09/01/2002 12:26 pm ET
MLBeat: Mets make moves
By Kevin T. Czerwinski / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- Mets general manager Steve Phillips wasn't ready to bring up any players from Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday when rosters were eligible to be expanded. But after dropping a three-game set to the Phillies over the weekend, circumstances dictated that he make some moves to help out the parent club.
Phillips announced on Sunday evening that the Mets would be recalling pitchers Satoru Komiyama, Tyler Walker and Pedro Feliciano [who will bring the 40-man roster to 40] as well as catcher Jason Phillips from their International League affiliate. This comes off the heels of Saturday evening's decision to bring back infielder Marco Scutaro from the Tides.
Originally Phillips had hoped to wait until Norfolk concluded its season in the middle of the week before bringing anyone up. But the lack of right-handed hitting off the bench forced the Scutaro move on Saturday while having to use four relievers in Sunday's 9-5 loss necessitated the recall of the pitchers on Sunday. In addition, Mike Piazza's tendinitis-ravaged left wrist continues to bother him so Jason Phillips was called up in order to give Piazza some down time if needed.
"We were going to bring up a third catcher on Tuesday anyway," Steve Phillips said. "There's nothing wrong structurally with Mike's wrist. We're not going to need another MRI or anything. It's just still bothering him a little."
"It's the first time something has lingered and nagged to the point where I
felt it has affected me," Piazza said of his wrist. "We'll try to treat it
aggressively. I've been in close contact with the trainers. There's not much
they can do. It's one of those things. Rest and treatment could knock it out
but that's obviously not possible. We've tried that before. I'll come in
tomorrow, talk to the doctor today, and see how it goes. I'm doing the best I
can with it but it's frustrating. It starts to improve and then comes right
Komiyama was 3-1 with a 1.42 ERA in 17 games [six starts] in two stints with Norfolk. He began the year with the Mets, was sent down in June. He was recalled again on July 26 and sent back down again on Aug. 1. He is 0-3 with a 6.25 ERA in 22 games with the Mets.
Walker was 10-5 with a 3.99 ERA and one save in 28 games [25 starts] for Norfolk. He was with the Mets for a cup of coffee earlier, pitching one inning and allowing two runs at Veterans Stadium on July 2.
The Mets acquired Feliciano in the Aug. 15 deal that sent Shawn Estes to Cincinnati. He had two saves in five games along with a 7.00 ERA for the Tides. Overall, he was 1-1 with two saves and a 4.04 ERA in 25 games for Louisville, Cincy's Triple-A affiliate, and Norfolk.
Phillips was hitting .284 with 13 homers and 65 RBIs.
Roberts nears return: Grant Roberts is scheduled to throw again either Monday or Tuesday. He wasn't sure which day as he traipsed through the Mets clubhouse on a soggy Sunday morning at Shea Stadium.
The one thing he is sure of, though, is that he will be on the mound again and throwing meaningful pitches before this season ends. Roberts went on the disabled list on July 13 with tendinitis in his right shoulder, derailing what had been a splendid season in Queens. He says he intends to be pitching for the Mets again sometime next week.
Roberts said he has to pitch again this season just so he knows he can. He's coming off a side session on Friday in which he threw 30 pitches to hitters. It's not the same as being in a game, though. So after cortisone shots, rehab and nearly a month of hoping, he appears ready to return.
For the record, Roberts will throw again Tuesday, according to manager Bobby Valentine, who seemed eager to get the young hurler a few meaningful innings before season's end.
"If we get a situation, as long as the medical team thinks he can do no harm, then we might have some game situations where he can go out and reassure himself that he's game ready," Valentine said. "I'd like to see him maintain a little more velocity than the last time he pitched. He was a little tentative the first 25 pitches or so and he didn't cut loose.
"The last five or six pitches he threw harder. I'd like to see him do that all the time without trepidation."
Roberts, who was 2-0 with a 2.09 ERA in 29 games, said he will go home to California this winter to continue rehabbing and that he will not play winter ball. He came down with a bout of tendinitis last year while pitching in winter ball that forced him to shut down for nearly two months.
Down to the finish: The Mets aren't in the playoff hunt but one of their farm teams continues to play meaningful baseball as the minor league season draws to a close. The Binghamton Mets of the Double-A Eastern League kept their playoff hopes alive Saturday night with a 3-2 victory over Norwich, the Yankees' affiliate.
Chris Basak, who returned to Binghamton from Triple-A Norfolk to participate in the playoff push, singled in the winning run in the ninth inning. Though second-place New Haven topped Trenton, 5-4, and needs to win only one game to eliminate the B-Mets from playoff contention, manager Howie Freiling doesn't believe his team will be denied.
"We're just doing what we can do," Freiling told The Binghamton Press & Bulletin. "For these last two games, guys got big hits and our pitchers came up with some huge outs. It seems like every time we're on the brink of extinction, we somehow zap our way back."
The B-Mets will face Norwich again on Sunday and Monday. Binghamton, which entered Sunday's action a 1 1/2 games behind New Haven for the final playoff spot, needs to win both games while the Ravens need to lose twice.
Cap City, New York's affiliate in the Class-A South Atlantic League, won the first-half divisional crown and will be in the playoffs when they begin this week.
This and that: The Mets will honor the Harlem Little League squad that reached the World Series semifinals before Tuesday's game against the Marlins. The team will watch batting practice and be introduced before the game. ... Tony Tarasco suffered a severe sprain of the left ankle while trying to beat out a base hit in the sixth inning. He stepped awkwardly on the front of the base, tumbled over in pain and was taken off the field on a golf cart. X-rays were negative. Phillips, however, said the pinch-hitter/outfielder would be sidelined for at least 10-14 days. ... The last time the Mets were swept by the Phillies in a three-game series was May 28-30, 2000 at Shea Stadium.
Kevin T. Czerwinski covers the Mets for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.