So long and good luck to Al Leiter 22 and all his grunts, broken bats and full counts. It may have been time to part ways but we’ll remember Al as the pitching soul of brief but fun few years in Met history and realize that even as his skills declined, he still gave his team a chance to win most nights. The Mets also failed to offer arbitration or a new contract to streaky rightfielder Richard Hidalgo 15 and reliever Ricky Bottalico 20, leaving Omar Minaya with the frightening mandate to make a flurry of deals this weekend at the Winter Meetings. They did reach agreement with Mike DeJean 35, who pitched pretty well in New York at least until a broken leg sidelined him.
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With Al Leiter’s sore shoulder forcing a disabled-list stay, the Mets on Thursday recalled Norfolk outfielder Esix Snead for a short visit. It’s expected the Mets will send him back Saturday so that Tyler Yates 33 can take Al’s turn in the rotation. You might remember Snead from his brief appearance in 2002 (including his game-winning HR against the Expos in a meaningless September game). He wore No. 23 then; this time he appeared in No. 1 and displayed a Mookielike quickness scoring from first base as a pinch-runner.
Al Leiter 22 returned from the disabled list to pitch in Sunday’s debacle-to-be in Atlanta. His call-up meant a return to Norfolk for Jorge Velandia 13, who didn’t play in his brief stay with the Mets.
The Mets got around to placing rapidly aging lefty Al Leiter 22 on the disabled list. To take his place on the roster, they have called Edwin Almonte from Norfolk and, dressed him in No. 56. Almonte, acquired last week in the Roberto Alomar trade, is expected to last only a night as the team plans to recall Jason Roach 57 to make Leiter’s start on Tuesday. We’ll see whether Roach keeps No. 57.