Catcher Kevin Plawecki was scratched from tonight’s starting lineup after complaining of dizziness. He missed two games over the weekend in Arizona with similar symptoms.
Plawecki was tested for, but not diagnosed with vertigo, which affected him last season. He’s expected to be either placed on the disabled list or optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas tomorrow when Travis d’Arnaud is activated from the disabled list.
Bet on the DL, with either Hansel Robles or Erik Goeddel going down when reliever Bobby Parnell is activated from the DL Wednesday. That is, unless Parnell is placed on the DL again.
The Mets will also have another decision to make when infielder Dilson Herrera comes off the disabled list.
Here’s tonight’s lineup for the Mets against the San Francisco Giants:
Curtis Granderson – RF
Ruben Tejada – 2B
Lucas Duda – 1B
Michael Cuddyer – LF
Wilmer Flores – SS
Juan Lagares – CF
Eric Campbell – 3B
Kevin Plawecki – C
Noah Syndergaard – RHP
Matt Harvey topped out at 96 mph., Saturday when the Mets were routed in Pittsburgh. That velocity belied manager Terry Collins‘ guess of a tired arm, which often it the first choice of those who really don’t know.
So far, everything adds up to just a bad start.
HARVEY: Encouraging news. (AP)
Harvey, who is coming off a career-worst seven-run hammering at the hands of the Pirates, had his normal between-starts throw-day today, and left without saying anything. This normally could be interpreted as troubling news, but pitching coach Dan Warthen said things went well.
Why would Warthen say that if it weren’t true?
To date, Harvey has not been seen by an orthopedic specialist, nor has he had X-Rays or an MRI – at least the Mets aren’t reporting such – so all that has to be looked at in a positive light.
Harvey will be working with an extra day of rest Friday because the Mets are off Thursday, but if Collins is sure something was wrong with his pitcher’s arm, it would be a no-brainer to totally skip him.
So, unless the Mets are concealing something, it all adds up to Harvey stinking up the joint last Saturday. It happens.