Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mets Morning News: Mejia To Throw From Mound, Tejada Already In TheDoghouse, Owners And Madoff Trustee Go Before Judge

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Jenrry Mejia, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, is expected to throw from a mound today.
The right-hander is scheduled to toss only 15 pitches. And he will do so from the slope, not atop the mound -- and with the catcher moving closer than 60 feet, 6 inches.
Terry Collins is not happy with Ruben Tejada. Tejada has not reported to camp early due to visa issues in his native Panama.
"I take great pride in the game itself, and respecting the game itself," Collins said. "And I wish everybody had the same respect for it, that they wanted to get started as early as possible."
Lawyer for Mets owners and Bernard Madoff trustee Irving Picard will go before Manhattan federal District Judge Jed Rakoff this afternoon to try and avoid a March 19 trial.
Picard's lawyers are asking Rakoff to immediately award the trustee a judgment for $83 million, the amount of Madoff profits which Picard maintains the Wilpon family and its Sterling Equities partners received. That cash was essentially money stolen from other investors, Picard has said.

Picard also wants back more than $300 million in original investments made by the Wilpon group because, the trustee contends, the partners either knew of the scam or were blinded by their dependence on Madoff's annual profits to see warning signs that he was a fraud.

To derail Picard, lawyers for the Wilpons have been digging into the woodwork to prove their clients are immune from the trustee's clawback attempt. The $83 million they received, the Wilpons argue, actually represents a "debt" Madoff owed them by virtue of their investments. Perhaps more important, the Wilpons charge that they didn't ignore warning signs about Madoff and wouldn't have knowingly invested in a Ponzi scheme. As regular investors, they weren't obligated to probe into Madoff's operation, said the Wilpons.

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