Mike Baxter hopes to make most of his second chance
Though he wishes it were under different circumstances, Mike Baxter is thrilled to be back in the Mets' clubhouse at Citi Field.
Baxter was added to the roster Saturday, taking the spot of David Wright, who was put on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. He flew out as a pinch hitter in the 10th inning of the Mets' 4-3, 12-inning loss to the Royals.
"Any time you get sent down, you're always hoping you get a chance to come back," Baxter said. "You don't take that for granted. I really wish it wasn't on these terms. Watching David get hurt [Friday] night, nobody wants to see that. He is the heart of this team."
Baxter was demoted along with Ike Davis and Robert Carson on June 10. The outfielder from Queens was hitting .212 with four RBIs in 85 at-bats when the Mets made the move. In 42 games with Las Vegas, Baxter hit .275 with five home runs and 15 RBIs. In July he hit .301.
"I think it was a good opportunity to go down and play consistently and kind of get in an environment where you can work on your game," Baxter said. "I think I kind of turned a corner in July and I feel a lot better."
Twofer for Pedro
Pedro Feliciano retired three consecutive lefthanded hitters in the eighth inning, a day after retiring a batter in his first outing after being recalled.
The team was unsure about the 36-year-old lefthander's ability to pitch in consecutive games. Feliciano had not worked two days in a row since July 7-8 with Double-A Binghamton.
Said manager Terry Collins: "That was very, very good to see the command of his stuff the second day. I'm not sure I've got him tomorrow, but it was great to see."