Hairston, Murphy, Gee and Other New York Mets Notables
As the 2012 MLB season prepares for that final turn into the last leg that is September for the New York Mets, evaluations and preparations must begin for the following year. Such is the cycle of the league’s bottom dwellers in which the Mets are now a part. It has been such a drastic slide for the Amazins’ from where they stood going into the All-Star Break that they would have loved to have gotten in the deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers to unload some players. It was not meant to be, and here we are on August 27th pondering the future of this embittered franchise.
Scott Hairston and Andres Torres have been placed on waivers, and a team actually claimed Hairston today. The problem is there is rumored sentiment that the team claiming the outfielder did so just to block another team from making the acquisition. Torres probably has no worry when it comes to the waiver wire as I’m sure nobody is going to exert themselves for the underachieving outfielder.
Daniel Murphy’s MRI came back negative and he is cleared to play if he can stand the pain. Haven’t we seen this before with David Wright?
Dillon Gee was cleared to begin throwing next week and will be allowed to participate in full workouts while prepping for 2013. We will not be seeing the right-hander until spring training, but this is welcome news for all in the organization as well as the fan base.
Lucas Duda was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo in time for Sunday’s game against the Houston Astros. Jordanny Valdespin was optioned down in order to make room for Duda who went 0-2 with a walk. It would be nice to see some production from the OF/1B as the ceiling can be real high on him.
Yesterday, top prospect pitcher Zack Wheeler won his first game for Triple-A Buffalo. Wheeler pitched a complete game, three hit shutout striking out seven and only walking two. This will be the pitcher to watch in spring training, but I fully expect he will not join the club fully until 2014.
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