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Jon Niese and Miguel Batista got smacked around by the Braves and the Mets' outfield LOLfense allowed three triples as Atlanta won Friday's tilt by a score of 9-4. Niese said after the game that he feels good, despite being BABIP'd to death yet again. Though the game was not televised, I would imagine the offensive highlight was Josh Thole chugging around the bases for a triple of his own. Personally, I'm assuming that all of the Braves' fielders slipped on conveniently placed banana peels, allowing Thole 5 minutes to circle the bases and slide into third just ahead of the throw. Mike Baxter got the start in center field and played well enough defensively, while cracking a pair of hits. The rest of the outfield did not do such a great job, however, as Lucas May, Lucas Duda and Adam Loewen played three balls into triples, according to Adam Rubin.
The Mets take on the Cardinals today at 1:10 PM from Digital Domain Field. This one is a real treat for Mets fans, as we get to watch live on WPIX! Unfortunately, every action has an equal and opposite reaction and in this case, that means that the always frustrating Mike Pelfrey is on the mound. Enjoy, folks! He'll face off against playoff hero Lance Lynn for the Cards.
There were a few roster moves made on Friday, as the team dispatched Omar Quintanilla, Fernando Cabrera and Jeff Paternostro favorite Josh Satin to minor league camp. With the shortage of center fielders, the team also brought back Matt den Dekker from minor league camp. Den Dekker is hoping to pounce on the opportunity that he's been afforded and while he absolutely should try to, the smart money says that he lands back in Binghamton to begin the season, right? Well, according to Terry Collins, den Dekker is now "a legitimate consideration" to make the team out of camp. Let's hope this is just another example of Terry being Terry.
The Infirmary Report:
- David Wright took part in his second day of hitting and defensive drills and his status for Opening Day looks to be progressing.
- D.J. Carrasco was thought to be close to returning to game action this weekend but the reliever is losing hope for the start of the season and it looks like he may begin the year on the DL.
- Tim Byrdak had his stitches taken out on Thursday and planned to play catch from 100 feet on Friday, while Pedro Beato threw a 25 pitch bullpen session on Thursday.
SNY has a couple of minor league interviews. Cory Vaughn talks about his offseason Pilates and yoga regimen, while Wally Backman speaks about his Buffalo squad and how he wants Matt Harvey starting for him on opening day.
Is it time to get excited about Johan Santana yet? Howard Megdal says yeah, maybe!
Rising Apple took a look at a few of the catchers that the Mets didn't sign this offseason.
Apparently, majority ownership of the team is going to be sold on April 1st! No, that date doesn't telegraph what's really going on here at all! You should totally believe it, since no pranks or anything of that sort happen on that day.
Around the NL East
Vance Worley tossed six innings for the Phillies but the Yankees jumped out to a quick lead in the first and went on to win 5-3. Chase Utley is back in Phillies camp, though there is no new news on his knees and no update to his timetable. It looks like rookie Freddy Galvis will be spending a lot of time at second base early on this season.
Jose Reyes hit his first home run of the spring but the Marlins fell to the Cardinals 2-1, as Adam Wainwright tossed five shutout innings for St. Louis. Injured Marlins Giancarlo Stanton, Logan Morrison and Greg Dobbs continue to work their way back and hope to be ready to play on Opening Day.
Bud Norris shut down the Nats and they lost to the Astros 5-1 on Friday. Closer Drew Storen, who hasn't pitched since March 7th, had an MRI on his elbow and there was no structural damage. Storen just had some inflammation and should be able to start throwing soon. Michael Morse received an injection of Platelet-Rich Plasma in order to help heal his strained lat muscle, though Opening Day may be in doubt for him.
Mets nemesis Chipper Jones is retiring after the season and he says that Brian McCann should take over as the face of the team after he leaves. At Beyond The Box Score, Joshuaworn wonders if Chipper will be the last true single franchise player.
Around the Majors
Closers' elbows seem to be blowing up all over the league in the last few days (an exaggeration? Absolutely!). Royals' closer Joakim Soria will undergo Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow and miss the season. Meanwhile, new Reds' closer Ryan Madson is traveling back to Cincinnati to get his elbow examined. In the non-closer division, Cardinals' ace Chris Carpenter looked to be progressing a few days ago but he's been shut down again with nerve inflammation, which is causing weakness in his right shoulder.
Gruesome news out of Yankees' camp, as Joba Chamberlain suffered an open dislocation of his right ankle, which is likely to end his season before it begins and might even be career threatening. According to the Daily News, Chamberlain injured the ankle while jumping on a trampoline with his son at a recreation center in Tampa. Just a kind word of advice: whatever you do, DO NOT Google Image search "open dislocation". You'll thank me.
It's been a turbulent journey for 2004 1st overall pick Matt Bush to say the least and now, there's a chance that it all may be over for him. Bush was arrested for DUI and fleeing the scene of an accident on Thursday night in Port Charlotte, FL. He was taken #1 overall by the Padres as a shortstop but has had a number of off-field transgressions. After struggling with the bat in the San Diego organization, he switched to pitching and signed on with the Rays as a minor league free agent and even made their 40-man roster. Now, there looks to be a good chance that he becomes just the third #1 overall pick to retire without ever reaching the majors.
The Astros sent former top prospect Fernando Martinez to AAA on Friday. Maybe I'm reading too much into this but doesn't it say something about how far Martinez has fallen that he couldn't even crack the Astros' opening day roster?
Forbes has released their 2012 MLB team valuations and the Mets placed #6 on the list with a current value of $719 million. Meanwhile, Craig Minami at True Blue LA tries to examine what the Dodgers are really worth in a sale.
Fangraphs is beginning to turn out their 2012 organizational rankings on Monday but fear not, fellow saber goons! You have the ability to choose the next #6org yourself by sharing your own organizational rankings in the comments section.