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Mets Morning News: Dice-K signs, Greg Burke optioned to minors

New York Mets related news and links for Friday, August 23, 2013

Jim Rogash

There was no Mets game yesterday, but there were still a few items of note for Mets fans to pay attention to yesterday. The biggest of these was the signing of Daisuke Matsuzaka, who will slot into the starting rotation immediately. Dice-K won't have long to settle into his new home, as he's expected to start today's game.

While Matsuzaka took Jenrry Mejia's spot on the 40-man roster, a spot on the 25 was still needed for him to pitch today. Greg Burke was the man to make way, as he was optioned to Las Vegas again. For those who lost count, that's six times (so far) in 2013. I'd expect to see Burke return in just over a week when rosters expand.

Yesterday at AA

We had a hilarious gif for you, with Dan Warthen struggling to use the bullpen phone. This really happened.

This was actually published today, but we've got you covered if you want to keep in the loop with the Mets minor league system.

Around Baseball

The other four teams in the NL East all played yesterday, with mixed results. The Marlins didn't fare particularly well, losing 6-0 to the Dodgers.

The Nationals needed 13 innings to complete their game with the Cubs, but came out victorious in extra innings. The Phillies also won last night, beating Colorado 5-4.

The Braves rounded out play in the division with a loss, dropping a 6-2 contest to St. Louis. They also lost Jason Heyward for the remainder of the regular season.

Ryan Braun issued an apology on the Brewers team website yesterday.

Finally for today, Baseball Nation examined games in which cats have been on the field. Seeing as a cat on the field was a big part of Mets history, you should probably take the time to read it.