Archive for July 20th, 2007

Friday, July 20th, 2007

Don’t Expect Much

Mets Rumors & News

For Mets fans hoping to land a big catch at the trading deadline, don’t hold your breath. Omar Minaya has made it clear that with the exception of some minor tinkering no major move will be made. Via the Daily News:

“What you’re doing is the guys like the Marlon Andersons of the world,” Minaya said. “You’re doing small things. You’ve got to do what’s in front of you. If there’s a big piece – you know our history – I’m always going to be intrigued by a major piece that’s available. You guys know the names that are out there. And you have to ask yourselves, ‘Are those names much better than the guys we have?’ …

“There’s so much parity right now. I thought three or four years ago, I remember there was a lot more activity. There was a lot more talk of, ‘Hey, look, I’ve got to dump salary.’ I don’t hear that from any club saying, ‘We have to dump salary,’ with the game right now, …

Next Generation of Yanks continue rehab

Yankees Rumors & News

Phil Hughes and Jeff Karstens were on hand for yesterday’s game at Yankee Stadium and are both scheduled to make their Bronx returns this season. Hughes and Kartens ran on the field before yesterday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Hughes a day after throwing for Double-A Trenton threw lightly on the field, while Karstens threw a bullpen session. Via Mark Feinsand, Daily News:

“They feel good; we have them in our sights right now,” Joe Torre said.

Via Bryan Hoch,

“I knew I could pitch at this level and compete at this level,” Hughes said. “I think when you have that ultimate goal in mind, it’s always easier to drive to something. It was tough at times, but when you have that to think ahead to, it made it easier.”

“Once you get a taste of it, you always want to taste it some more,” Karstens said. “It’s a lot different up here than down there. I was definitely motivated to come back.”

Kartens hasn’t thrown a pitch …

Alou To Return

Mets Rumors & News

“Starting in left field, number eighteen, Moises Alou.” That’s a phrase Mets fans haven’t heard since early May. Some skeptics thought they’d never hear it again. Guess what? Moises is on the mend.

Yesterday Alou played his third rehab game, first in the field. Alou went 1 for 4 with an RBI, and was said to feel good after the game. The Mets front office think Alou could be back as soon as next week. Via the Post:

Minaya said Alou could be back with the team “probably sometime next week.” Willie Randolph also said he was “hoping that by the time we get back home he’ll be close.”

This will be a big lift for the Mets who have sorely missed his bat and haven’t had their starting outfield in the same lineup since May 12th.

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