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MLB Team Report - New York Mets - INSIDE PITCH
Wilmer Flores signed with the Mets organization as a 16-year-old shortstop, one of the most highly touted teenagers in that year's international class. But he did not make his big league debut until Tuesday, on his 22nd birthday.
"Getting called up on my birthday, you can't ask for more," Flores said.
With regular third baseman David Wright sidelined for the next month or so, the Mets called on Flores, one of their top prospects, to replace Wright at the hot corner. Though Flores had played mostly second base this year at Triple-A Las Vegas, he spent much of last season growing acclimated to third.
The truth is, Flores has never had a clear defensive home, given his size -- he is officially listed as 6-foot-3 -- and athletic limitations. But the Mets have stuck with Flores over the years mainly due to his offensive potential. After breaking out a year ago over two minor league levels, he was hitting .321 with 15 homers prior to his call-up this season.
"It's time to get him up here and let him have a little taste of what it's going to be like to play at this level," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "We know he's a good offensive player. The sky's the limit offensively for him. So we're going to see if he can bring something to the table."
In his first game Tuesday, a 3-2 win over the Rockies, Flores batted sixth and played third base, finishing 0-for-4 with a fielding error.
MLB Team Report - New York Mets - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won one
PAST 10 GAMES: 4-6
NEXT: Rockies (Jhoulys Chacin, 10-5, 3.40) at Mets (Matt Harvey, 8-3, 2.21)
--RHP Bobby Parnell (herniated disc in neck) was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, retroactive to July 31. Parnell last pitched on July 30, when he earned the save in the Mets' 4-2, 10-inning win over the Marlins, before he began suffering from what he believed to be a stiff neck. Parnell saw a doctor last Friday and was prescribed medication, but a follow-up visit on Monday revealed the herniated disc. Parnell also had an epidural on Monday. The timetable for his return is up in the air. Manager Terry Collins said Tuesday that Parnell could conceivably return when eligible on Aug. 15, but general manager Sandy Alderson said later that surgery could be an option for Parnell if the epidural doesn't work. Parnell is 5-5 with a 2.16 ERA and 22 saves this season for the Mets.
--RHP Matt Harvey will look to bounce back from a rare subpar start -- by his standards, anyway -- when he takes the mound for the Mets on Wednesday night in the middle game of a three-game series against the Rockies at Citi Field. In his most recent start last Thursday, Harvey took the loss after he allowed three runs on five hits and no walks while striking out eight over 5 2/3 innings as the Mets fell to the Marlins, 3-0. The Marlins have been the lone team to consistently give Harvey trouble during his breakout campaign. He is 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP in four starts against Miami and 8-2 with a 1.97 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP in 18 starts against everyone else. Harvey entered Tuesday leading the National League in strikeouts (172) and ranking in the top five in ERA (second at 2.21), WHIP (second at 0.88), strikeout-to-walk ratio (second at 5.93) and innings pitched (third with 150 2/3). Harvey will be making his second career appearance against the Rockies. He didn't factor into the decision on Aug. 22, 2012, when he allowed one run on three hits and two walks while striking out nine over six innings in the Mets' 5-1 loss.
--3B Wilmer Flores was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas prior to Tuesday's game against the Rockies. Flores was immediately placed in the starting lineup and went 0-for-4 with an error in the Mets' 3-2 win. It was a particularly momentous day for Flores, who celebrated his 22nd birthday on Tuesday. In addition, Tuesday also marked the sixth anniversary of the Mets signing him as a minor league free agent out of Venezuela. Flores is expected to start at third base while David Wright is on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring. At the time of his recall, Flores was hitting .321 with 15 homers and a Pacific Coast Leading-86 RBIs for Las Vegas.
