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MLB Team Report - New York Mets - INSIDE PITCH
The Mets traded for veteran catcher John Buck this winter thinking he could mentor top prospect Travis d'Arnaud for a couple months, then perhaps depart in a trade or serve as d'Arnaud's backup for the rest of the season.
But when d'Arnaud fractured his left foot in April, knocking him out for most of the summer, it changed the situation dramatically. It meant that Buck would remain the starting catcher in Flushing, which was not necessarily a bad thought for the Mets -- Buck was, after all, thriving at the plate.
But Buck's season has since taken a hard turn south. Entering Wednesday's play, he had three hits in his last 38 at-bats, and was thrown out trying to advance on a wild pitch in Monday's game, sending it to extra innings.
Still, manager Terry Collins insisted that Buck's job status is not in question. The only alternative on the roster is backup Anthony Recker, who is hitting .182 despite a solo homer and RBI single in Tuesday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
So do not expect much change going forward. Buck has started behind the plate for 65 of the Mets' first 80 games, while D'Arnaud is still recovering from his foot injury and may not reach the big leagues until September.
Asked if Recker might steal some of Buck's playing time in the interim, Collins demurred.
"Is he going to start to be the everyday guy? No," Collins said.
MLB Team Report - New York Mets - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Lost one
PAST 10 GAMES: 6-4
NEXT: Diamondbacks (Ian Kennedy, 3-4, 5.36) at Mets (Dillon Gee, 6-7, 4.60)
--RHP Shaun Marcum (tight upper back) remains on track to make his next start Saturday against the Brewers in Milwaukee. Marcum appeared to be motioning toward his neck and shoulder in the dugout after his start Monday night and underwent an MRI during Tuesday's game. He declined to discuss the MRI and manager Terry Collins seemed reluctant to discuss it Wednesday. Collins did say Marcum, who missed most of April with upper back and shoulder discomfort, complained of tingling in his fingers Monday night but that the MRI came back clean. Marcum is 1-9 with a 5.03 ERA in 13 appearances, including 11 starts, this season.
--RHP Matt Harvey had his worst start of the season Wednesday night, when he took the loss after allowing five runs on nine hits and three walks while striking out nine over six-plus innings in the Mets' 5-3 loss to the Diamondbacks. Harvey fell to 7-2 as his ERA rose from 2.00 to 2.27. The five runs allowed tied a career high, set last Aug. 5 against the Padres, while the three walks tied a season high. The nine hits were one shy of his season and career high.
--SS Ruben Tejada moved his rehab up to Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday night and delivered a pinch-hit RBI single in his lone plate appearance. Tejada started for Las Vegas on Wednesday night, going 0-for-4. Tejada has been out since suffering a right quad strain against the Yankees on May 29 and is expected to stay at Las Vegas for a lengthy period of time. He was hitting just .209 with eight errors when he got hurt, and the Mets have been happy with Omar Quintanilla's performance both at the plate and in the field in Tejada's absence.
--1B Josh Satin hit his first major league homer in the Mets' 5-3 loss to the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. Satin's solo shot in the fourth inning gave the Mets a 2-0 lead. It was his only hit of the night but extended his career-high hitting streak to nine games and extended his streak of reaching via a hit or walk to a career-high 14 games. He is hitting .378 with a .491 on-base percentage since he was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on June 11.
--RHP Dillon Gee will look to carry his strong June into July when he starts Thursday in the finale of a four-game series against the Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Gee has turned his season around over his last six starts, a stretch in which he has gone 4-1 with a 2.45 ERA and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 40/7 in 40 1/3 innings. Gee lowered his overall ERA from 6.34 to 4.80 in that stretch. In his most recent start last Saturday against the Nationals, Gee earned the win after allowing one run on six hits and three walks while striking out four over six innings in the Mets' 5-1 victory. Gee is 1-1 with a 4.24 ERA in three career starts against the Diamondbacks.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "It was all about command tonight -- he just didn't have command of his stuff, a lot of deep counts. We've seen him pitch a lot better, that's for sure." -- Manager Terry Collins, after RHP Matt Harvey had his worst start of the season Wednesday (five runs on nine hits and three walks over six innings).
MLB Team Report - New York Mets - ROSTER REPORT
--1B/OF Lucas Duda (strained left intercostal) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to 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 made two rehab starts for Class A St. Lucie in May before he was shut down. He started a new rehab assignment in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League on June 29.
--LHP Jon Niese (partially torn rotator cuff) went on the 15-day disabled list June 21. Niese was examined by team physician Dr. David Altchek on June 21. He will undergo a second MRI July 4 in New York, which will determine his rehab schedule. Niese expects to miss at least four to six more weeks.
--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. He began a rehab assignment in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League on June 28, and he moved his rehab to Triple-A Las Vegas on July 2.
--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 and hadn't pitched again through the end of June.
--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.
--LHP Tim Byrdak (left shoulder surgery in September 2012) re-signed with the Mets on a minor league deal. He made his first appearance June 21 for the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Mets, then moved to Class A St. Lucie on June 24. It was originally feared he might miss the entire season.
RHP Matt Harvey
RHP Dillon Gee
RHP Jeremy Hefner
RHP Shaun Marcum
RHP Zack Wheeler
RHP Bobby Parnell (closer)
RHP Brandon Lyon
RHP LaTroy Hawkins
LHP Scott Rice
RHP David Aardsma
LHP Josh Edgin
RHP Carlos Torres
RHP Gonzalez Germen
1B Josh Satin
2B Daniel Murphy
SS Omar Quintanilla
3B David Wright
LF Eric Young Jr.
CF Jordany Valdespin
RF Marlon Byrd
OF Juan Lagares
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis
OF/1B Andrew Brown