Hey guys, Kevin Devaney here. Blogger/Mets beat writer John Delcos is very ill tonight and won’t be covering the game. I’ll do my best to update as often as possible.
Some quick notes:
Ã¢â‚¬â€Ã‚Â Shawn Green was finally placed on the DL today. It’s the first time he’s on the DL in his 15-year career, which is remarkable for a guy people now associate with “always hurt.”
Ã¢â‚¬â€Ã‚Â Ben Johnson was recalled to take Green’s spot on the roster.
Ã¢â‚¬â€Ã‚Â Carlos Gomez did some work before the game and is in the lineup. Apparently his hamstring strain isn’t as bad as initially though, which is a good sign.
Ã¢â‚¬â€ There’s no timetable on a Moises Alou return. He was eligible to come off the DL today but is still feeling tightness in the quad. He’s day to day, according to Minaya.
Ã¢â‚¬â€Ã‚Â Jose Valentin has made great strides in his rehab. He’ll play in a game in Port St. Lucie tomorrow and could join the team by the weekend. I think the world of Easley. But ti’s going to be nice to have hoim coming off the bench again.
Ã¢â‚¬â€Ã‚Â Guillermo Mota will return to the Mets tomorrow when his 50-game steroid suspension is up. Surely, he’ll be revered in the clubhouse and cheered by the fans, which I don’t get.
Ã¢â‚¬â€Ã‚Â Lastings Milledge is continuing his rehab in Florida. He’s running. That’s all I’ve got on that.
Ã¢â‚¬â€Ã‚Â Duaner Sanchez was in the clubhouse before the game. He’s working out and feeling good. But he’s still five weeks from picking up a ball.
Update 8:05 p.m.: Carlos Delgado just smacked a two-run homer off Giants phenom Tim Lincecum to make it 2-2 in the fourth. Great at-bat by Delgado after nobody had come close to getting a hit off Lincecum up to that point.
By the way, MLB announced that Beltran, Wright, Reyes and Lo Duca are leading their respective positions in the NL all-star game balloting. Beltran leads all vote-getters in the NL, nearly 150,000 votes ahead of Reyes in second.
Update 8:51 p.m.: The Mets went ahead 3-2 in the sixth on a Beltran RBI double but Oliver Perez just coughed up the lead. Giants rookie Daniel Ortmeier hit an opposite-field home run to tie it at 3-3. Perez was rolling up that point. He retired 18 of 19 after giving up a pair of first-inning home runs. Lincecum is pitching well, too. Could this game be going any faster?