It seems incredible that losing one player can change a team's outlook in the blink of an eye. That happened to the New York Mets yesterday, who announced that ace Matt Harvey is likely done for the season and possibly all of next season with a torn UCL ligament in his right elbow. Harvey's injury, combined with a five game losing streak, has clearly altered the team's way of thinking for the remainder of this season. The Mets appear to be on the verge of making some major moves, and we will get you up to date in this special edition of Mets 101 News and Notes. Let's get started with:
Mets Adding Three Players to the Major League Roster:
The Mets announced after the game last night that they will recall catcher Anthony Recker, pitcher Robert Carson, and outfielder Matt Den Dekker from Triple-A Las Vegas, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports. Carson, who has been pitching for Triple-A Las Vegas since being demoted back in June, will likely aid the bullpen. Recker would give the team a third catcher, while Den Dekker will be making his major league debut. Den Dekker, who has been known as a gifted glove man, needed to be added to the 40 man roster this winter to be protected from the Rule V draft. Den Dekker's callup was not surprising, as the Mets figured to give him a look in September to see if he can play a role for them in 2014. The timing of bringing up all three now, however, is curious. The Mets can easily create one roster spot by putting Harvey on the disabled list, making room for Carson in the bullpen and allowing Carlos Torres to fill in the starting rotation. The fact that both Den Dekker and Recker are coming up now, and not on Sunday when rosters expand, indicates the Mets may be considering another way to open up roster space.
Mets Working the Phones:
It appears that the Mets are working the phones right now as the waiver trade deadline approaches this Saturday. ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports that it is highly likely the Mets make a trade within the next 24 to 48 hours, especially considering the fact that they have five players currently going through the waiver process. One of the big names on waivers is outfielder Marlon Byrd, who has been the team's best hitter. Byrd has reportedly been claimed by another National League team, giving the Mets roughly 24-48 hours to complete a trade involving their right fielder. Byrd has been a pleasant surprise for the Mets this season, batting .285 with a team leading 21 home runs and 71 RBI's. The Mets surprised people by keeping Byrd after the July 31st non waiver trade deadline, but it appears they are at least willing to explore trading him now. The Mets are treating Byrd the opposite of Scott Hairston last season, when they kept him until the end of the season and watched him walk away in free agency.
Other Mets who could go in waiver deals include catcher John Buck and lefty reliever Pedro Feliciano. Buck, who is batting .215 with 15 home runs and 60 RBI's, will be a free agent at the end of the season and has been replaced as the starter by Travis d'Arnaud. Recker's arrival indicates that the Mets are strongly considering trying to get something of value for Buck, who could help a number of teams in the pennant chase. Feliciano has pitched well in his return to the majors, pitching to a 3.38 ERA in ten appearances for the Mets. Feliciano is a guy who could have use to a contender as a left handed specialist, an area the Mets are well stocked in at the moment with Scott Rice, Carson, and Tim Byrdak down in Triple-A. Rubin's report also acknowledges that the Mets are discussing players under their control beyond this season, but offers no suggestions on who those might be. A potential waiver acquisition for the Mets could be a starting pitcher; the Mets will need one having lost three pitchers to season ending injuries and have Zack Wheeler on an innings limit.
Carlos Torres Will Fill in for Matt Harvey (for now):
Matt Harvey's spot in the rotation will be filled by Carlos Torres on Thursday, Mike Kerwick of the Bergen Record reports. Torres, who is 2-2 with a 2.96 ERA in 48.2 innings for the Mets, has bounced around between the rotation and bullpen since he was recalled back in June. Torres should remain in the rotation for a while barring a call up or external addition to the starting rotation.
Good News for David Wright:
On a day that was filled with doom and gloom for one Mets' star, the team received good news about their captain. Matt Ehalt of ESPN New York reports via Twitter that David Wright is set to move his rehab down to Port St. Lucie on Thursday. Wright, who has been out since August 3rd with a hamstring injury, could return to the major leagues in a few weeks. Considering the negative energy surrounding the Mets right now, Wright's return this season could be a tremendous confidence boost for the organization. Wright has vowed to return to the field this season, and it appears now that the Mets will certainly need him.
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