Found March 16, 2013 on Mets Merized Online:
PLAYERS: Frank Francisco
TEAMS: New York Mets
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Frank Francisco threw another bullpen session on Saturday morning. According to Rubin, this was his third bullpen this week, and he is likely going to throw at least two more before moving on to live batting practice. Saturday’s session consisted of 31 total pitches, all of which were fastballs and curveballs. The likely path for Francisco at this stage in the game is for him to start the season on the disabled list. Francisco still acknowledges having stiffness and soreness when he throws at full strength, but claims to be pain free. According to Jorge Castillo of The Star-Ledger, the right-hander’s next bullpen session is scheduled for Tuesday. At this time there is no set date for him to begin throwing live batting practice.

Projecting the Mets Opening Day Lineup and Roster

Beat writers took to Twitter after today’s game and began posting their projected Opening Day lineups. With the reality now setting in that Johan Santana and David Wright could start the season on the DL lets look at what our lineup could look like as well as our 25 man roster. Opening Day Lineup Jordany Valdespin, 2B Collin Cowgill, CF Marlon Byrd, RF Ike Davis, 1B Lucas Duda...

Ike Davis Merits An Extension, But Getting One Done Remains To Be Seen

Mets GM Sandy Alderson was a guest of Mark Hale and Mike Vaccaro of the New York Post on their podcast today, and he had some interesting things to say about a variety of Mets topics. At one point, Hale brought up the possibility of signing Ike Davis to an extension and buying out his arbitration years, similar to the extension the Mets completed last spring with left-hander Jonathon...

David Wright participation in World Baseball Classic could be over with rib cage injury

New York Mets all-star third baseman, David Wright was a late scratch from tonight’s World Baseball Classic contest between the Dominican Republic and U.S.A with a soreness in his left rib cage.  Wright was advised by team U.S.A. doctors to take the night off, though the injury could mean the end of his participation in the tournament: #bbpBox_312335426549596160 a { text-decoration...

Team Announces Justin Turner Has Ankle Sprain, On Way To Hospital For X-Rays

Updated 2:15 PM The team announced that Justin Turner has suffered a sprained ankle. No word if it was a high ankle strain which is a much more severe injury and could sideline Turner for up to  4-6 weeks or longer. He is on his way to the hospital for x-rays and further examination. Stay tuned… Updated Post 1:45 PM Justin Turner, the leading candidate to replace David Wright...

Wright Has Strained Intercostal, Will Rest 3-5 Days, Could Miss Opening Day

Updated at 4:00 PM Sandy Alderson announced a short while ago that David Wright has a strained intercostal muscle and will be out a minimum of three to five days. However, given the uncertainty with rib-cage injuries, manger Terry Collins is preparing to open the season with David Wright on the disabled list. Collins said Justin Turner, Zach Lutz, Brandon Hicks and Brian Bixler are...

Today’s Mets Lineup Against Braves

Jonathan Niese will be the Mets’ Opening Day starter. How many of the following from today’s line-up against the Braves be there with him? Jordany Valdespin, 2b Collin Cowgill, lf Ike Davis, 1b Marlon Byrd, rf Zach Lutz, 3b Landon Powell, c Matt den Dekker, cf Ruben Tejada, ss Jonathan Niese, lhp  

Mets News: Wright Unsure He’ll Be Ready For Opening Day, Has No Regrets

Updated 3/17 As I feared, David Wright rejoined the Mets this morning and uttered the words I was hoping I wouldn’t have to hear. Regarding whether he will be ready to play by Opening Day, Wright had this to say: “That’s looking to predict the future, and I can’t do that, and I won’t do that, because it’s the first day I’ve been back in camp.” “So I don’t know...

Happy St. Patrick’s Day: Remembering A Longtime Irish Met

Every St. Patrick’s Day I think of many of my favorite Irish Mets, and one guy that always comes to mind isn’t even a playewr, it’s in fact longtime New York Mets head groundskeeper, Pete Flynn. Watch this video: Your browser does not support iframes. Flynn comes out of County Leitrim in Ireland, from a town called Ballinamore. He came to this country in 1961 and went to work...

A Few Final Observations On Zack Wheeler

Wheeler has firmly set his sights on a spot in the Mets starting rotation. As Zack Wheeler heads to minor league camp and begins to focus on what he needs to do to ready himself for a potential major league debut later this season with the Mets, let’s consider some of what we did get to see and hear while he was in Mets camp. Wheeler gave a concise self-assessment of his repertoire...

Mets' Justin Turner sprains right ankle

Justin Turner, the leading candidate to replace injured David Wright at third base for the Mets, left New York's game against the Miami Marlins on Saturday after spraining his right ankle. The Mets said Turner was taken to a hospital for precautionary X-rays. Turner made a nice play on a hard-hit grounder by Justin Ruggiano, and his left leg buckled and his right foot turned...

David Wright Forced to Leave Team USA

Captain America one day, a Mets third baseman the next. Wright is on his way to New York to see doctors, so his World Baseball Classic run is over. Wright was tearing it up at the WBC, he was batting .438, and led the team with 10 RBI’s. David told reporters that the injury had bothered him for about a week, and the Mets were aware of the issue. He was pulled from the lineup...

Teheran strikes out 7 as Braves beat Mets

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- With Johan Santana sidelined, Jonathon Niese is looking more and more like the New York Mets' opening day starter. Niese gave up one run and two hits in five innings Sunday in the Mets' 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves. With Santana still building up arm strength -- he hasn't pitched in a single spring training game -- Niese appears to be...
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