Report: Angel Pagan Not Close To Returning

Adam Rubin of the Daily News reports that Angel Pagan still can’t bat without pain from the right side. He hurt his shoulder rolling over the short fence in left field at Dodger Stadium on May 7th.

I would assume that he’ll replace Raul Casanova on the roster when he’s ready to return. Nick Evans will probably go back to the minors when Moises Alou comes back.

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First Base Platoon Might Work

Mets outfielder Fernando Tatis during a Mets/Devil Rays spring training game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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The Mets might be onto something sitting Carlos Delgado against lefties. Damion Easley can play first, so can Nick Evans and Fernando Tatis. All are right handed hitters that can drive the ball. Evans may be a little over matched right now but I’d like to see him continue to get at-bats to see what he can do.

Delgado tells the New York Post that he doesn’t like the platoon idea:

“We’re gonna have to talk,” Delgado said yesterday when asked how he would respond to Randolph about platooning against lefties. “Obviously, I would not talk to you before I talk to him. I haven’t said anything, but I want to make it clear.”

“I don’t want to sound like I’m challenging anybody, but it’s true, I would have to talk to [Randolph] about that,” Delgado said.

It may not be up to him anymore. The Wilpons and Omar Minaya must’ve made it clear to Randolph that he has to do what’s best for the team or he could lose his job as manager. That means that there may be some bruised egos along the way.

Hatteberg May Be Designated Today

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Cincinnati Reds monster prospect Jay Bruce is being called up today. To make room on the roster the Reds have a couple of options. One is to designate struggling outfielder Cory Patterson. The other option is to designate Scott Hatteberg.

If Hatteberg is designated today the Mets need to make a move for him, even if it requires trading a low level prospect. Hatteberg shouldn’t command too much in the trade market. He’s 38 years old and hasn’t had a good season as a pinch hitter this year.

Hatteberg is a below average fielder at first base which is no change from what we have now with Carlos Delgado. Last season the lefty hitting Hatteberg got 361 at-bats for the Reds and hit .310/.394/.474 with 10 homers and 47 RBI’s. It would be nice to see a .300+ hitter at first base every day.

If the Mets aren’t going to make a change at manager immediately, it’s time to make a change at first bast. Hatteberg and Nick Evans might make a nice lefty-righty platoon at first base.

Read the full story from John Fay at the Cincinnati Enquirer. Thanks to MLBTR for the story.

On Deck: May 27- Marlins At Mets

Florida Marlins (30-20) at New York Mets (23-26) 7:10pm

Andrew Miller (4-3 5.33) vs. Johan Santana (5-3 3.36)

TV: SNY Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Marlins are starting to put some distance between themselves and the Mets. I’d like to see Nick Evans get a start at first base tonight against Miller, a big lefty. Santana’s last three starts haven’t been great but he’s kept the team in the game. He needs to do that again tonight. He isn’t getting much help from his teammates lately. He may just have to start winning games by himself.

On Deck: May 25- Mets At Rockies

New York Mets (23-24) at Colorado Rockies (19-30)  3:05pm

John Maine (5-3) vs. Aaron Cook (6-3)

TV: CW11 Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Mets have a chance to win the rubber game of the series in Colorado today. Maine’s last start on Tuesday was forgettable. Otherwise, he’s had a good season. I think that we’d all like to see Nick Evans in the lineup again today after his monster Major League debut yesterday. Willie Randolph would feel much better about his meeting with the Wilpons tomorrow if he went in off winning the road series in Colorado.

Report: Anderson On Disabled List And Evans Called Up

According to the NY Post Marlon Anderson’s strained hamstring, suffered in last night’s game in Colorado, has forced him to the disabled list.

The Mets have called up 22 year old first basemen Nick Evans from Double-A Binghamton. He’s hitting .292 with 8 HR’s and 31 RBI’s in 171 at-bats. He’s also played a little outfield.

It’s telling that the Mets aren’t calling up an outfielder with Ryan Church still not starting because of his concussion in Atlanta and Moises Alou on the disabled list. Clearly, they’re trying to evaluate if they have someone that can play first base if they unload Carlos Delgado. Presumably, Delgado has no trade value so the roster move would have to be designating him for assignment.

That may be one of the roster shake up’s that we see after Willie Randolph is fired this coming week.