Zambrano on the shelf

Prior to Wednesday's washout, the Mets were prepared to list Victor Zambrano on the 15-day disabled list, digging down to bring up righthander Bartolome Fortunato – the other part of the highly-questioned Scott Kazmir trade. <P> Zambrano left his start on Tuesday after just 36 pitches, complaining of soreness in his pitching elbow. GM Jim Duquette reported on Wednesday that the club had learned this injury was new and different than any condition that Zambrano brought to New York.

Whether that is exactly good news or not remains to be seen, but Zambrano is a certainty to miss at least his next start – Matt Ginter is the likely option to take the ball on Sunday against the Giants in San Francisco – and possibly more after that.

According to Duquette, Zambrano's newest injury stems from soreness in the back of the elbow where the triceps meets the elbow, and is probably unrelated to his pre-existing flexor tendinitis or his 1998 Tommy John surgery.

As for Fortunato, the hard-throwing righty had a 3.38 ERA in six appearances for Norfolk (AAA) of the International League. He was 4-3 with nine saves and a 2.42 ERA for Durham (AAA) before the trade that sent him to the Mets organization, and also had a 3.68 ERA in three games for the Devil Rays this season.

The Mets and Rockies complete their season obligations with each other on Thursday afternoon in a day-night doubleheader, with the first game kicking off at 3:05 p.m. The second game is slated for 8:05 p.m., with Kris Benson and Al Leiter going for New York. Shawn Estes and Jeff Fassero counter for the Rockies.

News Roundup

  • More bad news abounds for the Mets' starting staff. The Star-Ledger of Newark (N.J.) reports that Steve Trachsel felt pain crop up in the back of his pitching shoulder during his last start, and although Trachsel believed that it was just "tiredness," he'll be on a short leash when he makes his scheduled start Friday at San Francisco.

    Additionally, the New York Post reports that reliever Orber Moreno, who has been on the disabled list since July 25, has stopped throwing altogether. That begs the question as to whether or not Moreno will be back at any point this season.

  • Kazmir is likely to make his major league debut next week against the Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella told reporters.

  • According to the Associated Press, 38-year-old John McCarthy of Totowa, N.J. became the first person charged under a new state law that prohibits interference with professional sports events in New York.

    McCarthy ran onto the field during the May 5 game against the Giants at Shea Stadium, carrying a sign lauding radio shock-jock Howard Stern, and was sentenced to two months in prison. Additionally, McCarthy has been hit with a $1,000 fine and was banned from Shea Stadium for three years.

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