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MLB Team Report - New York Mets - INSIDE PITCH
When Lucas Duda was placed on the disabled list over the weekend, the logical move for the Mets seemed to be to bring first baseman Ike Davis back from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Instead, the Mets called up infielder Zach Lutz from Las Vegas on Sunday.
Manager Terry Collins said the biggest reason why general manager Sandy Alderson decided not to call up the left-handed hitting Davis is because the Mets began a stretch of three straight games against left-handed starters Sunday as they beat Philadelphia's John Lannan. The White Sox will start Chris Sale and John Danks in a two-game interleague series that begins Tuesday night in Chicago.
"I told Sandy when I told him of the possibility of a DL move with Lucas, 'this is a tough stretch against left-handed pitchers,'" Collins said. "Sale is real tough on lefties, so we don't want to put Ike back in a funk. Give him a few more at-bats and keep it going a little bit."
In 12 games since being optioned to Las Vegas, Davis has hit .310 with four home runs. He hit just .161 with five homers in 55 games with the Mets after going deep 32 times last season.
Davis could be back with the Mets by Thursday, though, joining the team in Denver for a makeup game against Colorado and Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood. Josh Satin will likely get a chance to play against the White Sox's lefties after going 0-for-3 but drawing two walks in Sunday's 8-0 victory at Philadelphia.
"Josh has gotten bases on balls, worked the count and gotten hits," Collins said. "He deserves an opportunity against left-handed pitching to get in there."
Duda was placed on the DL on Saturday with a strained left intercostal.
MLB Team Report - New York Mets - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won one
PAST 10 GAMES: 6-4
NEXT: Mets (Zack Wheeler, 1-0, 0.00) at White Sox (Chris Sale, 5-6, 2.69)
--RHP Zack Wheeler worked six scoreless innings, allowing four hits while striking out seven and walking five, to earn a 6-1 victory over Atlanta in his major league debut, June 18. Wheeler became the third pitcher in Mets history to earn a victory with at least six shutout innings in his first outing.
--RHP Matt Harvey allowed two hits over six shutout innings Sunday to improve to 7-1 this season. It was the second straight victory for Harvey, who struck out six and walked one before departing when the game was delayed 20 minutes by rain in the top of the seventh. It was also the ninth time this season he has pitched six innings or more and allowed one earned run or fewer. In addition, he hit his fourth career double and drove in his fifth career run.
--3B David Wright went 4-for-5 Sunday with two doubles, a triple and his 12th homer of the season. The four hits equaled a career high for Wright, who drove in two runs and scored two. He also generated the most extra-base hits by a Met in a game this season, and extended his hitting streak to six games. He is hitting .429 over that span, and .405 since June 5 and .309 overall, with 12 homers and 36 RBIs. His 17 homers at Citizens Bank Park are the most by a visiting player in the history of the 10-year-old stadium.
--CF Eric Young Jr. went 3-for-5 on Sunday, his third straight multi-hit game. Young, who tied a career high for hits, went 7-for-14 in the three-game series and is 8-for-22 since joining the Mets five games ago in a trade from Colorado. He is hitting .257 overall.
--RF Marlon Byrd went 2-for-4 with two RBIs Sunday and is not hitting .307 on the road, as opposed to .216 at home. Byrd's overall average is .263, with 11 homers and 35 RBIs.
--OF Lucas Duda was placed on the disabled list Saturday with a strained muscle between his ribs. Duda was hitting .235 with 11 homers and 23 RBIs.
--INF Zach Lutz was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to fill the roster spot vacated by Lucas Duda. Lutz was hitting .286 with seven homers and 37 RBIs in 53 games for Las Vegas.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "There's nothing you can say that you haven't said before. He dominated the game today. -- 3B David Write after RHP Matt Harvey and the Mets tolled to a win Sunday.
MLB Team Report - New York Mets - ROSTER REPORT
--1B/OF Lucas Duda (strained left intercostal) was placed on the 15-day disabled list June 22.
--RHP Jenrry Mejia (right elbow inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 13. He is expected to make a rehab start for Class A St. Lucie soon after being shut down with soreness in the elbow after making two previous starts.
--LHP Tim Byrdak (left shoulder surgery in September 2012) re-signed with the Mets on a minor league deal. He made his first rehab appearance June 21 for the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Mets. It was originally feared he might miss the entire season.
--LHP Jon Niese (partially torn rotator cuff) was placed on the disabled list June 21. Niese was examined by team physician Dr. David Altchek on June 21. Assistant general manager John Ricco told reporters that Niese will rest and undergo rehab for two weeks, then be reexamined.
--RHP Scott Atchison (right elbow inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list May 14. He made a rehab appearance for Class A St. Lucie on May 25, then was shut down and saw Dr. James Andrews in early June. He resumed his rehab assignment June 12 at Double-A Binghamton. He was activated from the disabled list June 18 but strained his groin warming up. The Mets put him back on the DL on June 19.
--INF Justin Turner (strained left intercostal muscle) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 17.
--SS Ruben Tejada (strained right quadriceps) went on the 15-day disabled list May 30.
--RHP Jeurys Familia (right biceps tendinitis) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 9, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 8. Familia began a rehab assignment May 25 with Class A St. Lucie, but then he had surgery June 5 to remove bone spurs from his right elbow. There is no timetable for his return.
--RHP Frank Francisco (right elbow inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22, and he was transferred RHP to the 60-day disabled list May 30. He began a rehab assignment with Class A St. Lucie on April 17. He sat out two weeks before resuming action for St. Lucie on May 5, and he pitched there through May 8. He was shut down for the ensuing month.
--LHP Johan Santana (torn left shoulder capsule) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 6. He underwent season-ending surgery April 2.
--LHP Pedro Feliciano (left shoulder surgery in September 2011) isn't on the Mets' disabled list, as he signed a minor league contract in February. He began pitching for Class A St. Lucie on April 15, then moved to Double-A Binghamton on June 14.
RHP Matt Harvey
RHP Dillon Gee
RHP Jeremy Hefner
RHP Shaun Marcum
RHP Greg Burke
RHP Bobby Parnell (closer)
RHP Brandon Lyon
RHP LaTroy Hawkins
LHP Scott Rice
RHP David Aardsma
LHP Josh Edgin
RHP Carlos Torres
1B Josh Satin
2B Daniel Murphy
SS Omar Quintanilla
3B David Wright
INF Zach Lutz
LF Eric Young Jr.
CF Jordany Valdespin
RF Marlon Byrd
OF Juan Lagares
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis
OF/1B Andrew Brown