Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:16:16 -0800
Updating a previous report, New York Mets SP Jon Niese's (shoulder) pain in his left shoulder is in a different part of his shoulder than what he experienced last year when he suffered a partially torn left rotator cuff. He first reported pain early in camp, and the team limited him to long toss. "He just said he's got a little discomfort in there," manager Terry Collins said, "so we're going to have a look."
Fantasy Tip: This can't be good news for Niese, who dealt with shoulder problems last season. Keep an eye on this one. If Niese won't be ready for opening day, John Lannan, Noah Syndergaard or Rafael Montero could sneak into the rotation. Syndergaard has the most upside of the bunch, with Montero not far behind.
Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:07:46 -0800
A New York Mets team official said 2B Wilmer Flores will see a legitimate look at shortstop in spring training as a competitor to SS Ruben Tejada. Some in the industry don't think Flores has the first-step quickness to succeed at short, but the Mets will give him a chance to show what he's got in spring games. New York also continues to consider trading for Seattle Mariners SS Nick Franklin, but they won't give up elite pitching prospects such as SPs Noah Syndergaard or Rafael Montero.
"At this moment Ruben Tejada is the shortstop here," manager Terry Collins said. "We've got to be patient with him. Certainly we're going to get him a number of at-bats this spring. He's been told that. And we'll see how he plays. We don't have a lot of options. He's our main guy right now." Collins wants to see more line drives from Tejada and wants to see some range at shortstop.
Fantasy Tip: The fact that New York is considering Flores at the 6 shows their lack in faith offensively in Tejada. They may prefer a below-average defender in favor of some offense.
Tue, 25 Feb 2014 12:27:14 -0800
New York Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen has been extremely impressed with SP Rafael Montero this spring, saying he has close to a perfect delivery. Montero went 12-7 with a 2.78 ERA in 27 starts for Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas last year, and he walked only 35 hitters while striking out 150 in 155 1/3 innings. He's in the discussion for a rotation spot this spring, but he's expected to open the season at Las Vegas.
Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:57:45 -0800
New York Mets SP John Lannan (hamstring) was cleared to throw off a mound Wednesday, Feb. 12, after having surgery to fix a "decent-sized tear" in the tendon that connects the quadriceps to the knee in his left leg last August. "I've been working without limits for the last month and a half," Lannan said. "It feels really good right now. I'm exactly where I need to be. I'm off a mound. I'm ready to compete." He'll compete with SPs Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jenrry Mejia, Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom for the fifth rotation spot this spring.
Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:26:27 -0800
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said P Jack Leathersich could make the team in the bullpen out of spring training even though he's not currently on the 40-man roster. Also, Alderson isn't against having a "really good arm" such as SPs Rafael Montero or Jacob deGrom starting off in the bullpen.
Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:48:12 -0800
New York Mets SP Jenrry Mejia (elbow) said he prefers to start, and he'll have the opportunity to compete for the fifth starter position in spring training this year with the likes of SPs Daisuke Matsuzaka, John Lannan, Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom. "The only thing I know is that's going to be a competition -- because I'm here, my arm feels good," Mejia said. "I'll be ready to be there. Whatever they want me to do, that's what I have to do. But I want to be in the fifth spot. They've got to let me know." He's already thrown two bullpen sessions and will throw a third Wednesday, Feb. 12. Mejia isn't having any ill effects from the surgery he had in August to remove bone spurs from his elbow.
Fri, 17 Jan 2014 14:11:16 -0800
New York Mets SP Jenrry Mejia (elbow) has reported to the team's spring training facilities in Florida after having a bone spur removed from his right elbow Aug. 28 of last year. Mejia is the current front-runner to be the fifth starting pitcher. SPs Jacob deGrom and Rafael Montero will be competing with Mejia.
Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:49:38 -0800
Rumors that the New York Mets had signed SP Daisuke Matsuzaka turned out to be incorrect, but the team could still sign Matsuzaka to a minor league contract, according to team sources. If Matsuzaka signs, it would be on a minor league deal, and he would compete in spring training with in-house options like Jacob deGrom and Rafael Montero.
Tue, 14 Jan 2014 20:30:16 -0800
New York Mets SP Rafael Montero is a non-roster invitee to spring training, and he could break camp with the team as the fifth starter with a good spring.
Wed, 18 Dec 2013 01:01:12 -0800
The New York Mets hinted a fifth starter could be signed by way of a minor league contract, which would allow P Jenrry Mejia, P Jacob deGrom, and P Rafael Montero to compete for a spot out of spring training and help ensure that top P prospect Noah Syndergaard would not be blocked from a summer promotion.