By Mike Steffanos
There was a surprising amount of Mets news that came across my newsreader today. On Mets.com, Marty Noble reports on the four Mets -- Carlos Delgado, Aaron Heilman, Chris Woodward and Paul Lo Duca -- who went under the knife today.
Delgado had surgery on his right wrist to alleviate a carpal tunnel problem, and will have another surgery on his right elbow next week. If I'm not mistaken, it was the elbow that caused him to miss some time in spring training for what he described as a recurring problem.
Heilman had his right elbow operated on, while Woodward had a tear in the labrum of his left shoulder repaired. Lo Duca, of course, had the ligaments in his thumb repaired. Noble also reports that Cliff Floyd and Roberto Hernandez will go under the knife Wednesday, with Floyd getting that Achilles repaired while Bert undergoes an operation on the right knee. All will be ready for spring training, although Floyd will not be able to get into game shape until then.
Mets.com: "Rising Stars"
Also on Mets.com, a press release announces an honor for top Mets prospects Mike Pelfrey and Fernando Martinez:
Two Mets players, outfielder Fernando Martinez and righthanded pitcher Mike Pelfrey, will play in the Arizona Fall League's inaugural "Rising Stars Showcase" at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, AZ on Friday, Oct. 27th.
Pelfrey will start for the East Division in the Showcase. Martinez and Pelfrey both play for the Soler Sox in the AFL.
Minor League Baseball: Humber Shuts It Down
Not quite so good news about Phil Humber, who had a very encouraging return from Tommy John surgery. The Mets are pulling Humber out of the Arizona Fall League for what is basically described as a tired arm. Humber tells Kevin T. Czerwinski that it's nothing serious:
Everything is cool. It's just a little tendinitis, a tired arm, so they decided to send me home. I don't think it's going to be a big deal. They're just making sure nothing bad happens out of season. I wanted to stay and compete, but it's best to be safe so I came home and now I'll get ready for spring.
It's not anything serious, but they are being real cautious. I can't blame them, either, for wanting to shut me down with me coming off major surgery. It's something I didn't want to happen, but I'm glad it's not serious.
Baseball Prospectus: Martinez and Carp
Kevin Goldstein gives a nod to 2 prospects playing fall baseball, Fernando Martinez and Mike Carp, in his Monday Morning Ten Pack:
1B Mike Carp, North Shore Honu (Hawaii Winter League, Mets)
Carp had a very good year in the High-A Florida State League, batting .287/.379/.450 for St. Lucie. Not eye-popping numbers, but after considering the league, scout appreciation for his size and pretty swing, the fact that Carp just turned 20 at the end of June, and his hitting ten home runs in his final 41 games, things start to look a little rosier...
OF Fernandez Martinez, Mesa Solar Sox (Arizona Fall League, Mets)
Martinez just turned 18 two weeks ago, making him the youngest player in the league by far, and he initially struggled against the more advanced competition in the AFL, going 1-for-18 in his first five games. He's 7-for-20 since, including his first home run on Friday afternoon, and any success at all for a player so young is a remarkable achievement...
NY Times: Talking with Willie
Ben Shpigel comes away from Willie Randolph's meeting with reporters with some clues regarding the future of some Mets players.