The Buffalo Bisons were expecting to get yet another stint from Jordany Valdespin on option from New York but that’s been put on hold for at least a day.
Valdespin has not yet reported to the Herd after being optioned here Saturday by the parent Mets for the third time this season. He could stay in the big leagues if Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is not healthy.
Murphy suffered a posterior strain in his right shoulder Sunday against Houston and will be going for an MRI today. Reports out of Citi Field said Murphy felt a spasm in the shoulder while on the bench in the eighth inning and felt the shoulder tighten again during his at-bat. He was then pulled from the game.
“That is kind of on hold,” Bisons manager Wally Backman said of Valdespin’s return. “He still could be here [tonight] but it all depends on Murphy right now.”
Murphy did tell reporters he was hopeful of playing Tuesday night when the Mets open a series against Philadelphia.
Valdespin is batting .242 in 75 games for the Mets with eight homers and 26 RBIs and has already set a franchise record with five pinch homers. But he’s only batting .163 in August and misplayed a liner to center field that produced the only run in Thursday’s 1-0 loss to Colorado.
The original plan was to have Valdespin finish the season in Buffalo at second base, his best position, and then return to the big leagues.
Collin McHugh was officially added to the Buffalo roster Sunday after reporting from New York, where he threw seven shutout innings Thursday against Colorado in his major-league debut. McHugh, who fired seven shutout innings Aug. 18 at Fenway Park against Pawtucket in his last start for the Bisons, is the scheduled starter for Tuesday’s home finale.
That one is Fan Appreciation Night, and most likely the final home game for the New York Mets as the Bisons’ parent.
Rochester shortstop Brian Dozier was ejected in the first game for arguing balls and strikes and Wings manager Gene Glynn was also tossed for backing up his player. Dozier made up for lost time in the nightcap by reaching base in all five of his at-bats and scoring four runs. He went 3 for 3 with two singles and a double, was walked and hit by a pitch. … Here’s a correction from an item that appeared in Sunday’s editions: There have actually been four players to appear with the Bisons in both the Cleveland and Mets eras. The list includes current Bisons relievers Fernando Cabrera and Jeff Stevens, all-time games leader Jason Cooper and 2006 Bisons MVP Jason Dubois, who played briefly for the Herd in 2009. … The series with Rochester continues tonight at 7:05 in Coca-Cola Field (TWC 13, Radio 1520 AM) as Jenrry Mejia (3-2) starts against Rochester’s Nick Blackburn (2-1).