The good news is that Mike Pelfrey feels his bout with tendonitis is behind him. The bad news is that it cost the Mets two pitchers to cover his one missed start.
Yesterday word came that sidearming Rule 5 draftee Darren O’Day was claimed by the Texas Rangers, wholike the Mets are now required to keep him on their roster all year or — like the Mets — risk losing him on a waiver claim. O’Day was designated when the Mets recalled Nelson Figueroa take Pelfrey’s start Sunday.
Figgy was subsequently designated following his start in favor of Casey Fossum — and with the gruesome twosome of Perez and Maine following him in the rotation, avialable long relief was handy. Figueroa like O’Day was subject to waivers but went unclaimed. Nevertheless he refused a return engagement with Buffalo and declared free agency, today’s Daily News reported.
All this — Maine and Perez’s awful starts in St. Louis this week included — may eventually hasten the arrival of Freddy Garcia, who started his first game this week in Buffalo.
So, nice effort by Nelson Figueroa today but it didn’t amount to much as bad luck and bad timing doomed the Mets offense. And don’t let any nimrod tell you a failure to bunt Fernando Tatis had much of anything to do with it (I can’t believe those complaining watched even a minute of Met ball this year). I want Tatis smashing balls off the fence, that’s what he’s there for.
Anyhow, Figueroa is headed back to the minors and in his place will be Casey Fossum, a lefthander off to a good start in Buffalo, who will provide bullpen depth until Mike Pelfrey‘s next turn or we learn the fate of Darren O’Day.
Fossom, should he maintain his digits from spring trianing will be the first Met to wear No. 47 sinceTom Glavine walked off the mound having kicked the final grains dirt onto the 2007 Mets’ grave. How not devastating.
With Mike Pelfrey skipping a start with forearm tendonitis, this afternoon’s series finale against the Brewers will be started by Nelson Figueroa, recalled from Class AAA Buffalo.
Figueroa’s arrival — along with his entire family in a luxury box, you figure — required the Mets make a corresponding roster move which could cost them sidearming reliever Darren O’Day for the long term. Rule 5 of the draft — or the mechanism with which the Mets acquired O’Day last winter — stipulates that O’Day must first be offered back to the Angels for cash. The Angels could also ask the Mets to trade soemthing for O’Day. If neither of those options are selected, O’Day will be exposed to waivers for any team to select. And if not selected there, he’d become a free agent, a la, Rocky Cherry, and sign on with anyone he chooses.
Obviously you hope it doesn’t come to that although it’s hard to argue O’Day over his first few appearances merits the sacrifice of any of his teammates either.
Although recent roster cuts bled the organization of lefties including veterans Ron Villone and Valerio de los Santos, the team hasn’t stopped searching for Portside depth. On Monday, word came they signed Japanaese veteran Ken Takahashi to a minor league contract. Takahashi, who was recently released after an unsuccesful audition with the Blue Jays, is expected to report to Class AAA Buffalo. YouTube video out there shows him pitching for his former Hiroshima team wearing No. 22, now on the back of JJ Putz.
Elsewhere, looks like Rule 5 sidewinder Darren O’Day may sweat out the final bullpen slot, withElmer Dessens and Fernando Nieve his competitors.
Very busy with travel recently, but I plan to resume with the Top 10 countdown after we get through Opening Day: We’ll try to have the new rosters set, new player pages added, etc., later this week.
The Mets followed up on their acquisitions of Frankie Rodriguez and JJ Putz by selecting another pair of relievers, Darren O’Day and Rocky Cherry, in the Rule 5 Draft Thursday. And tonight came word that they’d sent beaten-up lefty Scott Schoeneweis to Arizona for another longshot relief prospect, Connor Robertson.
O’Day is a 26-year-old right-handed sidearmer out of the Angels organization, an undrafted free agent, who gets by on his whacky delivery. Like Steven Register last year, and Mitch Wylie the year before, Omar if nothing else seems to recognize there are fringe arms out there with the potential to be contributors in a bullpen, and if he weren’t out there handing out three-and four-year contracts to every veteran in sight, one of these guys might one day stick with the Mets. For selfish purposes lets hope it’s (Wild) Cherry, who’s had limited big-league success with the Cubs and Orioles, and several injury problems, but throws hard and has a big-league name that will make him hard to hate.
Schoeneweis, swapped along with a portion of his salary to the Diamondbacks today for Robertson, had a poor 2007 but seems to have been sacrificed mainly to fulfill Jeff Wilpon’s promise of “addition of subtraction” for bloodthirsty fans. No, I’m not arguing Schoeneweis was necessarily worth keeping, or even that Robertson — another longshot bullpenner with limited big-league success but good minor league strikeout figures — doesn’t belong; just that, I’d be very surprised if we don’t go out and get another lefthander anyway.
The Show was the first and only player to wear No. 60 in team history. O’Day wore No. 53 last season. If this is becoming the new digit for sidearmers (Chad Bradford requests it wherever he goes), Jerry Manuel may want a change.Robertson wore 41 last year. Whoops.
Soon the Mets will have acquired all wearers of the No. 57 jersey. Cherry wore 57 with the O’s last year.