6/30/2014 7:42 P.M. ET
Mets mourn passing of former GM Cashen
By Anthony DiComo / MLB.com
ATLANTA -- Keith Hernandez remembers walking into Frank Cashen's office on the final day of the 1989 season, listening as the general manager told him the Mets did not plan to re-sign him. Hernandez replied that he understood -- it was business. But then Cashen walked around his desk with tears in his eyes, told Hernandez how much he appreciated his service and hugged him.
"I'll always remember that moment," said Hernandez, one of many around the organization who mourned Cashen's passing on Monday.
Of the 1986 World Series champion Mets that Cashen assembled, Hernandez is one of several who retain ties to the organization. Another is Tim Teufel, the Mets' current third-base coach, who called Cashen "the architect" of one of the most talented clubs in baseball history.
"He went out and made a lot of significant free-agent signings and trades, and also at the time, he let the young kids develop," Teufel said. "And then when the young kids were mature enough to come around, he had the older guys around them and he really put together a well-balanced team."
The Mets' general manager from 1980 to 1990, Cashen presided over a massive turnaround from the losing seasons of the early '80s to the world championship club of '86. Among Cashen's brightest moves included drafting Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry, and trading for Hernandez and Gary Carter.
"Frank Cashen revitalized our franchise," Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon said in a statement. "I dealt with Frank on a daily basis and he was a man of integrity and great passion. No one had a more diverse career than Frank. He was also a lawyer, sports writer and marketing executive. His accomplishments will always be an integral part of our team history."
Wright stays in New York with ailing shoulder
ATLANTA -- A follow-up examination on David Wright's left rotator cuff Monday revealed good, but not great, news for the Mets. Wright will remain in New York as he rehabs from his shoulder bruise, and should return to active duty Friday against the Rangers.
In the interim, the Mets will play shorthanded to avoid putting Wright on the disabled list. Wright has not played since the Mets scratched him from Friday's lineup with a sore shoulder.
"He's our star player," manager Terry Collins said. "That's a big hole to take out. Obviously we've got some guys that have to step up and fill that hole."
Primarily, Wright's duties will fall to Eric Campbell, who filled in capably for him over the weekend. Campbell was back in the lineup Monday, batting cleanup against left-hander Alex Wood and playing third base. Daniel Murphy is also capable of playing third for the Mets, should Collins decide to shift more than one player on defense.
In Wright's absence, the Mets could have optioned a pitcher to Triple-A Las Vegas, promoting an extra bench player. But Collins said he did not want to disturb a bullpen that entered Monday's play having allowed just eight earned runs in 43 innings.
"We decided to stick with what we've got, even though if we go extra innings, it straps you a little bit," Collins said. "But I kind of like the way our pitching sets up right now, and I don't want to mess with that too much."
Most importantly, the Mets wanted to be cautious with Wright, who attempted to play through a sore hamstring last August only to strain it and miss most of the season's final month.
"I thought it was important to make sure that when he comes back, we don't have issues," Collins said. "The doctors said, 'Hey look, he's going to be great by Friday.' So we'll just get by until then."
Monday's news means Wright's absence will last at least six games during a critical juncture of All-Star Game voting, with online balloting ending Thursday. Wright, who recently fell behind Milwaukee's Aramis Ramirez in fan voting, will not be able to improve upon his .277 average and six home runs before the deadline.
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• Catcher Anthony Recker's right hand was still swollen Monday, two days after he took a foul ball off it in a game against the Pirates. But Collins said that Recker was healthy enough to play if needed; Travis d'Arnaud started behind the plate for the Mets.
• The Mets will host their annual food drive to benefit City Harvest from July 11-13 at Citi Field. Fans donating at least five non-perishable items will receive a voucher for two tickets to select September home games, plus coupons for future use on Hain Celestial products, which are available nationally at natural food retailers and select mainstream supermarkets. The Mets will accept food donations from two hours before game time through the first inning each day at the following Citi Field entrances: Jackie Robinson Rotunda, Hodges VIP, Seaver VIP, Left Field Gate and the Bullpen Plaza.