Bryant on Tuesday...should be classic. Hopefully Thor is stunning while Gee is out and wrests the 5th spot from him.

In Matz's case, his low innings above A ball are not that relevant. The 200 # in my opinion presumes there will be adjustment periods at each level. Matz dominates. He is ready now, IMO.

A former Met in AAA (Nick Evans, I think) said a few weeks back that Matz was the best they'd faced all year. Matz is ready.

Let's get our players back healthy soon. Nats are playing well. Let's hold onto 1st place.0

Reese Kaplan said...

I posted an article on first-hand observations of Matz' start here in El Paso yesterday. Hopefully it will appear later today.

Reese Kaplan said...

Oh, on the subject of outfielders, yesterday featured Cory Vaughn in LF, Kyle Johnson in CF and Travis Taijeron in RF. Only Taijeron is interesting. There is room for Nimmo, though it will come at the expense of veteran Alex Castellanos, Darrel Ceciliani and/or Eric Campbell getting ABs. Right now they were playing Brooks Conrad and Brandon Allen at 1B, neither of whom factor into future big league plans, so it's possible to shift Campbell to 1B, Castellanos to 3B and keep Ceciliani in the LF alongside Nimmo who presumably would get CF.

IBfromWhitePlains said...

Totally and completely off topic, I just came across this book review and thought this would interest you folks. A new Ty Cobb biography with (Glory Be!) an alternative point of view. Interesting


On topic - Nice game for Captain K

Mack Ade said...

Tom -


I don't think there is anything we can do to prevent the Nats from catching us other than beating them ourselves.

This may be beginning the time we all should hope for more losses by the Marlins, Cubs, and Pirates

Mack Ade said...

Reese -

FYI - Castellanos also plays 1B

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