The Mets are trending toward showcasing their youth movement of the future, much like the Yankees have done earlier this season. The only difference is the Bombers are making a run to reach the 2017 postseason while the Mets are getting closer to irrelevancy.
Friday at Citi Field, before facing the best team in the majors, and with bold face names like Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax and Alex Rodriguez at the stadium, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said he expects heralded first baseman prospect Dominic Smith will be called up from Triple-A Las Vegas “in the near future,” when Smith would join current jewel infield prospect Amed Rosario. The 21-year-old Dominican Rosario started at short Friday night and batted seventh against the Dodgers.
“Dom, we want to make sure, as with Amed, when he comes here, he gets most of the playing time. I expect that will be in the near future, but I can’t give you a specific time frame,” said Alderson before Friday’s game. “I have said that we prefer to see him earlier than Sept. 1, and I think we will. But other than that, I can’t be more specific.”
With Lucas Duda gone via a trade, Jay Bruce played first Friday and Wilmer Flores has also played there this season. But Alderson said Smith will see playing time once he is promoted.
Mets preparing Amed Rosario for home debut after road series
“At some point, we’ll just do it. There are player transactions that take place in the month of August. Often, though, that doesn’t happen until the end of August,” said Alderson. “But I think at some point, if necessary, we’ll just make the playing time available.”
BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITI
Rosario, who made his major league debut Tuesday in Denver at Coors Field and went 1-for-4, said that he expected about 15 of his 30 family members that are in the city to attend Friday’s series opener against the Dodgers at Citi Field when he made his Mets home debut. Friday, Rosario praised the Mets for giving him a chance. “I waited for my time and that time is finally here. I feel really good. I want to say just because I think I had the patience to wait for that time to come, I don’t feel any sort of pressure. I’m just excited to go out there,” said Rosario through a translator. The shortstop went 1-for-3 Friday night with a single in the fifth. Rosario had his first career stolen base in that frame. “I’m very thankful for the reaction I got from the fans. And I thank God for the opportunity,” Rosario said through a translator after the game.
Alderson said Mets reliever Jeurys Familia (blood clot, right arm) could be return to the club “by the third week in August.” … Alderson also said starting pitchers Matt Harvey (stress injury, right shoulder) and Noah Syndergaard (right lat tear) are progressing, with Harvey in the lead for returning to the club sooner. Alderson said he expects both back before the end of the season. “Harvey pitched off the slope Wednesday and has bullpen sessions, other sessions, scheduled for the (Aug.) 6thand the 9th. So we’ll see, but he’s progressing. Syndergaard is a little bit behind that, probably a couple of weeks behind Harvey, but we do expect both of them back,” said Alderson. …Reliever Hansel Robles, who experienced numbness in his right pitching arm in Denver Thursday, and who also pinched his genitals, was evaluated by doctors Friday, Alderson said. “He is undergoing an MRI. We’ll see what the results are,” said Alderson. “We had a difficulty deciding what to MRI, but he is getting an MRI.”
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