David Wright Injury Tracker | Diagnosed with Spinal Stenosis. In California to see specialist.
Mark Herrmann | Newsday- So barring the sort of deal that the general manager seems unlikely to make, meet the 2015 Mets, with all of their weaknesses and strengths. Here's an odd one, though: The spot that once looked like the biggest weakness might be one of the greatest strengths. Wilmer Flores hit the three-run home run Monday that won the game and gave the Mets some hope. For now, the Mets have to "settle" for a shortstop who has more than three times as many home runs as Tulowitzki does this season. Days like Monday make you think Flores might not be such a bad option. "I'm going to tell you, as we move into this and you get to the 400-at-bat mark, this guy is going to have pretty impressive numbers," manager Terry Collins said. "He's a good hitter, he's got some power. We don't know how many home runs he is going to hit. I'm not concerned about that. I just know he's a good hitter."
(Chris Soto: When Flores hits...fans are accepting of his below average defense. When he doesn't hit, fans hate him for being a below average defender. It a love/hate relationship that has seen more love lately than hate. One thing I will continue saying is, look at the rest of the MLB. Flores is ranked 10th amongst SS in regards to Defensive Runs Saved with +1. There are 16 guys WORSE than him including Starlin Castro, Ian Desmond, Alexei Ramirez, Troy Tulowitzki, Xander Bogaerts, Jhonny Peralta, and Elvis Andrus. Good Defensive SS play is not as prevalent theses days as they used to be.)
Avery Decker | Metsmerized Online- Two key pieces of the Mets bullpen, Bobby Parnell and Vic Black, are making progress in their rehabilitation processes. Vic Black pitched the seventh inning for the Binghamton Mets...He worked an easy 1-2-3 inning with one strikeout. According to the stadium radar gun, Black was sitting around 92-94 MPH on his fastball. Black also pitched a scoreless inning of relief on Saturday when he made his first rehab appearance. Bobby Parnell also pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the Binghamton Mets on Sunday. After striking out the leadoff man, Parnell then surrendered a double but was able to work around it and escape the jam.
(Chris Soto: The rotation is starting to get tired which was to be expected with this 21 game - 21 day stretch so the bullpen is more important now than ever. The club is still getting by with their primary combo of Torres/Torres/Familia but its gonna need reinforcements soon. Luckily, both Parnell and Black seem like they could be back within the next week. In addition the LHRP Jerry Blevins had his cast removed and is cleared to resume baseball activities. His return to the bullpen could be more impactful than anything right now.)
Adam Rubin | ESPN New York- Travis d’Arnaud is scheduled to participate in an extended spring training game on Tuesday with the hope that he can return to the lineup as soon as early next week. If all goes well, he will play for Class A St. Lucie for a day or two, then head to Triple-A Las Vegas to complete a rehab assignment. “It can happen within the next five, six days,” Alderson said. Alderson said it was possible that d’Arnaud would return for the Mets' series against the Padres starting on June 1. If not, the GM is hopeful that d’Arnaud will be in the lineup against the Diamondbacks in a series that begins on June 4.
(Chris Soto: SOUND THE RALLY HORN! REINFORCEMENTS ARE COMING! All jokes aside, man this could not have lined up at a better time for the Mets. The team is looking at potentially 3 primary pieces returning before the team heads to the West Coast for a long week against the Padres and Diamondbacks.)
Joe D. | Metsmerized Online- Third baseman Casey McGehee was designated for assignment by the San Francisco Giants on Sunday. Acquired in a trade with the Miami Marlins this past offseason to replace Pablo Sandoval as the everyday third baseman, McGehee has been absolutely awful at the plate. In 110 mostly bad at-bats, McGehee hit .200 with a .248 on-base, .282 slugging, and just nine RBI. He’s struck out 24 times and grounded into a league leading 12 double plays. He has also struggled defensively at third base, committing five errors and owning a .934 fielding percentage.
(Chris Soto: 1st off, as Joe D. points out, the Mets are not in on McGehee, nor should they. I'm not quite sure he would even be an upgrade over Eric Campbell right now. As for those referencing a potential deal to send Murphy to San Fran, that too is unlikely. In fact, it seems like something could be brewing between the Braves and the Giants. Last night, 3B Alberto Callaspo was scratched from the line-up and subsequently DFA'd as it was revealed that the Braves were in talks to trade him. It makes a ton of sense for them since 2B prospect Jose Peraza has been smoking hot in AAA but current 2B Jace Peterson has also been good. DFA'ing Callaspo allows the club to move Peterson there and promote Peraza to the MLB club to be their lead-off hitter.)