Omar Minaya just finished with us. Among the highlights. Or lowlights, as the case might be:
* Said the Mets’ needs for a starter and catcher are more likely to be filled via free agency than the trade market.
* Despite rumors of Randy Wolf being close to a deal, Minaya said it was his understanding the lefty “is still on the board.”
* Said nothing has changed since yesterday and the team isn’t close to making a move. Today was spent exchanging information. “Nothing is close,” he said.
* For the most part believes the pitchers are on the high side in terms of the years they are asking. That includes Wolf wanting three years.
* To the news Ryan Church was designated for assignment by Atlanta, meaning the Mets won that deal. “I haven’t had many W’s lately. I’ll take it,” he said.
The Mets have had several horrific defeats this season, with yesterday’s loss at Washington taking its place among them.
The Nationals sent seven batters to the plate in the ninth against Francisco Rodriguez, and with five of them scoring. Rodriguez walked in one run then gave up a game-winning grand slam to Justin Maxwell.
Yesterday drops into the category with the Luis Castillo pop-up game, Daniel Murphy’s dropped fly in Florida, blowing a five-run lead to Pittsburgh and Ryan Church’s failure to touch third. Those were more serious because the Mets were alive then. Now they are dead, but yesterday was a complete tank job.
The loss wasted another strong outing by Tim Redding, who continued this bid for fifth starter consideration next spring by giving up one run on four hits in six innings.
The Mets are 3–0 in Redding’s last three starts, He has a 2.84 ERA in that span and a 3.23 ERA in six starts this September.
David Wright said he was embarrassed to go on the disabled list with a concussion and vows to return again this season. His target date is Sept. 1, at Colorado, when he’s eligible.
Wright said he feels fine and is symptom free after his headache cleared.
WRIGHT: Should Mets shut him down?
“I’m sure I’m going to play again this year,” Wright said. “I feel like I have a lot of energy and my mind’s clear and I feel good. And, that’s the most important thing.”
Actually, the most important thing is he stays that way.
People handle injuries differently and there’s no guarantee Wright will experience the same problems as Ryan Church, especially since the Mets are taking an aggressive treatment approach and immediately putting him on the disabled list.
Wright could very well play again this season without incident. Then again, he could play again and have something go wrong. Right now, there just seems no purpose to it unless Wright has some underlying confidence issues about getting back in the batter’s box.
Right now, I just don’t see the point.
Just what did Jerry Manuel mean when he compared David Wright to Ryan Church?
CHURCH: Rapped in the head; then given bad rap.
“David is a different animal,” Manuel said. “How he is made up is a little different than, say, Ryan Church. That’s not to say one is better than the other, but they’re different.”
This came after Wright said he wanted to give playing a chance before going on the disabled list. The Mets mishandled Church in every instance last year, and the implication the outflelder was afraid to play hurt, when in fact, that’s all he did.
A CT Scan on third baseman David Wright was negative, but he did sustain a concussion. Wright is considered day-to-day. Just how many days, nobody knows. However, let’s hope the organization learned something from Ryan Church’s concussion from last season and doesn’t rush him back.
Never mind the entire core is sidelined, but Wright’s health is the most important issue. They need to take their time on this one.