Mets Notebook: Matsui injures knee

Mets Notebook for March 17 -- The Mets win another one, but Kaz Matsui leaves early due to injury ... Classic players returning to the club ... SportsNet New York gets a rough start ...

  • Last game: Mets 6, Braves 5 -- The Mets won their 10th game of the spring against six losses, but it came at a price of Kaz Matsui. The second baseman injured his right knee sliding into second base in the first inning and left the game an inning later.

    Matsui, who is listed as day-to-day, is scheduled to have an MRI on Friday, though the original diagnosis is a sprained medial collateral ligament. In the game, Jose Lima was touched for two runs and four hits in four innings, while Jeremi Gonzalez allowed three runs and six hits in 3-1/3 innings, striking out five and walking none.

    The Mets pulled out the win when Ramon Castro lined a two-out RBI single in the ninth inning.

  • Becoming whole again: Three Mets players who represented Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic - Victor Zambrano, Endy Chavez and Jorge Julio - returned to the team Thursday.

    With the Puerto Rico contingent scheduled to arrive Friday, the Mets would now just be missing their Dominican Republic representatives, with Jose Reyes, Duaner Sanchez and coach Manny Acta headed to the semi-finals.

    Lima, a native of the Dominican Republic, nevertheless has picked Cuba to win the entire Classic, saying he is impressed with their fundamental play.

  • Intern arrested: Christopher Schuelke, 32, had been a Mets employee for all of four days, interning with the training staff, when he was busted by the Port St. Lucie Sheriff's Office for allegedly soliciting sex from a 14-year-old girl via computer.

  • Rocky debut: It was unavailable to many, but SportsNet New York had a troubled start televising Thursday's game, with misspelled graphics and the loss of audio for nearly 15 minutes.

    Richard Sandomir of The New York Times goes into more detail on a launch party held at SNY's midtown broadcast center.

  • Minor move: Catcher Zac Clements, who split last season between Double-A Binghamton and Class-A St. Lucie, was sent to minor league camp.

  • Coming up: Another night game, this time up the coast in Vero Beach. The Mets meet the Dodgers at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, with Steve Trachsel headed for his fourth start of the spring.

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