Sunday, July 22, 2012

ICYMI: The Week In Review

Turns out, it wasn't Harvey-Time this past week. Despite all of the hoopla surrounding Matt Harvey, the Mets decided to leave him in Triple-A Buffalo and have Miguel Batista start in the rotation. Did the Mets make the right move? Well, both pitchers were smacked around in their starts on Saturday.

The Mets have recalled Elvin Ramirez for some help in the bullpen. So far, there has been no corresponding move. Kirk Nieuwenhuis or Miguel Batista could get the boot.

Jeremy Hefner was called up to take Johan Santana's spot on the roster.

To make room for Jason Bay, who was coming off the disabled list, the Mets traded Omar Quintanilla to the Orioles for cash.

R.A. Dickey won his 13th game of the season on Thursday, extending his winning streak to 11 games. He has gone unbeaten in 16 straight starts.

Terry Collins called a team meeting to address a quote from Pedro Beato following Tuesday's loss, suggesting that Josh Thole could have made a better attempt at catching his wild pitch. Here's the quote: "I tried to get it down...on the floor, so he can swing over it. And I yanked it a little too far. Unfortunately, Thole wasn't able to get to it and it got away from him." I don't know. Maybe it's just me, but I don't see a problem with the quote. 

In another example of quotes being blown way out of proportion, Miguel Batista told reporters this past week that the Mets are better than the first place Nationals. Read the quote and judge for yourself. Of course it didn't help that Batista made the comments after surrendering two runs to the Nationals.

On the injury front...

The Mets placed Johan Santana on the disabled list with a sprained ankle. Santana has struggled lately. He told reporters after Saturday's game that he doesn't attribute his struggles to the 134 pitches he threw in his no-hitter, or the surgery he had on his shoulder. Instead, he found that he was changing his delivery on the mound to support his ailing ankle.

Frank Francisco is expected to throw a bullpen session today. Francisco could begin rehab games next week.

Mike Baxter has moved his rehab games to Double-A Binghamton.

Jon Rauch had both of his knees drained earlier in the week. He was unavailable for one game, but entered Wednesday's game and pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

Lucas Duda returned to the lineup on Wednesday after receiving a cortisone shot to help with his strained left hamstring.

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