David Wright back in starting lineup Saturday (NBC Sports)

David Wright gave the Mets quite a scare Thursday when he was hit in the helmet by a pitch, but Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News passes along word that he’s back in the starting lineup this afternoon against the Brewers. The good news is that Wright passed all of his concussion tests,…

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Johan Santana plans to pitch next season (NBC Sports)

Johan Santana‘s agent gave an update on the left-hander’s status, telling Andy Martino of the New York Daily News that the two-time Cy Young winner plans to pitch next season after missing all of this year following shoulder surgery. Santana will be a free agent after finishing a six-year, $137.5 million contract with the Mets…

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LaTroy Hawkins hit by ball in groin while not wearing protective cup (Big League Stew)

Major League Baseball players who don’t wear protective cups, guys like New York Mets right-hander LaTroy Hawkins, must know they are taking a calculated risk. They do it for physical comfort because, even in this day and age of advanced engineering, cups can feel cumbersome *down there*.
Well, Hawkins won the lottery in the worst possible way Wednesday night. Pitching against Jerry Hairston of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the ninth inning, Hawkins fielded a sharp grounder back to the mound with his unprotected groin.
And it hurt. A lot.
Hawkins managed to pick up the ball and throw out Hairston at first. With Andre Ethier coming to bat as a pinch hitter, Dodgers staff went to check on Hawkins. Later in the New York Daily News , he said:
“I thought I could get through it,” said Hawkins, who took two warm-up pitches with trainer Ray Ramirez, manager Terry Collins and pitching coach Dan Warthen all watching before facing Ethier.
Regardless, Ethier hit a tying two-run home run, and Mets would fall 4-2 in 12 innings. Afterward, Hawkins offered this PG-rated quote about how it felt:

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MLB roundup: A-Rod went to Conte for legal supplements (The SportsXchange)

BALCO founder Victor Conte told the New York Daily News that he met with New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez last year about obtaining legal supplements.

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Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Aug 3 (The Sports Xchange) – Major League Baseball is no longer negotiating a settlement with New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and could hand him a 214-game suspension, the New York Daily News reported on Saturday. Rodriguez said on Friday after a minor league rehab game for Double-A Trenton that he believes the Yankees and the league want him banned so they can avoid paying $95 million left on his contract. MLB officials responded by rejecting Rodriguez’s request to negotiate a suspension settlement, a league source told the Daily News. …

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MLB Roundup: Rodriguez could face 214-game suspension (The SportsXchange)

Major League Baseball is no longer negotiating a settlement with New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and could hand him a 214-game suspension, the New York Daily News reported Saturday.

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Ouch! David Wright hits himself in the head with broken bat (Big League Stew)

The injury everybody is talking about from Wednesday night’s Atlanta Braves-New York Mets game is Tim Hudson’s gruesome broken ankle, but Mets captain David Wright had a pretty odd potential injury moment too.
In the fourth inning, he grounded a ball to shortstop, but on the follow-through of his swing, Wright’s bat broke and clunked him in the head. Surprised by what happened, he didn’t even run. It turned out to be a double play.
Wright stayed in the game after it was ruled he didn’t have a concussion, according to the New York Daily News . Afterward, he told reporters:
“[It] stunned me for a few seconds but I’ll live.”
Good to hear, he’s OK. Because now I won’t feel bad watching Wright hit himself in the head over and over on animated loop.
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Today in A-Rod: Tabloids report he wants to retire, get paid and avoid PED punishment (Big League Stew)

Hey, remember when A-Rod was just some injured guy rehabbing somewhere and we weren’t talking about him every day? Thems ain’t the days no more. A-Rod drama is back.
In the current saga we’ve already seen A-Rod being called names after joining Twitter and being told to “shut up the [expletive] up” by his GM . Now we’ve reached the conspiracy theories. Woot! Go get your tinfoil hats.
Both the New York Post and New York Daily News published stories Thursday saying A-Rod’s tweets about being cleared to play are a ruse. His real endgame? Retiring, getting all the money owed to him by the Yankees and not facing MLB suspension in the Biogenesis case . Both stories cite an unnamed source, so keep that in mind.
From the Daily News :

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Zack Wheeler expected to make another start in Triple-A before major league debut (NBC Sports)

We heard yesterday that the Mets were aiming for top prospect right-hander Zack Wheeler to make his major league debut next Friday against the Cubs at Citi Field, but it turns out that we’ll have to wait a bit longer. John Harper of the New York Daily News reports that Wheeler is now expected to…

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‘Captain America’ David Wright could be named New York Mets captain too (Big League Stew)

What began as a kitschy nickname during the World Baseball Classic is on the verge of becoming a permanent rank for slugger David Wright.
Reporter Andy Martino of the New York Daily News has learned that the New York Mets want to make Wright the fourth captain in team history, following Keith Hernandez, Hall of Famer Gary Carter and John Franco. A few details are to be worked out — for example, Wright humbly wants to check with his teammates first, and he might want to heal from his ribcage injury before it becomes official — but if all goes as planned, Wright will get the designation sometime during the 2013 season.
Even though it sounds like a demotion — going from “Captain America” at the WBC to just “Captain of the Mets” — it’s really a much more meaningful distinction.

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