Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:01:02 -0700
New York Mets SP Bartolo Colon (back) has been dealing with back spasms but said he will make his next start Saturday, April 19. SP Daisuke Matsuzaka, who will pitch out of the bullpen, can be rotation insurance in case Colon can't go.
Fantasy Tip: Colon's back spasms likely affected him in his rough outing Sunday. Be wary of starting him this weekend until he shows that he can get past it without it affecting his performance.
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:19:51 -0700
The New York Mets recalled SP Daisuke Matsuzaka from the minors Wednesday, April 16, and outrighted SP John Lannan to Triple-A Las Vegas in a corresponding move. Matsuzaka will pitch out of the bullpen for now.
Sun, 30 Mar 2014 12:24:25 -0700
If New York Mets SP Jon Niese (elbow) is unable to make his scheduled start against the Cincinnati Reds Sunday, April 6, SP Daisuke Matsuzaka could be recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to make the start.
Fantasy Tip: Matsuzaka pitched well during spring training, allowing nine runs (eight earned) and 25 hits over 23 1/3 innings in six starts, with four walks and 25 strikeouts. However, he lost the competition for the No. 5 spot in the rotation to Jenrry Mejia. That being said, he should be back in the majors sooner rather than later and could be worth a gamble in NL-only leagues.
Sun, 30 Mar 2014 12:18:51 -0700
New York Mets SP Jenrry Mejia (forearm) will have his right forearm checked by a doctor after the team returns to New York. However, he said he was fine. If Mejia is unable to make his scheduled start against the Cincinnati Reds Friday, April 4, SP Daisuke Matsuzaka would be called up from the minors to pitch, according to general manager Sandy Alderson.
Sat, 29 Mar 2014 12:55:26 -0700
The New York Mets have reassigned SP Daisuke Matsuzaka and RP Kyle Farnsworth to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:36:13 -0700
New York Mets manager Terry Collins is concerned with the bunion that is bothering SP Jenrry Mejia (foot).
Fantasy Tip: All signs point to Daisuke Matsuzaka winning the No. 5 rotation job over Mejia, especially now. Mejia could use some more seasoning and work on his control. Dice-K is an option for those needing rotation depth in NL-only leagues.
Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:55:48 -0700
The New York Mets paid SP Daisuke Matsuzaka $100,000 Tuesday, March 25, for the right to send him to the minors if they choose, meaning the competition for the fifth starting spot is still on between him and SP Jenrry Mejia. Each pitcher will start once this weekend. "The competition is still open," general manager Sandy Alderson said. "It doesn't mean the competition is going to be determined exclusively on those two (Montreal) outings." Matsuzaka can demand his release if he's not on the major league roster by May 30.
Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:35:15 -0700
New York Mets SP Jennry Mejia is still in the mix for the fifth spot in the rotation, although it is believed SP Daisuke Matsuzaka has a leg up in the competition. Mejia is due to start Friday, March 28, in an exhibition game in Montreal against the Toronto Blue Jays. He could then be optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to start the season. He has an understanding with the Mets that he will not be considered for a relief role.
Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:41:12 -0700
New York Mets SP Daisuke Matsuzaka shut out the St. Louis Cardinals into the seventh inning in his spring outing Monday, March 24, and appears to be locked in as the team's No. 5 starter. The team must inform him if he's made the roster by noon Tuesday, March 25, or they must give him a $100,000 retention bonus to send him to the minors or release him. "It certainly gives him an edge, because he's done it before, and he's done it a lot. But certainly, with the way Jenrry threw yesterday, he's got to be in that mix," manager Terry Collins said. Matsuzaka has a 3.86 spring ERA in 18 2/3 innings, and SP Jenrry Mejia has a 2.89 ERA in 9 1/3 innings.
Wed, 05 Mar 2014 13:32:47 -0800
New York Mets SP Jenrry Mejia (elbow) was pain-free in his spring debut Wednesday, March 5, giving up one unearned run and a hit while walking two and striking out three in two innings. "That's the most important thing -- I feel better, I feel good right now," Mejia said. "Everything is fine." Mejia is unlikely to win the fifth starting spot over SPs Daisuke Matsuzaka and John Lannan, however.
Fantasy Tip: If he can remain healthy, Mejia should stick as an up-and-coming starter. It seems reasonable that he'll see time in the Mets' rotation this year, but they may choose to limit his innings in order to make him a rotation mainstay in 2015. He's a fine speculation target as an end-gamer in deep mixed and NL-only leagues.