MLB notes: Mets to beef up squad?

Mets' David Wright rounds first base after hitting a solo home run off Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes...

Mets' David Wright rounds first base after hitting a solo home run off Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes during seventh inning action at CitiField in New York, May 27, 2013. (Adam Hunger/Reuters)

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Sandy Alderson is changing his tune, interested in adding to New York Mets' lineup rather than trading players away.

In recent years, the Mets general manager has moved stars like Carlos Beltran, Francisco Rodriguez and R.A. Dickey for minor league prospects.

Now, Alderson is open to adding everyday players to his lineup, no matter where the team is in the standings.

"We will see how the market develops, but yes," Alderson told the New York Daily News. "It's a possibility. It depends on what is available. I have been involved in deals in the past whose first consideration was not the current season but the following season... The possibility of making an acquisition that has implications not just for the second half of this season? Yes."

The Mets, second-to-last in the National League East, are also interested in signing big-name free agents in the off-season.

"We are in a position now where that could make sense," said one team official.

PROMINENT SURGEON DIES

Renowned Tommy John surgeon Lewis Yocum died Tuesday of liver cancer. He was 66.

Yocum, who also served as the Los Angeles Angels’ team physician during his career, was practicing with the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic when its founder, Frank Jobe, developed the career-saving elbow procedure.

“Dr. Lewis Yocum was a giant in the field of sports medicine,” MLB commissioner Bud Selig said. “He was an invaluable resource to not only the Angels franchise but players throughout all of Major League Baseball, team physicians and the members of the Professional Baseball Athletics Trainers Society.”

Yocum is credited with preserving the careers of Washington Nationals pitching ace Stephen Strasburg and his teammate Jordan Zimmerman.

“I wouldn’t be here without him [Yocum],” Zimmerman told USA Today. “He’s saved a lot of guys’ careers. He’s fixed a lot of guys and did a lot for the game of baseball.”

WEAVER TO RETURN

Los Angeles Angels righty Jered Weaver will start Wednesday’s series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The 30-year-old, three-time all-star hasn’t pitched since April 7 because of a fractured left elbow.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia confirmed to the L.A. Times that Weaver was comfortable pitching in an extended spring training game last Wednesday, throwing 75 pitches and demonstrating he’s ready to return for the first time in nearly two months.

The Angels also announced they’ve designated Billy Buckner for assignment and foresee righty Tommy Hanson returning from the restricted list to start Friday against the visiting Houston Astros.

BRIEFLY: After being scratched from a scheduled start on Monday, Boston Red Sox ace Clay Buchholz will return to the mound on Friday against the New York Yankees, according to the Providence Journal … Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper missed a second-straight game on Tuesday with a knee injury. He could return as early as Friday, according to CSNWashington … Former all-star pitcher Carlos Zambrano has joined the Philadelphia Phillies’ single-A affiliate in Clearwater following a successful extended spring training outing. After being released by the Miami Marlins after one season, Zambrano agreed to a one-year minor-league deal with the Phillies earlier this month … The Arizona Diamondbacks announced Tuesday they’ve optioned lefty Tyler Skaggs to triple-A Reno … San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal returned from a 50-game suspension on Tuesday after testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone … The San Francisco Giants purchased lefty Mike Kickham’s contract from triple-A Fresno … Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez has been diagnosed with tendinitis in his right rotator cuff, shelving the 27-year-old for a week … St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha will start against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, a year after he was selected 19th overall out of Texas A&M … The Houston Astros announced they’ve recalled pitcher Brad Peacock from triple-A Oklahoma City in place of outfielder Robbie Grossman.


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