FIRST PITCH: After a 14-inning loss to the Philadelphia Phillies that lasted five hours, 23 minutes, the Mets attempt to bounce back Saturday at Citizens Bank Park.
Saturday’s news reports:
• Chris Young dropped a leadoff fly ball to right field off the bat of Marlon Byrd in the bottom of the 14th and the ex-Met eventually scored the winning run as Philadelphia beat the Mets, 6-5, Friday night. Rafael Montero lasted only 3 2/3 innings in his fourth major-league start. The Mets had won six straight games in Philly before Friday’s defeat.Matt Slocum/Associated Press
Rafael Montero gathers himself on the bench after a rough outing against the Phillies on Friday night.
• With the bullpen having to log 9 1/3 innings Friday, 36-year-old reliever Buddy Carlyle will be promoted from Las Vegas for Saturday’s game. The Mets did not announce a corresponding move late Friday, but Montero could be headed to Vegas, according to a team source. If that materialized, it presumably would mean Daisuke Matsuzaka enters the rotation until Dillon Gee returns from the DL. Montero has a 5.40 ERA and 11 walks and has surrendered five homers in 20 innings spanning four starts.
If Montero does end up back in Triple-A, it will be interesting to see if he reenters Vegas’ depleted rotation, or if he slips into the bullpen there to get groomed for a potential return in a relief role. Another month in the minors likely would ensure Montero misses becoming a Super 2 after the 2016 season.
Read more at MLB.com.
• 50 Cent talked about his ugly ceremonial first pitch at Citi Field on Good Morning America.
• Gonzalez Germen’s infection is “starting to get cleaned up” and he is returning to the mound, Collins said.
• Jared Diamond in the Journal writes that a youth infusion is paying dividends in the bullpen.
• Tim Rohan in the Times lightheartedly wonders if deGrom, who struck out as a pinch hitter in the 14th, could be a shortstop candidate, at least in a pinch. Of course, one reason deGrom switched from shortstop to pitcher at Stetson was his light offensive production. Still, deGrom noted, his lone collegiate home run did come against Chris Sale, formerly of Florida Gulf Coast University and now a standout with the Chicago White Sox.
• Josh Satin had a two-out RBI triple in the top of the ninth to pull Vegas within a run, but the 51s lost to El Paso, 4-3. 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo will miss three days with St. Lucie because of pinkeye. Read the full minor-league recap here.
BIRTHDAYS: Binghamton Mets right-hander Matt Bowman, a Princeton product, turns 23. ... Fellow minor-league pitcher Juan Urbina, son of ex-MLB pitcher Ugueth Urbina, is 21. ... Joe Orsulak was born on this date in 1962.
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