Results tagged ‘ Tim Byrdak ’

Report from Port St. Lucie, 3/29

The Mets did not make their final roster cuts on Thursday, but they may as well have. In reassigning Adam Loewen, Garrett Olson and four others to Minor League camp, the Mets basically committed themselves to Mike Nickeas, Mike Baxter and Daniel Herrera on the Opening Day roster. The only way Herrera will not make it is if fellow left-hander Tim Byrdak is fully healed from knee surgery.

Also: I had a chance to see Chris Young throw off a mound today for the first time since Young reported to camp on a Minor League deal. You can check out a photo from his session below:

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Mets injury report (as of 3/13)

Below are the 15 players who have missed time to due injuries suffered during Mets camp:

1B Ike Davis
Injury: Valley Fever diagnosis
Status: Monitoring situation but proceeding as if healthy

2B Reese Havens
Injury: Lower back soreness
Status: No timetable for return

3B David Wright
Injury: Left ribcage tightness
Status: Hopes to begin baseball activities this weekend

3B Zach Lutz
Injury: Left elbow soreness
Status: Returned to lineup 3/9

SS Ruben Tejada
Injury: Left groin strain
Status: Day-to-day

SS Ronny Cedeno
Injury: Tendinitis in both knees
Status: Day-to-day

OF Lucas Duda
Injury: Lower back stiffness
Status: Returned to lineup 3/12

OF Andres Torres
Injury: Right glute tightness
Status: Returned to lineup 3/11

OF Scott Hairston
Injury: Left oblique strain
Status: Has not begun baseball activities; no timetable

OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis
Injury: Right oblique strain
Status: Day-to-day

RHP Pedro Beato
Injury: Right rotator cuff inflammation
Status: Scheduled to throw off flat ground Wednesday

RHP D.J. Carrasco
Injury: Twisted right ankle
Status: Day-to-day

LHP Tim Byrdak
Injury: Left knee meniscus tear
Status: Underwent surgery Tuesday, six-week recovery

LHP Daniel Herrera
Injury: Lower back tightness
Status: Day-to-day

LHP Robert Carson
Injury: Right oblique strain
Status: Returned to bullpen 3/11

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Report from Port St. Lucie, 3/12

Looks like colleague Paul Hagen had a busy day filling in for me from Lakeland, Fla. In addition to revealing that Tim Byrdak will undergo left knee surgery and David Wright has received a cortisone shot in his left ribcage, the Mets acknowledged that bullpen catcher Eric Langill was arrested for DUI. Oh, and Lucas Duda hit a grand slam.

In other words, just another day with the Mets.

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Report from Port St. Lucie, 3/11

Those looking for good news may want to close out this window now. The Mets revealed Sunday that David Wright has traveled back to New York for an examination and possible cortisone injection in his left ribcage. Details on his and Tim Byrdak’s injuries are available on MLB.com.

Some better news for Mets fans came courtesy Johan Santana, who allowed one unearned run over 2 2/3 innings in his second Grapefruit League start. Strong early, Santana struggled with his control in the third inning but still came away encouraged.

Finally, since the rain prevented me from taking any good shots during the game today, here’s a picture of a lizard who found his way into the press room and decided to chill upside-down on a ceiling panel:

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Mets’ bullpen a strength?

An MLB.com colleague recently asked me to rank the five NL East teams on offense, defense, starting rotation and bullpen heading into the season. Some of the choices were clear-cut: Phillies with the best rotation, for example (duh). Others, not so much.

When I submitted my NL East ballot, I had the Mets ranked highly in two categories: defense (in which I ranked them first), and bullpen. In my opinion, the Braves have the best relief corps in the division, despite the loss of Billy Wagner. After that, I grappled over whether to choose New York or Washington, in the end selecting the Mets because they possess a proven closer and the Nationals — right now, at least — do not.

After I sent in my picks, my colleague and I argued over that choice for quite some time. He pointed to the Marlins, who also revamped their bullpen this winter and look stronger than they did a year ago (in short, he accused me of drinking the blue-and-orange Kool-Aid). I pointed to the fact that the Mets ranked fifth in the league in bullpen ERA last year and arguably only got stronger this offseason, adding important arms such as D.J. Carrasco and Taylor Buchholz. Do I have concerns about the bullpen? Of course — most notably, I don’t trust Tim Byrdak to be the lockdown lefty specialist that Pedro Feliciano was in years past. But I feel strongly enough about the group as a whole to rank them ahead of the Nationals, Marlins and Phillies (in that order).

