Matt Ginter just won’t go away. He’s back in uniform 13 again, taking the start in San Francisco while Craig Brazell 9 flies back to Norfolk. Word is forgotten prospect Aaron Heilman will meet the Mets when they return to Shea to make Monday’s start. Heilman wore No. 48 when we last saw him; it is uncertain at this point whether Ginter will go down again or a certain well-rested lefthander announces his retirement.
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With the middle infield again hurting, the Mets dipped into Norfolk and recalled veteran scrubeenie Wilson Delgado, issued him No. 17, and hoped Reyes and Matsui felt better soon. To make room the Mets sent Matt Ginter 13 back to Norfolk presumably for for a short stay while Tom Glavine sees his dentist. They also sent Pedro Feliciano 55 down again and recalled Dan Wheeler 39.
The news got worse Friday when the Mets said Jose Reyes 7 would spend the next four-to-six weeks on the disabled list. Feliciano was recalled in his place.
The Mets on Saturday announced that they’d traded reserve outfielder Timo Perez to the Chicago White Sox for minor league reliever Matt Ginter. Perez, who over three years provided stretches of exciting play interrupted by minor injuries and major brainfarts, was a victim of a numbers game in the outfield. On Sunday, the Mets replaced his reserve spot with former Cub, Astro and Indian infielder Ricky Gutierrez, acquired for a scrub to be named. Update:Sure enough the Mets have issued No. 6 for the 28th time in history. That’s the most ever for any number.