Toe, Knee, Arm, Ass

After a solid half-season rehabbing his career in AAA, the Mets rewarded Tony Armas with his first big-league appearance of the year. Tonight’s start in St. Louis (off to a shaky start as I write) is designed to provide a bit of rest for a stretched-out rotation, after which it is expected Armas will stay with the club filling the long-relief role previously filled by Claudio VargasNelson Figueroa and Jorge Sosa. Armas appears tonight in No. 44 — the same jersey he wore this spring that was later issued to Brady Clark when Clark when the trip north and Armas did not.

Leave it Greg Prince of Faith & Fear in Flushing to point out the last time No. 44 appeared on the back of a Mets pitcher it was the Mercury Mets and Jason Isringhausen — who made his last appearance for the Mets wearing that jersey in July of 1999. That and a lot more.

Meantime, MBTN reader Paul C., aka King Of All Screen Capturers, delivers the above image of Isringhausen’s unique Mercury Mets look — condensed fonts don’t exist in the future, doncha know.

To make room for Armas the Mets designated infielder Andy Phillipsfor assignment — easy come, easy go — and are gambling a short bench won’t bite them in the butt before Moises Alou makes a return. Yes, they’re counting on that again. Yes, the Met offense is collapsing under the anticipation of his return once again.

Talkin’ baseball: Join me in Flushing this coming Monday, July 7, as I appear along with Greg Spira, co-editor of Meet the Mets, in a discussion about the Mets, baseball, books and anything else. We will have books for sale and/or signature (including Matt Silverman’s Mets Essential and 100 Things), and afterward, I’ll be happy to join you for a beer to watch the Mets-Phillies game.

Details: 6 p.m., Monday July 7 at the Queens Library — Flushing , 41-17 Main Street, (718) 661-1200.

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One comment

  1. Jon Springer says:

    Submitted by Ranjrz5 on Thu, 07/03/2008 – 3:32pm.
    Luis Castillo has just been put on the DL, and Alou doesn’t seem any readier to return.

    Chris Aguila and infielder Argenis Reyes have been called up… lists A. Reyes as #4.

    delete edit reply report to Mollom
    With all due respect, why

    Submitted by gored82 on Fri, 07/04/2008 – 6:33pm.
    With all due respect, why doesn’t Moises just hang ’em up?

    delete edit reply report to Mollom
    Oh my God. I was at the

    Submitted by Mets2Moon (not verified) on Sun, 07/06/2008 – 12:57pm.
    Oh my God. I was at the Mercury Mets debacle and I’ve tried to block out all memories of that game, between the uniforms, the 3-eyed Rickey Henderson and the game itself. That screencap just brought it all back. The horror…the horror…

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