While the Mets' struggling offense could use a boost, general manager Sandy Alderson said before Tuesday night's 10-2 loss to the Cardinals that the team is not in the process of exploring potential upgrades.
Instead, he appears ready to wait for the return of David Wright and Travis d'Arnaud before deciding whether the Mets need to supplement their lineup. "Right now, we're not looking outside," he said. "We're looking inside to get some of our players back and we'll see where we are at that point."
Bobby Parnell (Tommy John rehab) and Vic Black (shoulder tendinitis) have yet to consistently show their typical fastball velocity. Alderson said the pitchers have "still got a ways to go," after both struggled to get their fastballs beyond the low 90s.
In an extended spring training game Tuesday, Black got three outs after inheriting a bases-loaded jam, and Parnell surrendered three runs (two earned) in 1 1/3 innings.
Outfielder Darrell Ceciliani got the call that he was headed to the big leagues Monday night during a family dinner to celebrate his grandmother's birthday. On Tuesday night, Ceciliani collected a hit in his first big-league at-bat, a pinch-hit appearance in the seventh.
"A huge relief, my heart was pounding for sure," said Ceciliani, 24, who replaced Kirk Nieuwenhuis -- who was designated for assignment after hitting just .079 (2-for-38).
Reliever Erik Goeddel allowed two runs in one inning. He hadn't allowed a run in 14 previous appearances this season and had a scoreless streak of 17 innings dating to last September.
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