Teams asking Mets about availability of Bartolo Colon

Bartolo Colon of the Mets pitches in the Bartolo Colon of the Mets pitches in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Citi Field on Saturday, July 5, 2014. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

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SEATTLE - The Mets have heard from clubs asking about the availability of Bartolo Colon, though according to a team insider, no trades are imminent.

With the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaching, the Mets expect to consider offers for Colon. However, it remains unclear how aggressive the Mets will be in pursuing a deal.

The team also appears unlikely to absorb a significant amount of what's owed to Colon to facilitate a deal.

Colon, 41, signed a two-year, $20-million contract this winter. He's owed $11 million next season. In his first season with the Mets, Colon is 8-8 with a 4.12 ERA.

 

Rice's surgery Wednesday

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A year ago, lefthander Scott Rice emerged as one the most uplifting stories, reaching the big leagues after 14 years of toiling in the minors. Now, he faces season-ending elbow surgery Wednesday in New York.

Doctors will remove a bone spur and relocate a nerve, a complication that will increase his rehab time from two months to four.

"I need to make sure I'm healthy for next year," Rice said. "I'm going to come back basically with a cleaned-up elbow. I've had a lot of wear and tear on that arm."

Rice, 32, established himself in the bullpen last season, which ended with surgery for a sports hernia. At that point, he pitched in 73 of the Mets' 137 games, holding lefties to a .174 average.

 

Extra bases

A severe stomach illness kept Curtis Granderson out of the starting lineup for Tuesday night's game . . . Chris Young was available for pinch-hitting duty one day after a left calf injury forced him from a game . . . Triple-A catcher Kevin Plawecki has been sidelined with a mild case of vertigo.

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