Terry Collins said this afternoon Josh Thole has been headache-free for several days and is expected to go on a rehab assignment before he’s activated from the disabled list. The Mets haven’t had a drop off defensively and the pitchers like throwing to Mike Nickeas. However, Nickeas isn’t much of an offensive threat.
Lefty reliever Tim Byrdak is on pace to make over 90 appearances which could force the Mets’ hands and have them seeking another lefty reliever.
Terry Collins said Kirk Nieuwenhuis is feeling more comfortable. He feels as if he belongs. As I wrote earlier today, I believe the Mets’ first option is to rotate Nieuwenhuis when Jason Bay is ready to come off the disabled list.
In what is the least guarded secrets, MLB will announce the Mets to get the 2013 All-Star Game.
In scanning the box scores, I wonder how much the Mets now regret not signing pitcher Derek Lowe, who is winning big for Cleveland. You’ll recall the Mets eschewed the chance to sign Lowe and instead gave Oliver Perez $36 million over three years.
The tarp is off the field, and here’s the Mets’ lineup for tonight:
Andres Torres, cf
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, lf
David Wright, 3b
Lucas Duda, rf
Daniel Murphy, 2b
Ike Davis, 1b
Ronny Cedeno, ss
Mike Nickeas, c
Dillon Gee, rhp
David Wright’s ability to regain his status as an offensive threat is why I chose him as the Mets’ April Player of the Month.
There are other viable candidates, such as Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Johan Santana. Please vote and tell us your thoughts on the Mets Player of the Month for April.
ON DECK: Is this it for Pelfrey as a Met?
The Mets just announced they placed Mike Pelfrey on the DL after a MRI showed swelling in his elbow (retroactive to April 22). Taking his place on the roster is left-handed pitcher Robert Carson from Double-A Binghamton.
ESPN reported Pelfrey has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and could undergo season-ending surgery.
Pelfrey is expected to get a second opinion. Pelfrey was rocked in his first start, but pitched well in his last two.
Carson, 23, is 0-0 with a 3.18 ERA in five games at Binghamton.
On second thought, the Mets opted for caution and decided not to play David Wright after all. That seemed like the prudent decision. The season is young so there’s no sense to push things. I would serve no purpose.
Here’s tonight’s line-up:
Ruben Tejada, ss
Daniel Murphy, 2b
Justin Turner, 3b
Ike Davis, 1b
Jason Bay, lf
Scott Hairston, cf
Josh Thole, c
R.A. Dickey, rp
LINE-UP THOUGHTS: Thole didn’t have a good day behind the plate the other day. I was thinking Mike Nickeas would get to catch the knuckleballer.
Ike Davis will take his 0-for-15 to the bench tonight against Washington. The night off was planned, said manager Terry Collins, and it is presumed he’ll be back in the line-up Wednesday. Davis will be re-tested again today for Valley Fever, the ailment that shelved him for part of spring training.
DAVIS: To sit tonight
The rest coincides with the tests, and is a good move because Davis is a mess at the plate. When he first hit the Mets, Davis showed a propensity for patience and going to the opposite field. We’re seeing very little of that through the first four games of the season.
I don’t doubt Davis will eventually find himself, but giving him the night off to clear his head can only help. With the Mets off to a good start Davis should feel less pressure to carry the offense.
Davis said he’s not feeling any symptoms of the fever, nor is he complaining about his ankle. What’s ailing is his plate approach and swing.
ON DECK: Tonight’s batting order