9/8/2013 7:12 P.M. ET
Satin feeling more comfortable in role with Mets
By Mark Emery / MLB.com
CLEVELAND -- Josh Satin has accepted not being an everyday player and has become comfortable being a big leaguer in New York City. Neither of those things necessarily came easily at first.
Mets manager Terry Collins had plenty of nice things to say about Satin on Sunday, noting how the infielder handles both the bat and his role on the team. Over 57 games this year entering Sunday, Satin was hitting .288/.394/.418 with 14 doubles, two home runs, 12 RBIs and 21 runs scored. He also had 27 walks and 46 strikeouts.
"Josh Satin can swing the bat," Collins said. "He gets on base. He knows how to work a count. He gets bases on balls. He's always hit, no matter where it's been.
"He's the perfect guy to play once in a while, spell a guy. ... He's done a very, very good job here and I'll tell you what, he comes out every day and gets himself ready to play. He hasn't hurt us -- not one bit -- defensively. He's done a nice job both at third and first. I thought today would be a good day to get him some more at-bats."
On Sunday, Satin filled the designated-hitter role for the Mets, batting third in the lineup. Collins' compliments were pleasing to Satin, who has worked hard to put himself in a position where he can contribute.
"It's really hard to play here when you've never done well here before," Satin said. "Being able to have some success just lets you relax and treat these games just like any other game, whereas sometimes I would treat these games like the seventh game of the World Series every day. It was so stressful and just tough to be myself. Just being able to relax and just play is huge."
Satin, 28, was chosen by the Mets in the sixth round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft. He appeared in 15 games two years ago before playing just once for New York in 2012. He thinks the Mets have a bright future and wishes to be a part of it, even if that doesn't entail a consistent spot in the lineup.
"It's hard at first, but for me, it was just finding a way to be part of the team and that was my way," Satin said. "I took it as a challenge and really try to allow myself to be the best role player that I possibly can."
Harvey to see Dr. Andrews for second opinion
CLEVELAND -- Matt Harvey, who has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, will receive a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews, likely within the coming week.
The organization has not yet decided whether Harvey will undergo Tommy John surgery, a procedure that Andrews has performed on countless pitchers. Appearing on MLB Network Radio, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson indicated he's hoping the Mets will have a clear direction with Harvey by the third or fourth week of September.
"Until we get that opinion and some confirmation of the exact extent of the injury, I don't think we'll have any update," Alderson said on the radio.
Harvey, 24, last pitched for the Mets on Aug. 24. In 26 outings, he was 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA.
Francisco activated, gets win in first outing of season
CLEVELAND -- With the Mets' season winding down, reliever Frank Francisco finally suited up for New York.
Francisco, 33, was activated from the 60-day disabled list on Saturday and then tossed scoreless ball over two-thirds of an inning to notch the win in his first appearance of the season in Sunday's 2-1 victory over the Indians. The right-hander underwent surgery in December to remove a bone spur from his right elbow. There were moments when he felt healthy enough to appear for the Mets, but each time he suffered another setback. This season, he made 12 outings throughout the organization's farm system, posting an 0-2 record and 0.75 ERA.
"I'll get him in there when I think he's got the opportunity to get some outs," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He hasn't pitched back-to-back days, so that's probably something we'll have to be very careful of."
The Mets signed Francisco to a two-year, $12 million deal before 2012, when he had a 5.53 ERA and 23 saves in 26 chances. Collins does not anticipate using him in the ninth inning as the season winds down.
This year, Francisco hasn't had the opportunity to pitch at all in the Majors, let alone close.
"Some guys come back faster. He just didn't do it," Collins said. "But he's the only one who knows how he felt and how to go about it. He's here today."
Francisco was the first player in the Mets' clubhouse on Sunday. The reliever said his elbow feels better and admitted to being disappointed and frustrated by the year's events.
"The good thing is I'm here now," Francisco said. "I was working the whole time to be here, especially in my free-agent year. In your free-agent year, you're trying to give everything you have to get the opportunity to go maybe to another organization, get another chance or maybe sign a new contract, whatever."
• Outfielder Matt den Dekker went 2-for-4 with an RBI on Saturday. Collins was impressed.
"I thought he swung the bat very good last night, against some good arms," Collins said. "That was nice to see. He's still trying to get a feel for playing here, but he's showing some stuff."
• The Mets recalled right-hander Greg Burke from Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday. In 29 appearances with the Mets this season, Burke is 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA. Also, Collins said Sunday that he is expecting the organization to bring up infielder Ruben Tejada before the season ends, as well, among other players.
Mark Emery is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.