With pitchers Jenrry Mejia and Jeremy Hefner going down with season ending injuries in the last week, the New York Mets found themselves in a dilemma. The team intended to use its reserve of starting pitching depth to get both Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey to pitch to the end of the season while keeping the two youngsters on an innings limit. With Hefner and Mejia going down, however, the Mets had to abandon their plans of using a six man rotation and had to insert long man Carlos Torres back into the rotation, hurting the bullpen. The Mets, thanks to the Cleveland Indians, found a unique solution to their problem. That news will be the headliner for this week's edition of Mets 101 News and Notes. Let's get started with:
Mets Sign Daisuke Matsuzaka:
The New York Mets will sign Daisuke Matsuzaka to a major league contract, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports. Matsuzaka, the former Red Sox' pitcher, was a member of the Cleveland Indians' Triple A affiliate this season. Matsuzaka was 5-8 with a 3.92 ERA for the Columbus Clippers before requesting his release last week. Matsuzaka will receive a major league deal and is expected to fill the rotation spot that was vacated by Jenrry Mejia. Matsuzaka threw 85 pitches for the Clippers on Monday, so it remains to be seen where he slots in this weekend. There is speculation Matsuzaka and Torres will both pitch in tomorrow's game with the Detroit Tigers, or they could start Matsuzaka Saturday and bump Matt Harvey up to Friday. Matsuzaka has had a disappointing major league career after the Red Sox paid a combined 103 million dollars between the posting bid and contract for his services. The Mets hope to catch lightning in a bottle with Dice-K, who has great stuff but has durability issues.
Frank Francisco Pitches:
In a stunning development, relief pitcher Frank Francisco has pitched in a minor league game for the Mets. Francisco pitched in one game for the Gulf Coast League Mets, MetsBlog.com reports. Francisco allowed a solo home run and struck out two in an inning of work for the GCL Mets. Francisco has not pitched the entire season after having offseason surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow. Despite the minor league appearance, the Mets do not have a time table for Francisco's return to the big league level.
Jeremy Hefner to Receive Second Opinion on Elbow:
Mets pitcher Jeremy Hefner received the bad news he was fearing. An MRI revealed that Hefner needs Tommy John surgery, a development which would end his season and sideline him for much of 2014 as well. Hefner is seeking a second opinion on that elbow, however, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports. Hefner will go to see Dr. James Andrews on Monday to review his MRI's, but Hefner expects he will need to undergo Tommy John surgery anyway. Hefner struggled mightily in the second half, going 0-2 with a 9.13 ERA in five post All Star Break starts.
Other Injury Updates:
Pitcher Jenrry Mejia is done for the season and will undergo surgery to remove the bone spurs from his elbow within a week. . . David Wright is still rehabbing in New York but told reporters on Tuesday that he plans on returning before the season is over . . . Bobby Parnell has made slow progress recovering from a herniated disk in his neck and acknowledged that season ending surgery remains a possibility . . . No news on Jeurys Familia's timetable yet either.
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