The point is, I felt somewhat vindicated today when I read this story on Fangraphs discussing the relative merits of New York’s bullpen. Does that mean the Mets will be great at closing out games this year? Maybe, maybe not — injuries and year-to-year variance always play a significant role in that. But consider that the Mets just left Jason Isringhausen and Manny Acosta – two very useful relievers — off their Opening Day roster. That, if anything, speaks to the strength of this new-look bullpen.

The Mets have problems heading into the season — that much is clear. I just don’t think the bullpen (or the defense, for that matter) is one of them.

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Projecting the Opening Day roster: 2/17

Spring Training has arrived, which means the projections in this space should change more frequently based upon how each player is faring. Already, there has been one relatively significant development, with manager Terry Collins saying he considers Tim Byrdak a “slam dunk” for the bullpen, and noting that he would like to carry a long man in the bullpen. Taking that into account, here’s the updated projection:

byrdak.jpgC – Josh Thole
1B – Ike Davis
2B – Brad Emaus
SS – Jose Reyes
3B – David Wright
OF – Jason Bay
OF – Carlos Beltran
OF – Angel Pagan
Bench – Chin-lung Hu
Bench – Daniel Murphy
Bench – Scott Hairston
Bench – Willie Harris*
Bench – Mike Nickeas

SP – Mike Pelfrey
SP – R.A. Dickey
SP – Jon Niese
SP – Chris Young
SP – Chris Capuano
RP – Francisco Rodriguez
RP – Bobby Parnell
RP – D.J. Carrasco
RP – Tim Byrdak*
RP – Taylor Buchholz
RP – Manny Acosta
RP – Pat Misch

In the running: IF/OF Nick Evans, 2B Luis Castillo, IF Justin Turner, IF Luis Hernandez, OF Lucas Duda, RHP Dillon Gee, LHP Taylor Tankersley*, LHP Mike O’Connor*, LHP Tim Byrdak*, LHP Oliver Perez, LHP Casey Fossum*, RHP Pedro Beato, RHP Ryota Igarashi*, RHP Boof Bonser*, RHP Blaine Boyer*, RHP Manuel Alvarez, RHP Armando Rodriguez.

*Denote non-roster invitee.

Comments: Nickeas makes the Opening Day roster due to the eight games remaining on Ronny Paulino’s PED suspension.

Complete list of non-roster invitees

Nearly every pitcher and catcher has reported to camp; the remaining few stragglers (Here’s to you, Johan Santana) should arrive Tuesday. But what interests us most here at Mets Cetera are the folks on the fringe — the players who may or may not make the team.

That said, below is a complete list of the non-roster invitees expected in camp. Generally speaking, these players have the steepest routes to roster spots, because in order to keep them, the Mets will need to cut someone else off the 40-man roster.

Boof Bonser, RHP
Blaine Boyer, RH
Tim Byrdak, LHP
Ryota Igarashi, RHP
Mike O’Connor, LHP
Tobi Stoner, RHP
Taylor Tankersley, LHP
Raul Chavez, C
Kai Gronauer, C
Dusty Ryan, C
Russ Adams, INF
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF
Willie Harris, OF
Jason Pridie, OF

Of the above players, Tankersley, Byrdak and Harris appear to have the strongest chances of making the team.

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Projecting the Opening Day roster: 1/27

No major changes to the roster in the past week mean there are no changes to the projection — and it may remain that way until pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 15. Regardless, this is a weekly exercise, and so we press on:

tankersley.jpgC – Josh Thole
1B – Ike Davis
2B – Brad Emaus
SS – Jose Reyes
3B – David Wright
OF – Jason Bay
OF – Carlos Beltran
OF – Angel Pagan
Bench – Chin-lung Hu
Bench – Daniel Murphy
Bench – Scott Hairston
Bench – Willie Harris
Bench – Mike Nickeas

SP – Mike Pelfrey
SP – R.A. Dickey
SP – Jon Niese
SP – Chris Young
SP – Chris Capuano
RP – Francisco Rodriguez
RP – Bobby Parnell
RP – D.J. Carrasco
RP – Taylor Tankersley
RP – Taylor Buchholz
RP – Manny Acosta
RP – Pedro Beato

Comments: Nickeas makes the team due to the eight games remaining on Ronny Paulino’s PED suspension. The additions of relievers Blaine Boyer and Tim Byrdak, both to Minor League contracts, create even more competition for Tankersley, Buchholz, Acosta and Beato. Look for this situation to remain muddy until the final weeks of Spring Training.

—–Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.

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