Terry Collins and the Mets saw another one of their players go down with an injury over the weekend in Toronto; this time, it was 41-year-old right-hander Miguel Batista. He was already battling a groin injury that he suffered in his last start, but Batista said that the two injuries were not related to each other. He was pulled after he threw two scoreless innings against the Blue Jays, and even though he felt a lot better yesterday morning when he arrived at the Rogers Centre, management made the decision to place him on the 15-day DL.
With an overworked bullpen, Terry Collins felt that it was best to place their righty on the disabled list and recall Chris Schwinden from Triple-A to give the ‘pen some momentary depth. However, the recent roster moves over the weekend have left the Mets short on bench players, so Schwinden isn’t expected to stay with the team very long, with an expected call up to go to Vinny Rottino, fresh off a three-homer game. With that on the horizon, Collins said that Thursday’s start will be given to rookie Jeremy Hefner, who relieved
Batista after his early exit and gave up only two runs in five innings, while walking no one.
Jason Bay continues his rehab from a fractured rib that he suffered back on April 24th; he was with the team in Toronto and started his trek back to the Mets lineup by hitting off a tee. The left fielder traveled with the team to Pittsburgh and is expected to ramp up his batting practice while New York takes on the Pirates at PNC Park. Hopefully some live pitching will be in his immediate future. When asked recently, Terry Collins spoke about whether Bay would start upon his return, to which Collins responded yes, meaning that despite his effective play since being called up, Kirk Nieuwenhuis may be the odd man out in the outfield.
Ruben Tejada ran for the first time on May 19th and there haven’t been reports of any problems as he starts his comeback to the lineup. The Mets young shortstop is scheduled to come off the DL as early as tomorrow, but there has been no news about whether or not he’s ready and what type of roster move the Mets will have to do to make some room. Josh Thole is still making progress as he recovers from his concussion; he increased his cardio work as of May 18th and his target return date looks to hopefully be by the end of the month.
Chris Young continues his journey through the minors as he tries to return to game shape while rehabbing from his torn right anterior capsule. His next rehab start in the minors is scheduled for May 25th. Staying on the subject of pitching, Terry Collins once against reiterated this weekend the role of Jenrry Mejia as he continues to recover from Tommy John surgery in the minors. He’s expected to be ready by mid-summer, but the Mets are anticipating using him as a reliever. Mejia has made three rehab appearances in two minor league levels as a starter, and management will want him to make the transition to becoming a reliever before he joins the team in Flushing.