The Mets are bringing Gary Sheffield back from the disabled list for today’s game against the D-Backs. To make room on the roster, Robinson Cancel has been designated for assignment.
Sheffield hasn’t played in two weeks due to a right hamstring strain. Initially, it was referred to as a cramp. But when he didn’t play for a week the Mets put him on the DL.
The most interesting thing about him coming back is the talk of keeping light-hitting Cory Sullivan in left field. We’ll see how long that lasts. Sullivan is a quadruple-A player that’s only on the roster due to the numerous injuries the Mets have sustained. Starting him over Sheffield in left shouldn’t last long. I’ve been surprised that he’s been playing over Jeremy Reed.
Catcher Ramon Castro went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained quad today, and the Mets recalled Robinson Cancel from Triple-A New Orleans to replace him on the roster.
The Mets also optioned Argenis Reyes to New Orleans and purchased the contract of Nelson Figueroa. Figgy will likely replace John Maine in the rotation while he’s on the disabled list. Maine may even be lost for the season with bone spur problems in his throwing shoulder.
Figgy did a decent job in his first couple of starts for the Mets early this season. But the competition quickly caught up to him.
The Mets received pitcher Ricardo Rincon back from a loan to Mexico City. He was assigned to New Orleans.
The Mets wasted a good start by Pedro Martinez against one of baseball’s worst teams. In a season that’s been filled with heart-wrenching losses for Mets fans, this one ranks near the top of the list.
Pedro went six innings giving up only one run on 3 hits and 4 walks. The Mets had a 5-1 lead on homers by David Wright and Robinson Cancel.
Enter the Mets bullpen in the seventh. The usual suspects were bombed again: Joe Smith and Pedro Feliciano. Duaner Sanchez finished the seventh inning and worked a clean eighth. Aaron Heilman came into the game in the ninth to preserve the win and got lit up again for three runs on two hits and a walk. Scott Schoenweiss actually gave up the winning hit light-hitting outfielder Steve Pearce.
What a stunning loss! It’s hard to take much more of this.
Catcher Robinson Cancel was called up again prior to yesterday’s game to be the third catcher on the Mets roster. He replaced Chris Aguila, who was designated for assignment.
It’s hard to understand the Mets proclivity for having three catchers. It’s especially difficult to understand when they don’t use them as you would expect. The only reason that they would do this is to use Ramon Castro as a pinch hitter but that hasn’t been the strategy when Cancel was on the roster earlier this season. The Mets did use Nick Evans to pinch run for Brian Schneider last night, so I guess that’s what the plan is.
Reports are coming in that several Mets (David Wright, Brian Schneider, Fernando Tatis, Robinson Cancel, and even Carlos Delgado) are taking some early batting practice. Apparently, Delgado didn’t do much of that during Willie Randolph’s reign as manager. The reports also say that Jerry Manuel is with the players running the show.
The Mets took the second game of the doubleheader with a win for Pedro Martinez. Maybe more importantly the win may have saved Willie Randolph’s job, for now.
Pedro went six innings and was pinch hit for with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the sixth by Robinson Cancel. Cancel was the only right handed hitter available as the crowd voiced their displeasure with Willie for taking Pedro out of the game. It turned out to be the right decision as Cancel came through with a single up the middle that scored two runs and broke a 2-2 tie. It was Cancel’s first big league hit since 1999.
The win gave the Mets a 2-1 series victory over the Rangers. Pedro did a nice job today going six innings and giving up two runs (one earned) on six hits and one walk with four strikeouts. Pedro Feliciano, Duaner Sanchez, and Billy Wagner were perfect through the final three innings for the game. The bullpen has really struggled over the last week so it was nice to see them work three clean innings.
Moises Alou lasted one game in left field before going back on the disabled list with a strained calf muscle. Robinson Cancel was recalled to from Triple-A New Orleans to replace him on the roster.
I still can’t understand why they’re going with three catchers. The only way this makes sense is if they use Ramon Castro as a pinch hitter to take advantage of the offense he brings to the table. But they haven’t been doing that.