August 25, 2009 - 5:44 PM
Scorecards ready please for the latest episode:
---Johan Santana needs elbow surgery but it's minor and he should be ready by spring training. No Tommy John. You know it's a bad, bad year when your ace has season-ending surgery and it's considered good news. GM Omar Minaya, in another display that shows why he should be fired, says in a conference it was "so long ago" that he doesn't remember Santana having elbow trouble during spring training that nearly cost him the Opening Day start. Of course, all the beat writers and bloggers do. You'd think the GM would know everything about his top pitcher. Disgraceful.
---Billy Wagner accepts his trade to Boston for two players to be named. Several outlets are now reporting one of them is Pawtucket outfielder Chris Carter, a 26-year-old who was an IL all-star last year for the Pawsox (.300-24-81 in 121 games). He's averaged 19 home runs and 80 RBIs the last four years in Triple-A with Pawtucket and Tucson.
---Oliver Perez back to New York to have his injured knee checked. J.J. Putz shut down from rehab at Class A Brooklyn, probably for the season.
---P Pat Misch and IF Nick Evans up from the Bisons in time for tonight's game in Florida. Misch likely to start in Perez's place later in the week. Evans finishes his Buffalo season at .211 with a team-high 10 homers and 30 RBIs in 66 games. But he did a good job recovering from his 7-for-75 disaster to open the year. His August numbers for the Herd were .289-5-16 in 26 games.
---IF Andy Green clears waivers and reports to the Bisons in time for tonight's game in Scranton. He was 16 for 36 and on a nine-game hitting streak when he was called up Aug. 16. Misch was supposed to be the starter but he's been replaced by 25-year-old right-hander Chris Mason, called up from Double-A Binghamton.
Mason, 25, joined the Mets organization as a free agent on July 24, 2009. He made four appearances (three starts) with the B-Mets and was 1-1 with a 2.87ERA with nine strikeouts in 15.2 innings of work. He also pitched in three games with St. Lucie (A) after joining the organization (10.0IP, 11H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 6K).
Mason is a former top Tampa Bay prospect. He was the Southern League's Most Outstanding Pitcher and was named Double-A Pitcher of the Year by MILB.com in 2007 after going 15-4, 2.57 at Montgomery. But he has not been the same since, going 3-10 last year at Durham and 3-5, 6.24 this year at Montgomery. Hmmm. Damaged goods? Crack Mets medical staff will get right on that case.
Other than that, nothing much going on with the Mets today.