Let’s Build Something This Summer

38Garrett Olson was assigned No. 38 during Spring Training and with those digits still unassigned, its a good bet that’s the number the Mets call on when they need to retire a lefthanded hitter this week. Olson is expected to join the Mets Tuesday after the club revealed the shoulder injury to Tim Byrdak was more serious than they expected. Like, Johan Santana serious.

This is not official but it is expected the corresponding move will be to demote Elvin Ramirez again. Byrdak went onto the disabled list over the weekend whgen closer Frank Francisco returned from the DL. Also back now from injury is Mike Baxter, with Kirk Niuewenhuis mercifully returned to Buffalo.

That’s not quite the flurry of moves many expected this year at the trading deadline but after stewing for a bit over the seeming pointlessness of retaining Byrdak, Scott Hairston and Jon Rauch, I came around the Sandy Alderson’s so-many-words point that there might be some value in finishing third rather than last for a change. We Mets way too often go hell-bent for one or the other.

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One comment

  1. Jon Springer says:

    Submitted by Doctor Worm (not verified) on Tue, 08/07/2012 – 5:30pm.
    Good call. Olson up and wearing #38, E. Ramirez down. To make room for Olson on the 40 man (for those who care about these things) Gee was moved from the 15 day DL to the 60 day DL.

    Submitted by Tomswid (not verified) on Tue, 08/14/2012 – 9:47pm.
    Any guess as to what # Shoppach might wear? I’m thinking 6 or 22.

    Submitted by Ranjrz5 on Tue, 08/14/2012 – 10:59pm.
    He usually wears #10… I could see #6 (perhaps a mini-tribute to Johnny Pesky?).

    Submitted by Matt B on Wed, 08/15/2012 – 7:13am.
    My guess is that he gets assigned #20.

    Submitted by gored82 on Wed, 08/15/2012 – 7:28pm.
    He’s wearing 6.

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