7/23/2014 2:50 A.M. ET
Grandy's illness, CY's injured calf test Mets' depth
By Anthony DiComo / MLB.com
SEATTLE -- For most of this month, Mets manager Terry Collins has struggled to find playing time for all six natural outfielders on his roster.
On Tuesday, he struggled simply to cobble together an outfield full of healthy bodies. Curtis Granderson was unable to play against the Mariners due to illness, while Chris Young continued to battle cramping in his left calf.
"He came in and said, 'I don't think I can go,'" Collins said of Granderson. "He's been sick since midnight. We've got him on fluids and he'll be unavailable."
Collins hopes that Granderson, who is batting .235 with 14 homers in 96 games, will be well enough to play in Wednesday's series finale at Safeco Field. The manager was equally bullish on the prospects of Young, who left Monday's game in the eighth inning with cramping; Collins said that Young may be available to pinch-hit Tuesday if needed.
With those two sidelined, Eric Young started in left field against the Mariners, with Juan Lagares in center and Kirk Nieuwenhuis in right. Bobby Abreu was at designated hitter, as originally planned.
Mets recognize Murphy's Heart and Hustle
SEATTLE -- Second baseman Daniel Murphy is the Mets' nominee for the 2014 Heart and Hustle Award, the MLB Players Alumni Association announced Tuesday. The award honors active players who "demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball, and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game."
It is the only MLB award voted on by former players.
Murphy's award comes with a nomination for the national Heart and Hustle Award, which the MLBPAA will bestow on Nov. 18.
Previous winners include Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox in 2013, Mike Trout of the Angels in 2012 and Torii Hunter, also of the Angels, in 2011.
The Mets will also recognize Murphy prior to an upcoming game at Citi Field.
Career-threatening injury stalls Rice's journey
SEATTLE -- Among the Mets' most inspirational stories last year, Scott Rice's fairy tale has reached at least a temporary end. The Mets announced that Rice will undergo surgery on Wednesday to remove a bone spur from his left elbow, ending his season.
Rice thrived last year after making the team out of Spring Training as a 31-year-old rookie, and was on pace to lead the Majors in appearances before a sports hernia ended his season. He returned this year, but did not experience the same level of success, ultimately earning a Minor League demotion in June.
Doctors subsequently discovered the bone spur that now threatens his career.
"For Scott, he's got to be very disappointed," manager Terry Collins said. "You don't spend 15 years in the Minor Leagues, finally get to the big leagues and have it squashed as fast as [he has]. That's why you've got to worry about injuries. We don't know how he's going to come out of it at his age, how he's going to bounce back from it. Hopefully he does, because he brought a lot to our team last year with the job he did. We just wish him the best, and hopefully he's able to rehab and get back on the mound."
With Rice out of the picture, the Mets will continue to rely on left-handers Josh Edgin and Dana Eveland in their big league bullpen. Both have experienced success this season, with a combined 1.89 ERA in 43 appearances.
• Catching prospect Kevin Plawecki will sit out the next few days after doctors diagnosed him with a mild case of vertigo.
"They just told him to rest," Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said of Plawecki, a Futures Game participant who has not played since Thursday. "It wasn't anything severe. He's going to get a few days off."
• Right-hander Jeremy Hefner pitched three innings of one-run ball Tuesday in his third rehab start for the Gulf Coast Mets. Hefner underwent Tommy John surgery in August, and hopes to pitch for the Mets this September.