There’s plenty in the news today as the Mets come home to face the dreadful Seattle Mariners.
- Jerry Manuel says that he has to prepare to go the rest of the season without Moises Alou.
- Luis Castillo won’t play again tonight after aggravating the quadriceps injury he suffered earlier this season.
- Brian Schneider will probably get a couple more days off after bruising a finger on his glove hand in Colorado.
- Ryan Church plans to take batting practice with the Mets tonight and play a couple of games this week in Brooklyn. The plan is for him to return to the big league team for the Yankees series this weekend.
- Goose Gossage says that the Mets didn’t treat Willie Randolph fairly.
- The Mets seem to have a new trend with pitchers staying on the mound to hand the ball to the incoming pitcher. Manuel said he thought it would be a one-time thing with John Maine until Pedro Martinez did it on Saturday. Now they’re all doing it.
- Jerry Manuel joked about Mets fans booing Aaron Heilman at Shea Stadium to fertilizer.
- John Harper of the Daily News writes that the Mets are in good hands with Manuel. He even addressed the perception of a racial divide with the team.
- Adam Rubin of the Daily News writes that Manuel’s comment about fertilizer was made in reference to Aaron Heilman using the fans booing him at Shea as a source of growth, not calling Mets fans “manure” as the NY Post reported.