Results tagged ‘ Matt Harvey ’

Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/25

What we learned: Jenrry Mejia could make the Mets on a technicality, with the team concerned about Jon Niese’s health … both Ike Davis and Lucas Duda will be on the Opening Day roster.

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“Performances matter. I think last year was a small sample. This year is an almost equal sample, so I think we have to take everything into account. We’re not ignoring Spring Training performance.” –General manager Sandy Alderson on Vic Black

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/24

The countdown to Opening Day is down to six.

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What we learned: A lot, actually. Jon Niese felt no pain after his first bullpen session since undergoing an MRI on his left shoulder. Kyle Farnsworth will re-sign with the Mets. Matt Harvey will headquarter his rehab in New York, not Florida. Dillon Gee will pitch Opening Day. And the Mets have hired an assistant hitting coach.

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“It’s a big honor obviously for them to trust me with that day and give that to me. I’m very thankful for that opportunity.” –Gee on his Opening Day start

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The best Instagrams of Mets photo day

Some of the best of Instagrams of Wednesday’s Mets’ photo day, from the accounts of those who were there:

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Mets Spring Training: Week 1 in review

The first calendar week of camp is complete, with Mets pitchers, catchers and position players all on the premises. Here’s a recap of what went down in Week 1:

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“It’s hard seeing all the guys, seeing them put their uniforms on and realizing that Spring Training is going to go a little differently this year,” Harvey said during his first day in camp. “Today has definitely been a little bit of a struggle.”

  • Mets doctors later cleared Harvey to throw a baseball for the first time since surgery, which he did Saturday.

“There’s always a conversation on [the payroll]. It’s not something that [general manager] Sandy [Alderson] can just go out and do whatever he wants, but yes we’ve had multiple conversations, and we’ve had the ability to go after some guys that I don’t think anybody knew we were going after. They didn’t all hit, but we did try, and those all would have expanded the payroll above where we are now.”

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 2/22

Former Mets beat writer Marty Noble held down camp again today while I worked on some other things. He watched as Matt Harvey threw a baseball for the first time since Tommy John surgery.

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What we learned: The Mets have not yet decided whether Harvey will rehab in Port St. Lucie, Fla. or New York City, where he lives. Players on extended rehab typically stay in Florida.

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“Everything felt absolutely amazing.” –Harvey on throwing for the first time since surgery

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 2/20

Still relatively quiet here at Mets camp, but things are about to pick up now that all position players have officially reported. Those folks will take their physicals Friday, in advance of the first full-squad workout Saturday.

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What we learned: Matt Harvey has been cleared to throw a baseball for the first time since Tommy John surgery. … Minor League saves king (and current bullpen candidate) Jeff Walters learned some of the tricks of his trade from then-Class A Binghamton pitching coach Frank Viola. … The Mets are not pursuing Cuban defector Aledmys Diaz, a shortstop.

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“NO!!!” –Mets pitcher Jeremy Hefner, on Twitter, after the USA women’s hockey team lost to Canada in the gold-medal game

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 2/17

Today was the first official workout for Mets pitchers and catchers. Lots happened today, including Jeff Wilpon’s Q&A with MLB.com.

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What we learned: Not long after the Mets seemed to tab Jenrry Mejia a starting pitcher for good, manager Terry Collins said that Mejia could make the team out of the bullpen. … Noah Syndergaard is a large, large human.

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“We had to use our money to sign a few guys. We don’t have any bats, we don’t have any balls, we don’t have any lights. But we do have players.” –Collins, after a light in the Mets’ press conference room proved non-operational.

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 2/16

Pitchers and catchers took their physicals Sunday, in preparation of the team’s first official workout Monday.

What we learned: Matt Harvey is going to have a tough go of it this spring, rehabbing while the rest of his teammates participate in more extensive workouts. Harvey said it took him a while to come to grips with having Tommy John surgery on his injured right elbow.

What they said: “You can’t curl up in a corner and just pretend it didn’t happen. I remember that first day. My main reaction was disappointment. But while it’s not like I was expecting it to happen, I wasn’t shocked that it happened.” –Assistant GM John Ricco on Harvey’s injury

What we wrote: “Harvey recovers while Mets prepare for season”; “Young pitchers look to Valverde for veteran leadership”; “Mets will wear patch to honor Kiner in 2014″

What we saw: Harvey showed up and discussed his rehab from Tommy John:

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What’s next: Pitchers and catchers will participate in their first official workout Monday at Tradition Field. Position players need not report until Feb. 20.

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Top five Mets Cetera posts of 2013

With the year winding down, it’s time to take a look back at the top five Mets Cetera posts of the year, in terms of total traffic:

metsceteraharvey5. Mid-July was All-Star season in New York, and it just so happened to coincide with the height of Matt Harvey’s rapid-rise fame. We linked to a skit that Harvey did on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, seeing how many so-called Mets fans recognized their newest and brightest superstar.

metsceteraoutfield4. Last offseason, Sandy Alderson famously poked fun at his team when he quipped, “What outfield?” in response to a question. By the end of July, Alderson had changed his tune so completely that he called the Mets “maybe the most productive outfield in baseball.” We investigated his claim.

metsceteracurse3. Just last week, we revisited the Curse of Kris Kringle that has haunted the Mets at their annual holiday party for the better part of a decade. Well aware of the curse’s history – Kris BensonMike Cameron and even Wright have been among the victims – Daniel Murphy suited up as St. Nick.

metsceterawright22. As usual, David Wright was a popular figure in 2013. In March, we held a Twitter contest for fans to create their best “Captain America” photoshop mock-ups. The winner, from @Miss_Met, featured the captain in full regalia on a DVD cover. The runners-up were nearly as impressive.

metsceterawright1. In December, we took a look back at Wright’s eight-year, $138-million contract and what he might have made as a free agent this winter. The consensus? You’ll have to click and see. But here’s a hint: it’s closer to Robinson Cano’s 10-year, $240-million deal than you might expect.

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On the Matt Harvey injury era: “I’m certain we’re going to look back on what we did here in 2012, 2013 … and think it was really primitive.”

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Orthopedist Dr. James Andrews, courtesy andrewscenters.com.

Check out this piece from colleague Anthony Castrovince on the present and future of arm injuries, diagnoses and repairs. The title quote to this post is from Dr. Marcus Elliott, a Harvard-trained physician serving in Seattle as the first-ever director of sports science and performance for a Major League team.

Elliott’s take is that while modern science has progressed markedly in the areas of injury diagnosis and repair, teams do not yet understand what pitchers must do with their mechanics to avoid injuries altogether.

“There are reasons guys end up tearing their ulnar collateral ligament or end up with repetitive trauma to a rotator cuff,” Elliott said. “There are mechanical explanations for all these things. And we haven’t spent a whole lot of time trying to understand what those reasons are.”

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