Roberto Hernandez promised writers he’d be wearing his old No. 39 for tonight’s game — and sure enough, he did. The veteran relief pitcher had been assigned 49 when he joined the Mets Tuesday but evidently was successful in prying the digits from Pedro Feliciano, who switched to the vacant25 and summarily ended Chase Utley’s hitting streak. The news here is Feliciano becoming the latest member of the exclusive Three-Number Club — he previously suited up in 55 and 39.
Also this evening, word arrived that backup catcher Mike DiFelice has returned while Ramon Castro 11 hit the disabled list. No word yet on DiFelice’s jersey, but it won’t be the 33 he wore last year: That belongs to John Maine.
Roberto Hernandez re-joined the Mets today and was wearing No. 49 for tonight’s Wagner-befouled game in Miami, when he confidently told SNY’s Gary Cohen he’d be wearing No. 39 “by the time we get back to New York [Friday].” As detailed below, that may take some bribery of Pedro Feliciano, the current occupant. We’ll be sure to keep you updated…
As expected Lastings Milledge was recalled to take Nady’s spot, still wearing 44.
Underutilized stick Victor Diaz 20 was told to play all he wants — in Norfolk. LeftyPedro Feliciano 39 takes his place on the roster.
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Met fans were wondering again today whether Omar Minaya can be trusted at a swap meet, giving up underappreciated starter Jae Seo 26, along with lefty relieverTim Hamulack 46, in a trade for goggle-wearing Duaner Sanchez and his sidearm-throwing teammate, Steve Schmoll, both righthanded relievers for the Dodgers. We wish the best of luck to Seo, whose frequent bobs between New York and Norfolk resulted in three uniform numbers (he also wore 38 and 40). In case you’re also wondering, Sanchez wore No. 50 and Schmoll No. 40 in Chavez Latrine last season.
The Mets also invited veteran second baseman Bret Boone to camp with a minor league deal. Boone was released twice last year but according to Omar “knows how to win,” and will challenge incumbent Kaz Matsui for a job. Boone most often has worn No. 29.
Catching up with more winter moves, the Mets on Dec. 28 agreed to a one-year deal for freaky underhanded relief pitcher Chad Bradford, a hero of Moneyball and most recently, a patient with the Red Sox team doctors. He wore No. 53 for both teams.
On Dec. 23, former Met outfield prospect Endy Chavez was signed to a one-year deal. Chavez woreNo. 19 with Expo-Nationals and 47 when he was traded to Philadelphia late last year.
The Mets also released maddening lefthander Kaz Ishii 23, and invited journeymen Darren Oliver, Jose Parra and Pedro Feliciano to camp. We last saw Parra and Feliciano in Met uniforms 46 and 55, respectively, in 2004 (unless we vacationed in Japan in 2005).
Jose Reyes finally returned to the Mets. To make room for him the team designated catcher Tom Wilson for assignment, leaving the team temporarily with two catchers and six outfielders and importantly, freeing up uniform No. 6 for another issue. Reyes looked great in 7, hustling in one run and tripling to set up the gamewinner.
In another move the Mets once again sent Pedro Feliciano 55 back to Norfolk before seeing any action in New York. That Feliciano’s replacement, Jose Parra, saw action in his first opportunity probably didn’t make the return trip any sweeter for Pedro. Parra, a veteran righthanded reliever who was closing in Norfolk, suited up in the dreaded No. 46.
The Mets on May 25 officially surrendered in their attempt to make Tyler Yates 33 a starter and returned him to Norfolk with orders to rejoin the bullpen. In his place the Mets recalled Pedro Feliciano 55. (Update: Feliciano was sent back down without having made an appearance June 1 so as to make room for the return of Al Leiter from the disabled list).
The Mets arrived in Atlanta today with a healthy Jeromy Burnitz 20 in tow — and centerfield. ‘Nitz missed more than four weeks with a broken hand. To make room, the Mets sent Jeff Duncan 61 back to the minors. Meantime, Jay Bell 44 joined the wounded list and lefty reliever Pedro Feliciano 55 was recalled.
The Mets today called up pitchers Tyler Walker, Satoru Komiyama and Pedro Feliciano,outfielder Esix Snead and catcher Jason Phillips; and recalled utilityman Marco Scutaro on Sunday. Walker (46), Komiyama (17) and Scutaro (26) will retain the digits they wore in previous visits. Phillips takes No. 7 — he was 26 last year. Snead was issued No. 23, which doesn’t bode well for the return of McKay Christensen; and Feliciano gets 55, making theShawn Estes deal a Uni-Swap. Ty Wigginton 9 is also back