MLB notes: Mets should have their knuckles rapped
By QMI AGENCY
|New York Mets starter R.A. Dickey pitches in the ninth inning of a complete game, one-hit, 9-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays during their MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg, Florida, June 13, 2012. (REUTERS)
Are the New York Mets being knuckleheads for trying to get knuckleballer R.A. Dickey a no-hitter through the appeal process?
The Mets have taken some criticism for trying to get a reversal on an infield hit Wednesday night by B.J. Upton of the Tampa Bay Rays. The Mets want their best player, David Wright, to be charged with an error instead.
Joe Torre, MLB executive vice-president of on-field operations, said he hoped to have a ruling on the appeal by Friday.
Upton, who runs well, hit a chopper in the first inning to third base that Wright tried to barehand. He couldn't come up with the ball, though, and might not have been able to throw out the Ray at first base, anyway.
Dickey didn't allow a hit the rest of the way and struck out 12 to win his 10th game of the season.
"What have we got to lose?" Mets manager Terry Collins said regarding the appeal. "Nothing."
Dickey himself didn't sound so sure.
"I think the asterisk beside the no-hitter would get more attention than the no-hitter, you know?" Dickey told Newsday. "It would be a little bit cheap."
Added Wright: "It's a little awkward when a team wants an error on its own player."
TORRE GETTING BACK IN UNIFORM
Joe Torre will return to managing next year, taking over the reins of the U.S. team at the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Currently an MLB vice-president, Torre, 71, was a manager for 29 seasons with the New York Mets (1977-81), Atlanta Braves (1982-84), St. Louis Cardinals (1990-95), New York Yankees (1996-2007) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2008-10). He won four World Series with the Yanks.
Dates and locations for the tournament haven't been finalized, but qualifiers will be held in Germany, Panama, Taiwan and Florida in September and November.
DEMPSTER, EPSTEIN TALK TRADE
Veteran pitcher Ryan Dempster, a bright spot among the struggling Chicago Cubs, has met with team president Theo Epstein regarding a possible trade, ESPN Chicago reported.
As many as 10 teams are interested in the Canadian right-hander who has the right to veto a deal. Dempster, 35, is 2-3 with a 2.31 earned-run average.
SORE WRIST SIDELINES CUB
Infielder Ian Stewart, who has battling soreness in his left wrist for more than a year, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday as the Chicago Cubs made some roster moves.
The Cubs designated catcher Koyie Hill for assignment, while activating catcher Wellington Castillo from the DL and recalling infielder Luis Valbuena from triple-A Iowa. Valbuena, claimed from the Toronto Blue Jays on waivers April 4, was batting .303 in 211 at-bats at Iowa.
Stewart will see a specialist at the Cleveland Clinic.
"If I wasn't going to be able to go out there and really produce and help the team, there was no sense in being out there if it was hurt," the 27-year-old said.
St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran was out of the starting lineup Thursday with an apparent stomach virus. Beltran had gone to hospital Wednesday night because of the illness ... The Baltimore Orioles put outfielder Endy Chavez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Wednesday, with a strained right hamstring. Chavez is hitting just .162 with one home run and four RBI. The O's recalled infielder Steve Tolleson from triple-A Norfolk ... The Minnesota Twins placed right-handed pitcher P.J. Walters on the 15-day DL with right shoulder inflammation. Right-hander Lester Oliveros was added from triple-A Rochester ... Detroit Tigers left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly went on the 15-day DL with a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand. Infielder Ryan Raburn was recalled from triple-A Toledo ... Left fielder Brett Gardner is still having pains in his right elbow and will be out another three to four weeks, the New York Yankees announced ... San Francisco Giants outfielder/first baseman Aubrey Huff went for an MRI Thursday after injuring his right knee as the team celebrated Matt Cain's perfect game Wednesday night. Huff was hurt jumping over a railing and had to be helped off the field.