--LHP Jonathon Niese (partially torn left rotator cuff) made what is scheduled to be his final rehab start on Tuesday night, when he allowed two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out six over five innings for Double-A Binghamton. Niese is 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA in three rehab starts between Binghamton, the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Mets and Class A St. Lucie. As long as Niese reports no problems following Tuesday's start, he is expected to be activated on Sunday, when he would start the finale of the Mets' three-game series at Arizona. Once Niese returns, the Mets will once again employ a six-man rotation in order to limit the innings for young stars Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler. Niese was placed on the disabled list June 21 after exiting his start the previous night with a sore left shoulder. He is 3-6 with a 4.32 ERA in 14 starts for the Mets this season.
--CF Juan Lagares continued his impressive second half Tuesday, when he went 2-for-4 with all three Mets RBIs in a 3-2 win over the Rockies. Lagares had a two-run triple in the first inning and delivered the tie-breaking infield single in the eighth that scored Eric Young from second base with two outs. Lagares is hitting .348 (23-for-66) with 12 RBIs and eight multi-hit games since the All-Star break, a stretch in which he's lifted his overall average from .234 to .271.
--RHP LaTroy Hawkins recorded his first save of the season Tuesday, when he allowed a pair of two-out singles by the Rockies before retiring Yorvit Torrealba on a liner to first base to preserve the Mets' 3-2 win. The save was the 89th of Hawkins' career and his first since May 6, 2012, when he was with the Angels. Hawkins got the save hours after the Mets placed closer Bobby Parnell on the disabled list with a herniated disc in his neck. Mets manager Terry Collins said both before and after the game that he would employ a closer-by-committee with Parnell out and that he would prefer to keep Hawkins in the eighth inning, where he has thrived since just before the All-Star break. He had seven holds -- all in the eighth inning -- in his last 10 appearances prior to Tuesday.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Felt good against those guys. There's no hard feelings. I'm more appreciative that they made the move they did, because I wouldn't be in this situation if they didn't. But it was good being able to showcase that." -- LF Eric Young, who was acquired from the Rockies on June 18, after scoring the game-winning run in the Mets' 3-2 win over Colorado.
MLB Team Report - New York Mets - ROSTER REPORT
--RHP Bobby Parnell (stiff neck) was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 6, retroactive to July 31. Parnell last pitched on July 30 before he began suffering from what he believed to be a stiff neck. Parnell saw a doctor Aug. 2 and was prescribed medication, but a follow-up visit on Aug. 5 revealed the herniated disc. Parnell also had an epidural on Aug. 5. The timetable for his return is up in the air. GM Sandy Alderson said surgery could be an option if the epidural doesn't work.
--LHP Jon Niese (partially torn rotator cuff) went on the 15-day disabled list June 21. He was cleared to resume throwing July 8. He began a rehab assignment with the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Mets on July 27, then started Aug. 1 for Class A St. Lucie. He pitched Aug. 6 in his final rehab start for Double-A Binghamton. Niese is tentatively scheduled to return to the rotation Aug. 11 in Arizona.
--3B David Wright (strained right hamstring) went on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 4. He is expected to miss three to five weeks.
--LHP Josh Edgin (fractured left rib) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 30. He underwent an MRI that revealed the fracture.
--OF/1B Lucas Duda (strained left intercostal) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 22. He began a rehab assignment with the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Mets on July 24. He moved his rehab to Class A St. Lucie on July 29, then to Triple-A Las Vegas on Aug. 5.
--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 July 8. He could resume throwing the first week of August.
--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 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.
RHP Matt Harvey
RHP Dillon Gee
RHP Jeremy Hefner
RHP Zack Wheeler
RHP Jenrry Mejia
RHP LaTroy Hawkins
LHP Scott Rice
RHP David Aardsma
LHP Pedro Feliciano
RHP Gonzalez Germen
RHP Scott Atchison
RHP Carlos Torres
1B Ike Davis
2B Daniel Murphy
SS Omar Quintanilla
3B Wilmer Flores
3B Josh Satin
INF Justin Turner
LF Eric Young Jr.
CF Juan Lagares
RF Marlon Byrd
OF Andrew Brown
OF Mike Baxter