8/26/2014 7:09 P.M. ET
Wright, Murphy sit out vs. Braves with ailments
By Tim Healey / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- The Mets' patchwork lineup Tuesday night against the Braves was so because two of its biggest bats -- David Wright and Daniel Murphy -- sat out with neck and calf issues, respectively.
Wright, who left Sunday's game against the Dodgers with neck spasms, said it's "getting better," though he's still having trouble turning to his left.
"That would be problematic since that's the way I have to look at the pitcher," Wright said.
The third baseman noted that once his neck is fine, he should be back in the lineup, and his well-documented injury woes this season -- mostly a bruised left rotator cuff -- will not fully subside until the offseason. His health is still not an excuse for his struggles, Wright said, and general manager Sandy Alderson is publicly taking Wright's word for it.
"On that basis, he's continued to play," Alderson said. "Our decision is predicated essentially on feedback from the patient, and David has said it's not a factor. Now, should we discount that somewhat? Probably. But at this point I think he said it's not a factor, so we've accepted that and agreed."
Added Wright: "Is the shoulder 100 percent? No. But that takes rest, and that's what the offseason is for. But is that the reason I'm struggling the way I'm struggling? No."
Alderson did say, however, the team could "legitimately" put Wright on the disabled list if it chose to.
"At this point, we're not there yet," Alderson said. "Usually when you put someone on the disabled list, they have to agree with the placement. Not that it's an absolutely requirement, or any sort of basic requirement, but that's what happens."
Murphy's sore right calf seems to be a more minor issue, though he had little information to offer Tuesday afternoon other than that he's day to day.
"It's tighter than usual," Murphy said. "That's the only way I know how to describe it."
Nimmo highlights Mets' AFL participants
NEW YORK -- Mets fans will have plenty of reason to pay attention to the Arizona Fall League come October.
The league announced preliminary rosters Tuesday, and the Mets are sending six of a possible seven players to play for the Scottsdale Scorpions, including outfielder Brandon Nimmo, the team's No. 3 prospect and 2011 first-round Draft pick.
Four right-hander pitchers -- Julian Hilario, Cory Mazzoni, Paul Sewald and Rob Whalen -- join middle infielder Matt Reynolds and Nimmo. Mazzoni (No. 14) and Reynolds (No. 20) join Nimmo as the ranked prospects in that group.
"It's not always your top prospects that go to the Arizona Fall League. It can depend on a variety of considerations," general manager Sandy Alderson said. "Some of the players we want to see because they're closer [to the Majors] or because they've made some progress and we want to see if that can be consolidated.
"There may be cases where a player has been injured part of the year, and we want to get more at-bats or innings in the Fall League where it makes sense."
Nimmo, 21, is hitting .246/.361/420 in 57 games with Double-A Binghamton. He earned a midseason promotion after putting together a first-half slash line of .322/.448/.458 with Class A Advanced St. Lucie.
Mazzoni, 24, owns a 4.70 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in eight starts for Triple-A Las Vegas. His teammate, the 23-year-old Reynolds, is putting together a very strong offensive campaign, including a .347/.411/.457 slash line and 55 RBIs while splitting time between Binghamton and Las Vegas.
Hilario (St. Lucie), Sewald (St. Lucie) and Whalen (Class A Savannah) are all still in the lower-level Minor Leagues.
The Scottsdale team is comprised of players from the Mets, Yankees, Phillies, Pirates and Giants. Two top-50 prospects on MLB.com's Top 100 list, pitcher Tyler Glasnow (No. 19) and infielder/outfielder Josh Bell (No. 32), both from the Pirates organization, will also play for the Scorpions.
The AFL runs for six weeks, Oct. 7-Nov. 15. The preliminary roster listed one Mets infielder as to be announced.
• Whether or not Noah Syndergaard, the right-hander ranked as the club's No. 1 prospect, according to MLB.com, will be called up next month remains to be seen. Alderson acknowledged, however, that there would be benefits to letting the 21-year-old get a taste of the big leagues.
"There may be something to be gained from the kind of familiarity that he may acquire during that month. Just what goes on at the Major League level, maybe an occasional appearance, maybe just out of the bullpen," Alderson said. "But there are countervailing considerations also. One of those is our roster situation. We don't have 40-man roster spots readily available for everybody we'd potentially like to see in September."
• Daisuke Matsuzaka, who has been on the disabled list for a month with a sore right elbow, does not have another rehab start scheduled. It appears unlikely the right-hander will rejoin the team prior to Sept. 1 barring injury to another pitcher.
Tim Healey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.