Here’s this afternoon’s pertinent news and notes…
Prior to today’s game, the Mets placed Justin Turner on the disabled list with an intercostal strain and activated reliever Scott Atchison from the disabled list. Atchison, 37, had been on the disabled list with numbness in his fingers that stemmed from an existing elbow injury. While Atchison is back, his health is a touch and go situation.
For tonight’s game, Zack Wheeler will be the 26th man (as is allowed during doubleheaders). After the game, Wheeler will technically be sent down to AAA Las Vegas. However, the move is simply a paper one. Wheeler won’t be reporting to Vegas. More likely, he’ll be either near home or with one of the other Mets affiliates (Brooklyn perhaps) until his next start on Tuesday. The reason the Mets are doing this, is to delay a roster move until next Tuesday and to further ensure that Wheeler doesn’t become Super Two eligible.
Mets sign first round pick Dominic Smith:
Per various reports, the Mets have signed first round pick (11th overall) Dominic Smith for roughly $2.6 million.
The lefty swinging, sweet fielding Smith, 18, will likely begin his professional career with the GCL Mets.
Jacob deGrom promoted to AAA:
With Zack Wheeler and Carlos Torres joining the big club and Collin McHugh recently DFA’d, AA starting pitcher Jacob deGrom has been promoted to AAA to fill one of the slots in the Las Vegas starting rotation.
deGrom, who turns 25 tomorrow, is being promoted out of necessity. For AA Binghamton, he allowed 69 hits in 60 innings pitched while walking 20 and striking out 44. He compiled a 4.40 ERA to go along with a WHIP of 1.48.