Mets Injury News: June 28- Alou and Church

NEW YORK - MAY 11:  Ryan Church #19 of the New York Mets is congratulated by teammate Moises Alou #18 after hitting a home run  in the 5th inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Shea Stadium on May 11, 2008 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.

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Prior to the game today Jerry Manuel told reporters that Ryan Church should be ready to be activated from the disabled list prior to the game against the Yankees tomorrow. He also said that Moises Alou is targeting a return to the active roster next weekend in Philadelphia.

Manuel also talked about how the double header yesterday forces the Mets to seek outside help for a starting pitcher on Tuesday. Most likely Tony Armas, Jr. will be called up from Triple-A New Orleans. But Manuel left the door open for Omar Minaya to acquire a starter from outside of the Mets organization. Armas has pitched very well for the New Orleans Zephyrs this season going 5-6 with a 2.50 ERA in 16 starts.

There aren’t that many starters on the street that I can think of. There’s David Wells and Jeff Weaver out there, but I think Armas would be a better option. Wells hasn’t pitched all season and Weaver was released byt the Brewers after getting bombed in Triple-A Nashville. He made nine starts and went 2-4 with a 6.22 ERA.

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Video: John Franco On Fox

Franco is interviewed on Fox’s Best Damn Sports Show. It’s disturbing to have to look at David Wells sitting next to Franco but I tried to look past that. The highlights include talking about ordering pizzas in the bullpen at Shea and growing a garden with bullpen coach Joe Pignatano.
BDSSP: John Franco saves the day
BDSSP: John Franco saves the day